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.

Karen Hall

Karen has been working as a teacher of drama and theatre studies in secondary education for almost twenty years. She is Lead Practitioner for Drama and a member of the Senior Leadership Team in a Surrey secondary school. Karen is also a Teaching Fellow at the University of Sussex, where she runs the PGCE drama course in which she trains drama teachers to work with young people in a range of schools across Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.

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.

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.

Read Nina's blog here.

Dan Reeves

Born and raised in Southampton, Dan trained with Peer Productions before going on to study at Birmingham School of Acting. After graduating he worked as a freelance Actor/Facilitator and formed his own theatre company, writing and performing original work on the international fringe circuit. In 2017 Dan won the Write for the Stage award for Best New Writing and continues to develop unique and exciting new work.

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.

Roger Whiteman FRSA RIBA

Roger founded his own specialist design consultancy business Beside Design in January 2009 to support high quality design practices, developers and contractors. Roger is an architect with more than 30 years experience and a passion for managing the delivery of high quality designs. He served a trustee for the Building Experiences Trust, which engaged and educated all facets of the community in better understanding their local environment. Roger believes that ‘the success of any project is a balance between creativity and management and with both working in harmony the true potential of a project can be realised’.