Chair - Dawn Airey
Dawn Airey is Chair of the National Youth Theatre, Digital Theatre, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship and is on the Boards of Getty Images, Grosvenor Estates and Blackbird. Dawn is a veteran of the media industry having worked in television for 30 years, holding senior positions at ITV as its first Network Controller of Kids and Daytime and latterly Managing Director of Global Content. She was also the first Director of Programmes and subsequently CEO and Chair of Channel 5. Dawn also worked at BSKYB as Managing Director of Channels and Services. She spent three years as Yahoo’s Senior Vice President in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 2017 Dawn was News International’s Visiting Professor of Media Studies at Brasenose College, Oxford University. She is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Television Society, and last year was given an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Edge Hill University for her outstanding contributions to the media industry.
Munroe Bergdorf - Munroe is a model, activist and Doctor of Letters, and has become recognised globally for her activism. Boasting over a half a million social media following, Munroe Bergdorf uses her platform to amplify marginalised voices, offering insight and instruction on feminism, diversity and LGBTQ+ topics. She talks passionately about rejecting public shaming, preferring that we embrace accountability and resolve, with her work focusing on education – when you know better, you do better. Further cementing the significance of activism, in 2020 she was appointed as a UN Women UK Changemaker. Munroe regularly consults for global FTSE 100 businesses for their inclusivity and diversity schemes, including the world’s largest beauty brand, L’Oreal Paris, where she sits on their UK Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board to influence and inform the brand and be a voice for black, trans and queer community. Munroe remains committed to using her platform to champion diversity and create lasting change in the beauty industry and beyond. Munroe was awarded an honorary doctorate for contributions campaigning for transgender rights in 2019 by the University of Brighton. In August 2020 British Vogue named her in the top 25 most influential Women in the country.
Tania Black - Tania began acting at the National Youth Theatre and then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After drama school, theatre credits include seasons at RSC Stratford and London and various roles on TV and radio. She left theatre when she moved to Manchester to have a family. Tania is also a board member of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and since relocating to London has been on the development board of the Centre for Social Justice and has been very involved with fundraising at the National Theatre and the NYT's Social inclusion programme Playing Up. She has just joined the development board of the Hampstead Theatre.
Johnny Capps - Johnny is co-creator and Executive Producer of Urban Myth Films’ first commission the 13-part action adventure series Atlantis for BBC1 and BBC America. After graduating from Manchester Johnny began his career as a script editor for Paul Abbott before moving to the BBC as Development Executive, working on a number of productions including The Scarlet Pimpernel and Dangerfield. He later story edited Peak Practice (ITV) before going on to produce the first series of As If. Johnny and Julian Murphy established Shine Drama in 2002 and created and produced many international hits including Love Bytes (Foxtel, Australia), the award-winning Hex (Sky One), the International Emmy Award-winning Sugar Rush (Channel 4), Synchronicity (BBC), Disconnected (BBC), Demons (ITV), and the multi-award winning Merlin (BBC1). Merlin ran for five series until 2012 and sold to over 180 countries worldwide.
Sylvia Darkwa-Ohemeng - Sylvia had been heavily involved with her borough’s youth service in Brent, being a Grantmaker, hosting forums every month for young adults and being part of the Brent Youth Parliament, which lead to a trip to the European Parliament in Brussels. Sylvia graduated from Rose Bruford and discovered stage management with a youth arts company called DreamArts, where she started off as a saxophonist when she was 16. Some of her theatre credits include: A Beautiful City, Besieged, Three NYT Playing Up Season, When Women Wee Soho Theatre, A Guide to Second Date Sex, Strong Arm Edinburgh Festival: Underbelly Venue, Ada Ada Ada Proximus Lounge (Brussels), Putting Words in Your Mouth, Hive City Legacy Roundhouse, Halfbreed India Tour, Nine Night (Dorfman), Pericles (Olivier) National Theatre, Barbershop Chronicles USA and Canada Tour and Richard II The Globe Theatre: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner Royal Court Upstairs Theatre, Fairview Young Vic, Rockets and Blue Lights Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre and My White Best Friend (And other letters left unsaid) The Bunker Theatre, Royal Court Theatre: via live Zoom.
Simon Davies - Simon is the Chief People, Legal & Strategy Officer at Lloyds Banking Group and a member of the Group Executive Committee. He joined the Group in 2016 from Linklaters LLP where he was Firmwide Managing Partner, a position he held from January 2008. Prior to this, Simon spent 12 years in Asia, specialising in M&A and securities advice, serving terms in each of Hong Kong and Tokyo and was Managing Partner for Asia from 2003-2007. He is a Solicitor of the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as well as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. Simon joined Linklaters in London in 1990, having studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is a member of TheCityUK China Market Advisory Group.
Janet Ellis MBE - Janet trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama . She has appeared in theatres up and down the country and on TV in everything from Dr Who and The Sweeny to Jigsaw. She presented Blue Peter for four years in the Eighties, and since leaving has worked as an actress, presenter, broadcaster and writer. She is a regular panellist on C5's The Wright Stuff and is a regular contributor to radio and TV . She writes an agony column for the Daily Mail, which appears every Monday. Her first novel, The Butcher's Hook, was published by Two Roads this February. She has three children and four grandchildren . And a dog.
Graham Elton- Graham is a Partner at Bain & Co. in London. He joined the firm in 2001 and ran the EMEA Private Equity business from 2005-18. He is now Chairman of that business as well as Chairman of four private companies: Pageant Media, Lane Clark & Peacock, Capital Economics and SLR Consulting. Prior to Bain, Graham worked for eight years in the media industry at Pearson and United Business Media and at the Boston Consulting Group. He served as a Trustee of The Arts Educational Schools Chiswick for ten years and is now on the Board of Now Teach. In his student days at Oxford and Harvard he directed at the Oxford Playhouse and produced and directed on Broadway.
Mary FitzPatrick - Following a career as a journalist and documentary film producer, Mary began working in Diversity & Inclusion over 20 years ago, including roles as Diversity Editorial Executive for Channel 4 and for the BBC and most recently Diversity & Inclusion Lead for General Electric Renewable Energy. While Mary was in role at GE Capital, they won a range of diversity industry awards including The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in 2014 and 2016. Mary is currently Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Rolls Royce.
David Hockley - David is a qualified Chartered Accountant, having qualified with PWC. He has worked as CFO in a variety of media companies, having started out with the Financial Times both in the UK and Hong Kong, where he was responsible for overseeing the Finance operations across a broad range of countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, China and the Philippines. Subsequent to the FT, he worked at Channel 5 which finally resumed in him managing the sales of the business to Northern & Shell. Over the last 5 years, he has worked as am independent consultant with Hearst Magazines, Travel Channel, Scripps Networks Interactive, Central European Media Enterprises and Picsolve. He specialises in M & A, restructuring, refinancing and Interim CFO roles. His main interests are all forms of Sport, travel, gardening and family.
Nicola Howson - Nicola has spent over 25 years working as a communications professional in a range of industries. During this time Nicola has advised a range of clients including major consumer brands such as Mars and Asda, media companies including ITV and Sky, and cultural organisations such as the Old Vic Theatre. Nicola spent ten years at leading communications agencies, freuds, where she founded its Corporate practice before becoming its CEO. Prior to this she spent the bulk of her career in the media industry, including working as Communications Director of ITV. Nicola is an Ambassador for WWF and a Trustee of the Old Vic Theatre. Nicola now runs her own boutique communications consultancy in London specialising in reputation management for both corporations and individuals.
Jessica Hung Han Yun - Jessica designs for festivals, theatre, circus and installation. She trained in lighting design at Rose Bruford College graduating in 2014. Recent credits include EQUUS at Theatre Royal stratford and Trafalgar studios, Boomtown Festival, Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner at The Royal Court, Fairview at The Young Vic and Blindness at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2019 Jessica received the Knight of illumination award and Off West End Award for Best Lighting Design.
Tobi Kyeremateng - Tobi is an award-winning cultural producer and social entrepreneur with a focus on creating rich cultural experiences and sustainable social change through film, live public events, and community-led programmes. With 9 years’ experience in cultural production, strategy, consultancy and project management, Tobi has worked with organisations such as AFROPUNK, BBC, Institute of Contemporary Arts, National Theatre, Nike, Royal Court Theatre and Samsung, and has produced work that has platformed on NOWNESS, 180 The Strand, Vinyl Factory and Complex. Tobi has won awards including: ‘Inspiration of the Year’ (Stylist Magazine’s Remarkable Women Awards 2019), ‘Best Producer’ (Black British Theatre Awards 2019), the ‘Arts & Culture’ Award (Women Of The Future Awards 2019) and 'Special Award: Producer' (OffWestEnd Theatre Awards 2020). Tobi is the founder of the award-winning initiative Black Ticket Project.
David Lammy MP - David was elected as Labour MP for Tottenham at the age of 27 in June 2000, having previously served as a GLA member with a portfolio for Culture and Arts. He is currently Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor. He served 9 years (2001-10) as a Minister in the last Labour government and was made a Privy Councillor in 2008. Since 2010, David has been an active backbench MP. David is also the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots. He has authored countless articles for national newspapers, including the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman and the Spectator. David lives in Haringey with his wife and three children.
Tim Lloyd-Hughes - Timothy Lloyd-Hughes is Vice Chairman Real Estate Gaming and Lodging at Jefferies International. He is Head of Jefferies International's European Hotel, Leisure & Gaming Investment Banking activities. As such he is the Senior Investment Banker responsible for Jefferies International’s relationships with all the leading Hospitality & Gaming companies across Europe, Middle East and Africa.Tim has over 35 years experience in Corporate Finance, M+A and Capital Markets, experience.
Johnny Moore - Johnny is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Fulwell 73, an independent TV production company. Previously he was Chief Operating Officer of the visual effects and creative studio, The Mill. Prior to this, he worked for Sky, where he held various posts over the course of 20 years, most recently as Director of Operations for NOW TV. During his time at Sky, Johnny also helped drive various strands of expansion, including Sky’s investment in original content, their partnership with HBO, and the launch of Sky Sports F1. Johnny brings with him extensive knowledge in combining commercial and creative strategy to ensure businesses operate as efficiently as possible.
Prasanna Puwanarajah - Prasanna Puwanarajah is an actor, writer, director and doctor. His credits at the National Theatre include his debut play NIGHTWATCHMAN, and he has further acting credits with the RSC, the Donmar Warehouse and the Young Vic, as well as television work for Sky, NBC and ABC. As a filmmaker his work has been presented at film festivals worldwide and his 2012 short film BOY was part of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre 1999-2006.
Simon Stockill - Simon is a medical doctor who splits his time between a small, rural general practice in North Yorkshire and a senior leadership role as a medical director in the NHS in Leeds. He has previously been an elected local councillor and a university lecturer. He is an NYT alumnus. He has been a member of council since 2000 and has chaired the subcommittee on Diversity and Equality and is currently Lead Trustee for Safeguarding.
Ed Vaizey - Ed was first elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Wantage in 2005. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2015. Ed served as the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy from 2010-16. In that role, Ed was responsible for the roll out of the successful rural broadband programme, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for film, television, animation and video games, which have made the creative industries the fastest growing part of our economy. Ed is the chair of the National Youth Theatre Council Property Sub-Committee. In 2020 he was appointed to the House of Lords.
Daniel York Loh - As an actor Daniel has appeared at the Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Hampstead Theatre, Gate, Edinburgh Traverse and Nuffield, Southampton as well as in the films The Beach, The Receptionist and Scarborough. His first play The Fu Manchu Complex was produced at Ovalhouse. His second play Forgotten 遗忘 played at Arcola and Plymouth Theatre Royal in 2018. He also wrote for Invisible Harmony 无形的和谐 at Southbank Centre as part of the Chinese Arts Now Festival 2019 and for Freedom Hi 自由閪 for Papergang Theatre at the 2019 Vaults Festival. He is one half of Moongate Productions who recently produced the digital new writing event We R Not Virus for which he contributed No Time For Tears. He is one of 21 “writers of colour” featured in the best-selling award-winning essay collection The Good Immigrant. Short films include Mercutio’s Dreaming: The Killing of a Chinese Actor, Dream of Emerald Hill and Hall of Mirrors. He is a founder member of BEATS (British East/Southeast Asians in Theatre and on Screen).
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