Our Board

Tuikku Alaviitala

Tuikku is a Managing Director at NRG Capital Partners, a corporate finance advisory firm focused on the Natural Resources sector. Tuikku has over 18 years of investment banking experience in the Oil & Gas Sector. Prior to co-founding NRG Capital Partners in 2015, Tuikku worked at Barclays’ and Citigroup’s Oil & Gas and Energy Investment Banking teams, respectively. In her spare time, Tuikku also co-founded a flying trapeze school, TLCC, based in South London that operates during the summer months. Tuikku graduated from the Cass Business School with an MSc in Finance. Tuikku joined the NCCA board in November 2019 and sits on the Audit Committee.

Cameron Brookhouse

Cameron Brookhouse is CEO and Co-Founder of Quell, a fitness gaming start-up. Previously, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and Head of Business Development at Generation UK, an NGO focussed on fighting youth unemployment. Cameron has been on the NCCA Board of Trustees since 2020.

Craig Calvert

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

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

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 and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Sue James

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.

Alison King

Alison King is Chief Executive of Turtle Key Arts, a performance arts company that devises and produces original work with a particular emphasis on making art available to all. It has had a huge impact nationally and internationally. Alison has been running Turtle Key Arts for over twenty years. Having originally graduated from Mountview Theatre School, she is currently the Chair of The Independent Theatre Council, a published author on stage management and production, an award winning producer, a university lecturer and regularly gives talks on a range of creative and business topics.  Alison is Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Betsy Lynch

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

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 and sits on the Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

Tarun Nagpal

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 and sits on the Finance Committee.

Thomas Nowacki

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. He became a Trustee in 2013 and is Chair of the Audit Committee.

Darshak Shah

Darshak Shah is co-founder and Managing Director of Newmedica, a leading NHS ophthalmology provider and the clinical eye care arm of Specsavers. Prior to healthcare, Darshak spent five years with The Boston Consulting Group after reading Economics and Management at Trinity College, Oxford. Darshak joined NCCA as a Trustee in 2019 and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Paul Steggall

Paul Steggall advises leaders as a sounding board, specialising in leadership, career planning, and succession. He is an expert in the role of the high-performing executive. Clients include those leading businesses in public and private companies alongside entrepreneurs of high growth and innovative ventures.  Prior to joining Manchester Square Partners, Paul was the Managing Partner of Carbon, the executive search firm he founded in 2000, where he advised clients on top management appointments for nearly two decades. He has been instrumental in a range of succession planning scenarios, as a trusted adviser to boards and CEOs. Paul has worked across most European countries and many emerging markets.

Lesley Strachan

Lesley Strachan has spent over 20 years working in Human Resources for some big brand names such as Porsche Cars (GB) Ltd and Chelsea FC plc. She now enjoys applying her knowledge and skills as a freelance HR Director in medium size entrepreneurial organisations.
 She graduated from University of Surrey with a BSc (Hons) in Linguistic and International Studies and completed her MBA at Reading University in 2000. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (FCIPD).
 She has spent over 15 years directing plays on the London fringe and having recently turned her hand to writing, you might come across some of her published work in audio plays or short stories. She was previously a Trustee at the Curve Theatre, Leicester and is currently Director and the Arts Editor for Riverside Radio. Lesley sits on the Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

William Underhill

William Underhill was a solicitor at Slaughter and May until his retirement in 2018, after more than 35 years with the firm, 28 as a partner. He advised UK and international companies on mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and corporate governance. He is also a Trustee at St Andrew’s Club. William sits on the Audit Committee and is also NCCA’s representative to the CDD Board.

Robert West

Rob West has worked in the arts, cultural and education sector for over 30 years in a range of senior roles including work for Arts Council England, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Royal Opera House. Currently fulfilling the role of Director of Partnerships and Delivery for Creative & Cultural Skills, Rob is committed to fair access to a skilled cultural workforce. Originally born and bred a stone’s throw away from the National Centre he now lives in Essex where Rob is also the Vice-Chair at the Mercury Theatre Colchester. Rob is a member of the Audit Committee.

Rachael Williams

Rachael Williams is currently Executive Director and Joint CEO at Park Theatre in Finsbury Park. Prior to this, she was Executive Director for theatre company Improbable, and has also worked at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, English National Opera and Oxfordshire based outdoor theatre company Creation. Rachael was previously Chair of the Board for Metta Theatre and currently sits on the Board of the Bach Choir.  Rachael joined the NCCA Board in 2020.