Anthony Brooks (Company Secretary)
Anthony is a solicitor with many years’ in-house experience. He is currently Director of Governance and Legal Affairs at the Royal Institute of British Architects. He worked for 15 years at the Law Society as its Head of Legal/General Counsel, where his role included bringing legal challenges to uphold access to justice and fundamental rights such as the right to consult a lawyer in absolute confidence. An avid consumer of theatre and the arts, Anthony joined the board in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
Jatinder Verma MBE
Jatinder founded Tara Arts in 1977, serving as its first Artistic Director until 2019. During his four decades, he developed a distinctive approach to theatre – adapting Asian dramaturgical principles to European drama - which he has termed “Binglish”. The approach characterised an eclectic range of productions, including Moliere’s Tartuffe at the National Theatre in 1990, where Jatinder was the first-ever non-white director. More recently, Jatinder led on the renovation of Tara Theatre to create Britain’s first multicultural theatre, fusing Edwardian brick and Indian wood; which was formally opened in September 2016. Awarded an MBE for services to diversity in the arts in January 2017, Jatinder has, since stepping down from Tara, formed his formed his own company, JVProductions, to pursue projects in Britain and overseas. He joined the board in 2020.