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Board of directors

Tanuja Pandit (Chair)
 
Tanuja is a freelance consultant with interests in developing leadership and strategy for charities, environmental sustainability and wellbeing through healthy living.  

Tanuja has worked in senior leadership roles in the commercial, not-for-profit and charity sectors for nearly three decades. She started her career in finance at Ford Motor Company before moving into management consulting with Touche Ross (now Deloitte).  She returned to the corporate sector in senior treasury and general management roles at General Electric, Guinness and Diageo. Tanuja’s first not-for-profit role was as Head of Financial Policy at Monitor, the regulator for Foundation Trust Hospitals.  She later worked at the BBC where she was responsible for decision support advice on key organisation-wide efficiency programmes and senior leadership development.  Tanuja moved to the charity sector as Director of Finance and Resources and then Managing Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF).  After seeing IBLF through a major restructuring she moved on to become Chief Operating Officer for Start Network, a newly formed humanitarian charity hosted by Save the Children UK.  Tanuja became a freelance consultant in 2016.

Tanuja is currently a Trustee for Girls Not Brides, an international charity committed to ending child marriage; and Chair of Scarabeus, an aerial theatre charity that encourages positive cultural and social change through its bold and imaginative theatrical performances.  Tanuja is also a Director of Partnership Brokers Association, a company that provides vocational training courses to partnership brokers worldwide and advances knowledge in this field.

 
Sean Maguire (Treasurer)
Director, Global Communications at Plan International

Sean Maguire is an experienced humanitarian and development communications director, with a background in international political and conflict journalism. At Plan International he sets the strategic direction for communicating the organisation’s work on development and emergencies. Previously Sean was Head of Communications for the International Committee of the Red Cross in the UK. He appeared frequently on radio and television to highlight the ICRC’s humanitarian work in conflicts such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sean was global editor for politics and international affairs at Reuters from 2007-2011. He has reported from across the Middle East, including Iraq in 2003, and covered the break-up of former Yugoslavia, spending time in Sarajevo during the siege of the city. He was based in Poland from 1998-2003. Sean was educated at Oxford and Yale universities.

 
Nikki Insley
Head of Brand, East of England Co-operative Society

Nikki is a marketing professional with over ten years experience in both large and small marketing companies (corporate and public sector). Previous roles have included Head of Marketing for Policy Review TV and Director of Marketing at Neil Stewart Associates, a public policy events specialist. She is also a Trustee of the Emma Insley Aerial Creation Charitable Trust to support young aerial performers. She has been a Board member since 2011.

 
Melanee Lowdermilk
In recent years, Melanee has been working as a Montessori teaching assistant at the Lyceum School in the city of London. She has a keen interest in promoting education and the learning process in young children, particularly as it relates to the arts.

Prior to working in the field of education, Melanee worked in international development for over 10 years, primarily in Africa. As the Food Security Adviser for Africa for the U.S. Agency for International Development, she traveled and worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of that effort, Melanee served as a member of the Southern Africa Drought Emergency Task Force for the U.S. government, as well as an adviser and trainer for the Famine Early Warning Project in Africa. Liaising with international organizations in Africa,Europe and the U.S. was an integral part of Melanee's work and included the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and The World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations, The World Bank, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and The Oxford Food Studies Group.
 

Donatella Torsello, 
Global Account Director, Xerox
 
Donatella Torsello has over 25 years of proven management and directorship skills within the Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing industry. She is currently a Global Account Director for Xerox. Donatella has held various leadership positions and has broad and diverse
international operational experience working with customers and partners.
 
Donatella has a Bachelor Degree in Modern Languages and a Master of Art in Diplomatic Studies from Westminster University
 

Ruth Davey
Development Manager, Almeida Theatre

Ruth works at the Almeida Theatre in Islington managing the theatre's corporate partnerships. Prior to this role she worked as a lone fundraiser at creative writing charity Ministry of Stories, attracting funding from trusts, companies and individual donors as well as through events. Before starting work in the arts she had a successful career organising trade exhibitions in a variety of sectors but returned to university to gain an MA in Arts Management in 2012 and transferred those skills into arts fundraising.

Sandra Chapman
House Mother, Matilda the Musical
 
Sandra Chapman has over 30 years of experience working in the Creative Industries in Theatre, film and television. Sandra’s experience in Arts Education Management has covered a wide range of education environments including working as a lecturer in Events Management, Dance, and Live Theatre, and in primary and secondary schools within artist-led projects. 
 
Sandra has also run her own Theatre Arts School, working with young people; her youth work has won her the Northern Electric Arts Award, Barcelona Dance Grand prix First Prize for Artistic Direction. A Fellow of the RSA, Sandra has worked with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre as a producer, Bare Toed Aerial Dance, and Cie Retouramont Aerial Dance Theatre in France. She has also worked with Tanztheatre Wuppertal in Germany and numerous British dance companies.
 
Sandra currently works for the Royal Shakespeare Company at Matilda the Musical, previous theatre work includes Billy Elliot the Musical, working Title Films, she also works for the BBC in children’s TV, and currently works at PD management a children’s Theatrical Agency developing and nurturing the talent of the future.
 
 
Advisor to the board - Carolann Edwards
Global Director of Learning & Organisational Development, Norton Rose Fulbright

Carolann develops and implements learning and development strategy globally. As a trainer, coach and internal consultant, Carolann specialises in management, business and organisational development. She has extensive experience of designing and delivering performance improvement training and consultancy to our lawyers. She also trains clients. Carolann holds an MBA from the University of Warwick and an MA from the University of London. Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright in 1999 she was a head of business development in the finance sector.

 
Young Advisors to the Board
Jen Fidai is CEO of Rainbow Head, a North London based group of young people supporting each other’s mental well being and having fun. They offer a safe space for people of all gender identities, sexualities and mental health difficulties. She is also Youth Co-ordinator for Barnet Healthwatch and a freelance equality and diversity consultant.

Rose Collins us part-time Admin Assistant at Caxton House Community Centre. She also co-ordinates and teaches on the Caxton House Friends and Fitness group, a project for the over 50s providing healthy exercise, cooking and socialising. Before this she has worked for the Octopus Community Network and for the Hills Community Trust as a project co-ordinator.