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Meet the Trustees

Paul Boniface is Chair of Trustees and is currently The Secretary of the National Trust. He is accountable to the Director-General and Board of Trustees and works across the executive and non-executive. Before becoming The Secretary, Paul was Director of People & Legal Services at the Trust for 10 years. He had responsibility for organisational development which included two major re-organisations of the Trust. Prior to joining the Trust Paul was Head of HR for the UK interests of the life sciences giant, Novartis. Before that he worked in the NHS where he held a number of general management roles before moving into HR later becoming HR Director for an NHS Trust. Paul was educated at the University of Liverpool. He lectures on governance, human resources and conservation management both nationally and internationally. Paul lives in Stroud. His interests include: music (semi-professional musician), politics, walking and all things Italian (Paul has joint UK/Italian citizenship). 

David Elford New Trustee, information forthcoming

Louise Emerson New Trustee, information forthcoming


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

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.

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.


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.


Dr Trevor Bentley is former Chair of Trustees and is now Hawkwood Advisor on Future Thinking. He is a chartered management accountant and an organisational development consultant who has extensive experience working at board level. He has been involved in Hawkwood since 2000 and was a Trustee from 2003-2018. 


David Elford has a breadth of experience in senior commercial management including Finance, Customer Relations Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, Credit Control, Retailing, Marketing, Logistics, and Project Management. He undertook a series of highly valuable and successful commercial contracts for Hanson plc. David has owned and run a family IT business specialising in internet reservations software. For 20 years he has also been a consultant within the cultural sector and been involved with over 100 projects. David advises on the necessary control mechanisms for undertaking major projects, governance, and business planning; and is recognised as a leader and achiever. His interventions have raised many tens of millions for arts organisations. He has also completed a feasibility study into a significant international arts festival for Limerick, Eire; and a review of Notting Hill Carnival. He has twice been Leader of a Council; Chaired a 1500 pupil comprehensive school and South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell. He was also founder chair of a West London enterprise agency opened by HRH Prince of Wales.

In 2014 he cycled, with his 3 children, from London to Paris raising over £5000 for the Royal British Legion. He is interested in Textile Art and playing his vinyl jazz records (when he has time!).