Board of Trustees

Sadler's Wells Trust Limited, a registered charity, is the company that runs Sadler’s Wells and oversees the management and operation of the theatre’s three venues. Sadler's Wells Foundation, also a charity, owns the freehold of our building in Rosebery Avenue and ensures the building is well maintained and looked after.

Sadler's Wells Trust Ltd 


Nigel Higgins is Managing Partner and Co-Chairman of the Executive Committee of Rothschild & Co, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory groups. He has worked for the company since graduating from Oxford University in 1982, and has been in his current role since 2010. Prior to that, he was Co-Head of the company’s Global Financial Advisory business, which he ran from the early 2000s.

Nigel is also a non-executive director of Tetra Laval Group, a major global group focused on technologies for the efficient production, packaging and distribution of food. He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission, a non-governmental, non-partisan discussion group founded in 1973 to foster closer cooperation originally among North America, Western Europe and Japan.

He was a member of the Advisory Board for the Commercial Directorate of the UK's National Health Service from 2002 to 2007. He has been a governor of two schools, and has long been a supporter of education initiatives in the arts.

Nigel Higgins. Photo: Cameron Slater


Humphrey Battcock
Humphrey Battcock has worked in private equity for 30 years, latterly as head of Europe and member of the executive committee of Advent International, one of the world’s largest private equity groups. He has served on 25 company boards during that time and currently serves on the board of Cambridge Innovation Capital.

Humphrey has a physics degree from Cambridge University, an MBA from London Business School, is a qualified accountant and is currently pursuing an MSc at the London School of Economics. He is a trustee of the Woodland Trust and the Institute for Research in Schools, and is on the Cambridge University Campaign Board.

Sue Butcher
Sue is a Director in the investment banking division at Barclays, where she currently specialises in advising and arranging finance for companies in the utilities and infrastructure sectors.

Sue's life-long love of dance had brought her into contact with a number of Sadler's Wells Associate Artists before she joined the Board in 2011.

Sarah Evans
Sarah Evans has a background in finance, management consulting and education. She founded and is Chair at Westside School, a small school model for excluded young people aged 11-16 years, giving them a chance to get back on track and obtain their GCSEs as well as vocational qualifications. Sarah has recently set up and is Chair of The Oxford Youth Lab, enabling multi-stakeholder practitioners and academics to come together in order to understand the complexity of current youth issues and work together on new solutions at grass-roots levels in different locations in the UK. Sarah has a number of university degrees and is a governor at University of Toronto Schools. She sits on the boards of the Solutions Lab at MaRS in Toronto and Ivey Business School.

Robert Glick
Robert Glick has held various senior positions in corporate communications and in public health – in New York, Paris, New Delhi and London.

He currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Communications & Head of International Government Affairs at American Express. He is responsible for leading the government relations strategy for the company’s international businesses, and serves as the company’s senior public relations strategist in Europe. Previously, Mr. Glick held various positions at the United Nations Development Programme, including Director of the Asian Regional Programme on HIV/AIDS, and Policy Officer in UNDP’s Bureau of Policy Evaluation. He served previously as Assistant Vice President for Corporate Affairs at L’Oréal and Senior Financial Analyst at Arthur Andersen & Company. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the London School of Economics and Emory University (USA).

Mr. Glick was appointed by the Prime Minister as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Victoria & Albert Museum and is Chair of the museum’s Corporate Advisory Board, and serves as a Trustee (and former Chair) of the Terrence Higgins Trust, one of the U.K.’s foremost public health charities. His seminal book, Law, Ethics and HIV, was first published in 1993 by the UNDP Press. He has written two novels, Closer East and The Darkening Sky, both published by Woodland Free Press.

A citizen of both the U.K. and the United States, he lives permanently in London.

A lifelong enthusiast of dance, he first attended Sadler's Wells - a thrilling performance of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company - as a student in the mid-1980s, and has been an avid fan of the theatre ever since.

David Lan
David is a director, playwright and social anthropologist. His plays and films have been produced by the Royal Court, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Almeida and the BBC. His ethnography Guns and Rain: Guerillas and Spirit Mediums in Zimbabwe is taught at universities throughout the world. He was writer in residence at the Royal Court Theatre, 1995-97. Since 2000, he has been Artistic Director of the Young Vic, where he has produced some 200 shows, many of which have toured widely in Europe and been seen in the West End and in New York, including on Broadway. He led the rebuild of the Young Vic, which reopened in 2006 and was named RIBA London Building of the Year. During his tenure, the Young Vic has won every major theatre award in London and New York.

He was Consulting Artistic Director of the soon to be built Ronald O Perelman Center for the Performing Arts at the World Trade Center in New York, 2013-16. He co-founded World Stages and the What Next? movement, which now flourishes across the country. In 2014 he was made CBE for services to theatre.

Tim Marlow
Tim Marlow joined the Royal Academy of Arts in 2014 as Artistic Director. His remit includes the RA’s exhibition programme and Collection, as well Learning, Architecture and Publishing.

Prior to this Marlow was Director of Exhibitions at White Cube (2003-2014). Over the past decade he has played a major role in White Cube's evolution into one of the pre-eminent contemporary art galleries in the world, with new spaces in São Paulo, Hong Kong and London. He has also worked with many of the most important and influential artists of our time including Jake & Dinos Chapman, Chuck Close, Tracey Emin RA, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley RA, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume RA, Anselm Kiefer Hon RA, Julie Mehretu and Doris Salcedo.

Marlow is an award-winning radio and television broadcaster who has presented over 100 documentaries on British Television. He was the founder editor of Tate magazine and is the author of numerous books and catalogues. He has lectured, chaired and participated in panel discussions on art and culture in more than forty countries.

Farah Ramzan Golant
Farah joined Girl Effect as CEO in 2015. Girl Effect is a creative social enterprise that empowers girls to disrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty. When you lift a girl out of poverty, she lifts her whole community; now and for future generations. Making this a reality means breaking down the negative attitudes and behaviours that hold so many girls back. It’s about disrupting old social norms and finding new ways to unlock progress. Girl Effect was launched 13 years ago, championed by the Nike Foundation in collaboration with multiple partners. It applies the power of media brands for social change and mobile innovation to equip and inspire girls to use their voice, reframe their value and build the connections they need; driving behaviour change at scale. Girl Effect’s global portfolio has already reached 46 million people in 66 countries. By also putting girls at the centre of the global insight and data revolution, Girl Effect is breaking new ground and proving measurable impact for development and commercial partners alike.

Farah brings 27 years of business experience from the global creative industries. She served as Chief Executive of All3Media leading the strategic sale of the company for its private equity owners, Permira, for enterprise value $930 million. Previously, she had a 22-year career at Abbot Mead Vickers BBDO, becoming its Chief Executive in 2005 and joining the BBDO worldwide board in NYC in 2007. She served on the British Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group from 2013 to 2015 and has served as a Business Ambassador for the Creative Industries of Britain. She has been a Trustee of the Royal National Theatre in London and of Save the Children UK, and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Cambridge Judge Business School and The ALDO Group, based in Montreal. She joined the board of Sadler’s Wells Trust in November 2017.

In 2011 she was awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) and was named Business Woman of the Year in 2010 Asian Women of Achievement Awards. Farah graduated with a joint honours degree from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and has completed the Advanced Management Executive Programme at Babson College, Harvard.

David Ripert
David Ripert is Head of YouTube Spaces for Europe, the Middle East & Africa.

YouTube is a platform for artists of all shapes and sizes: creators are succeeding on YouTube more than ever before. From discovering global pop sensations, to reinventing storytelling with Virtual Reality, the YouTube community is transforming entertainment and shaping the culture of our times.

David's team, YouTube Spaces, bring together the most creative people in the world to facilitate a thriving content ecosystem. It is a global team focused on super-charging creators, from top media companies to individuals, identifying new and rising talent, and driving online video ecosystem innovation through programs, technology and building state-of-the-art studios for them to collaborate, learn and grow their audience. They work with emerging artists, broadcasters, top production companies, publishers, labels, leagues, top brands, celebrities and public figures- across all verticals of entertainment, music, sports, kids, but also experimental technology.

David oversees many of these activities across the EMEA region, including the recent opening of a new 20,000 sqft YouTube Space next to London’s Kings Cross St Pancras railway station – the company’s largest such facility in Europe, kitted out with 4K and virtual reality cameras.

He was previously VP of content at Dailymotion in New York, after some years at Netflix in Los Angeles, where he handled original content. He began his career with Intermedia Film in Los Angeles, in the production financing and distribution of feature films. He received his MBA from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s from one of France’s top management schools, EDHEC, where he studied business administration, international marketing and entrepreneurship.

Sanoke Viswanathan
Sanoke Viswanathan is chief administrative officer of J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank overseeing Technology, Operations, Quantitative Research, Marketing and Controls.

Previously, Mr. Viswanathan was head of Corporate Strategy for JPMorgan Chase and worked with the leadership team to set the strategic direction for the firm. He also spent a year as Head of Strategy and New Business Development for the Corporate & Investment Bank.

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Viswanathan was a partner at McKinsey & Co, and co-head of their global corporate and investment banking practice. He served financial institutions in Asia, Europe and North America on strategy, organization and risk management topics.

Sanoke holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.

Sharon White
Sharon took over as Chief Executive of Ofcom in March 2015. Before joining Ofcom, Sharon had a long career in the civil service. She was second Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, responsible for overseeing the public finances. Before that, she held Board level positions at the Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Development. She has worked as a civil service adviser at the Prime Minister's Policy Unit and in Washington DC as a senior economist at the World Bank. Sharon is a trained economist and studied at Cambridge University and University College London.

Trustee placements

Sharla Duncan
Sharla founded Team Up (formerly known as YELP Students) in 2008 as a student society. She was then appointed as Team Up’s CEO, when the organisation became a registered charity in 2012. Sharla sets the strategic direction of the organisation to ensure it is achieving transformative outcomes for our pupils. For Sharla, the academic support of another student in her teenage years inspired a love of education in her, and the belief that tuition delivered by university students could help low-income young people reach their full potential. Sharla is a Fellow at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and received the EY Unlocking Potential Award in 2013, for her leadership in the field of social innovation.

Sharla has a BSc in Biochemistry from King’s College London, as well as a PGCE and MSc in Educational Research Methodology from Oxford University. She is also an inspirational speaker, and has delivered talks on social action and addressing educational inequality for TEDx, NUS, and the Royal Society of the Arts.

Jo Wolfe
Jo is Assistant Director of Digital for Breast Cancer Care – the only UK-wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer. As the charity’s digital lead, she develops innovative digital support services for people affected by breast cancer and shapes digital fundraising and engagement strategy.

Previously, Jo was Head of Digital Communications at Girlguiding, and she has also directed digital strategy and managed campaigns and products at vInspired and Action on Hearing Loss. In 2014, Jo was voted #1 woman in digital under 30 by The Drum. Jo is a Fellow of the RSA and a graduate of the CharityWorks programme.


Sadler's Wells Foundation


Lady Solti
As Valerie Pitts, Lady Solti enjoyed a high-flying television career in the 1960's. Her work ranged from presenting Playschool to arts reporting for the BBC. In 1967 she married the legendary Hungarian conductor Sir Georg Solti, and gave up her career to support the maestro all around the world and to raise their two daughters.

Since her husband's death in 1997, Lady Solti continues his work in many areas and is particularly committed to the support of young musicians. Lady Solti was particularly supportive of the capital campaign which fundraised to rebuild and re-open Sadler's Wells in 1998.

Honorary Vice President

Ian Albery
Ian followed in his ancestors' footsteps when he became chief executive and producer at Sadler's Wells. His great, great, grandfather, Charles Moore was co-manager of Sadler's Wells in 1872. His grandfather, Sir Bronson Albery first served Lilian Baylis in 1936 on her Old Vic and Sadler's Wells Board and he continued for over 25 years. His father, Sir Donald Albrey was the general manager of Sadler's Wells Ballet during the Second World War. Ian's tenure as Chief Executive and Producer for Sadler's Wells was from 1994 to 2002. He first focussed the Wells as a theatre dedicated to dance. Ian, an experienced Theatre Consultant, with the help of an excellent team, then built the new Sadler's Wells Theatre. As Nica Burns (Chief Executive of Nimax Theatres) says: "Ian is the only theatre designer who has also run a theatre group and been a producer, so he as an unique understanding of both artistic requirements, production needs and audience facilities". He acquired a lease of the Peacock Theatre in the West End to introduce new audiences to dance and achieved an eighteen-fold increase in the annual revenue funding for the Wells. Ian's Sadler's Wells legacy is the Dance Theatre for London, the Peacock Theatre and the revenue funding to ensure their viability.

Ian Hay Davison CBE


Nigel Higgins


Rab Bennetts
Rab Bennetts is a founding director of the architectural practice Bennetts Associates. With offices in London and Edinburgh, the firm has twice been voted UK Architectural Practice of the Year in 2006 and 2011 and is responsible for award-winning projects such as the New Street Square development in the City of London, Wessex Water Operations Centre in Bath, Brighton Library and the Potterrow development at the University of Edinburgh. Recently completed commissions include the transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Mint Hotels in London and Amsterdam.

Rab is a board member of the UK Green Building Council and a trustee of the Design Council. He was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2003.

Celeste Fenichel
Celeste, an American who has lived in London for almost 30 years, has been actively fundraising for the UK Arts sector since 1991. She has supported Sadler’s Wells since 2001 and is currently in her second term as a Governor. Her great love for dance is what brought her to Sadler's Wells and she is proud to promote its cause.

She was previously a board member for Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, and is shortly to become a member of the International Advisory Board for BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. Celeste is also an Advocate at the Royal Court Theatre and has a BA in English Literature from the University of Nebraska.

Kathryn Firth
With over 25 years experience Kathryn has led masterplanning and urban regeneration projects in the US, Europe, the Middle East and the UK for both the private and public sector. They include projects in sensitive heritage contexts, regeneration projects on former industrial sites and developments in complex inner city environments. They range in scale from streetscape interventions to the creation of entirely new settlements on several thousand hectares.

Kathryn has ongoing involvement in highly topical research projects that inform both the practice of urban design and associated policy. These include a study of the spatial and social dynamics of streets in smaller cities and towns, an exploration into the New London Vernacular and the effect of urban density on neighbourhood perception. She is a member of the Mayor's Design Advisory Group, the New London Sounding Board and Committee Member of The London Society. She is also the Vice Chair of the Old Oak Park Royal Review Group and a member of the Silvertown Tunnel Design Advisory Group. Originally from Toronto, Canada, where she attained her Bachelor of Architecture and subsequently practiced, Kathryn went on to do a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (GSD).

Kathryn has taught at several universities in Canada and the US, including the GSD, Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Toronto. More recently she ran the MSc City Design and Social Science in the London School of Economic Cities Programme for 6 years and was a visiting lecturer at the Housing & Urbanism unit at the Architecture Association. She is currently an External Examiner and MAUD supervisor at Liverpool John Moores University and Cambridge University.

Harry MacAuslan
Harry works with a number of organisations and was previously Vice Chairman of Leo Burnett, the international advertising agency. He also paints but not well enough to be called a Painter. He is extremely proud to have been involved with Sadler's Wells for many years.

Celia Rodrigues
Celia is an American and lives in New York, where she is the President of the American Friends of Sadler's Wells. Celia has also taken active roles in support of the arts on both sides of the Atlantic including being a docent in children's education at the Royal Academy in London and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Celia is long time dance enthusiast and is thrilled to be involved with Sadler's Wells. She is a graduate of Yale University where she is a founder of the women's organization WISER.

Roger Spence
Roger Spence has worked in the performing arts in a career spanning more than fifty-years, initially in technical management he was also a lighting designer in the early part of his career lighting more than two hundred drama, opera and dance productions across the UK. Between the mid-‘70's and mid-90's he was General Manager of The Scottish Ballet and then an Executive Director of the TyneWear Theatre Company, Newcastle upon Tyne and the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh.

Throughout this period he was involved in or responsible for a number of new theatre builds and major conversions or refurbishments of these companies' existing spaces. These works culminated in 1992 with a series of major works and improvements to the stage house, foyers and office and rehearsal accommodation of the Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Roger is and has been a member of a number of advisory councils, arts boards and committees amongst them the ABTT, Scottish Arts Council, TMA (now UKT) and was President of the TMA from 1992 – 1995.

In 1995 his previous experience on arts building projects led to his appointment as Project Director for the rebuilding of Sadler's Wells Theatre which reopened in October 1998. Since then he has been a Project Director or Principal Advisor on a large number of major capital projects – most notably the Wales Millennium Centre (2000 – 2005), Northern Ballet/Phoenix Dance - Dance House Leeds (2005 – 2010), the National Concert Hall Dublin (2007 – 2010) and the refurbishment of the Birmingham Royal Ballet studios (2012 – 2015) as well as many smaller projects. Recently, projects include a three-year upgrade and refurbishment of Sadler's Wells Theatre and currently the rebuilding of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.

Paul Williams
Paul Williams heads the Asset Management team at Derwent London and has overall responsibility for lease management and lettings, together with the delivery of Derwent's substantial projects. He is also Director in charge of sustainability.

Paul has been with Derwent since its inception and has been part of the core team to develop Derwent's distinct brand of buildings.

Recent projects include Burberry's headquarters in Page Street, Victoria and the redevelopment of Angel Building, Clerkenwell which included a substantial pre-letting to Cancer Research and a letting to Expedia.

Paul has led the negotiations to relocate existing tenant Publicis (which includes Saatchi and Saatchi) for two new buildings in London's tech belt.

In addition, he negotiated a JV with Grosvenor Estate and the subsequent sale to Peninsular Hotels of a 1.5 acre site at Hyde Park Corner.

Derwent's next major scheme is the redevelopment of a site at the Silicon Roundabout to form WCF (White Collar Factory) of 300,000 sq ft and where Paul is taking a lead role.

Paul is Chairman of the Paddington Waterside Partnership and a member of the British Council for Offices.

Honorary Members

Valerie Colgan
Martin Klute

Honorary Clerk

Joachim Fleury

Clerk to the Foundation

Alistair Spalding