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Charlotte Jones, Chief Executive

Charlotte Jones read English and Philosophy at York University and Law at the College of Law Chancery Lane. She trained as a solicitor and worked as a legal advisor at Brixton Law Centre and the Interchange Studios. She also worked at York Rape Crisis and Women’s Aid as a counsellor and advisor and as a freelance trainer and facilitator since 1991, specialising in company management, contracts and negotiating skills. Charlotte has been Chief Executive of ITC since 2000 and was previously Deputy Director. Charlotte specialises in advice and training on leadership, governance, company management, contracts and negotiating skills.

Charlotte works Mon-Thu.

Jackie Elliman, Legal & Industrial Relations Managers

Jackie Elliman is ITC’s Legal & Industrial Relations Manager. Jackie comes from a theatre management background and has worked for a range of performing arts organisations, from street arts to the West End. She has also worked for TMA/SOLT and for Equity and for eight years ran her own business providing arts administration, marketing and events organisations services. Jackie has a Drama Degree from Manchester University and studied Law at the College of Law. She is also a qualified mediator and arbitrator.

Jackie works Mon-Fri 10:00-3:30pm

Zoe Bateman, General Manager

Zoe studied Performing Arts at London Metropolitan University and has a post-grad diploma in Digital Marketing. After a short stint as an actor she found her place in arts management, working for the King’s Head Theatre, Ustinov Studio: Bath Theatre Royal and Barbican Centre. Prior to ITC, Zoe worked for Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, where she progressed from Admin & Marketing Assistant to General Manager. Her responsibilities included finance, HR, marketing, graphic design, tour booking and project management. Zoe has trained as a Mental Health First Aider and is currently completing Counselling Skills Level 1.

Zoe works full time.

Kevin Dunn, Finance Manager

Kevin has an accounting and finance degree from Liverpool University and trained as a management accountant at Proctor & Gamble. Kevin works with a wide range of performing arts companies including Soho Theatre and Writers’ Centre, Fairfield Hall Croydon and Royal Court Theatre Liverpool. Kevin brings over 25 years of accounting experience to his role at ITC. Kevin is available to answer our members’ finance and tax queries.

Kevin is in the office most Mondays and works remotely the rest of the week.


Alison King (Chair) – Turtle Key Arts

Alison is the Chief Executive of Turtle Key Arts. Turtle Key Arts unlocks creative potential in individuals, companies and communities, producing and devising original, ground-breaking, inclusive art to entertain and inspire. Their work has a UK and international reach through a wide variety of innovative projects with many different collaborators and partners. TKA currently produce Ockham’s Razor, Amici Dance Theatre Company, RedCape Theatre, Joli Vyann, Open Sky Productions, Slot Machine Theatre and Oddly Moving Circus Theatre. They also run many outreach and participation projects in the fields of dementia, autism and dyslexia.

Alison originally trained as a Theatre Stage Manager at Mountview Theatre School, she currently serves on the arts grants board for Kensington and Chelsea Council. Alison is also a published author on Stage Management.

Turtle Key Arts

Gareth Nicholls (Vice Chair) – Little Earthquake

Gareth is Little Earthquake’s Founder and Co-Director.

He trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and later under celebrated theatre clown Angela de Castro. At Guildhall, he received a Fox Foundation scholarship to study the plays of Chekhov with the Maly Drama Theatre (St. Petersburg) and the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts – GITIS (Moscow).

Gareth leads many of Little Earthquake’s participation activities and is a regular visiting tutor at both Birmingham School of Acting and Birmingham University. Alongside his work for Little Earthquake, Gareth regularly collaborates with other theatre makers as a performer, deviser, workshop facilitator, curator, and lighting and sound designer. Gareth is an Associate Artist of Stan’s Cafe and Talking Birds, and was the Creative Associate of The Happiness Patrol from 2006 to 2011.

Natalie Adams – Trigger Stuff

Natalie Adams is Senior Producer at Trigger making live, theatrical and visual work.

Natalie has 6 years of producing experience, and has secured and has run several cross artform and sector projects. Recent clients include National Trust, Deloitte, Imperial War Museums, AEG and Natural History Museum.

Natalie has produced and general managed for organisations including Coney, Paines Plough, nabokov and MPA-Berlin. She is an alumni artist of The Point Theatre.

Trigger are currently in receipt of an Organisational Development grant from Arts Council England and are developing a portfolio of new, large scale landmark projects with national impact.

Trigger are based in Bristol and are residents of the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed.

Michael Bryher – Dumbshow

Michael is a director, theatre maker and artistic director of Dumbshow, a touring company that makes contemporary storytelling theatre. As an actor he has worked with companies including Kneehigh, The RSC, The Globe and dreamthinkspeak. He has been a finalist for the JMK award and works regularly as a teacher and facilitator for the National Theatre and Donmar Warehouse. He has compiled and edited two volumes of auditions monologues for young people which will be published by Nick Herne Books in 2017, and is an associate artist for the National Youth Theatre. He also sits on the board for Creative Youth Charity.

Clare Cody-Richardson – Akram Khan

Clare became Head of Operations for Akram Khan Company in November 2017. Before joining the team full time, she enjoyed a successful and varied freelance career, working with renowned companies and artists, including Ballet Black, Candoco Dance Company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Morton Bates Arts Services / Claire Morton (clients included Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company, Lîla Dance, Laila Diallo, Made by Katie Green, ATMA Dance / Mayuri Boonham amongst others). She initially joined AKC as Project & Tour Manager in March 2016, with a particular focus on the company’s first family production, Chotto Desh. Clare hold a BA Hons in Dance & Culture with Professional Training from the University of Surrey and joined the ITC Board in March 2019

Bhavini Goyate – Clore Leadership

Bhavini is an arts administrator who has worked in the subsidised theatre sector since 2014. She has worked in organisations including Paines Plough, tiata fahodzi and the Almeida Theatre. In January 2018, Bhavini joined the Young Vic Theatre as their Administration Assistant where she assists in Finance, IT, HR, Board Administration, Executive Assistance and Recruitment. Bhavini is currently the Programmes Coordinator of the Clore Leadership

Bhavini has been a member of the UK Samba community for 14 years, drumming Rio samba nationally at events such as the annual Notting Hill Carnival, the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, Liverpool Carnival and the Night of Festivals arts outreach programme in Boston, Lincolnshire and Leicester. She has also drummed internationally in Canada, Germany, Austria and Belgium.

Dienka Hines – Travelling Light

Dienka is Executive Director at Travelling Light, a Bristol based theatre company who create theatre for and with children and young people that inspires thinking, engages emotions and fires imaginations.

Dienka completed an MA in Applied Theatre at University of Manchester in 2004 and following this took part in ITC’s Fast Track programme. She has worked in a variety of arts management roles with a focus on cultural education, social inclusion and children and young people’s entitlement to creativity. This has included delivering social inclusion and anti-racism projects at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth, working as Culture Education Manager for Swindon Borough Council and working for Creative & Cultural Skills promoting apprenticeships and fair access to the sector for young people. She has been joint CEO at Travelling Light since 2014.

Dougie Irvine

Dougie Irvine is a founding member, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Visible Fictions. For nearly 30 years years, and under his leadership, this Glasgow-based award-winning company has presented various works in theatres, schools, outdoor sites, community settings, libraries, on television, radio, the internet, and at international film festivals. Under Douglas’ leadership, both national and international partnerships have played a crucial part in the company’s work, with co-productions and collaborations being formed with a range of arts organizations including: The Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, BBC Scotland, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, National Theatre of Scotland, The Traverse, Aberdeen Performing Arts, Oregon Children’s Theatre, and CTC in Minneapolis. He has also worked as an actor, tutor and director with other companies including the BBC, Citizens Theatre, Royal Lyceum, Macrobert, Oran Mor, Polka Theatre, Scottish Youth Theatre, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Leeds Conservatoire, and both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.

Aisha Khan – Freedom Studios

Aisha Khan is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Her recent work has spanned both theatre and radio and has included commissions for West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Royal Exchange Theatre and BBC Radio. Her directing credits include Bollywood for Dummies (Freedom Studios), Six Shooter and Beep (Northern Bullits/Theatre in the Mill). Aisha has also worked as a Consultant on DCI Banks and Casualty. Aisha has tutored and mentored on a number of writing schemes including those for Slung Low, Freedom Studios, Tutti Frutti, West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Royal Exchange Theatre. Aisha joined the ITC board in March 2020.

Maria Oshodi – Extant

Maria Oshodi worked as a script writer for theatre from 1984-1992. Her plays were produced by national touring companies such as Talawa and Graeae, and later published by Longmans, Metheuen and John Murray. After graduating with a 1st BA honors in Drama and English she worked in arts management, for BBC drama production and in 1997 founded Extant, the leading performing arts organization in the UK, managed for and by visually impaired professional arts practitioners. As the Artistic Director of the Company for over 20 years, she has directed Extant’s national and international touring productions in a range of settings, including site-specific, traditional venues and art and tech installations, as well as led on the Companies participation, research and training strategies.

Ria Parry – The North Wall

Ria is Co-Director of The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford, leading on the financial and creative well-being of the organisation since 2017. She was previously co-founder and producer of Iron Shoes Theatre Company, touring small-scale new work across the UK and at the Edinburgh Festival, winning Fringe First Awards for new plays by Gbolahan Obisesan, Paul Charlton and Marika Mckennell.
As a freelance director and producer she has worked with companies such as the Bush Theatre, Young Vic, Unicorn Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Rada, Lamda, New Earth and Touretteshero. She was previously a Creative Producer at Watford Palace Theatre, Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio, and is an alumnus of the Step Change Leadership Programme.

Aled Rees – Theatre Iolo

Aled is the Artistic Administrator of Theatr Iolo. He started his career in social housing where he worked for 12 years as a Communications and PR Advisor before moving onto Age Cymru Swansea Bay as their Communications Officer. He has been a member of various committees from local community councils and welfare associations as well as being a former Youth Administrator to a Youth Theatre Company.

He is an avid performer and a singer and have performed for various amateur and semi-professional theatre companies in Wales. As a Welsh speaker, he is also passionate about Welsh language and culture, and in particular Welsh language theatre.

Aled joined the board of ITC in March 2020.

Ines Tercio

Ines is the Executive Director of Fuel Theatre. She is from Lisbon, Portugal and came to London in 2003 to study Media Arts with Film and Video Production and then undertook a postgraduate degree in Arts Criticism and Management at City University.

Ines has worked in the arts for over 15 years. Before joining Fuel in Sept 2018 I have worked with organisations like Percursos (a multidisciplinary arts festival held in Portugal), TAPP (the Teacher Artist Partnership Programme), LIFT, Phakama UK and Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre. She has also worked freelance as an arts consultant, curator and producer with companies such as Nour Festival, Clayground Collective and Freddie Opoku-Addaie.

In 2010 Ines joined City University’s mentoring scheme to help current graduates find their way into the arts and creative industries. From 2014 – 2017 I she on the board of CASA Latin American Theatre Festival, and in March 2020 Ines joined the board of ITC.

Sarah-Jane Watkinson

SJ is an independent theatre producer who lives in Birmingham. She currently works with Paul O’Donnell and Little Soldier in the UK and with Spanish companies Sleepwalk Collective from the Basque Country and Atresbandes from Barcelona.

She grew up in Derbyshire and studied Theatre Design at Birmingham Polytechnic, originally working as a designer, maker and workshop leader. She went on to work as a producer and general manager with organisations including China Plate Theatre, The Play House Theatre in Education, Women & Theatre, Creative Black Country, Sampad South Asian Arts and the National Dance Teachers Association.

Lian Wilkinson

Lian is the Executive Producer of New Earth Theatre (formerly Yellow Earth Theatre), producing work created by British East and South East Asian artists. They are a touring company that presents shows and readings across the year, nurtures BESEA talent as well as engage artists with communities, museums and schools. Previously, Lian was the Sustained Theatre Regional Associate Producer at Belgrade Theatre Coventry with Tamasha Theatre, where she managed projects spanning creative production, talent development and audience development. She has also produced shows in the UK,
Adelaide and New York, and found her roots in technical theatre at the COMEDIA Theater in Cologne, Germany.

Regional Representatives

ITC has a network of regional reps who help us strengthen and deepen our engagement with members across the UK. They are our ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground in each region, letting us know about developments and issues that might be of interest to or affect the sector. They are a dynamic group of experienced performing arts practitioners committed to enabling and facilitating in their region.

If you are interested in working as a regional representative, please feel free to give us a call on 0207 403 1727

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