Advisory & Development

 


Advisory Board

David Lammy 

Esther Rantzen

Jeremy Corbyn 

Ian McKellen


Creative Director Emeritus

Melli Marie


Development Board

 

Jo Parker (Chair)

Jo has worked in the communications industry for over 25 years and is an executive director of Chime ww.chimegroup.com an international sports, entertainment and communications group where she has day-to-day responsibility for a group of six agencies covering advertising, public relations, digital and sustainability consultancy. Having lived in Finsbury Park, where she met her husband, she is delighted to be joining the board and using her communications and sustainability experience as well as her huge love of the theatre and the local area to support all the work the Park Theatre does.

 

 

 

 

 

David Cohen

David Cohen is the Investigations Editor and Campaigns Editor on both the London Evening Standard and The Independent. He has launched several award-winning campaigns, including The Dispossessed, The Estate We're In and Food For London Now and he won the Paul Foot Award in 2013 for his campaigning investigative journalism into London's gangs. He is the author of three books: Chasing the Red, White and Blue (Picador USA, 2001), People Who Have Stolen From Me (Picador 2004), and Calling London, (2011) and he lives locally in Crouch End.


 

Heraclis Economides

Managing Director, Numis Securities

Heraclis is a Managing Director in Corporate Finance at Numis which he joined in 2008. He previously worked at HSBC, Bridgewell and PwC.

He has broad management and advisory experience with many corporate clients spanning equity capital markets and M&A transactions. He is a qualified chartered accountant and graduated in PPE at Oxford University.

 

 


 

Lauren Jacobson 

Lauren is a legal and strategy consultant and acts as Special Counsel on selected international cases. She serves as a trustee for The Quartet of Peace Trust (UK) and CHIVA Africa and is a Founding Member of Impact 100 London.  

Lauren was a policy advisor in the Ministry of Justice on matters including Human Rights, Freedom of Information, Legal Aid and Gender Recognition. She headed a review of the Ministry’s Human Rights Division and was a senior member of the policy group responsible for establishing the UK Supreme Court.

Lauren completed her legal training in South Africa where she worked in human rights, media and public interest law. She represented artists, journalists, activists and playwrights whose work was restricted under apartheid legislation. She was appointed by the Mandela government to draft a national film classification and broadcasting framework for the new democracy.

Lauren lives in North London.
 

Noémie de Andia

Noémie has over 20 years’ strategic communications expertise, gained in senior consultancy and in-house roles where she advised high-profile companies in the technology, financial services and consumer sectors. Between 2007 and 2018, she led the global communications and branding strategy at private equity firm Permira. In 2020, she joined strategic communications agency Instinctif Partners as a Partner in London. Parisian by birth and Londoner by adoption, Noémie lives in Crouch End with her husband and two teenagers and is a huge fan of the Park Theatre where she has enjoyed many thought-provoking and emotionally-challenging performances over the years. Noémie is a member of the advisory board of private markets investment platform Titanbay, a patron of The Photographer’s Gallery and a supporter of Youngminds.org.UK, a leading mental health charity for children.

 


 

Nik Holttum

Nik is a freelance lawyer and producer working across visual arts, theatre and film. Nik has been involved in theatre projects at Edinburgh Festival, Soho Theatre, Southwark and Found 111.  Film projects have included  Rate Me by Fyzal Boulifa (Illy Prize Best Short at Directors Fortnight Cannes 2015) and is currently in post production on his first feature, Jellyfish.

 

 

 



 

Paul Williams

Paul began his property career in Islington in 1987 joining a small bespoke residential agency. He eventually went on to acquire the company and subsequently sold it on to Savills in 2005. He continues to operate in Islington and the surrounding areas of north London, and has responsibility for the residential offices in east London. He has a firm interest in theatre and is involved in both the Park and Almeida theatres. He is a director of the Angel Business Improvement District. He is married with a son that aspires to the acting world and a daughter that wants to conserve the world. He shares his time between London and Suffolk.

 

Caroline Murphree

Caroline is Director of Growth & Operations at Wealthsimple UK, a digital investment manager. Prior to this role, she was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she worked on strategy, transformation and commercial model development across a range of industries. A former graduate student of English literature, she also had the opportunity to work with a number of arts organisations and retains a deep enthusiasm for the theatre. She lives in North West London. 

 

 

 


 

Adam McCormack

Adam was an investment banker for over 30 years, most of which were spent at Barclays, where he was a Managing Director in the Global Markets division. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI. Over the last 2 years he has completed a Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management and an MSc in Charity Accounting and Finance. He is the investment trustee at the Bromley Trust, a grant-making charity which focuses on humans rights and prison reform and has recently become treasurer of the North London Samaritans. A long-term resident of north London, Adam writes regularly for an online weekly current affairs magazine; The Shaw Sheet.