Linden Ife - Deputy Chair
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.
I joined as a Trustee of the Board because I was keen to support the Cardboard Citizens’ purpose of empowering people with lived experience of homelessness or are vulnerable to become homeless. As a keen supporter of the arts, I also believe in the power of theatre to spark change. I am a management consultant in the financial services sector and I hold a Masters Degree in Business Administration. In my career I have held in various positions in consulting, strategy and business development in South Africa and the UK.
Sacha is a freelance Technical & Production Director, Production Manager & Producer. Most recently, she worked as a producer on Punchdrunk’s The Burnt City and was Technical & Production Director at Secret Cinema. Previously she worked with Mark Rubinstein Ltd, general managing and producing in the West End, she was Director of Producing & Planning at the National Theatre & Executive Producer at Shakespeare’s Globe. Before going to the Globe she was Head of Production at the National Theatre heading up the workshop departments, production and stage management teams, developing and overseeing the production process of around 26 shows a year across the building. For many years she was a Production Manager working extensively in theatre and events – touring, West End, international and at the National Theatre. As Production Manager, some of her production highlights were TINA – The Tina Turner Musical (West End), War Horse (Olivier), Frankenstein (Olivier), His Dark Materials (Olivier) & Jerry Springer the Opera (Lyttelton). As well as being a trustee for Cardboard Citizens she is also a trustee for Tonic.
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.
Andy Pattison - Treasurer
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.