Our Chief Executive & Artistic Director and Head of Participation & Development work with a network of specialist teachers, performers and practitioners who lead our workshops, events and activities, and volunteers who provide administrative support. The charity’s work is governed by a Board of Trustees who meet regularly throughout the year and are united by a passion for providing creative opportunities for children and young people.
Having founded Total Insight Theatre in 2014, Adam leads on the charity’s creative vision, direction and strategy. He sits on the Derby Theatre’s Artistic and Learning Board Sub-Group and shares his experiences of founding the organisation with children and young people through ‘Inspiring the Future’. Adam is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, appears in The Big Issue’s ‘Top 100 Changemakers 2020’ and is a Children & Young People Now Awards 2020 Finalist (winner announced in 2021).
Ella oversees our programmes, widens participation and implements our strategy to ensure our work benefits those we set out to reach. In previous roles, she has supported organisations and institutions in a range of areas, including communications, mentoring and education. Ella guest lectures at SOAS, University of London and is a trustee of OCD Action.
Nazira is an experienced commercial leader and has spent the last 20 years working in the pharmaceutical industry in various roles including strategy, operations and business development. Believing that her exposure to theatre, dance and visual arts from an early age was pivotal to her success and allowed her to ‘think outside the box’ in a scientific setting, Nazira is using her skillset and experience to expand the work of the charity and enable more children and young people to access arts and culture.
John is a Financial Technology Executive, Sales and General Manager for MetricStream International, a leading governance, risk management, and compliance software company. He has 30 years experience in driving change, building trust and implementing best practices, focusing on growth through people development, which is reflected in his coaching and mentoring skills. John volunteers his time for various charities including Total Insight Theatre and Sporting Bears and he is a part time Councillor in his local Town Council.
Sophie is a Technical Manager and also has experience as an Audit Senior. She particularly enjoys training and mentoring in her work, and was shortlisted for Mentor of the Year at a recent manager’s conference. Sophie has developed a keen interest in the nonprofit industry, particularly relating to arts and culture, and enjoys giving back to local communities by engaging in voluntary work.
Subhash has extensive experience in business development, commercial and operational management, and finance operations and currently works as the Chief Operating Officer for Sovereign Health Group, a global healthcare and software firm. Having worked in various leadership and operation roles in London, Poland, USA and India, Subhash is a mentor at the Prince’s Trust and enjoys experiencing arts and culture in his spare time.
Natalia is a Lead Advisor in Impact and Evaluation at leading human rights organisation Amnesty International, and has a wealth of experience in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for nonprofit organisations. In previous roles, she has supported public authorities and third sector organisations in a range of areas, including crime prevention, youth employment and social inclusion, and ensuring projects benefit those they set out to reach.
Priya is an experienced finance professional with over 12 years of history in various finance roles ranging from Reinsurance to Public Sector. With qualifications like the CFA and CIMA, she believes that continuous learning and development is the key to staying motivated and enthusiastic about any role and that does not have to be confined to classroom learning since developing any skill and especially the skill to express oneself through art, is something that should be given its due importance. She loves travelling, staying fit and solving puzzles.
Aurora is a strategic communications manager at the Cabinet Office with a successful track record of working in the non-profit, public and private sectors in the UK, Europe and Asia. She is a strong all-round media and communications professional with expertise in strategic communications, public relations, digital communications, public affairs and marketing.
Rajib has 10 years experience working in financial services and currently works as a Senior Compliance Officer at multinational investment bank JP Morgan. He has a strong legal and compliance background and as an experienced trustee in the arts, Rajib uses his skillset to assist the charity in developing its strategy.
Lara is a history of art student with over 6 years of experience supporting young people with their educational attainment and their mental health and wellbeing in community-based projects. After being a part of the National Portrait Gallery’s Youth Forum, Lara has developed a keen interest in increasing diversity and engagement within arts and culture.
Kim is a Civil Servant with experience working in strategic communications for large government campaigns. She has experience writing and directing children’s theatre with friends, with her most recent production focussing on climate change and deforestation. Having only discovered her passion for the arts recently, Kim is committed to ensuring that other young people don’t miss out on the opportunities theatre can bring.