Our Development Board
Robin Priest is Chairman of the Development Board of Ovalhouse Theatre and one of the theatre’s trustees. The theatre performs a dual function of delivering community programmes for disadvantaged or displaced children and young adults and providing an incubator for new acting, directing, writing and technical talent.
The theatre is in partnership with Lambeth Council in a regeneration scheme in the centre of Brixton that will deliver a new centre for creative arts: hence the Development Board.
Robin Priest (Chair)
Robin’s involvement with Ovalhouse stemmed from Christ Church, Oxford – which founded the theatre 50 years ago, and of which he is an alumnus.
His day job is as a Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal LLP (“A&M”), a leading restructuring advisor. He covers Europe, focused on the real estate sector.
Robin earned a Master’s degree in Law from Oxford University.
He is married with two grown children and spends the balance of his spare time playing tennis, watching cricket, walking, reading and going to the theatre and cinema.
Roberta is Head of Acquisitions at Dorchester Real Estate Asset Management, a fund and asset management business which sources, acquires and manages residential and commercial long dated income streams on behalf of institutions.
As well as being a board member of Ovalhouse Theatre Development Committee she is a member of the charity Wherever the Need, which provides sanitation and clean water to parts of Africa and Asia.
Roberta is honoured to be a board member of Ovalhouse Theatre and utilise her years of experience, network of property contacts to contribute to the redevelopment of a remarkable place which brings hope, focus and optimism to key members of our society. Allowing them the opportunity to express themselves in a safe environment, for them to learn, grow and ultimately make a positive contribution to society.
Diane is Director of Diane Banks Associates, a literary and talent agency based in central London representing commercial fiction and personality-led, media or current affairs based non-fiction in the UK, US and foreign language markets.
Diane has recently completed a three year term on the committee of the Association of Authors’ Agents, which put her at the heart of wider industry issues including work with the UK and European parliaments on copyright reform. Diane mentors with the House of St Barnabas Employment Academy, helping the homeless to transition into the workplace, and she founded and runs a monthly network breakfast at the Lansdowne Club focused on topics of general interest to the business community.
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Zarir (Zed) retired from the HSBC Group at the end of 2011 after 44 years of service. He continues to serve as a non-executive Director of The Saudi British Bank and HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA.
In London, he is on the Council of the British Malaysian Society and a former Council Member of The Royal Society for Asian Affairs. He is a Trustee, Director and Vice-Chairman of Asia House, the only such organization in Britain which embraces and promoted the Century of Asia as its core value. He is also a Trustee of Britain’s National Youth Orchestra and is Chairman of a Trust set up in the UK to help villages in India become self-sustainable.
Amanda is a planning and environmental solicitor with particular experience of promoting infrastructure projects.
Amanda is involved with Ovalhouse and says “I think that it’s a wonderful institution offering theatre arts skills and confidence and community inclusion to a wide variety of young people. Such a worthwhile cause deserves a new theatre to provide those young people with the best facilities available to enhance their opportunities.”
Jeremy is Head of Corporate Real Estate Solutions at Capita Property and Infrastructure. Jeremy has 25 years experience at leading firms including Colliers International, King Sturge and Jones Lang LaSalle, advising major occupiers on their corporate estates. In addition to supporting Ovalhouse, he is also active in local church, community and athletics clubs.
Jeremy is excited to support Ovalhouse and comments:
‘When Robin Priest explained to me the ambition of the move from the existing site to the new site in Brixton I couldn't help but be excited! To play even a small part in the next evolution for Ovalhouse, and the great work that it does, is something that I see as a privilege ’
Paul is Director of Corporate Real Estate at Telereal Trillium, a privately owned, London based, Property Company.
Paul is also Trustee of Ambitious About Autism the national charity for children and young people with autism. He is also a committee member of the Reading Real Estate Foundation, an educational charity, established to support real estate education at the University of Reading by engaging with industry to help students to achieve their full potential.
Paul’s support for the Oval House relocation project builds upon his other charitable interests in which widening access to new opportunities is a key priority.
Lucy is a local resident and set up and manages Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation
Lucy is a UK board member for the Children’s Radio Foundation. She is also a trustee of Peacebuilding UK, whose mission is to support and build local capacities for peace in the Russian Federation, and a trustee for Dialogue Productions, which brings international plays to the UK.
"As a local resident and keen theatre goer, I am honoured to be part of the team to develop the Oval House Theatre in its new location - it’s a unique and vital asset to the area.”
Victoria is a playwright and librettist and was Writer in Residence at The Royal Court Theatre. A Brixton resident and advocate for a new Ovalhouse in Brixton. “I am excited to be on the Ovalhouse Development Board for its new building in Brixton, because I believe in the successful ethos of Ovalhouse, to discover and nurture production talents in young people from all backgrounds to a professional standard, as well as the talents of some mature playwrights and ground breaking stage companies. Therefore I am keen to help with publicity, Fund Raising Events and to hail the new Oval House Theatre Brixton to people everywhere.”
Shinade Haughton (Ovalhouse Alumnus)
Shinade is an alumnus of the Ovalhouse ‘Back on Track’ programme and continued to participate in projects here for seven years. Shinade studied Theatre at The Brit School and graduated with a BA in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She now works in a South London Academy as a SEN Teaching Partner. Shinade enjoys building healthy relationships with young people and supporting them in reaching their potential. Shinade wants to support Oval House because she has witnessed the theatres impact on young people, community residents and emerging artists.
Peter is a British conductor and violinist and Guest Conductor and Concertmaster with The Dallas Opera, Concertmaster of the Royal Opera House and Artistic Director & Conductor of the Manning Camerata.
Peter says 'I am so happy and thrilled to help Oval House to achieve an ambitious build, not only of a new physical space for Brixton, but also then creation of a truly thought provoking arts performance centre both literary and musical to encourage all, from whatever background, to attend both repertoire and experimental theatre in the rapidly developing new South London environment.'
Stephanie has organised several live music events and Skydives to raise funds for charities in the North East. A recent charity fundraiser involved organising a group of twenty participants and helping them to reach their fundraising targets in order for them to jump 15,000 feet out of a plane (in tandem with an instructor of course) – so watch out!
Stephanie is passionate about fundraising and events planning and says ‘I am delighted to lend my skills to help such a wonderful cause’.
Miles was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford. Miles is a wealth management consultant and angel investor.
Previously a governor of Beeston Hall Prep School and Rugby School, he also served as a trustee of the medical emergency relief charity Merlin for 3 years. As well as Ovalhouse, he is currently involved with Pilotlight, which brings the experience and skills of business people to the voluntary sector.
Anton has 33 years of experience in the financial and investment sector, international banking, bonds and asset management and as a global fund manager.
Storme Toolis (Ovalhouse Alumnus)
Storme Toolis is a 22 year old actor from London who uses a wheelchair. Her main credits include seven years in the Ovalhouse Youth Theatre, Wheelchair Girl in The Inbetweeners Movie and Holly Griffin - daughter of Dan Griffin (Nicholas Lyndhurst) on BBC1's New Tricks.
Storme says ‘The reason I'm helping Ovalhouse is because without them I wouldn't have launched my career as an actor. They make theatre accessible to those who wouldn't consider it. They created a safe space for me to develop and grow and gave me confidence, friends and ideas throughout my teenage years. The theatre now feels like a safe place for me as an outsider and I now never want to leave.’
For more information and to talk to us about our Capital Campaign contact:
Contact our Development Director - Capital Campaign
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