Team


Meet the people behind Riverside Studios.

OUR PATRONS 

Bill Bailey
Gyles Brandreth
Brian Cox CBE
Sir Richard Eyre CH CBE
Sharon Gless
Patricia Hodge OBE
Vanessa Redgrave CBE

THE BOARD

Our Trustees are:

Dr Greg Parston (Chair)

Greg was appointed Chair of Riverside Trust in 2019.  He is also Chair of Dartington Hall Trust and formerly Chair of English Touring Theatre.  Greg was co-founder and Chief Executive of the Office for Public Management, an organisational consultancy; Executive Director of Accenture’s global Institute for Public Service Value and Executive Advisor to the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London.  He was educated at the University of Michigan and earned a PhD at University College London.

Jane Ellison

Jane is a consultant and Fulham resident advising cultural institutions on public engagement, editorial strategies and partnership working.  A former senior executive at the BBC, she headed the broadcaster’s work to deliver ambitious creative projects in collaboration with arts organisations, museums, libraries and universities.  Past roles include TV producer, financial journalist, programme maker and commissioner for factual programmes at Radio 4. Jane is a Trustee of Libraries Connected, the sector support organisation for public libraries and a Board member of International Budget Partnership, an NGO based in Washington DC.  She holds advisory roles at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Royal Opera House and Transparency International UK. She has written on partnerships and collaboration in the creative industries.

John Knevett

John has worked in housing for most of his career at Chief Executive level pioneering the Housing Association  model from grant dependency to self-sustaining and surplus generating in their own right.  This culminated in winning National House Builder and Developer Awards as recognition the model was viable.  He now runs his own consultancy with clients in the developer banking and private equity space.

Dan Large

Dan Large is a successful campaign strategist with an established track record of delivering high profile campaigns at the top of the political agenda. He specialises in identifying strategic opportunities and threats to organisational reputations, and influencing outcomes in government, the public sector and electorates. Examples include the Campaign for High Speed Rail, Freedom to Marry (same-sex marriage) and marginal seat general election campaigns, as well as stakeholder engagement and political advice for industry resulting in significant cost savings.

Timothy Lefroy

Tim Lefroy worked in marketing with Cadbury's and Gillette and was CEO of top advertising agencies Yellowhammer and Young & Rubicam before founding Radical, a change management consultancy. From 2008 he was CEO of the Advertising Association and a member of the UK’s Creative Industries Council. He was appointed OBE in 2017. He is a Barnes resident and committed to Riverside’s role at the leading edge in arts and entertainment. 

Michelle Marks

Michelle has a background in brand building and marketing with a focus on entertainment, talent and content.  As Head of Creative Strategy at Facebook/Instagram she is responsible for long range planning, identifying opportunities to achieve business transformation creatively, technologically and operationally.  She was previously the Marketing Director for Simon Cowell’s Media Company SYCO and has a background in advertising.  

Charlie Mawer (Secretary)

As Executive Creative Director, Charlie oversees Red Bee’s multiscreen content and design work for broadcasters like the BBC, Dreamworks, Netflix, FOX, and brands including Nissan, Barclays, and Ericsson.  He has spoken across the globe including TedxTalks and BFi.  He co-authored a book “The TV Brand Builders” (Kogan Page), and was recognised by Broadcast as one of 100 most influential people in TV after rebranding BBC1.  He has lectured at Nottingham and Ravensborne Universities and he is a Governor of Hammersmith Academy. 

Alan Morgan

Alan Morgan is an investor in and advisor to, predominantly, financial services businesses.  He was a senior partner in McKinsey & Co. leading the Financial Services Practice in UK, Europe and then the Middle East.  Alan serves on the Board of the City of London Sinfonia, is a Trustee of Clifton College and a Trustee of The Riverside Trust.  He was educated at Oxford, Middle Temple and Harvard, where he was an MBA.

Chris Outram

Chris is a lifelong Strategy Consultant having founded his own firm in 1987 – OC&C Strategy Consultants.  The firm now operates out of 9 countries and boasts more than 500 consultants around the world.  He has chaired two charities in the last ten years – The Eating Disorders Association and United World Schools.  He also chairs small innovative, high growth companies bringing his international commercial experience to bear.  He lives in an apartment right above the Riverside Studios complex.

Robin Price

Robin Price is a chartered accountant who has worked in the advertising and media industry in a range of financial, commercial & management roles. He was a founding partner of advertising agency, HHCL & Partners, the legal and commercial director of Chime Communications Plc and COO of McCann Erickson UK. He is chair of Dance Umbrella, London's annual International Dance Festival and a trustee of  Riverside Trust.

Rachel Tackley

Rachel has had a varied career enabling and producing productions in London, throughout the UK and all over the world.  She has worked extensively in the commercial and not-for -profit sectors.  She is currently working freelance and Executive Director for ATG Productions working on future planning, commissioning and development as well as day to day management.  Rachel was previously Executive Director at Chichester Festival Theatre and before that Director of English Touring Theatre.

Laure Vaysse

Laure is currently  COO of Motion Picture Capital a film & TV development, production and financing company. She handles investment and distribution opportunities as well as day-to-day management of the different production companies. She led the raise of funds from HNW individuals increasing the company's exposure. Laure began her career in France working for two major French production and distribution companies: StudioCanal and TF1. She then went on to work as a sales and finance executive in the UK for a few years  before joining her current company.

John Woodward

John is a film and TV producer (Cold War, Power of the Dog). He is also Chair of film distribution company  Park Circus, and Chair of Met Film School and also Chair of Molinare, one of the UK’s top film and TV post-production houses. Previously John was Investment Director at VC fund, Arts Alliance Ventures. Before that he was CEO of the UK Film Council and before that he was CEO of the BFI. He has been responsible for more than £300m of film investment including numerous Oscar and BAFTA winners. John has a deep knowledge of the creative industries as well as the public sector and regulatory issues. John also serves on the Board of Screen Skills, the skills strategy and funding body for the UK’s film, TV and gaming sector.

 

MANAGEMENT TEAM

William Burdett-Coutts - Artistic Director/CEO

William has been CEO/Artistic Director of Riverside Studios since 1993. He began his career in theatre and has been running Assembly at the Edinburgh Festival for more than 40 years. His vast experience of founding and producing arts organisations also includes Glasgow’s International Arts Festival and the Brighton Comedy Festival. William was Head of Arts at Granada Television and subsequently ran the BAFTA-award winning television company which produced Channel 4’s comedy Black Books. At Riverside Studios, William has, together with the Arts Council, developed the model of commercial income generation to fund the artistic programme. Highlights include Cloudstreet, Complicite’s Mnenomic, Salad Days, Nirbhaya and Mies Julie.

Guy Hornsby - Executive Director

Guy was appointed Executive Director of Riverside Studios in 2006 and Project Director of the building redevelopment since the start of work in 2014. Guy began his media career as an arts and entertainment producer and presenter for BBC Radio London and BBC World Service. He was Producer of Tony Blackburn's mid-morning show and then became Group Programme Controller of Southern Radio in charge of seven independent radio stations in the South and South-East. He created the dance music phenomenon Kiss 102 in Manchester becoming its Group Chief Executive after also winning the franchise for regional station Kiss 105 in Yorkshire. Under Guy's leadership these Sony Award winning youth market brands achieved an enviable reputation for combining programme excellence with business success. The stations were purchased for £17.6m just over four years after the company had been founded with its initial investment of £600k.

Tony Lankester - General Manager

Tony Lankester joined as General Manager in October 2019 having spent 12 years as CEO of South Africa's National Arts Festival where he oversaw the operations of Africa's largest arts event. Prior to that, with a degree in Journalism, his career spanned corporate marketing, communications and sponsorship for financial services group, Old Mutual, and working at South Africa's national radio station SAfm as Marketing Manager, Presenter and Producer.

Judith Murrell - Assistant to Artistic Director/CEO
Nyisha Francis - Finance Assistant

OPERATIONS:
Nik Whybrew - Operations Director
Jake Stanley - Venue Operations Manager
Rosie Fraser - Operations Co-Ordinator
Pete Patel - Box Office Manager
Ian Dixon-Wilkinson - Technical Manager
Chris Galler - Deputy Technical Manager
Adam Alkalany - IT Manager
Jan Urbanski - Facilities Manager
Marc Brown - Head Projectionist
Monica Jurzyk-Marszewska - Sous Chef
Chris Burkitt  - Venue Operations Duty Manager
Patricia Gronau – F&B Manager
Lewis Hollis – F&B Duty Manager
Chloe More – F&B Manager
Pete Harding – F&B Supervisor

DEVELOPMENT:
Nathalie Bristow - Director of Development
Olivia Neilson - Development Assistant 

COMMERCIAL:
Alona Fogel - Communications and Marketing Manager
Jason Wood - Cinema Programmer
Lucy Grudniewicz - Programme Administrator
Josie Williamson - Events Administrator
Owen Van Spall - Cinema Administrator
Any Lucas - Events Ambassador 

HERITAGE:
Daniel Thurman - Projects Manager
 

GET IN TOUCH

General enquiries: [email protected]
Artistic Programme: [email protected]
Private Hires: [email protected]