Board

Trustees:

Katharina Guderian

Katharina Guderian is a marketing professional with experience working in several countries, including Germany, the United States, Argentina and the UK, as well as various sectors, ranging from charities, to finance, to technology. Her main expertise lies in building international marketing functions, developing inter-cultural market entry strategies, as well as journalism and PR. She holds MAs in Theatre, Media and Sports Science, Marketing and an MBA.  She joined the board in 2017.


Lior Hefer

Lior Hefer is a qualified solicitor and Notary Public. Lior specialises in a broad spectrum of legal matters including financial services, corporate commercial, trusts law and litigation. Previously Lior worked as in-house senior legal and compliance counsel for Lloyds Commercial Bank, Coutts Private Bank, AIG and MetLife. Lior is also a trustee and director of a youth charity in London. He joined the board in 2017.


Prakash Kurup (Treasurer)

Kash is a Chartered Accountant with many years' experience.  The father of two daughters who work in the performing arts, Kash has also served on the board of the Millfield Theatre. Kash joined the board in 2016.


Dr Alastair Niven LVO OBE (Chair)

Alastair was until recently Principal of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor.   He has published over 100 articles on aspects of Commonwealth and post-colonial literature and on overseas student affairs.  He has been Literature Director of both the Arts Council and the British Council. He has served as a judge at the Booker Prize and for twenty years was the Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Commonwealth Writers Prize. From 2003 to 2007 he was President of English PEN. Dr. Niven is married with two children.  Alastair joined the board in 2012.


Kristine Landon-Smith

Kristine is a theatre practitioner, cultural entrepreneur and educator. She has recently returned to the UK after completing a three year posting as Senior Lecturer in Acting at The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Australia. She joined the institution in 2013 after more than 22 years as a Founder member and Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre, one of Britain's leading middle scale touring companies specialising in artist training, new writing and intracultural theatre practice. Prior to founding Tamasha, Kristine was a Senior Producer for BBC Radio Drama, and a freelance director and teacher. She currently freelances as a teacher and director in the UK and Australia.  Kristine joined the board in 2016.


Catriona Sinclair

Catriona is an experienced fundraiser with a background in science and has worked for several charities including the Science Museum Group, RSPB and most recently the Royal Institution of Great Britain.  She is also a self-proclaimed ‘culture vulture’ with a love of theatre and the arts. She joined the board in 2017.


Evgenia Sorokina

Eve is a seasoned investment banker with extensive background in finance and risk management, who currently works for JP Morgan where she is primarily focusing on funding and liquidity risk management as a part of the Global Corporate Treasury & Chief Investment Office group. In addition, since 2013, Eve has been an acting Trustee and Treasurer for the Wandsworth Work and Play, a non-for-profit pro-green educational arts charity in London. Previously, Eve has held multiple roles in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Intercontinental Exchange and Deutsche Börse Group. Eve is a huge fan of art, opera and theatre, and has 8 years of Russian music school experience under her belt, where she played piano and domra.  Eve joined the board in 2016.