Charles graduated from Cambridge University with a BA in English Literature and theatrical experience that included a Marlowe Society production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” and successful Edinburgh Fringe productions such as “Shakespeare for Breakfast”. Since then he has combined a career within investment management with continued support for the theatre.
Nicole Newman is currently Development Director and Project Director at English National Ballet overseeing the capital fundraising and project management of ENB’s move to City Island in 2018. She also consults on arts fundraising/commercial income generation one day a week. Previously Nicole was Development Director at English National Opera and Somerset House and led the corporate fundraising at V&A and Tate, establishing many of the commercial partnership strategies that exist today. She regularly teaches and lectures on arts fundraising and brand strategy. She is also a Trustee of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and UP Projects.
David, an international lawyer, has been a partner in the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison since 1992. He was based initially in New York City, then in Tokyo, and since 2002 has been resident in London. He is also a director of Human Rights Watch, Inc. and Chair of its Asia Advisory Committee, and the Chair of the board of trustees of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School, he has served as a pro bono advisor to theatre, dance and other arts organizations, in both New York and London, for over 25 years.
From 2008 - 2012, Kobna sat on the board of Mayhem Theatre Company and 2010 - 2014 was on the Development Board of the Tricycle Theatre. In 2011 he joined the board of the charity Dramatic Need and co-produced their one-off show 'The Childrens' Monologues' at the Old Vic Theatre. In 2013 he was associate producer on their 'ARTticulate' event - an art exhibition and auction at the Victoria Miro gallery. Since 2014 he has been a director/trustee of the Act For Change Project, a campaign group for better diversity in live and recorded arts. He co-produced the Act For Change launch event at the Young Vic. Kobna also directs, writes (under pseudonyms) and, as an actor, has appeared in over 100 productions on stage, film, radio and television.
Niki qualified as an Accountant in 2004. Following 4 years working in finance in the retail sector she joined the Barbican in 2003 where she became Head of Finance in 2005, in 2007 her responsibilities were extended to Head of Finance for the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As well as the Gate Niki sits on the Board for the Boy Blue Entertainment.
Lauren graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1979, specialising in contemporary dance. Having been a professional dancer for fifteen years, she moved to London where she changed her focus to a more philanthropic support for the arts. Aside from being a long-term patron for several dance companies, she has served on the Development Working Group for The Gate, as well as gala committees for both The Gate and Sadlers Wells. Lauren joined The Gate Board in 2014.
Sarah’s working life began in advertising and branding, running accounts for JWT and WCRS in London and Brussels, as New Business Director for JWT in London in the '80’s, managing the international agency team running the communications for the Mass Privatisation Programme in Poland in the '90’s and more recently as Brand Director of Taut, a sports drink start up. Since 2008 she has been focussed on managing a family property business. Member of the Advocates Board of the Royal Court since 2010 and enthusiastic supporter of the Gate forever.
Sian is Chief Executive of the Lyric Hammersmith. Prior to this she was an independent consultant in the arts sector working with a broad range. From 2012 – 2014 she was Executive Director of the Bush Theatre and from 2010 – 2013 she was Associate Director, Theatre for Julie's Bicycle leading work to establish a national programme to support the UK theatre industry to become environmentally sustainable. Sian was Head of Theatre for Arts Council England, London for ten years until February 2010. Prior to joining the Arts Council she managed a range of performing arts companies, producing and touring theatre and contemporary dance throughout the UK and overseas. Sian is a Clore Fellow, an accredited coach and action learning facilitator and an active mentor within the arts. She is Chair of Frantic Assembly, trustee of Julie’s Bicycle, past Chair of Governors at Grove Park Primary School (2006 – 2013), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Joe is the Chair of the Gate's Board. He is currently Executive Producer for Old Vic Productions. Current/most recent productions: Billy Elliot the Musical worldwide, Private Lives, Passion Play, Sweeney Todd, Jerusalem, Clybourne Park, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and an ongoing collaboration with the Old Vic Theatre Company most recently co-producing Noises Off (Old Vic, West End and National Tour). As an independent producer, with Michael McCabe for McCabe/Smith: West End: Spring Awakening (4 Olivier Awards including Best Musical), Million Dollar Quartet. Broadway: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Promises, Promises. He has a number of other projects in development with his new company, Smith/Brant Theatricals including the Pajama Game this year at the Shaftsbury Theatre. Previous to this he worked in New York for 4 years as the Associate Producer for RJK Productions where he represented the company on the Broadway productions of Gypsy, Life x3, Retreat from Moscow as well as producing a festival of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads Off Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Prior to this he worked at the National Theatre for 10 years on a range of projects culminating in producing the Transformation Season for Trevor Nunn in 2002. The season presented 13 world premiere productions including the Olivier Award winning Play Without Words by Matthew Bourne. He operated as the commercial consultant for the Royal Court Theatre on the successful productions of Enron, Jerusalem and Clybourne Park. Also produced the Off-West End musical Departure Lounge at the Waterloo East Theatre. In New York he produced Gutenberg the Musical which started at NYMTF before transferring to 59E59 Theatres and then the Actors Playhouse Off Broadway. Joe is also the Chief Executive of Stage One: a charity that supports emerging and aspiring commercial theatre producers.