Board

Gail Babb is a theatre practitioner who specialises in participatory arts work in a range of community, educational and social settings.  She has run Talawa Theatre Company’s Participation Department for 6 years, developing an innovative programme that places an emphasis on bespoke, participant-led projects and has brought Talawa’s work with emerging theatre-makers to the centre of the company.  Alongside her work at Talawa, Gail continues to freelance as a facilitator and producer for a number of arts companies and is a visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Jenny Wang, MBA is a qualified accountant, bilingual in English and Mandarin with over 18 years experience of both the public and private sector in China and the U.K. ACCA qualified since 2006, she has undertaken the roles of finance Manager and financial controller for over 6 years while her long experience in a range of industries underpinned by her hands on approach is solidly underlined by her business mind-set and working knowledge in company analysis and strategic planning.

Margo Picken has a long engagement with human rights and a particular interest in race relations in multicultural societies.   She has worked for the United Nations, the Ford Foundation and Amnesty International, served on the boards of several non-governmental
organisations, and lectured and published on human rights.  She is a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE and a graduate of the University of London.

Goeff Woolf is a solicitor practising banking and finance at City firm King & Wood Mallesons, with a long standing love of the theatre.

After University, Eva de Blocq van Kuffeler moved from The Netherlands to London in 1996. She spent 7 years at Sadler’s Wells from 1997 to 2004 and left as Deputy Director of Development.  In 2004/5 she became Head of Corporate Sponsorship at the Serpentine and in 2005/6 was Head of Development at The Photographers Gallery.  From 2006 to 2013 she was Head of Patrons of Covent Garden at the Royal Opera House.  In 2012 she set up fundraising consultancy HofdeBlocq and is currently Fundraising Consultant to The Courtauld Gallery.  She is on the board of three arts organisations Dance Umbrella (since 2010), Wandsworth Museum (since 2012) and StrongBack Productions (2013).

Susan Benn, a former publisher and photographer, was the Founder Artistic Director of PAL (Performing Arts Labs) created to design and produce residential laboratories with leading artists, performers, scientists and others creating experimental new work in film, theatre, opera and interactive media (1987-2012).  She is collaborating with StrongBack on the design of ‘Berwick Sound’ in Northumberland.

Susan is the International Advisor for the South Asian Children’s Cinema Forum (SACCF), a new initiative supporting independent filmmakers across nine partner countries in the region who are creating a new wave of animation and live action films for young audiences.

She is also working on two personal photographic projects; one based on her home town of Detroit, the biggest city to go bankrupt in America in the summer of 2013, and the other on 13 tribal villages in a wildlife reserve in Tamil Nadu.