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.
Award-winning busybody, recovering academic and reforming social reformer, Rob is founding editor of BLKOUTUK.com, a community-owned media asset, development agency, and collaborative leadership network for and by black queer men. He was Director of the racial justice think-tank Runnymede Trust 2009-14. Alongside his academic writing on education, social justice and community organising, 2019 Simon Industrial Fellow at the University of Manchester, he has presented and co-produced short form documentaries, lectured across the UK and beyond, and written for The Guardian and The Independent on social justice and movement-building. Rob was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to equality.
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.
Guy Hornsby has been a part of Riverside Studios since 2006. He served as Executive Director for more than 14 years and took charge of Riverside's 5-year redevelopment in 2014. He had executive project management responsibility for providing the new theatre and rehearsal facilities, two cinemas, broadcast television studio, community resources, two restaurants, three bars and a range of public spaces. He became Business & Finance Director in 2020 before taking up his role on the Board of Directors as a Trustee in 2022. Previously, Guy was Chief Executive of Faze FM Radio, which owned and operated Kiss 102 in Manchester and regional station Kiss 105 in Yorkshire. The stations were purchased for £17.6m just over four years after the company had been founded with its initial investment of £600k. Guy has also been Group Programme Controller of the Southern Radio Group, launch breakfast show presenter of Ocean Sound and an announcer on ITV. Guy began his radio career as an Arts Reporter at BBC Radio London. He was a regular daytime presenter on the station and Producer of Tony Blackburn's legendary morning show.
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 (Company Secretary)
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.
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.
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 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 (Deputy Chair)
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.
Laure is currently leading production finance for French, Swedish and Dutch Originals at Amazon Prime Video, assisting third-party producers on finance matters and tracking progress throughout the life cycle of these projects. Previously she was COO of Motion Picture Capital, a film & TV development, production and financing company and Head of Investment for Harcourt Capital. During that time she handled 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 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.