Advisory & Development


Advisory Board


David Lammy 

Esther Rantzen

Jeremy Corbyn 

Ian McKellen


Development Board


Jo Parker (Chair)

Jo has worked in the communications industry for over 25 years and is an executive director of Chime 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.





Bharat Mehta

Bharat is Chief Executive at Trust for London.

Prior to taking up this post he was Chief Executive of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (NSF, renamed RETHINK). He has also worked for the Medical Research Council; the National Council for Voluntary Organisations; and the Social Services Department of the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

He is a board member of a number of organisations including: Home Group, one of the largest registered social landlords in the country; London Funders; the Social Justice and Human Rights Centre Ltd; and the Resource for London

In the recent past, he has served as a board member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; as non-executive director of the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust; and as chair of governors of Bowes Primary School. He has also served on numerous government and civil society commissions and advisory groups.

In January 2000, he was appointed an OBE for services to NSF and the voluntary sector. In June 2016, he was appointed CBE for services to Finance in the Charitable and Voluntary Sectors, as part of the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours.


David Cohen

David Cohen is Campaigns Editor and Chief Feature Writer on the London Evening Standard. He has launched several high profile campaigns, including The Dispossessed and The Estate We're In, 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.




Neil Bhatt

Neil Bhatt is President of Film and TV at global entertainment communications firm, The DDA Group. He has previously headed UK Theatrical Publicity at Europe’s largest film and television studio, Studiocanal and is an active member of his local North West London community where he lives with his fianc√© and son.






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.