Torquil studied Law and Economics at Cambridge and Harvard. He went on to work as a banker for over 10 years at JP Morgan and Company in New York and at Philip Hill, Higginson Erlanger’s in London, followed by a further five years as General Manager of Mineral Separation Ltd, a large industrial holding company.
In 1973 he became Chief Executive of a toy manufacturing company, Berwick Timpo Ltd and, between 1980 and 1996, founded and became Executive Chairman of the hugely successful, Bluebird Toys plc, which made sales of nearly £100m and a cash balance of £35m within 12 years.
He has been Chairman and President of the British Toy and Hobby Manufacturer’s Association, Chairman of the Trustees of Rendcomb College, Trustee of the Tavistock Clinic Foundation and Trustee of the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
In 1996 he founded the Norman Trust, a charity for children and young people. After retiring from Bluebird Toys plc he purchased the Roundhouse, Camden in 1996. He was awarded the CBE in 2002.Read Less
Sir Lloyd Dorfman, Founder and Chairman of the Travelex Group, is a 59-year-old Londoner. He started his own currency exchange business in 1976 from one small shop in central London, after briefly sampling the bar and investment banking. In March 2001 Travelex acquired Thomas Cook’s Global & Financial Services business for £440m.
Today, Travelex is the world’s largest foreign exchange and business payments specialist. In 2001 Sir Lloyd won the Consumer Business Category in the UK “Entrepreneur of the Year” awards sponsored by Ernst & Young, Citibank and The Times. In 2002 he received the British American Chamber of Commerce’s UK Entrepreneurial Award, and the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Free Enterprise Award. He was named as “2007 Honorary Australian of the Year” in the U.K and in June 2008, he was appointed CBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list for services to business and charity.
He is a Non-Executive Director of M&C Saatchi plc, Deputy Chairman of Monitor Quest Ltd, a Governor of St Paul’s School in London, a Director of the Royal National Theatre, a Trustee of the Prince’s Trust, and an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford. Lloyd Dorfman was educated at St Paul’s School, and did not go to university. He is married with three children, two grandchildren, and lives in London.Read Less
Wayne McGregor CBE is a director and choreographer, studied dance at University College Bretton Hall and the Jose Limon School in New York. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor Ι Random Dance, resident company of Sadler’s Wells, London, for which he has made over 30 works including The Millennarium, Sulphur 16, Aeon, Nemesis, AtaXia, Ossein, Amu, Entity, Dyad 1909, FAR and UNDANCE.
He is the Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet.
In January 2011, McGregor was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Dance.Read Less
Genista (Jenny) McIntosh has held a number of senior positions in major arts organisations She was Principal of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 2002-3 and Executive Director of the Royal National Theatre between 1990 and 1996 and again between 1997 and 2002. In 1997 she was briefly Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House.
Between 1972 and 1990 she held a number of posts at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She was a founder Trustee of NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) from 1998 to 2005 and currently serves on the Boards of Southbank Sinfonia, the Roundhouse Trust, the National Opera Studio and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Genista holds honorary doctorates from the University of York (1998), the University of Middlesex (2002) and City University (2002) and received an Honorary Fellowship from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2003. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1999 she was created a Life Peer, taking the title Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall, and now devotes most of her time to her work in the House of Lords.Read Less
Estelle started her career in education as a teacher in an inner city multi racial comprehensive school where she taught for 18 years. In 1992 she entered Parliament and in 2001 became the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. She followed this with 2 years as a Minister at the Department of Culture Media and Sport and left Parliament in 2005.Read More
Since then she has combined a career that includes senior posts both in education and the arts as well as being a member of the House of Lords.
She now works at the Institute of Effective Education at the University of York which aims to transform the relationship between education research and practice so that policy making and teaching can become more evidence based.
She is a trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Roundhouse and Chair of the National Coal Mining Museum. She also chairs the Council at Goldsmiths College.
She is a regular contributor to Guardian Education.Read Less
Simon co-founded mid-market private equity firm Inflexion in 1999, and is joint-chair of the Investment Committee. Inflexion manages £3.1bn, focusing on fast growing entrepreneurial mid-sized companies. The firm’s consistently high returns place Inflexion in the world’s top 10 private equity investors.
Simon has trekked both the North and South Poles, becoming one of the very few to have skied to both the top and bottom of the planet. In his spare time he makes olive oil and wine. He also enjoys tennis, skiing and golf.
Simon is a long standing supporter of the Prince’s Trust and a Trustee of Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation. He joined the Roundhouse as Chair in 2017.
Simon earned his MA in Modern History from Oxford University.Read Less
Molly has been involved with the Roundhouse since 2015, when she joined the Roundhouse Choir at age 16, and has been an active member since. Alongside her singing, she is studying for a Master’s degree in Biochemistry in which she is researching the genetic causes of heart conditions.
Whilst at university, Molly has produced, performed in, and written student theatre, as well as being on committee as Events Coordinator for 3BUGS Fringe Theatre Society. Recent productions include Spring Awakening (cast, 3BUGS Fringe Theatre), Robin Hood (producer, UoB Panto Soc), and Shadow’s Shadows (writer/assistant director, Article19 Theatre Company).
Molly is a founding trustee of Max’s Foundation, a charity committed to supporting families affected by inherited heart conditions in young children. She is also a member of the Cardiomyopathy UK Youth Panel.Read Less
Weyland Mckenzie-Witter is a multidisciplinary Audio Artist currently working at Chalk & Blade as a podcast producer. Weyland has worked as a producer on Small Axe: The Podcast , assistant producer on the BBC Sounds podcast commissioning team, producer on multiple shows for Transmission Roundhouse and co-producer on ABOE RADIO for No Signal. Weyland’s has also created music for worldwide ad campaigns for companies like Samsung and Absolut Vodka.Read Less
Having survived polio as a youngster, Ade Adepitan has gone on to compete as a wheelchair basketball player on an international level and has since built up a wealth of Broadcasting experience.
An instantly recognisable face, Ade traverses the world for BBC World News, The Travel Show and is a Reporter on Channel 4’s foreign affairs series Unreported World which has seen him report from amongst others Honduras and Cuba. Other documentary work includes Ade Adepitan: Journey of my Lifetime, which saw Ade return to Nigeria, the place of his birth to explore the continuing polio endemic there and Dispatches.
Sporting presenting credits include fronting the BAFTA Award winning coverage of the 2012 Paralympics and subsequently The Winter Games for Channel 4. 2016 saw Ade return to the channel as part of the Rio Paralympics presenting team.
Personal sporting achievements include a Bronze in The Athens Paralympics, Silver in the European Championships and Gold in The World Championships.
Ade began his TV career on Tiger Tiger, a children’s wildlife series for Channel Five that saw him traveling the world reporting on endangered species. He went onto report for BBC1’s flagship travel series Holiday and ITV’s Dream Ticket series. In 2005 he participated in Beyond Boundaries for BBC2, the groundbreaking series that saw 11 disabled individuals adventuring across Nicaragua.
Ade received an MBE in 2005 and was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Loughborough University in 2006 and the University of East London in 2010. Additionally, he is Patron of the disability sport charity Wheelpower, The Association of Wheelchair Children and Scope. He is also ambassador for the NSPCC and The Prince’s Trust.
Ade has done a number of high profile public speaking engagements including the launch of the 2012 Olympic bid. He works extensively in the UK giving motivational speeches to schools, charities and businesses. Ade ended 2016 by co-hosting Children in Need’s primetime fundraiser on BBC1 alongside Graham Norton.
2017 will see Ade hosting The Invictus Games for BBC1 and the World Paralympic Championships for Channel 4 amongst other projects.
Sanjeev Bhaskar is an actor, writer and programme maker. He first came to prominence by creating and appearing in the comedies GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME (BBC, BAFTA nominated, winner of a British Comedy, RTS and British Press Guild awards) and THE KUMARS AT NUMBER 42 (BBC, BAFTA nominated, winner of 2 International EMMY’s, A Peabody, Bronze Rose of Montreux awards).
He also appeared in the series THE INDIAN DOCTOR (BBC) and is currently appearing in the crime drama UNFORGOTTEN (ITV).
Among his other credits are the documentaries INDIA WITH SANJEEV BHASKAR (Followed by a Sunday Times bestselling book of the same name), POSITION IMPOSSIBLE: THE SEARCH FOR THE KAMA SUTRA and 100 YEARS OF BOLLYWOOD. He also appeared on stage in London’s West End in ART (Whitehall Theatre) and played King Arthur in SPAMALOT (Palace Theatre).
Sanjeev graduated from the University of Herfordshire with a BA in Business Studies and Marketing and is currently the Chancellor of Sussex University.
His personal claims to fame are achieving No.1 in the pop charts with Gareth Gates (SPIRIT IN THE SKY, 2003) and introducing the word ‘chuddies’ (Underpants in Hindi) into the Oxford English Dictionary.Read Less
Sally trained in acting at the Central Television Workshop and also Mountview Theatre School. She set up her production company in 2009 and also runs Sweet Theatre Ltd.
In March 2015 she chaired the Roundhouse Gala Auction, raising £1 million to help over 3,000 young people realise their creative potential through various projects in music, media and performing arts. She is also a patron for The Ben Kinsella Trust, which raises awareness on knife crime.
Productions include Touched Like A Virgin starring Sadie Frost at Soho Theatre; Hidden in the Sand starring Sally Dexter at Trafalgar Studios; Third Floor starring Craig Gazey (Coronation Street) and Emily Head (The Inbetweeners) at Trafalgar Studios; Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus UK tour, Edinburgh Festival & Dubai; The Moon is Halfway to Heaven at Jermyn St Theatre; Guess How Much I Love You UK tour, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, South Korea, Belgium, Holland; –CBeebies Little Charley Bear– at Ambassadors Theatre; Lone Star & Private Wars starring James Jagger & Shane Richie, Days of Hope (both at Kings Head); The Rubenstein Kiss starring Samantha Bond and Gary Kemp at Hampstead Theatre (winner – TMA Best New Play Award and The John Whiting Award).
Sally produced Live at the Ambassadors, a variety of concerts featuring acts such as Beverley Knight, James McCartney, Paul McCartney, Charlie Watts, Mick Hucknall, Kelly Jones (Stereophonics), Bill Wyman, Mica Paris and more.Read Less
Pauline is Chief Executive of Creative & Cultural Skills, the UK sector skills council for craft, design, cultural heritage, music, performing arts, literature and the visual arts, based at The Backstage Centre in Purfleet, Essex. Creative & Cultural Skills runs the National Skills Academy, a national network of Further Education Colleges working with the creative industries, creates apprenticeships and paid internships in the creative sector and runs its own apprenticeship training provision.
She previously worked at Arts Council England in five senior roles (1998 – 2007) including Director of Education and Training and Research and Development. She set up and ran the Royal Opera’s Education Programme (1983 to 1997) following seven years in teaching.
Pauline is Chair of Shape Arts, a board member of Drama UK, High House Production Park and the Clore Leadership Programme. Previous non-exec roles have included Chair of the da Vinci School for Creative Enterprise in Letchworth. In London she is a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Strategy Group and the London Enterprise Partnership’s Skills Group.
Pauline was awarded a CBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to education and training in the cultural sector. In 2015 she was named Campaigner of the Year in Music Weekly’s Women in Music Awards.Read Less
Ella is a Group HR Director, with a proven track record of leading change, M&A and business transformation. Her career spans retail, not-for profit and high tech companies.
Ella is currently the HR Director and Board member at Sainsbury’s Argos, the newly-formed non-food subsidiary of Sainsbury’s (which encompasses Argos, Habitat and Sainsbury’s non-food business). With 30,000 employees and annual sales of around £6 billion, Sainsbury’s-Argos is the second largest online retailer in the UK. Ella’s responsibilities range from defining the best and most robust operating model, ensuring the future development and acquisition of the digital skills needed for sustainability and growth and leading the HR function of 200 people.
Ella earned her BA Hons degree from the University of Bristol and her Master’s Degree from the University of London.Read Less
Caspar is a co-founder of the Roundhouse Trust.
Between a degree in philosophy and a Masters in International Relations, he worked as a copywriter for TBWA/Holmes Knight Ritchie, then for a foreign affairs think-tank and lobbying group, The Safer World Foundation, concentrating on arms control and conflict management. In 1995 he helped set up a property insurance company in Scotland and London.
He left to set up the Roundhouse with Torquil Norman, first as the Norman Trust, which owns the Roundhouse and managed its activities until 2000, then as a founding trustee and first Events Director of the Roundhouse Trust. He stepped down a short period after the Roundhouse reopened.
He remains a trustee of the Roundhouse and the Norman Trust, as well as a trustee of the Pound Arts Centre and Rural Arts, Wiltshire. He is a director of Genie Toys.
He currently lives in Wiltshire, writes books and advises on various social enterprises, usually with young people, old buildings and events at their core.Read Less
Jackie Freeman is a Chartered Accountant who has held the post of Director of Corporate Services at Marie Curie, a national charity caring for people with terminal illness and their families, since 2017. Prior to this she held senior finance roles in retail and hospitality, most notably as Finance Director for PizzaExpress from 2003 to 2014.
Jackie is a Trustee and Treasurer of Shape Arts, a charity that provides opportunities and support for disabled artists and cultural organisations to build a more inclusive and representative cultural sector.Read Less
Spider J is a producer, songwriter and musician actively touring and playing festivals around the world. Spider specialises in urban, dub, hip hop, reggae and pop genres.
He plays a huge part in the Roundhouse’s annual outreach programme, On Track. As lead artist tutor and producer he works closely with young creatives to help them realise their potential, focussing on music production and live performance.
Jonathan Badyal is Head of Communications at Universal Music UK, where he works across all aspects of the company’s internal and external communications.
He previously spent five years advising former Culture & Digital Economy Minister Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, and his successor, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP on policy and communications.
His passion for music came to the fore during his time working at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Although knowledgeable and well connected across every facet of British culture, from film to fine art, he became a vocal champion of British music, and especially British urban music.
Jonathan grew up in Wolverhampton and was educated at Heath Park and Wolverhampton Grammar School. He studied Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham before going on to study a Masters in Political Science.Read Less
Nadja Bellan White has joined VICE Media Group’s executive leadership team in the role of Global Chief Marketing Officer in October 2020. Bellan-White is the first to assume the newly-created global position, uniting VICE Media Group’s portfolio and teams across marketing, branding and communications internationally under one pillar.
Bellan-White came to VICE Media Group with over two decades of global experience in marketing, communications and digital transformation across the U.S, EMEA, LatAm and APAC markets. She was most recently Executive Partner for Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide where she was responsible for leading the brand transformation for Dove at Unilever. She also led brand work for American Express, LG Electronics, IKEA North America, Coca-Cola, Siemens, and Safaricom/Vodafone. In 2014 she was promoted to CEO of Ogilvy Africa in Nairobi, Kenya where she managed its business across the continent. A champion of diversity and inclusion in the media industry, Bellan-White helped develop Ogilvy/WPP Roots, an organisation dedicated to driving cultural diversity and inclusion across Europe.Read Less
Managing Director of the Cameron Mackintosh group of companies, which includes eight West End theatres and Music Theatre International. Joined Cameron Mackintosh in 1981 as the Executive Producer for Cats and subsequently for such shows as Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Oliver!, Mary Poppins and Hamilton. Executive Producer of the Oscar winning feature film of Les Misérables. Patron of Shakespeare Schools Festival, Chairman of the Soho Theatre, Managing Trustee of the Mackintosh Foundation and a UK Business Ambassador for the Prime Minister’s Office. Awarded an OBE for services to theatre and charity by the Queen in 2014.Read Less
Marcus Davey, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Roundhouse, was previously Head of Arts for Dartington Hall Trust and then Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Voluntary positions have included being Chair of the PRS Foundation and the Brook Street Band Trust, as well as being a trustee of the Longplayer Trust, a Steering Board member of Barclays Lifeskills and a London Council member of Arts Council England. He is currently a Governor of the National College for Creative Industries and Co-Chair of the UK Council of the Creative Industries Federation, of which he was a co-founder.
He is an honorary fellow of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and of Dartington College of Arts. Marcus was awarded an OBE in 2011.Read Less
Philip studied Classics and Modern Languages at Oxford University and is the general counsel and company secretary of the Roundhouse.
Philip is a senior partner in the corporate law practice at international law firm Brown Rudnick LLP. He practises corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, strategic investments and joint ventures.
Philip also has an active pro bono practice, with considerable experience advising English charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.
Before embarking upon his legal career, Philip lived and worked in Japan as a cultural adviser to the Japanese Government.Read Less