Kim Evans has extensive experience as a creative practitioner and senior manager in the cultural sector. She is a trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (Heritage Lottery Fund) and the National Portrait Gallery. She works with a wide range of clients as a coach and mentor. Kim was awarded an OBE in 2007 for her services to the arts. Her senior management roles included Executive Director of Arts at Arts Council England, where she was responsible for national artform policy; and Head of Music & Arts at the BBC. For much of her career she was a documentary filmmaker, producing and directing arts programmes for The South Bank Show, and then the BBC where she won a BAFTA for her film Angela Carter’s Curious Room. She particularly enjoys working with artists and organisations whose work crosses boundaries – geographical, artistic and disciplinary. She has experience of working in arts and health, arts and science, and arts and criminal justice. She is a member of the Parole Board.
Jude Boyles has been active in feminist campaigns around male violence against women and women in the criminal justice system for over twenty years. She has worked in the mental health field for the last sixteen years. Prior to working in mental health Jude worked within the Women's Aid and Rape Crisis movements. Jude currently manages the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture in the North West. Jude is a national accredited trainer for the Gender Training Initiative, which provides training to staff working with women in secure settings.
Rahila Gupta is a freelance journalist, writer and activist. She is a longstanding member of the management committee of Southall Black Sisters and chair of the Nihal Armstrong Trust. With Kiranjit Ahluwalia she wrote 'Provoked', the story of a battered woman who killed her violent husband and co-wrote the screenplay based on the book and released as a film in 2007. Her last book, 'Enslaved', on immigration controls, was published in 2007.
Lucy Kirkwood is an East London born playwright. She was Resident Playwright at Clean Break for two years, during which time she developed and wrote it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now, for which she was the joint winner of the Wolff Whiting award, and was nominated for the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Previous productions include Tinderbox (Bush Theatre 2008), Hedda (Gate Theatre 2008), Bloody Wimmin (Tricycle Theatre’s ‘Women, Power and Politics’ season 2010), as well as short plays for the Sticking Place’s 'Terror' season and the RSC.
Alice currently works in the Private Debt Group at Ares Capital Europe analysing investment opportunities in integrated private debt and non-control equity financing solutions to the middle market. Alice previously worked at Investec for three years, having joined their Capital Markets Graduate Programme in September 2008. Alice was involved in a number of Social Responsibility projects with Investec, including tutor work at Morpeth School in Bow.
Sonali Naik is a barrister specialising in immigration and asylum law and practises from Garden Court Chambers, a well-known group at the forefront of human rights work. She has worked in this field for almost twenty years. Her work is mainly legal aid and she represents those who are at the margins of society. She was the Chair of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) campaigning for fairer immigration policies and the Chair of Tower Hamlets Law Centre, a local community organisation.
Susan Royce is a chartered accountant who specialises in working with clients across the cultural sector to develop and implement ambitious programmes for change. From 1991 to 2000 she specialised in corporate recovery work with PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2000 she established her own cultural consulting practice. She is Treasurer of the Egypt Exploration Society and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.