Riad Akbur of 20th Century extraction, standing at 5’ 6” (except for the Queen), and frequent member of the human race, works in local government. Riad is manager of the award-winning HOST team at Tower Hamlets Council. He is currently on secondment to central government supporting local councils with the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act. He played an instrumental role in founding the No First Night Out approach and chaired the implementation group throughout the pilot phase. His interests are ladoos. He lives quietly in London’s West End and is delighted, abused and confused by three grown-up sons: Mark, Anwar and Samuel.
Dr Sophie Dexter
I have been involved with Cardboard Citizens since its beginnings, first as an audience member and for the last five years chairing the Development Committee. I worked for 20 years as a GP in South London with a special interest in Psychiatry and Women’s Health. I have been a teacher of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical and General Practice students. Recently I have worked as an Honorary Tutor at St Georges University of London, teaching Communication Skills to Medical students and teaching on the mandatory Breaking Bad News course. I am also excited to be joining the Board as one of the trustees and I hope I can use my skills to support Cardboard Citizens in all that they do.
I 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 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.
Sacha Milroy joined the team at Mark Rubinstein Ltd in November 2017. Prior to that, she was Director of Producing and Planning at the National Theatre. She first joined the National Theatre as Production Manager. Shows include: Frankenstein, Fela!, 13, Danton’s Death, London Assurance, Nation, Our Class, All’s Well That Ends Well, England People Very Nice, Her Naked Skin, The Year of Magical Thinking(& tour), Major Barbara, War Horse, Saint Joan, A Matter of Life and Death, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, The Alchemist, Man of Mode, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Iphigenia at Aulis, Lifegame, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, His Dark Materials, Jumpers, Jerry Springer the Opera, Duchess of Malfi, Mappa Mundi, Play Without Words, Hinterland (& tour). After a spell at Shakespeare’s Globe as Executive Producer, she returned to the National Theatre as Head of Production managing a large production department, which included scenic construction, painting, props, costume, production & stage management. Prior to the National, she worked extensively as a Production Manager, Event Manager & Stage Manager for various theatre companies, West End, festivals and on tour.
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 joined Cardboard Citizens as one of the Trustees 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.
Prue Skene - Chair
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.
I first worked with Cardboard Citizens 17 years ago on a project in South London. They are a theatre company I hold incredibly dear to my heart – its ethos completely allies with my principles regarding theatre for social change. I am a theatre director (credits include Shebeen, Nottingham Playhouse & Theatre Royal Statford East; Frankenstein, Wish List, Into The Woods, Royal Exchange; Blue/Orange, The Sound Of Yellow, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, Young Vic & Eclipse; Suckerpunch Boom Suite, Barbican & NitroBeat; Migration Music and Scrappers,Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse). I’m a former Associate Director at Stratford East, Resident Director at the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and most recently Associate Artistic Director at the Manchester Royal Exchange.