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New Trustees Appointed 11

We are delighted to announce five new Trustee appointments following an extensive open recruitment process throughout the summer. The focus of our first ever public call for Trustees was to identify individuals with new skills, backgrounds, perspectives and lived experiences to complement and augment those of existing Board members and to support the strategic growth of the organisation. 140 applications were received in total.

Joining Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Board for an initial term of three-years, are:

  • Charlotte Aherne, Senior Wealth Management Lawyer at UBS AG
  • Partha Bose, Head of Capital Markets at Cervest
  • Jaya Carrier, Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning at Westminster Academy
  • Kate Millward, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at McKinsey & Company, UK, Ireland and Israel
  • Dr Philippa Simpson, Director of Design, Estate and Public Programme at the V&A

Chair of our Board Stuart Griffiths OBE said:

“The enormous interest we had from our public recruitment campaign for new Trustees was truly inspiring, with the standard of applications incredibly high. Following a thorough selection process, we are delighted to welcome these five exceptional, highly-skilled and committed individuals to the Board of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. As we reach the end of our hugely successful 90th anniversary season and launch a new vision and strategy for the next five years and beyond, this is an incredibly exciting time to be joining the organisation and we very much look forward to these new Trustees supporting and helping shape our next chapter of growth and development.”

New Trustees will be joining current Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Board members Stuart Griffiths OBE (Chair), Anna Fleischle, Tyrone Huntley, Steve Pennington, Toni Racklin, Jim Reed, Samantha Spiro and Martin Wilkinson.


Charlotte Aherne

Charlotte (she/her) is a qualified solicitor with nearly 20 years’ experience in banking and finance. She has a wealth of legal, financial and management experience drawn from working in and with large law firms and international banks. She also acts as Vice Chair of Twins Trust charity, supporting families of twins, triplets and more. Charlotte has a real passion for the arts and a particular interest in making theatre accessible to under-represented individuals and groups. Charlotte is incredibly excited to work with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as it not only lives its values, but has bold and ambitious aspirations for the future success of outdoor theatre.

Partha Bose

Partha is an experienced leader in strategic and commercial applications of complex data solutions. In his role as the Head of Capital Markets at Cervest, he advises organisations on their climate risk exposure and the financial implications it has for them. Prior to that, he has many years of technology and product experience in companies including Winton Capital Management, HSBC, Lloyds, and eBay. His areas of expertise include artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital strategy and sustainability. He was educated at the Indian Statistical Institute and the University of Oxford and is an experienced performance coach.

Jaya Carrier

Jaya has been teaching History in schools across inner London for 12 years, and currently works at Westminster Academy as a Vice Principal. She is an honorary lecturer at the UCL Institute of Education, and has acted as an educational consultant for organisations including the Imperial War Museum. As part of her ongoing interest in educational research, Jaya is currently undertaking a doctorate in education, focusing on teacher professional learning and retention. In recent years, she has presented at the British Educational Research Association conference, and at the Historical Association conferences, including leading sessions on effective strategies for teaching the histories of empire, and the use of social media in the History classroom. Jaya holds a coaching qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management, and is a trained coaching facilitator who regularly leads foundational and intermediate coaching courses. Outside of work, Jaya has a longstanding passion for the arts, and as part of this, is an avid theatre goer.

Kate Millward

Kate has more than 15 years’ experience as a people professional within the legal and consulting sectors having spent her early career as a corporate lawyer. As an HR business partner she worked closely with senior leadership to develop and direct an HR agenda aligned with the business aspirations. Since 2013, Kate has specialised in diversity, equity and inclusion, leading the design and execution of strategies to recruit, retain and progress diverse talent and create an inclusive culture. She is currently Head of Diversity & Inclusion for the UK, Ireland and Israel at McKinsey & Company. Kate is passionate about creating environments that support people to thrive and reach their potential. Driving change in society more broadly through collaborations with charities and diversity organisations has always been integral to her work. Kate is a keen supporter of the arts and believes in the power of storytelling as a catalyst for change and the creation of a platform for diverse voices. Kate is a long term regular visitor to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, sharing many memorable experiences at this unique and inspiring setting with family and friends. She is excited to deepen her connection to the theatre as a trustee.

Dr Philippa Simpson

Philippa is Director of Design, Estate and Public Programme at the V&A. Leading a team of around 120, she oversees the commissioning and development of all 2D and 3D design work, the conservation and maintenance of all sites, the delivery of an ambitious portfolio of capital projects and all exhibitions, displays and gallery events. Having worked for a short time in the commercial art sector, Philippa moved into museums as a curator at Tate, working on a range of international exhibitions and gallery projects while completing her PhD on the genesis of public art spaces. She then moved to Royal Museums Greenwich to lead an international touring exhibition programme. Since joining the V&A she has led a range of major building projects, including the Exhibition Road Quarter and the forthcoming Young V&A in Bethnal Green. She chairs the museum’s anti-racism task force and sustainability board. Philippa also sits as a Trustee on the Board of Chelsea Physic Garden.

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