Cardboard Citizens' staff are recruited from a variety of backgrounds in theatre, the arts and the social sector. Wherever possible, the Company employs ex-homeless people.
Trustees all contribute to particular areas of the company's strategy according to their interests and skills, and are recruited on a rolling basis.
Director of DevelopmentWhen I was young I didn’t really take well to growing up, so I'm not sure why the numerous career tests I took were encouraging me to become a fireman. I spent several evenings watching London’s Burning and straight away realised this wasn’t the career for me – way too much responsibility. Instead, I carried on with my studies, enjoying the freedom of being a student, free from the shackles of any real responsibility. Then I was catapulted to London and started a career in the arts, scarily some 10 years ago. I guess I was a bit of thespian in my younger days, growing up with three sisters was no excuse, but looking back it’s not that surprising I’ve ended up where I am. My first experience of Cardboard Citizens still resonates with me now, and I continue to be amazed and inspired by its work every day. It’s a challenging role, but incredibly rewarding, as with all the most enjoyable things in life.
Adrian Jackson MBE
Artistic Director & CEO
As a child, I think I wanted to be a naturalist – the only time I ever got any kind of careers advice at school, I was told I should be a museum attendant.
I started Cardboard Citizens - I was always drawn to people who had been homeless and I wanted to see the Theatre of the Oppressed into action.
I am a theatre director, translator, teacher and playwright. In 1991 I founded Cardboard Citizens, a theatre company that aims to change the lives of homeless people through the performing arts. Since then I have directed over 30 productions for the company, devising and writing many of them including Pericles and Timon (with RSC) The Beggar’s Opera (with ENO), The Lower Depths (with London Bubble), Mincemeat (winner of Evening Standard award). I directed my own play, A Few Man Fridays at Riverside Studios in 2012, and a new play by Kate Tempest, Glasshouse, in 2013 which is touring again nationally this year. Last year I wrote and performed an intervention in Elmgreen/Dragset’s installation Tomorrow at the V & A. Currently I’m working on a major season of works around the housing crisis. I also teach the Theatre of the Oppressed methodology all over the world.
Communications & Digital Manager
When I was little I was torn between the (possibly idealistically opposed) ideas of becoming a fashion designer or saving the world (or at least dolphins – if there was a dolphin themed t-shirt/necklace/fake tattoo you could buy, I had it) as an environmental conservationist. In the end, a total inability to draw and a fear of snakes meant the nearest I came to either was becoming a vegetarian who owns at least 12 identical Breton striped tops.
Writing found its way into my heart instead and I spent the first eight years of my career in the West End working as the editor of a theatre website. Although the press tickets were hard to say goodbye to, I always hoped to work at a theatre company where people believed that art could be used as a real force for social change, and Cardboard Citizens was always where I hoped to do it. Plus there are no indigenous snakes in Whitechapel. Bonus.
Programme Delivery Manager
Growing up, I wanted to be a disco dancer.... or an astronomer. I did an online test at school that told me I should be an embalmer. I decided not to pursue any of these lofty ambitions, well not professionally anyway.
I started working as an actress as a teenager and loved it, but felt I had a bit more to give and a bit more I wanted to do. After completing an Anthropology degree, I started working in secondary schools with students and families with special educational needs. My love of the arts got the better of me and I returned to school to complete my MA in Applied Theatre, and started volunteering with Cardboard Citz. And I’m delighted to now be working here, where I can combine many of my loves: playing, theatre making, facilitating, teaching, supporting people to get to where they want to be, meeting an extraordinary range of people with extraordinary stories..... and, the odd bit of disco dancing to boot.
When I was little I thought I might be a Nurse. Then a Midwife and then I finally settled on it. A Diagnostic Radiographer(!). Off I went to University open days and pursued the (what turned out to be) hideously difficult Biology A-Level, until I finally realised (after playing musical instruments since I was six) that music was what I wanted to do.
While studying music at the University of Leeds, I did a placement year with an orchestra in Manchester and worked on their inspiring music therapy project with people living with dementia in the community. This sparked a long-term interest for me in the arts and the real impact they can have on people’s lives. I’d cracked it.
Since University, I’ve worked in fundraising for two orchestras and my move to Cardboard Citizens means I can now focus on the two areas I care about: the arts and their tangible social impact.
Executive Director (Interim)
Young Persons' Delivery Manager
When I was at school I was advised to be a Probation Officer, but I desperately wanted to be an artist. I like to think that the advice was based more on the status of the job market in Northern Ireland, rather than my obvious lack of artistic talent.
I came to work at Cardboard Citizens after seeing a piece of Forum Theatre. I had never seen anything like it, and it altered the way I thought about homeless people from that moment onwards. In my current role as Deputy CEO I am responsible for driving strategy, facilitating good governance, overseeing fundraising, as well as marketing, finance and operations, building key relationships and gaining good friends along the way.
My working background has mainly been in events management and fundraising, as well as the management and running of organisations in the creative and charity sectors. I have a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Enterprise & Management for the Creative Arts. I completed the Clore Leadership short course and have just started a one year course in Innovation in Management & Leadership in the cultural industries at the V&A. I also recently became a Trustee at Photovoice.
Corporate & Events Manager
I didn't really know what I wanted to be when I was little it changed on a monthly basis to anything from a vet to a hairdresser! I came to Cardboard Citizens as an intern when I was a student and have been trying to find a way to come back ever since!
To me Cardboard Citizens is the perfect combination of a lot of things I am passionate about (theatre and homelessness to name two). After graduating from a degree in Arts Management I did some freelancing in events, theatre and production and then moved on to work in Development.
I am so pleased to be at Cardboard Citizens in the role of Corporate & Events Manager surrounded by creative, passionate and dedicated people.
When I was little I wanted to be a cowboy. I was born in Canberra, Australia and after living there for most of the first 8 years of my life moved to Cumbria where I went to secondary school in the nearby town of Lancaster.
I enjoy and believe in the importance of empowering marginalised and isolated people and in learning about and expressing life experiences through innovative performing arts.
I came to advice and support work at Cardboard Citizens via a circuitous route. I studied for a BA in Development and Peace Studies at Bradford University from 2002 to 2005 and specialised in sustainable development before moving to London to complete a Professional Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development at the consultancy/NGO Forum for The Future in 2005. After various jobs including brief stints working at a micro generation and a sustainability communications company, I worked for several years at the urban regeneration company Renaisi Ltd where I became acquainted with advising and supporting disadvantaged people in Islington through work for the EC1 New Deal for Communities Programme. I went on to become an Information, Advice and Guidance worker at the Islington charity Help On Your Doorstep where I completed my NVQ level 3 qualification in Information, Advice and Guidance. I was attracted to advice and guidance work because I enjoyed working with marginalised people directly and in supporting community development in a tangible and direct way.
I applied for the position of Engagement Manager at Cardboard Citizens because I liked the idea of supporting and engaging homeless people through innovative theatre and in combining support and advice work with opportunities for creative expression and the telling of stories which might otherwise not be heard.
When I was young I wanted to be a comic book writer/ artist; followed by an actor; and a superstar DJ/producer; very briefly a beatboxer/MC (if you know where to look there's evidence of me trying!); then a Bafta-winning film-maker. (That last one still stands).
I came to work for Cardboard Citizens because it perfectly marries my two interests and areas of experience, bringing the arts together with supporting the homeless and creating some truly life-changing outcomes. That and it seemed a really cool place to work.
Before working here I worked for Islington charity Help on Your Doorstep, and prior to that I worked with several homeless charities including Shelter. I set up the charity WAYout, which works with Sierra Leonean street homeless youth, supporting them to engage in education and employment via creative projects, such as music, film-making and writing. I’ve also been involved in various acting, film and music projects over the last 15 years, writing and directing short films since 2008. I studied BSC and MSc Social Policy at LSE.
Trusts & Foundations Officer
When I was little, I really remember wanting to take on the profession ‘burglar'. Obviously a short-lived idea, I soon became fascinated with the arts and what they have to offer. As I’ve grown older I've worked for several different and diverse organisations that all have one thing in common: The Arts. Last year I took on the prestigious training program, Cause4's Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme Fellowship, funded by Arts Council England, to learn how to fundraise for the arts in order to be able to give everyone a chance to be part of it. I come to Cardboard Citizens with a thirst for keeping the arts alive in all communities.
When I was at school I wanted to be a doctor and I was good at education. However due to migration from Bangladesh to join my father in England so could not pursue it further.
I came to work for Cardboard Citizens because I like working for the social and charity sector. I have previously worked for various organisations whose main aims are to house and help disadvantaged and homeless people with life skills, education, employment and training. As a Finance Manager of Cardboard Citizens I am responsible for financial management of the organisation and supporting the SMT.
When I came to England, first I attended some short courses in English and Maths at college and as part of my work experience I worked in a Local Authority’s accounts department and discovered my passion in the accountancy field. After working for a couple of other organisations I decided to complete my professional qualifications which is Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and am a fellow member of FCCA.
It took me ages to get young, and when I got young I wanted to stay young but I got unyoung, and I grew up. Along the way I saw Cardboard Citizens’ Visible and it scared me. It was so bizarre that I never forgot, and when the opportunity arose I applied to become a Citizen. Life before Citz was working in Sloane Square at the Royal Court Theatre as their Deputy Box Office Manager. I now help to run Cardboard Citizens HQ (if you ring our office it is most likely you’ll hear my dulcet tones on the other end of the phone).
From an early age I knew I wanted to be the Associate Director of Cardboard Citizens. It was my mother's fault, she gave me a social conscience. And so my journey began. At primary school I ran our own mini general election. I'm not sure why, but I stood for the Liberal Party, as it then was. As time went on I gained a reputation for radical left wing policy, this manifested itself in me winning the speech making competition. The next Aneurin Bevin.
Cardboard Citz has long been a company I've admired both for its social mission and the way it keeps its integrity whilst creating wonderful new theatre. My first experience was in 1992 when I saw Adrian Jackson, our founding Artistic Director, and Augusto Boal on the stage of the Albany Empire in Deptford. It was a magical experience; one that made me recognise that my five years as a housing officer for Greenwich Council had not been wasted. That indeed my life as a trade unionist sat in parallel to my desire to make theatre that attempted to articulate a better and fairer world.
And so my childhood dream has come true. I oversee the programme of arts activities we offer to our Members, both young and not so young; making theatre for, by and with our Members.
When I was little all I wanted to do was draw so when I left school I gained a place in an Art College on the south coast to train as a graphic designer. But just as I thought I was going to change my life... life changed me instead. Fast forward a year and I am now managing a jewellery concession in Topshop Oxford Circus London. Top of the world. By 18 I was taken my first steps to travel the world and ended up in the Middle East.
I was a Member of Cardboard Citizens for many years and performed in lots of shows. In fact, my debut was on the stage at the Globe Theatre. I knew things would work out because when I looked up I was standing under my star sign.
After years of training, and failing, and learning I now teach Theatre of the Oppressed to groups and organization all over the world and direct shows for Cardboard Citizens.
I didn’t become a graphic designer after all but a graphic director!
Assistant Director/ Facilitator
The big dream had always been to write a number one pop rock hit featuring Avril Lavigne. But as she fell off the radar, so did that dream. So I moved onto sports. I was convinced I was going to be in the Olympics. However, after involving myself in Drama at school, it wasn’t long until I had my ‘Troy Bolton’ moment and decided to go with my heart and chose theatre as my career path.
After completing my degree in Drama at University, I was looking for ways to combine the arts and social action. I embarked on an MA in Applied Theatre where I was exposed to a whole new world. I am thrilled to now be working as Assistant Director/Facilitator here at Cardboard Citz, and am looking forward to making a real change in people’s lives.
I joined Cardboard Citizens as a Trustee because I wanted to make an impact on the lives of people who had experienced homelessness. I am a keen theatregoer and was impressed with Cardboard Citizens’ productions. As well as being a Trustee I am a qualified accountant and have spent my career working for Councils in London and the South East, initially in Housing and Social Care services and more recently as Head of financial strategy for a London borough.
Chris JullingsI became a Trustee because I feel a deep compassion for the homeless and the oppressed. I passionately believe that anything we can do to influence government policy /action, engage society and directly support the homeless is my social responsibility. I am a former BT Director Organisation Development /HR, a Fellow of several professional bodies and hold a Masters Degrees in Human Resource Management and Executive Coaching. I retired in 2012 and am now heavily involved the voluntary/charity sector. It is a real privilege to be a Trustee of Cardboard Citizens.
I am Chief Economist at Enodo Economics, an independent macroeconomic forecasting consultancy I set up in 2016 to untangle complexity, challenge the consensus, and give pointers to the future by making sense of today. For 16 years prior I worked at Lombard Street Research, most recently as their Chief Economist and Head of Research, setting the agenda for the firm’s team of economists and strategists while conducting my own global analysis. I joined LSR after completing my master’s degree in Economics in 2000 and over the years have covered a wide range of developing and developed economies. I became a director of LSR in 2005 and headed the firm’s UK Service from then until 2009. Between 2010 and 2013 I was based in Hong Kong overseeing LSR’s expansion in Asia. I am best known for my analysis of China, including the book I co-wrote in 2011, The American Phoenix – And Why China And Europe Will Struggle After The Coming Slump. I write regular opinion pieces for the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, etc. I have extensive global experience engaging with all manner of audiences and have made frequent television appearances, including on BBC’s Newsnight on the day that Lehman Brothers collapsed.
I have a background in theatre fundraising and administration with previous roles at Hampstead Theatre and the Independent Theatre Council. Since 2011 I have been Jerwood Charitable Foundation's General Manager, with responsibilities for grant making, project development and management, and the running of the charity. I first came into contact with Cardboard Citizens through Jerwood's support for the commissioning of writers for Home Truths, and was honoured to become a Trustee of a theatre company that can profoundly change people's lives for the better.
I am Head of Global ESG and Sustainability at UBS, which I joined in 1994. I am a published author: '"If you want to be green hold your breath": Climate Change in British Theatre, From Red to Green? How the Financial Credit Crunch Could Bankrupt the Environment and Food Policy and the Environmental Credit Crunch: From Soup to Nuts, co-authored with UBS economist Paul Donovan. I am a research student with Warwick University, where my main interests are the environment on stage and the impact of theatrical performances on so-called audiences. With UBS’s support, I am a Visiting Business Fellow of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University, where I was a catalyst for the TORCH-Smith School Mind the Environmental Gap humanities seminars (2012) and the associated Symposium (2013). I became a Trustee because I wanted to join the board of an organisation I could be proud of.
Linden IfeI am a barrister practising from Enterprise Chambers in Lincoln's Inn and specialising in business and insolvency litigation, featuring the liabilities of directors and office holders, and the recovery of assets by office holders for the benefit of creditors in an insolvency. I am often recommended as a leading practitioner by the directories in insolvency, commercial chancery and commercial dispute resolution. I have served as a Trustee of Disability Equality in Education, the Almeida Theatre (where I chaired the Artistic Director Recruitment Committee which recruited the current Artistic Director, and the Remuneration Committee), and London Metropolitan University, and have sat on the Olivier Awards theatre panel.
I have enjoyed a long career in arts management, holding top positions at the English Shakespeare Company and Rambert. I have held Trustee positions at, among others, Theatre Royal, Bath, NESTA and the RUH NHS Trust, and I previously chaired the Arvon Foundation (2001-2005), Rambert (2000-2009) and Free Word (2000-2014). I was also a member of the Arts Council England from 1992 to 2000, and continue to work as an independent freelance consultant for the Clore Leadership Programme amongst others. I was awarded a CBE in 2000 for services to the arts, especially dance.