The Almeida Board

Luke Johnson (Chair) 
Luke has been Chairman of theatre charity Stage One since 2010.  He is co-owner of Assembly Festival, one of the largest venue complexes on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is chairman of Fiery Angel, a backer of commercial theatre, in partnership with producer Edward Snape. He is also a non-executive director of AKA, the leading marketing services provider to the theatre industry. For six years until 2010 he served as Chairman of Channel 4 Television and is a former Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts and governor of The University of the Arts London. He is Chairman of Risk Capital Partners, a private equity firm he co-founded in 2001, the Institute of Cancer Research and Gaucho Restaurants. He is Chairman and part owner of Patisserie Holdings PLC, Gail’s bakeries, Neilson Active Holidays and The Brighton Pier Group plc and is also a director of Brompton Bicycles. He writes a weekly essay in The Sunday Times and until 2015 wrote a weekly column in The Financial Times. He has lived in London for over 30 years.

Axel Burrough
An architect who has specialised in the design of theatres and buildings for the arts. Now an independent consultant, he was a director of the Islington-based architects Levitt Bernstein for 38 years. He served on the board of the Theatres Trust for six years and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has acted as an independent assessor for Arts Council England and the Scottish Arts Council and is an Islington resident.

John Cassy
John is the founder of Canon Street, a strategic advisory and creative agency working across the tech, media and cultural sectors. A former Guardian journalist, he spent ten years at BSkyB in a range of senior editorial and commercial roles. These included creating and growing Sky Arts into the UK's leading cultural TV channel. Programming highlights included Antony Gormley's BAFTA nominated One & Other public art project in Trafalgar Square and the BAFTA winning and technologically ground-breaking film David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive. He has served on various industry boards and is a mentor with the charity UpRising.

Jonathan Church CBE
Jonathan was Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre from 2006-2016.

Previous posts include: Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company (2016), Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre (2001-2006), Associate Director of Hampstead Theatre (1999-2001). Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse (1995-1999), Associate Director of Derby Playhouse (1994-1995) and Assistant Director of Nottingham Playhouse (1992-1993).

Jonathan is currently the Artistic Director of the Bath Theatre Royal Summer Season and the director of Jonathan Church Productions -a company formed in 2015 in association with Delfont Mackintosh Theatres to produce high quality theatre in the West End, on tour and internationally. 

Carrie Cracknell
Carrie is a director. She was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, London, from 2007 to 2012. She has also previously been Associate Director both at the Young Vic and the Royal Court. Her directing credits include Oil for the Almeida; The Deep Blue Sea; Medea; Blurred Lines (National Theatre); Macbeth; Electra (Young Vic); Birdland; Pigeons; Searched (Royal Court); Wozzeck (ENO); The Sexual Neurosis of Our Parents; Hedda (Gate Theatre); I Am Falling (Gate Theatre / Sadlers Wells). 

Richard Gildea
Richard is the Managing Director and Senior Credit Officer for the EMEA Region for JP Morgan in London. He has been with the bank since 1986 working in New York and since 1993 in London. He has an extensive background in corporate restructuring, capital markets activity and has worked in a number of client-focused roles. He chaired the Corporate Council for the Almeida Theatre from 2009 to 2012 and is a member of the Advisory Council of SAIS-Johns Hopkins in Washington, D.C.

Sian Hansen
Sian has had a varied career in international finance, global public policy discourse and communications and is currently International Senior Advisor at Kreab, a Swedish communications company. From 2013 to 2016, Sian was Executive Director of the Legatum Institute, a global public policy think tank dedicated to promoting prosperity. Previously she spent seven years as Managing Director of the think tank Policy Exchange, an educational charity promoting research and discourse on public policy in the UK. Sian is currently a Non-executive Director of JP Morgan Income and Capital Trust PLC, a Non-executive Director of Pacific Asset Trust and a Non-executive Director of EBF international (Shanghai) Ltd. In addition she is on the Advisory Board of both Cerno Capital and Reaction, the online political and economic news portal. She is active in a number of not-for-profit enterprises including as a Commissioner of the Social Metrics Commission in the UK, The Women’s Refugee Commission in the USA and Patron of Create Streets. Formerly, Sian was Director and Co-Head of Sales for Asian Equities at Societe Generale and before this was an equity analyst with Enskilda Securities.

Marc Mathieu
Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Electronics America, a storied marketing veteran known for developing talent, digital innovation and driving big ideas across the business. As CMO, he leads U.S.-based marketing across all lines of the company's business including home entertainment, home appliances and telecommunications. He also leads the Global Marketing Center of Excellence designed as an incubator for marketing innovation and excellence across the company. Prior to joining Samsung he served as the Senior Vice President of global marketing at Unilever where he launched the "Crafting Brands for Life" campaign and drove the company's global marketing strategy. Mathieu also served as Senior Vice President, global brand marketing at Coca-Cola, where he is credited with branding Coke's turnaround with the 'Open Happiness' strategy and the 'Coke Side of Life' global campaign.

Lucy Perman MBE
Executive Director of Clean Break – an award-winning theatre company working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system. With a background in the arts and media sectors, she has previously held a number of trustee roles including Vice-Chair of the Independent Theatre Council.

Tanya Seghatchian 
Tanya is a Bafta award winning film producer who straddles both the commercial mainstream and indie cinema. She was one of the producer’s of the first four films in the Harry Potter franchise and of Pawel Pawlikowski’s acclaimed My Summer of Love. She is also the former head of the Development and Film Funds at the British Film Institute (BFI) and the UK Film Council (UKFC), where she championed British films, investing in independent breakouts such as The King's Speech, The Iron Lady, The Woman In Black, alongside several Cannes/Venice competition/selection titles including Jane Campion's Bright Star, Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, Steve McQueen’s Shame, and Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin. More recently she has been working on the Netflix television series The Crown, as Executive Producer alongside Oscar nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan and director Stephen Daldry.