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Meet the Trustees

Angie Iversen has been employed by Ruskin Mill Trust for the past 10 years and she currently works as a Student Manager at Freeman College, Sheffield. She has a varied work history of catering, counselling and yoga.

Charles O’Malley is a highly versatile business leader with a strong commercial background and a passion for sustainability and corporate responsibility. After his education and Oxford and Harvard Universities, he qualified as a chartered accountant and worked for a number of years in audit and corporate finance at PwC, Deloitte and HSBC and for a private venture capital fund. Following a Masters degree in ‘Responsibility and Business Practice’ at the School of Management at Bath University, he has launched a number of initiatives in the fields of social investment and social enterprise, sustainability and corporate responsibility – including Big Issue Invest, one of the UK’s pre-eminent social impact funds.

Charles has extensive experience of the small business sector – as a social entrepreneur, as a consultant, and as a venture capitalist. He has advised a wide range of social enterprises and environmental businesses on strategy and finance. Most recently he has been advising large corporations on sustainability and corporate responsibility strategy, stakeholder engagement and reporting – key clients have included Nestlé, BHP Billiton, GSK, Novartis, Deutsche Telekom, Swarovski, and Levi’s. With Reos Partners he has been working on multi-stakeholder collaboration around critical social and environmental issues. He is now focusing on the Responsible Leadership Forum, a peer to peer network of leaders from business, civil society and government who are committed to supporting positive social and environmental change.  In 2008 Charles was listed as one of 'London's Most Influential People' in the environment sector and his activities have been featured by CNBC and the Financial Times. He is a contributing author in the book Leadership for Sustainability. He was appointed a ‘London Leader’ for 2011-2012 by the London Sustainable Development Commission to help catalyse sustainability in London.

Deborah Leah has spent her professional life working in the Steiner Waldorf Schools Movement. She was a class teacher for twenty years, in the Nant-y-Cwm school in Pembrokeshire and in Wynstones, followed by three years of advisory work. For the past nine years she has been a learning support teacher and a lay inspector with the Schools Inspection Service. Her love of holistic, life-long learning was confirmed in the year she graduated from academic studies and embarked on nine years in Camphill communities, living and working with children and adults with learning disabilities. She loves singing, walking and gardening.

Gavin Henderson grew up in Brighton - where his first work in the theatre comprised holiday jobs backstage at the ‘weekly rep' on the Palace Pier, and in pantomime at Wimbledon. In 1972 he was appointed as Artistic Director of the York Triennial Festival and Mystery Plays, and in 1975 he became Chief Executive of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

In 1979 he moved to Bracknell - establishing the Wilde Theatre and developing the South Hill Park Arts Centre, and then in 1984 he succeeded Sir Ian Hunter as Artistic Director of the Brighton Festival. In tandem he directed the Dartington International Summer School, where he succeeded Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as Artistic Director, from 1985 until 2010.

He was Principal of Trinity College of Music from 1994 to 2006 - moving the College to the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich, and forming the merger with Laban Centre for Movement and Dance. At Trinity he established the Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts, incorporating the Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection.

He has been President of the European Festivals Association, and Chairman of the British Arts Festivals Association. He was a founder council member of Arts Council England, and the longest serving chair of its music panel. He served on Sir Richard Eyre's review of the Royal Opera House, and founded Youth Music (the National Foundation of Youth Music), the first and only delegate distributor of Lottery Funds, which he chaired for some eight years.

His many awards include Honorary Degrees and Fellowships from the University of Sussex, University of Brighton, Trinity Laban, Trinity College of Music, Royal College of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire. He won the Making Music Sir Charles Groves Award in 2005, and the Gold Badge of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in 2007. He was made a CBE in the Birthday Honours 2004.

Register of Interest

The Antony Dale Trust (Charity No. 1124822) - Chairman / Trustee

The Beatrice Lillie International College of Comedy & Musical Theatre (Charity No. 1002975) - Trustee

The Berners Trust (Charity No. 800585) - Chairman / Trustee

Brighton Early Music Festival (Charity No. 1097288) - Trustee

Eric & Salome Estorick Foundation (Estorick Collection) (Charity No. 1046374) - Trustee

National Piers Society (Charity No. 1111251) - Trustee

The Theatres’ Trust (Charity No. 274697) - President / Trustee

George Perry is a development consultant working with clients on the organisational issues of change, team building and lean thinking as well as biography and self-development.

Gill Coombs  offers a high quality, flexible and collaborative Learning and Development service for organisations in the South West that have the wellbeing of people and planet at the centre of their vision and values, whatever their business (and those seeking to shift in this direction). In 2011/12 Gill took an MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College. Her dissertation was about the importance of the right work, and from that came her book Hearing our Calling, published by Floris in 2014. Gill stood as Green Party candidate for the Totnes Constituency in the last General Election, gaining 10% of the vote. She has recently begun work on a new book exploring different responses to today’s culture. She draws on many years of successful L&D work with organisations at all levels and across the sectors, and has an MSc in Holistic Science, which has deeply enriched her understanding of business goals, communication, relationship, organisational structure and working practices.

Jeff Lane works as a psychotherapist, trainer and business consultant in a range of settings. His life also embraces stand up comedy, gardening and indulging, his cats every whim.

Roger Mortlock is CEO of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the county’s largest environmental charity with 28,000 members and over 60 nature reserves. He joined the Trust in 2013 from the Soil Association where he was Deputy Director and Chair of the Food for Life Partnership. Previously he worked in policy, communications and fundraising roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal College of Nursing and the national volunteer agency, Community Service Volunteers. He is also chair the Soil Association Land Trust which holds productive land in trust for future generations and the Bat Conservation Trust. He is Chair of the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership and attends the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Board representing environmental issues. He has a particular interest in ecological land management, and programmes that connect people and nature, especially in relation to health and wellbeing.

Dr Trevor Bentley is the current chair of trustees is a chartered management accountant and an organisational development consultant who has extensive experience working at board level. He has been involved as a trustees at Hawkwood for over ten years and intends to continue as chair.