Meet the Board

Chair: Mike Philippson

Mike Philippson has worked in Marketing for nearly 40 years. Since 2001, he has run his own business, providing Marketing Communications Training around the world. He mentors young people (The Prince’s Trust), was a Business Advisor to young people (Young Enterprise) and a Parent Governor (The 6th Form College Farnborough). He likes table tennis, tennis and table football, and is hooked on Fiendish Killer Sudoku puzzles.

Joanna Atkinson

Joanna Atkinson has a background which includes over 20 years of specialist employment law experience as a practising solicitor, and practical hands-on HR experience gained as the Head of HR & Legal for an HR consultancy. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Employment Lawyers Association. She set up her own niche employment practice, JMA HR & Legal, in 2009. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys interior design, gardening and photography.

Nina Lemon

Nina founded the company back in 2006 and leads our creative output and development.  She is our resident playwright, director and facilitator as well as a qualified vocational assessor, leading the development and delivery of our full time actor development programme. Nina’s interests, as both an artist and an individual, lie in the furthering of human rights and she is particularly passionate about improving life changes for often marginalised groups.

Laura Sercombe

Laura has worked in the voluntary sector for most of her life, and loved every moment. Laura currently works as Chief Executive for a wonderful charity called Challengers, and is lucky to be able to say it is a role she really enjoys; providing essential short breaks for disabled children and young people across the South East. In addition, Laura volunteers for the National Children's Board as a committee member on their recruitment board.

Tim Hargrave

Tim Hargrave has over 20 years accountancy experience, working in both the Finance and Airline industries, and has been a member of CIMA since 1996. His current role is head of financial planning and analysis for a FTSE250 financial services company. In his spare time, he coaches an under 12 football team, and his interests include football, rugby and music.

Karen Hall