CFT Board of Trustees


Mark Foster – Chair 

Mark became Chair of the Board of Trustees in March 2022. Until recently he was Senior Vice President, IBM Services & Global Business Services, a role he exchanged for Chairman IBM Consulting from 1 January. Prior to joining IBM, Mark Foster had a 27-year career at Accenture, retiring as Group Chief Executive Global Markets & Management Consulting. Mark served for nine years on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company and remains a member of the RSC Artists Circle and Americas Board. He is also passionate about education and aside from serving in the past as a Governor of Cranleigh School, has operated and chaired Peaslake Free School, a community-based school in Surrey, for over 25 years. 

Alan Brodie

Alan is the owner and CEO of Alan Brodie Representation Ltd which represents writers working in theatre, film and television as well the literary estates of many high profile writers. He is Chair of Trustees of the Noël Coward Foundation and the Noël Coward Archive Trust as well as President of the Noël Coward Archive (US) Inc. He is advisor to the Trustees of the Terence Rattigan Charitable Trust, an Ambassador for Acting For Others, an Honorary Life Member of the Actors’ Children’s Trust and a patron of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.

Alan serves on the CFT Nominations Committee.

Judy Fowler

Judy is serving her first term as a Chichester District Councillor, having served as a Town Councillor for 20 years in Midhurst, and is the council’s current representative to CFT. Judy has a degree in creative writing and taught drama at Chichester College; she has run a small cabaret company, acted locally in London and abroad, and worked backstage at CFT.  She also worked as a social worker in hospitals and later for HM Forces.   

Vicki Illingworth

Vicki is currently the Principal at Crawley College, part of the Chichester College Group. She is an expert in curriculum planning, SEND, student experience and safeguarding. Vicki currently sits on the Board of Creative Crawley and chairs the cultural education partnership for West Sussex (Creative County West Sussex) which focuses on collaborative working to ensure better access to arts and culture for young people.

Vicki serves on the Nominations Committee and is the designated CFT trustee for Safeguarding.

Georgina Liley

Georgina is currently training as an Actor-Musician at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, having completed a six-month foundation course at the Oxford School of Drama in 2019. She spent seven years with Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, taking part in a number of productions, from NT Connections at the National Theatre to performing at CFT for HM The Queen. 

Georgina is one of CFT’s first Young Trustees and co-chairs its inaugural Youth Advisory Board.

Rear Admiral John Lippiett CB CBE

John had a 36-year career in the Royal Navy, including service in the Falklands War. He is the author of ‘War and Peas: Letters from the Falklands War’ and now travels worldwide, lecturing on maritime history. He was formerly the Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust and continues as its Vice-President. In addition, he is a patron of the Nautical Training Corps, a Vice-President of the Weald & Downland Living Museum and a former trustee of the Royal Mint Museum and a governor of Bedales School. 

John serves as the Chair of the CFT Development Committee.

Mike McCart

Mike is currently Board Secretary at Southbank Centre in London where, since 1986, he has held a number of director positions covering Policy and Partnership, Commercial Operations and Marketing and Public Affairs. Prior to that he was Head of Publicity at the Greater London Council. He is also a Trustee at the Edward James Foundation which manages West Dean College and Estate, as well as Chair of the ATG Trust based in Oxford.

Mike serves on the CFT Finance & Audit and Nominations Committees. 

Harry Matovu QC

Harry is a Barrister and Queen’s Counsel at Brick Court Chambers and a Governing Bencher of the Inner Temple. He has a wide-ranging and high-profile commercial disputes practice, both domestically and abroad. He was named in The Lawyer “Hot 100” List for 2021 and nominated as Silk (QC) of the Year for International Arbitration in the Legal 500 Awards 2020. Harry was also recognised in the Powerlist 2021 as one of the most influential Black professionals in the UK. He created the Charter for Black Talent in Finance and the Professions, which was launched in October 2020 to promote equality of opportunity in these sectors.

Harry is Deputy Chair of the Board and Chair of the Nominations Committee.

Holly Mirams

Holly currently works as the London Programmer for the Ambassador Theatre Group. Holly grew up in the Chichester area and was part of the first CFT Technical Youth Theatre group, before going on to study English Literature at the University of Warwick.

Holly co-chairs CFT's Youth Advisory Board. 

Caro Newling OBE

Caro Newling has had a long career in theatre and production and currently oversees Neal Street Productions’ theatrical development and production. Caro co-established and ran the Donmar Warehouse with Sam Mendes from 1992 – 2002, producing over 70 productions with multiple transfers to the West End and Broadway. She previously held roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Almeida Theatre, Ballet Rambert, The Royal Opera House/Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet and Polka Theatre.

Caro is currently Chair of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design. She was President of the Society of London Theatre 2014 – 2017 and a trustee of the National Theatre 2003 – 2010; her previous board memberships included Adventures in Motion Pictures and Made in Brighton.

In 2017 Caro Newling was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and in 2018 she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to Drama.

Nick Pasricha

Nick lives in Chichester and is a qualified accountant and former partner at Ernst & Young, heading up their Global Business Advisory Group. He is the current Chair of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and since 2020 has served on the board of Lumos, a worldwide charity founded by JK Rowling.

Nick serves on the CFT Finance & Audit and Development Committees.

Philip Shepherd

Philip is a chartered accountant and experienced board adviser to companies in the hospitality, culture and leisure sectors. He was formerly a partner at PwC. His portfolio includes being a Trustee at Culture24, a charity that provides digital advice and services to museums and cultural institutions, and acting as a board adviser to 59 Productions, an award-winning theatrical design studio and production company.

 Philip chairs the Finance & Audit Committee and serves on the Nominations Committee. 

Stephanie Street

Stephanie is an award-winning actress and playwright, working across the UK and in Singapore (where she was born and raised) with a focus on making theatre that challenges the way we see and live in the world. Her first play, Sisters, was a verbatim work representing the lives of British Muslim women post-9/11 and her most recent play, Dragonflies, about global migration, won Best New Script at the Life! Theatre Awards. She also writes a column for The Stage. Stephanie co-founded The Act for Change Project, the landmark campaign charity for improved representation and diversity in the performing arts. 

Stephanie is the Board nominated lead on Diversity and Inclusion. 

Tina Webster

Tina Webster is a qualified solicitor and has been a member/ partner at Irwin Mitchell LLP for over 20 years, working primarily in Chichester and London. She specialises in property development with particular expertise in the education and leisure sectors. She lives in West Sussex and is also a trustee of Chichester Medical Education Centre and a former governor of Chichester College.

Tina serves on the CFT Finance & Audit Committee

Susie Wells

Susie supports a broad range of arts and environmental charities which have included the Polka Theatre and Rambert Dance Company. She lives locally, manages a property portfolio, and is a patron of Pallant House Gallery and the South Downs Trust. She is an English graduate with an MA in scriptwriting.

Susie serves on the CFT Development Committee.