About Our people Trustees Neil Mendoza - Chair Neil Mendoza is a British entrepreneur, publisher and philanthropist. Neil has worked in finance, private investment, energy, film, finance and publishing. Neil is also the Chairman of the Landmark Trust, a board member of the Soho Theatre, a Commissioner at Historic England, and a non-executive board member at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Professor Robin Alexander Robin is a Fellow of Wolfson College at Cambridge, Honorary Professor of Education at the University of York, Professor of Education Emeritus at Warwick and Chair of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) and past President of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE). Bonnie Austin Bonnie has over 10 years of experience in the cultural, charity, social enterprise and public sectors. Having previously been Programme Director at Shakespeare Schools Festival, Bonnie now works as a Management Consultant in EY's People Advisory Services, supporting organisations with a focus on people, culture, organisational change and leadership development. Martha Genieser Martha has executive experience in education and business, having worked at numerous educational and commercial organisations both in the UK and the USA. She is currently the Senior Advisor for Philanthropy and Education to the Alan Howard Foundation. Martha is also the President of the Harvard Club in the UK. Francesca Hegyi Fran is Executive Director at Hull 2017: UK City of Culture. Previously she was Director of Cultural Enquiry at Kings College London where she established the Culture and Major Events Consortium and a senior advisor at London 2012. Fran has over 15 years of experience in strategy, management, fundraising and sponsorship within the cultural and creative industries. Penny Lovell Penny has over 20 years of experience advising private clients, families and charities in financial planning and investment strategy, and was appointed as Head of Private Client and Business Development at Close Brothers Asset Management in November 2012. Penny launched Cause 4 Trustee Leadership Programme, and is also a Trustee of Pennies, the electronic charity box. Hussam Otaibi A financier and entrepreneur, Hussam founded Floreat group after building up years of expertise in finance, marketing and private client management. He leads Floreat Merchant Banking, oversees the group’s core client base, and also sits on the board of several funds and investment managers related to the group. Hussam is a trustee of Children & the Arts and founded the Modern Forms art collection. He has a passion for horses and is the co-founder of Springs Equestrian. Jonathan Rounce Qualified as a hotelier and chartered accountant, Jonathan has 35 years’ experience in the leisure and entertainment industry. He established and ran Coopers & Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers) tourism & leisure consultancy practice for 11 years before working in property development. In 2001 he established Petersham Group, a specialist leisure business consultancy, where he concentrates on the development of business appraisals for leisure enterprises across the UK and internationally. Des Violaris Des is Director UK Arts & Culture at BP, she has led the company’s arts programme for more than 15 years, managing relationships with world class cultural institutions such as the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, Tate Britain and the Royal Shakespeare Company. In this role Des has seen BP receive numerous awards for the company’s long term support for UK arts and culture and was herself presented with the 2014 UK Sponsorship Award for Outstanding contribution to Arts and Culture. Ruth Warder Ruth is General Manager at Edelman PR, leading Edelman's brand, creative & planning offerings. She has over 15 years’ experience in brand marketing and has worked on a number of award winning communications programmes, where she has helped to create, build, and reposition brands ranging from FMCG to technology and luxury.