Matt Cooper (Chair)
Matt Cooper has been the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the National Centre for Circus Arts since 2015. He currently holds the position of non-executive chairman or director at a range of other public and private companies that include Octopus Capital Ltd, Imaginatik Plc, ClearlySo Ltd, VouchedFor Ltd, Tandem Bank, IAMYIAM and IGF Invoice Finance Ltd. Previously, Matt worked for several years as Principal Managing Director of Capital One Bank Europe.
Kate Anderson has served on the National Centre for Circus Arts Board of Trustees since 2013. She is the Festival Director of Bloomsbury Festival and Co-Director of Ingenious Purpose theatre company. Previously, Kate was joint CEO of Nuffield Southampton Theatres where she produced around one hundred theatre productions, a number of which toured nationally and internationally. She is also an Arts Quality Assessor for Arts Council England.
Kirsten Becker-Valero has been a Change and Programme Manager with Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs for the last 12 years. Prior to working in Financial Services, Kirsten was a management consultant with Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Inc. in the US, UK, Belgium and France. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the National Centre for Circus Arts since October 2013.
Craig Calvert is a Managing Director at UBS. He has been part of UBS's UK Corporate Broking and Advisory team since 2000, having previously qualified as a solicitor with Freshfields. He joined the board of the National Centre for Circus Arts in 2011 and chairs the Finance Committee.
Kate Cavelle was previously Director of UK Corporate Citizenship at Deutsche Bank and their Global Head of Education programmes. Kate is now Global Head of Pro Bono & Community Investment at Allen & Overy. Kate Cavelle has served on the National Centre Board of Trustees since 2014 and is a member of the Development Group. In addition, Kate is a Trustee of the Wessex Youth Trust and an Ambassador Afrikids.
David Chinn is a Senior Partner at worldwide management consultancy McKinsey & Company where he leads their global government defence practice. He supports ministries of defence, armed forces, police forces and security institutions with improving their performance in providing national defence and security. He is also a trustee of Team Rubicon Global which supports military veterans by deploying them to support disaster relief and He is an Honorary Associate Professor, Strategy & Security Institute, Exeter University. His first career was in the arts, as the founder of Cambridge Touring Theatre. David has served on the National Centre board since 2012.
Jane Crowther is a HR executive with experience in consulting and corporates across a range of global companies. She is currently the HR Director at the Royal Opera House and Vice Chair of the Board of the Bach Choir. Jane spent many years in the oil and gas sector and as a management consultant. She has served on the National Centre Board of Trustees since 2014.
Fiona Dent is Group Managing Director at Time Inc. UK and leads Time Inc. (UK) Lifestyle, the largest women’s multi-channel media brand portfolio in Britain. She runs the highest performing growth initiative, which includes acquisitions and launches in events, e-commerce and content. With over 20 years digital experience she has identified key corporate growth partnerships with lifestyle start-ups and is also a private investor in e-commerce and FinTech start-ups. Fiona joined the Board in 2014 and is joint Chair of the Development Group.
Sue James has had over 25 years experience in the media industry, winning numerous Editor of the Year awards for her exceptional expertise in lifestyle magazines. Formerly, Sue was publishing director of the Women's Lifestyle Group within IPC Southbank where her remit covered Essentials, Family Circle and woman&home. Before leaving Time Inc. UK in July 2017 to set up her own media and brand consultancy business, she was editorial director of woman&home for 16 years. Sue joined the Board of Trustees in 2017 where she is part of the Development Group.
Matthew Lloyd is a freelance theatre director, producer and writer. He has worked for the Almeida, the Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, in the West End and most of the UK's leading regional venues. He was Joint Artistic Director and CEO of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and also of the Actors Centre, where he created a range of innovative professional development and actor training programmes in conjunction with the BBC, Channel 4, Skillset, the Arts Council, the RSC and the National Theatre. Matthew has served on the board since 2012.
Betsy Lynch is a freelance project manager and former Communications Executive previously working for MeadWestvaco, Nickelodeon and Arthur D Little. Her areas of interest include corporate messaging, digital marketing and online safety. She has an avid interest in education, specifically children’s literacy, and supports Beanstalk charity in the UK and The Great Books Foundation in the US. Betsy has served on the Board of Trustees since 2017. She is on the Development Committee and is Chair of the 2018 Gala Committee.
Bill Morris was the Director of Culture, Ceremonies, Education and Live Sites for the London Olympics in 2012, where he was responsible for the team which delivered the London 2012 Ceremonies including the Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Torch Relays. Before this he worked for the BBC, organising many of their major events including the ‘BBC Music Live’ Festival, the annual ‘BBC Proms in the Park’ and 2005’s ‘Live 8’. He now advises the International Olympic Committee and other worldwide clients in major events and other complex projects. Bill has served on the board since 2013.
Tarun Nagpal heads Deutsche Bank’s Global Investment Solutions division. He has been responsible for structuring and marketing alternative investment products in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has also built Deutsche Bank’s alternative investment product suite, including the 'dbalternatives' Hedge Fund Managed Account Platform in the investment bank. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Tarun served as a Lawyer at Linklaters. Tarun has served on the Board for the National Centre of Circus Arts since 2013.
Thomas Nowacki is a Chartered Accountant (Fellow) with 19 years of IT auditing and consulting experience. He has spent the last 14 years within Financial Services in Australia, India and the UK, and is currently the Head of IT Audit at UBS. He was a member of the Audit Committee of the Commonwealth Secretariat. He first became involved with the National Centre for Circus Arts in 2012 through a student mentoring programme, and became a Trustee and a member of the Audit Committee in 2013.
Paul Steggall founded Carbon in 1999 - a London-based executive search firm working exclusively to hire senior leaders. Under his management, Carbon has established an impressive portfolio of clients in banking, insurance and asset management. Paul works with a range of organisations to appoint CEOs and functional leaders in both developed and emerging markets. He is a director of a theatre company and has served on the National Centre for Circus Arts Board of Trustees since 2017, where he chairs the Development Group.
Lesley Strachan has been a HR professional for 25 years with extensive UK and international experience. She is currently Head of Human Resources at Chelsea Football Club plc and responsible for 2000 staff. She has directed new writing and established plays in London theatres as well as at the Edinburgh Festival. She is the Arts Editor and a Director of Wandsworth Radio and sits on the steering committee for the Wandsworth Arts Fringe. Lesley has served on the National Centre Board of Trustees since 2014.