Nigel Pantling

Nigel Pantling | Chair

Nigel Pantling has been an independent strategic adviser to Chief Executives of public companies since 1997. Formerly he was a Director at Schroders and at Hambros Bank, where he was Head of Corporate Finance. Nigel started his working life as an army officer and subsequently joined the Home Office working on criminal policy issues and was private secretary to the Home Secretary. He has had extensive involvement in the not-for-profit sector, including on the Board of the Almeida Theatre.   Nigel is also chair of Fight for Sight, a medical research charity.

Andrew Cleland-Bogle

Andrew Cleland-Bogle

Andrew Cleland-Bogle is a Director at EQT Credit, the debt investment arm of a global private equity firm. 

Prior to joining EQT in 2014, Andrew was a Director at DC Advisory (formerly known as Close Brothers Corporate Finance).  During his tenure at DC Advisory, including three years based in Frankfurt, Andrew advised managememt teams, shareholders and lenders of European corporates on financing-related matters. Andrew joined Close Brothers in 2005 from the European financial restructuring team of Houlihan Lokey. 

Raised in Northern Ireland, Andrew graduated from Newcastle University in 2003 with a BA (hons) in Economics and Politics. He brings board-level Internet venture experience as well as experience in supporting charities focused on social engagement. 

Nick Frankfort

Nick Frankfort

Nick was the Executive Producer at the internationally respected Donmar Warehouse Theatre for 4 years and has over 20 years´ experience in the theatre industry. During this time he has worked in both the subsidised and commercial sectors and has extensive knowledge of successfully realising productions for different audiences. Whilst at the Donmar under the Artistic directorship of Sam Mendes then Michael Grandage, he has produced and general managed musicals, classic plays, revivals, new writing and programmed the Donmar’s critically acclaimed Cabaret season – Divas at the Donmar. He has transferred many of these productions to both the West End and Broadway. Nick has produced work that includes The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman, Proof with Gwyneth Paltrow and most recently Frost/Nixon with Michael Sheen and Frank Langella. As Executive Producer for the Donmar Warehouse the theatre won 4 Evening Standard Awards and 8 Olivier Awards. In 2007 Nick, along with his business partner Tobias Round, established CMP Limited, a theatrical management and production company, applying his expertise and proven track record to the commercial sector. Productions include; Swimming with Sharks with Christian Slater, Three Days of Rain with James McAvoy, Little Dog Laughed and Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong. Nick is delighted to bring all of this experience to the Park Theatre board.

Robert Hingley

Robert Hingley

Robert Hingley is a Partner at Ondra Partners,  an independent financial advisory firm.

From September 2012 he was Director, Investment Affairs at the Association of British Insurers and, following the merger of ABI’s Investment Affairs with the IMA, he acted as a consultant to the enlarged IMA until end 2014. From 2010 until January 2015, he was a Managing Director, and later Senior Adviser, at Lazard. He was previously Director General of The Takeover Panel from December 2007, on secondment from Lexicon Partners, where he was Vice Chairman.  Prior to joining Lexicon Partners in 2005, he was Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group and Head of German Investment Banking at Citigroup Global Capital Markets, which acquired the investment banking business of Schroders in 2000.  He joined Schroders in 1985 after having qualified as a solicitor with Clifford Chance in 1984. He has an MA in Modern Languages and Law from Cambridge University.

Mars Lord

Mars Lord

Mars Lord (MammyDoula ) is mother of five children, the youngest of whom are twins.

Mars became a Birth and Postnatal Doula with Doula UK  in late 2006, quickly gaining Recognition status and is a Doula Mentor working with many new doulas.  Mars is currently Head of Internal Communications within Doula UK and as such, is part of the Management team responsible for the day to day running of Doula UK.

Mars runs her "Loving the Multiple Mamas" workshop across the UK.  In addition to this, she is a founder member of Birth In the City and is in regular demand as a Conference speaker.

Mars has a passion for all things birth and an ever growing passion for the theatre.  She got involved with Park Theatre right from the start and sponsored one of the toilets in the women's rest room and is extremely happy to have become a member of the Board.   A love of people and life fuels her and she is a passionate advocate of the theatre and in encouraging its love within others.  

Sir Frank McLouglin

Sir Frank McLouglin

Sir Frank McLoughlin is the Principal of City and Islington College.

The College is graded outstanding by Ofsted and was the first College to be twice awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize, for Further and Higher Education. 

Frank is a founding member and ex-Chair of the influential 157 Group. He is a member of the London Councils Young People’s Education and Skills Board and the London First Employment and Skills Steering Group. 

Frank is an honorary fellow of City University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Frank was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list In 2012 Frank was appointed by the Minister for FE and Skills to Chair the Independent Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL).The Commission report “It’s about work” was published on 25 March.

Bharat Mehta

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.


Rufus  Olins

Rufus Olins

Rufus is a consultant to social enterprises, businesses and charitable foundations.

Previously he was Chief Membership Officer at the Co-op Group and Director of Community & Campaigns at the Co-op.

Originally a journalist and editor on The Sunday Times and Management Today, he has run a variety of organisations with different ownership structures including Haymarket Brand Media,  Newsworks and the World Advertising Research Centre.

Prior to joining Park Theatre, he was on the Board or Development Committees at Salusbury School, The Prince’s Trust, the Almeida and the National Portrait Gallery.

His interests include cycling and cooking.

Jo Parker

Jo Parker

Jo is Chief Operating Officer of Chime, the international communications and sports & entertainment Group, as well as CEO of the Chime Specialist Group, which includes four award winning agencies covering financial services, technology and sustainability. She has spent the last 18 years in Chime establishing and building specialist, integrated agencies as well as working closely with and advising a broad base of clients in the UK and internationally.
Having lived in Finsbury Park, where she met her husband, she is delighted to be on the board, 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.


Victoria  Phillips

Victoria Phillips

Victoria is a solicitor in private practice, specialising in employment and trade union law. She has been a Trustee of the Park Theatre since May 2017.

She has lived in the Finsbury Park area for the last 20 years and her sons attended local schools. She was a governor at Arts and Media School Islington for many years.

Since attending the Park Theatre’s opening night she has been enthusiastic about the theatre and for the Park Theatre’s community mission.

Leah Schmidt

Leah Schmidt | Vice Chair

Leah Schmidt is a founding Partner of The Agency (London) Ltd., an agency for writers and directors at the forefront of the theatre, television and film industry in the UK. She has managed a full client list of respected and diverse writers as well as a prestigious list of theatre directors at The Agency since the company was founded in 1985.  In addition she has maintained her position on the Board to contribute to managing the day to day running of the company as well as formulate future strategy. Prior to founding The Agency, Leah was a Director at Curtis Brown Ltd. for ten years.

An American who has lived in London for the past 27 years, Leah began her career in the film industry in Los Angeles working at Lucasfilm Ltd. and assisting on a number of films including Star Wars II, More American Graffiti and Raiders of the Lost Ark. She then moved into agenting in New York, working at Rosenstone/Wender where she became an agent for playwrights.

Leah looks forward to using her extensive knowledge of both not-for-profit and commercial theatre in the UK and the US in helping to shape Park Theatre’s contractual and artistic policies.