Julia Fitzelle (Co – Chair)
Julia Fitzelle is the Head of Learning and Participation at Rambert, where she is a key member of the senior team. She is experienced in managing complex projects, innovating engagement programmes and partner relationships. Julia has written resource packs and designed teacher training, to support the AQA GCSE, AS and A level Dance specifications. She has almost 15 years experience in mainstream education, teaching at secondary schools across London, leaving her role as Academic Director of Creative Arts before joining Rambert.
Simon Hinde (Co- Chair)
Simon Hinde is a journalist and academic with a background in newspapers and online digital journalism and management and director-level experience in global media businesses. He currently teaches and runs the Journalism and Publishing department at University of the Arts London.
He has worked as a reporter, feature writer and editor on various national newspapers and as editorial director of Yahoo! and AOL and diirector of online at Sky. He has an MA in Law from Oxford University and an MA in Academic Practice from University of the Arts London.
Deb Mullins has an extensive and distinguished career in outdoor and participatory arts. She is currently Chair of Outdoor Arts UK, a national membership and strategic organisation that brings together the many diverse parts of the Outdoor Arts sector. Deb is also a founder member of Emergency Exit Arts (EEA), a seminal arts organisation based in London since 1980. For the last three decades, until 2019, she was EEA’s Artistic Director and is now a freelance Arts Consultant and Creative Producer developing new projects inspired by real and imagined stories. Her freelance work includes a commission by Arts Partnership Surrey to manage and evaluate Whatever the Weather, a countywide arts and health programme. She is working with APS in 2020 supporting local authority officers to deliver an extensive dance project.
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 VP business development for Genpact. 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
Katy Donnelly is the Trusts Fundraising Manager at My AFK in Hornsey, raising funds to help disabled children and young people live independent lives. Prior to this role, she worked at Jacksons Lane, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and The Place. She has experience of raising funds from Trusts, statutory bodies, individuals and Major Donors for a variety of causes in the arts and heritage sectors.
Advisors to the Board:
Rose Collins is the Administrator at Caxton House Community Centre. She also co-ordinates and teaches on the Lifestyle Tuesdays: Craft sessions, a project for the over 50s providing a programme of arts and crafts, and socialising. Before this she has worked for the Octopus Community Network and for the Hills Community Trust as a project co-ordinator.
Tanuja Pandit is the Director of Power Up North London which is a non-profit community benefit society that delivers solar PV and other carbon reduction projects. Tanuja has held senior leadership roles in the commercial, not-for-profit and charity sectors and has served as a charity trustee on various boards since 2005. Tanuja is committed to playing an active part in developing a vibrant community energy sector that partners with like-minded organisations to make Islington and Camden zero carbon boroughs by 2030.
Ruth Davey is the Development Manager 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.
Sean McGuire is the Executive Director of Influence and Partnerships at the global children’s charity Plan International . Sean has a background in strategic communications and journalism , with extensive press handling expertise in international organisations and governments; humanitarianism; and development, politics and international affairs. A contributor to London Review of Books, Crimes of War and Reuters Books, Sean was a member of the Scarabeus board from 2014-18 and now acts as an advisor.
Suky Skinner is a highly experienced international training consultant, speaker and coach specialising in key account management, negotiation, strategic sales and team building with international sales experience spanning over 30 years across the IT industry and business services.
Young Advisors to the Board:
Our young advisors input and perspectives are invaluable. They help ensure our participation projects are designed to best support and address the needs of the young people we work with; their ideas and creativity also keep our artistic work as relevant and fresh as possible.