Cause4 Team

Cause4 is recruiting for a new Development – deadline for applications in June 1st. Please click for further details and role description.

>>  Dave Taylor – Dave started working with Cause4 in early 2012 as an associate and is now Head of Business Planning, managing Cause4’s internal financial and legal activities, as well as working on client projects.

Prior to joining Cause4, Dave gained experience in the charity sector as Head of Finance; Resources at The Cricket Foundation and before that held senior financial positions in private sector businesses, notably in ICI for whom he worked for over twenty years in UK and in Holland. Dave has particular interests in sports and arts sectors, and in the development of financial processes in the third sector.


>> Emma O’Connell – Emma joined Cause4 as Senior Associate, Strategy and Fundraising in December 2010. She studied music at the University of Oxford before moving to London to spend ten years working as a development professional in the cultural sector, during which time she was Development Director for the  London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Previously, as the European Union Youth Orchestra’s first Development and Marketing Manager Emma was solely responsible for the organisation’s fundraising, marketing and press activity. Emma has also worked for the British Museum, both the Development and Education Departments of Aldeburgh Productions, and the Britten Pears School.

Emma is a Committee Member of LPO Contemporaries, a viola player and singer and a keen horticulturalist.

 >> Stewart Goshawk – Stewart joined Cause4 in April 2013 as Head of Philanthropy and Projects, a newly created part-time role which Stewart will take on alongside his position as Chief Executive of the Wembley National Stadium Trust. Stewart will support the Cause4 team in developing a number of new philanthropic Foundations.

Stewart has extensive previous experience in the charitable sector, having worked most recently as a senior grants officer for the City Bridge Trust, London’s largest charitable trust fund, where he has overseen the grant making and assessment processes, working across themes as diverse as disability, youth leadership, ex-offenders, older people, and environmental education.

Stewart was seconded as Head of Secretariat at the London Bombings Relief Fund in 2005, the UK’s first national disaster fund, established in the wake of 7/7 to distribute £12m received in public donations to the injured survivors and bereaved families.

>>Frances Fogel – Frances joined Cause4 as Head of Development in February 2014.

Since 2004, Frances has headed up Marketing and Sponsorship departments at two art insurance companies, has worked in the Development department at the Royal Academy of Arts and in ‘agency-side’ Marketing for a range of finance and consumer/lifestyle brands.

Frances brings a commercially-minded and art-focussed perspective to her role as Head of Development at Cause4. Her studies in Art & Design (Middlesex University), Cultural Studies and Sociology (The University of Birmingham) and Art History (University College London) along with a long-standing interest in the relationship between public and private funding of the Arts inspired her to focus her BA and MA dissertations on ‘Corporate Sponsorship of Art’.

Frances is a graduate mentor for the University of East Anglia, offers voluntary fundraising/marketing strategy support for Tzedek – a charity orientated around the Jewish community’s response to extreme poverty – has performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and sings Soprano in the City of London Choir.

>>  Rose Spencer – Rose Spencer joined Cause4 in November 2013 as Head of Finance and Resources.

Previous experience in the charity sector was gained as Head of Finance for International House Trust Ltd which operates a large language school in Covent Garden. Rose also worked on famine relief in Uganda and Ethiopia with the World Food Programme.

Rose has held various teaching posts abroad including maths in Uganda, physics in Ethiopia, theory of knowledge in Mexico and science in Nigeria. Rose is a keen hockey player.


>> Victoria Wills – Victoria joined the Cause4 in November 2013 as Senior Executive Assistant providing direct support to Michelle Wright, Chief Executive.

Victoria boasts a variety of solid experience in both financial and media sectors as well as strong knowledge and understanding of start-up organisations. Victoria has supported Director level individuals for the world’s largest independent financial advisors whilst in Dubai and then London. As Victoria’s true passion lies within the arts world her next step was to venture into the media and entertainment sector where her role transcended into fundraising and investor relations.

Victoria also has a personal interest in fundraising and support for charities having completed the Cancer Research Race For Life in July 2013, and is thus is looking forward to being an integral part of the strategic direction of Cause4’s future.

>> Amanda Rigali – Amanda is Head of Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy for Cause4, a national Catalyst-funded Programme to transform the arts sector’s capacity and skills in fundraising and philanthropy.Amanda’s career in the arts began in university research and teaching, before moving into theatre production, first at the Almeida Theatre, then at Sphinx Theatre Company.  Amanda then moved to run the international dance company DV8 Physical Theatre, co-producing work with international promoters, the Tate Modern and Channel 4.

Amanda joined Arts Council England in 2004 and was appointed Director of Combined arts and touring in 2010.  Whilst in this role Amanda developed national policy, designed and implemented the Arts Council’s £45 million Strategic Touring Programme, managed the national Artistic Assessment programme and acted as Business Manager for The Space, the innovative digital project Arts Council England launched in 2012 in partnership with the BBC.

>>Natasha Krichefski – Natasha joined Cause4 as Programme Coordinator for the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme from the policy and strategy department of Arts Council England. In the past she has worked in post-production and licensing for children’s television, in the legal and contracts department for HarperCollins Publishers, and in marketing for the Southbank Centre.

Natasha has a first class degree in Music from Edinburgh University, and currently serves as the Chair of Tell Me A Tale, a theatre charity that creates accessible arts opportunities for diverse community groups. She has a passion for arts fundraising and new innovative approaches to income generation.

>> Matt Carwardine-Palmer - Matt provides freelance marketing support to the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme. Matt is a highly proficient arts marketer with over 16 years experience in the cultural sector.

Between 1998 and 2006, Matt worked as Marketing Manager at Arts Marketing Hampshire, Marketing Director for HST Theatres and Head of Marketing at Bristol Old Vic. Since 2006, Matt has been working as a consultant and freelancer with a wide range of clients across England and Wales. Matt was Course Director for the TMA’s ‘Druidstone’ Essentials of Marketing residential course in 2010 & 2011 and has been Communications Consultant to Orchestras Live since 2006.

Matt holds a First Class Honours Degree in Arts Management and Chartered Marketer status with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Since 2012, he has been a National Advisor to the Arts Council of Wales.

>> Ben Wilson– Ben joined Cause4 in May 2010 on our Entrepreneurship training programme and is now Head of Development. Prior to joining Cause4 Ben spent two years working in marketing, advising start-up firms on their social media strategies.

Ben’s experience in the charity sector includes strategic development, leading and running fundraising campaigns, facilitating corporate approaches, writing bid proposals and developing online and social media strategies. At Cause4 Ben has developed specific expertise across arts, education, social enterprise and sport.

Ben holds an MA in International Security and Terrorism and a BA Hons. in Politics from the University of Nottingham. He has a passion for all things sporting and a growing interest in culture and the arts and holds an Institute of Fundraising Diploma with merit.

>> Sam Davis – Sam read History at Downing College, Cambridge and joined the Cause4 Entrepreneurship programme in February 2012. In July 2013, Sam became Development Coordinator.

Sam’s principal areas of interest are the arts and sport, and he has a keen interest in public access. He also remains passionate about widening participation work for universities and further education.

Sam is learning all aspects of Cause4’s work in fundraising strategy and project development, specialising in fundraising from the Statutory Sector and Trusts and Foundations and training for the education sector. Sam passed the Institute of Fundraising Certificate in July 2013.

>> Zoe Dean – Zoe joined Cause4 in July 2012 as part of the Cause4 Entrepreneurship programme, became a Development Coordinator in July 2013, and is now Development Manager.

Zoe graduated from the University of Manchester with a first class degree in history. Zoe has prior work and volunteering experience within the arts and heritage sectors, her principal fields of interest, and she is passionate about widening public access in these areas. In addition, Zoe is looking forward to learning more about the work of social enterprises and assisting with their development.

Zoe is learning all aspects of Cause4’s work in fundraising strategy and project development, and is developing a number of new skills in relation to this work. She will be working on projects across our client portfolio.

>> Remick Kang - Remick joined Cause4 in January 2013 as the Development intern and became Development Coordinator in January 2014. She holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from University College London, which she completed in August 2012.

Remick is interested in the Arts, being a keen painter herself and is passionate about protecting the environment and environmental security. She also has experience working and volunteering  both within the education and health sector.

Remick works closely with the social enterprise Blue Sky and the Institute of Global Health and Innovation at Imperial College. She is developing new skills in both fundraising strategy and project development.

>> Laura Pedley - Laura joined Cause4 in April 2013 and is part of the Entrepreneurship Programme. Laura graduated from the University of Sheffield with a first class degree in International Relations and Politics. She continued her studies at the University of Sheffield, achieving an MA, with distinction, in Global Politics and Law. After completing her studies, Laura has worked for a public policy events company, and a students’ union and is now looking to broaden her skills across the worlds of charity, social enterprise and philanthropy.

Laura is learning all aspects of Cause4’s work in fundraising strategy and project development, and will be working on projects across our client portfolio, including supporting digital development projects.

>> Alice Ravenscroft - Alice studied French at Somerville College, Oxford and joined the Cause4 Entrepreneurship Programme in April 2013.

After graduating with a first class degree, Alice interned at Giving What We Can, helping to set up their London chapter, and also interned at Street Child of Sierra Leone in communications and fundraising roles.

Alice is passionate about Effective Altruism: finding and raising awareness about the most effective ways to alleviate suffering and fight extreme poverty. She also has a longstanding interest in the arts, particularly literature, music and cinema. She is looking forward to learning more about philanthropy and to working with a range of client organisations at Cause4.

>> Ali Khimji - Ali joined Cause4 in May 2013 as our Development Intern and is now on the Cause4 Entrepreneurship programme. Prior to this, he worked as Assistant Editor of emel, a Muslim lifestyle publication, where he was tasked with researching ideas for content, interviewing high-profile personalities, and writing features and articles. Ali holds a degree in Financial Economics from the University of Leicester.

Ali has a long-standing interest in the community and voluntary sector, and previously worked as Secretary and Youth Worker at a local youth club. He currently volunteers for the Al-Mizan Charitable Trust, a grant-funder that works to fight poverty in the UK, where he oversees fundraising and marketing initiatives.

Ali is learning all aspects of Cause4‘s work in fundraising strategy and project development, and will be working on projects across our client portfolio.

>> Michael Button - Michael joined Cause4 in June 2013 as a Development Intern sponsored by UCL Advances, the centre for entrepreneurship at University College London. He graduated from UCL in September 2013 with a first class BA in European Social and Political Studies, having specialised in French and History and then joined the Cause4 Entrepreneurship programme in September 2013.

Michael has previously worked at two charities and has experience volunteering in the education sector both in the UK and abroad. He is particularly passionate about sport, education and social enterprise, but is interested in all parts of Cause4’s development and fundraising.

>> Ben Honeyman - Ben recently joined Cause4 as a Development Intern and became an Associate on the Entrepreneurship programme in January 2014. Ben studied History and American Studies at the University of Nottingham, and has just completed an MA in International Politics and Human Rights from City University, London.

Ben has experience of volunteering and fundraising in the non-profit sector (including specific work within international development) and is passionate about ensuring charities are still well supported in tough economic times. His interests include sport, with a huge passion for playing and watching football, the education sector, politics, current affairs and travel.


>> Simeon Bird - Since leaving school with 10 GCSEs, Simeon has worked for an events management company and has been part of the production for a documentary for an acclaimed London artist. He is passionate about film, music and sport and is fascinated by different cultures and their interaction. He is interested in French and Italian language and has attended language courses in Paris and Rome. Simeon joined Cause4 as an apprentice in November 2013, and is looking forward to learning about all aspects of Cause4‘s work in fundraising strategy and development.



>> Matt Pountney - Matt joined Cause4 in February 2014 on the Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme. He graduated from Durham University with a first class BA in Politics in June 2013 and has a keen interest in international relations and current affairs.

Matt has experience of charities and fundraising, having raised over £3000 for an international charity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He is a life-long Bradford City fan and enjoys both watching and playing football. He also has a background in art and drama and was a volunteer English teacher in Vietnam for several months. Matt is looking forward to learning all aspects of charity fundraising and development.

>> Emily Foster - Emily joined Cause4 in February 2014 as an Intern after graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 2011 with a degree in law.

Since graduating Emily has undertaken internships within government and the commercial sector both in the UK and abroad. At both she worked closely with charities and NGOs. It was this interaction that sparked her interest and passion in the third sector and she is looking to build on this during her time at Cause4.

Emily has a particular interest in international development and is looking forward to working across a range of charitable causes.

>> Toby Nunn - Toby Studied History and Politics at the University of Sheffield, focusing much of his attention on the British Empire in the 19th Century and contemporary international security issues. Toby has used his enthusiasm for politics through local political campaigning, work experience in Westminster and a placement in a public affairs agency.

In the summer of 2013, Toby took part in a social enterprise project in Kenya for two months where he helped local entrepreneurs either set up or expand their current businesses and enterprises. He is looking forward to helping towards the development of similar social enterprises and charities in the UK and abroad.


Cause4 is pleased to announce the addition of Arts Fundraising Fellows on the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme:

>> Naomi Allen
 - Naomi holds an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, which she completed in August 2013. This course honed her documentary filmmaking skills and reignited her passion for the visual arts.

Prior to this, Naomi lived in India for nearly two years where she worked with the award-winning media and human rights NGO, Video Volunteers. In her role as Outreach Manager she coordinated the partnerships work of the organisation in India and abroad with partners ranging from the United Nations Development Program to the Red Cross to Witness Media, New York.

In 2010 she graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology, where her first class dissertation focussed on participatory media and freedom of speech in a village in south India. This interest continues today and Naomi is passionate about widening participation in the arts and defending freedom of expression across the cultural sector. Naomi will be based at the Freeword Centre as one of the Cause4 based Arts Fundraising Fellows.

>> Stephanie Graham - Stephanie graduated with a Fine Art Degree from Manchester School of Art, in 2010, before taking up an audience development post at Castlefield Gallery.

She joined Arts Council England in late 2011, in the role of Visual Arts Assessor working on the Grants for the Arts, Artist International Development Fund and Strategic Touring programmes. Since moving back to London from Manchester earlier this year, Stephanie has been working for the Deputy Chief Executive of Arts Council England.

Stephanie has a passion for visual arts with a particular interest and expertise in curatorial work, participation, education and adult engagement. She has practiced as an artist, curator, facilitator and arts organiser, and devoted time to a number of exhibitions, projects and voluntary organisations. Stephanie will be based at the Barbican Centre as one of the Cause4 Arts Fundraising Fellows.

>> Sandie Mattioli - Sandie comes to the Cause4 Arts Fundraising Fellows cohort fresh from a freelance role as a Researcher and Writer. Sandie holds an MSc in Science, Environmental Design and Engineering from University College London and an MA in Museum Cultures from Birkbeck University.

Sandie spent many years as a Researcher spanning areas including consumer research and social policy. Her extensive experience in the charity sector includes working and volunteering with arts and cultural, environmental and community projects.

Sandie will be based at the Whitechapel Gallery. She has a strong interest, enthusiasm and expertise around the visual arts and is passionate about developing new skills in arts fundraising in order to bring the best contemporary art to the widest possible audience.

>> Emma Pickering - Emma graduated from Durham University in 2011 with a BA Hons in Human Geography. During the course of her studies, Emma became interested in culture and the changing interactions between people and art, which led her to find opportunities to work in the arts.

To date, Emma has worked as an invigilator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, volunteered both with Gallery Oldham and as an Arts Development Intern for the Forestry Commission and undertaken a market research contract with the visual arts organisation Green Close.

During the latter two positions Emma became interested in the processes and skills involved in fundraising, and is looking forward to bringing her predominantly rurally-based experience to London as one of the Cause4-based Arts Fundraising Fellows hosted at Sadler’s Wells.

>> Jill Richens - Jill graduated from University College London with a First Class Degree in Geography and was commended as an academic student of excellence on the UCL Dean’s List 2011.

She is passionate about effective and innovative fundraising practice within third sector organisations. Holding fundraising positions at charitable organisations operating in the UK, Canada and Uganda Jill has secured a Big Lottery Fund grant, coordinated successful individual giving campaigns and developed productive corporate and commercial partnerships.

Jill’s primary interests are the diversification of arts fundraising income streams, developing effective fundraising models, and promoting the value of the arts as a charitable cause to new donor groups. She will be based at A New Directon as one of Cause4’s Arts Fundraising Fellows.

>> Sarah Ruff - Sarah Ruff is a British Theatre producer. She trained at Dartington College of Arts and completed her masters at Goldsmith College where she was the London Chamber of Commerce Bell scholarship recipient.

Sarah’s freelance practice has been commissioned by the Wellcome
Collection and Arts Council England, with partners including Battersea Arts Centre, The Basement, the Chichester showroom and Greenwich University. Sarah’s work has been highly regarded in national press including a recommendation by Lyn Gardner in the Guardian blog and has been described as ‘Original and truly hilarious’ ***** Threeweeks magazine.

Sarah has been employed at Battersea Arts Centre and at the British Council in development and project support roles. Sarah recently completed a 10-week transnational professional development programme on the Leonardo Da Vinci Lifelong learning programme in Cordoba, Spain where she had the opportunity to develop and explore skills for sustainable futures. Sarah will be based at Dance UK as one of the Cause4 Arts Fundraising Fellows.

>> Dana Segal - Dana studied Theatre at Brunel University, where she gained the award for Highest Performing Graduate. During her studies, Dana produced and directed various theatre performances to fundraise for Brunel Raise and Give; for which she received an Outstanding Volunteer Award. Dana also set up a small theatre company called Organised Crime, working with schoolchildren in Essex.

Dana’s interests include theatre, spoken word and cookery. She is looking forward to developing her career at the Roundhouse as one of the Cause4 based Arts Fundraising Fellows.


>> Matthew Ashdown - Matthew, Cause4 Fellow for Hall for Cornwall, is based in Cornwall and graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2005. He has set up various successful audience development projects in the South East, through arts organisation Moogie Wonderland and several concert promotion companies. These projects range from participatory art programmes through to sell-out concerts for artists including pioneering hip hop DJ Grandmaster Flash and BBC 6 Music stalwarts The Wave Pictures. Matt also co-founded a ‘for profit’ digital marketing company, which used income to help fund music events in strange locations such as on a ship or in a warehouse.


>> Miriam Battye - Miriam, Cause4 Fellow for Circomedia, is based in Salford and recently completed her BA in Drama and English at Bristol University. Miriam has undertaken internships in a number of arts organisations and also co-founded Tap Tap Theatre Company, which produced shows in Bristol and across England.




>> Georgina Brown - Georgina, Cause4 Fellow for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, is based in Gloucestershire and graduated from The University of York in 2011 with a BAhons in Writing, Directing and Performance. Since graduating she has worked on various arts projects across a variety of countries including co-founding a theatre company which works with young people, devising theatre across the globe. She has a background in drama, music and circus.




>> Robin Peters - Robin, Cause4 Fellow for Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival is based in Bristol and in 2011 graduated from Lancaster University with a BA in Theatre Studies. Since then, he has worked with organisations across the UK and overseas, producing, directing and administrating theatre events. He has a particular interest in the role of entrepreneurship in the arts, and trans-national, border-crossing arts practices.




Cause4 is pleased to announce the addition of the following graduates on the Creative Entrepreneurs Scheme, in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama:

>> Ed Hughes - Ed trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as an Actor and has kept close ties to the School since leaving by teaching Argentinean Tango and Salsa for the last 12 years on the Acting Course and Summer School (Thanks to a Fox Foundation Bursary to study Tango in Buenos Aires). He has been working as a professional actor for 14 years in theatre, television and film including the Olivier nominated “This House” (National Theatre), “Democracy” (Old Vic and Crucible Theatre), “Wallander” (BBC and Leftbank) And is currently filming the TV series “An Honourable Woman” (Drama Republik).

Ed is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Salida Productions – for details – (an East London Theatre and Film Company) which has been awarded a Stage One New Producers Bursary and UNESCO High Achievement for “Romeo and Juliet” (Mercury Theatre) with Astillero Tango Orchestra from Argentina which Ed directed and co-produced. Salida’s Projects include “Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain” (RSC), “Formby” (Currently on a UK Tour and touring in 2014), “Gutter Junky” (Edinburgh Festival) and a film “Farmer and the Shepherd”.

>> Evi Nakou - Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Evi Nakou obtained her BMus Flute (2009) and Music Theory Diploma (2009) as well as her MMus Musicology and Music Pedagogy (Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Music Studies, A.U.T.H.) (2011). In July 2013 she graduated from MMus Leadership Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Distinction.

Evi is the co-founder, together with Liza Barley, of ontoSonics, a collaborative duo that explores human experience as the stimulus for creative process that culminates in living performance and installation. As a flutist she has concentrated on the performance of new music, has recorded music for theatre and cinema and performed in Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall and Thessaloniki Concert Hall among others.

>> Nikesh Patel - After graduating from the University of Warwick (BA English Literature) Nikesh went on to train as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he was awarded the Gold Medal for Acting in 2010. Nikesh has played various roles in film, television and theatre, including Disconnect (Royal Court), Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew (RSC) and Donny’s Brain (Hampstead Theatre). Since completing his training Nikesh has returned to Guildhall to lead performance skills workshops for musicians with the Creative Learning department, as well as teaching at the Drama Summer School.

Nikesh’s enterprise with Emily Plumtree is called No Quills provide Shakespeare workshops to primary and secondary schools across London. Workshops are led by professional actors with experience at some of the leading theatre companies in the country, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre.

>> Emily Plumtree - Since graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama, Emily has played numerous roles on television, film and in theatre – recent roles include The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew (RSC) and Filumena (Almeida Theatre). She is currently at the National Theatre performing in Strange Interlude by Eugene O’Neill. Emily was involved in the development of the Shakespeare’s Sonnets app by Faber & Faber for the iPad. She is particularly experienced in working with younger students and has worked in a number of primary schools across London.

Emily’s enterprise, No Quills was founded with Nikesh Patel (see above).


>> John-Paul Bowman - John-Paul studied composition as a mature student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in July 2013. Prior to beginning his studies John-Paul spent a four years gaining experience working in small businesses and travelling. In 2012 John-Paul joined Convivium Records, an independent classical music label, as Financial Director and has been played an important role in the advancement of the company, learning a great deal about the record industry in the process. As a composer John-Paul has been commissioned to write music for orchestra, choirs, theatre and film, working frequently with amateurs and early career professional musicians.

John-Paul’s enterprise idea is to expand the Convivium brand into Artist Management, creating a new, ethical agency model with help from Cause4. The aim of the company is to provide opportunities, advice and support to musicians and ensembles transitioning into professional careers.

>> Gavin Roberts - Gavin enjoys a varied career as a piano accompanist. He has partnered singers in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and is Artistic Director of the recital series SONG in the CITY. Engagements have include appearances at The Ludlow Weekend of English Song, The Cheltenham Festival, The Ryedale Festival, The Young Songmakers’ Almanac, and A Soldier and a Maker (Barbican) directed by Iain Burnside. Alongside soprano Lucy Hall, he was the winner of the 2012 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform.

Gavin studied Piano with Andrew West and Eugene Asti at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is now a Staff Accompanist and a Tutor of Academic Studies.

Gavin’s enterprise Song in the City (a registered charity) programmes concerts around imaginative themes, bringing talented performers to the heart of the Square Mile, in the inspiring setting of the Hall at St Botolph without Bishopsgate.

>> Sophie Roberts - Sophie is an actor and alumnus of the B.A. (Hons) in Acting at Guildhall. She is a Visiting Tutor to third year undergraduates, and she works on the audition panel at Guildhall.

In her final year at GSMD, Sophie won the BBC Carleton Hobbs Award, which led to a six month placement on the BBC Radio Rep Company. She has worked regularly in radio, audio and voiceover work since then. Theatre work has taken her to the West End, Hampstead Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Chichester, Arcola Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, Salisbury Playhouse, Chester Grosvenor Park, New Wolsey Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Watermill Theatre, as well as tours with Shared Experience and Theatre Royal Bath. She has also worked in TV and film.

Sophie’s enterprise, co-founded with Sam Redford, is entitled the SR2 Ensemble and involves plans to build a theatre company that provides graduates of Guildhall the opportunity to work together as like-minded people who have experienced the same training and therefore share an artistic vocabulary.

>> Sam Redford - Sam is an actor and alumnus of the B.A. (Hons) in Acting at Guildhall. He also works on the audition panel at Guildhall.

On leaving GSMD, Sam was fortunate to land a role in the feature film K-19: The Widowmaker, which was directed by Kathryn Bigelow. His working relationship with Kathryn continued on the Oscar winning film, The Hurt Locker. Sam moved to New York and lived in the States for seven years. Whilst there, he worked extensively in regional theatre as well as starring in a soap filmed in New York. He also continued his work in film. Sam’s work in the UK includes a number of TV projects for the BBC, and theatre at Southwark Playhouse and The Tobacco Factory. He is currently London-based.

Sam will be working alongside Sophie Roberts in their co-founded enterprise SR2 Ensemble (see above).

>> Jenny Beer - Jenny has been part of the Creative Learning Division at the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music & Drama for three years, where she is responsible for coordinating music and film learning projects in a wide range of community settings, working particularly with young people across East London.

Before coming to the Barbican, Jenny has worked for the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery team and for City of London Sinfonia. She also has significant fundraising experience, having spent two years in the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Development team. Jenny studied Music at King’s College London, graduating in 2005, and holds an LRSM in clarinet performance (2006).

Jenny is currently developing the Barbican’s Drum Works programme, a secondary school project that reaches over 250 young East Londoners every week and is aiming to reach over 500 young people by 2015. Participants take part in weekly drumming sessions with experienced artist leaders, creating original beats inspired by music they listen to and working towards performances on the Barbican’s main stages and at festivals and events around London.
Jenny’s project aims to enable Drum Works to become a spin-out enterprise from the Barbican and Guildhall, which would allow the project to pursue income-generating ideas, enabling it to expand its reach.