Rosalind Paul – CEO & Artistic Director
Roz is responsible for the voice, vision and integrity of Scene & Heard and for producing the courses, performances and other creative projects. Day-to-day she manages staff, runs courses, and leads the pastoral care of the children and 400 volunteer theatre professionals.
She first volunteered for Scene & Heard in 2003, acting, dramaturging and directing before running her first course in 2007. She became Associate Artistic Director in 2008 and CEO & Artistic Director in 2010.
With over 30 years’ experience as an actor, director, teacher and choreographer, Roz has trained children, teachers and fellow theatre professionals across the UK and abroad, specialising in mask theatre. She taught drama at St Albans School and was a regular course director for the National Youth Theatre. Her career as a professional actress included productions at repertory theatres, Unicorn and Polka theatres for children, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, touring companies throughout the UK and abroad, as well as comedy and drama on BBC Radio.
Roz has a Diploma in Dramatic Art and LRAM in Speech & Drama from Middlesex, and a first class honours degree in Humanities and English Literature from the Open University. She studied Mask and Physical Theatre with John Wright and Philippe Gaulier. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Simma Gershenson – Head of Development
Simma has worked with Scene & Heard since 1999, when she began as volunteer Production Manager for the first two shows. From 2007 to 2009 she joined the office team as Administrator. After a short break, Simma returned in 2010 to become Head of Development.
As Head of Development Simma is responsible for generating the funds necessary to run the organisation as well as working on our public relations and various development projects. Simma’s background is in stage management: credits include stage managing Sesame Street Live, the Super Bowl Half Time Show in 1992 and productions at The Julliard School in New York City. She was a volunteer for the 52nd Street Project in New York.
Simma also has experience in other areas of business, having worked for The Citicorp Global Information Network and as a management consultant for Diane Downey Associates. She has a B.A. in Theatre and English from the University of Minnesota. Simma is an associate member of the Institute of Fundraising.
Katie Wee – Arts Officer, Course Co-Ordinator
Katie graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle, Washington in 2017 with a degree in Acting & Directing. She has worked for numerous theatre companies around the United States, specialising in Theatre for Youth and Theatre for Young Audiences.
Fiona Mallin-Robinson – Strategy Advisor
Having started her career as a volunteer in the Press Office of Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Fiona went on to gain extensive experience within the arts and not-for-profit sector, spanning organisations both large and small. Her roles have included Marketing & Development Director at English National Ballet, National Events Manager at Opera Australia, Sydney and Chair of Jacksons Lane Theatre. Since 2006, she has worked as an independent consultant, specializing in strategic planning, project management and income generation for charities and arts organisations. Fiona is an Arts Adviser for John Lyon’s Charity, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and on the Board of Trustees for Primary Shakespeare Company.
Our Board of Trustees is a team of volunteers who offer support and guidance to the staff and oversee our charitable processes and governance. They bring expertise from the worlds of business, charities, law and accountancy as well as from within the arts and education sectors.
- Keith Ackerman (Chair) graduated in 1993 from University of Manchester with a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering. He joined UBS, working in various positions and ending as Managing Director, based in New York. In 2006 he returned to the UK as Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. He left Goldman Sachs in 2014, and in 2015 helped set up ENA Investment Capital as a founding partner.
- Emma Bell started out as a journalist. At sixteen she successfully pitched and wrote a syndicated weekly UK newspaper column. After a stint as a press officer at the Edinburgh Fringe, she began her TV career at Paramount Comedy. Creative roles as a writer, script editor, director and producer followed. Emma spent over a decade working across Sky’s biggest entertainment brands, and held several senior executive roles including Head of Digital Entertainment and Head of Development. Emma now manages the development slate at Stolen Picture, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Sony-backed TV and film production company.
- Brónagh McCann has nearly 20 years’ experience in education; she began her career in London in 2001 before teaching in Belfast and in her native County Derry. She specialises in Special Educational Needs and completed an MEd in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs at Queen’s University Belfast in 2014. She returned to London in 2015 where she has held a series of leadership roles in primary schools in Islington and Camden.
- Jo Millard has worked in the charity sector for the past twenty years – as a volunteer, manager, trustee, chief executive and as an independent consultant. She has worked nationally, regionally and locally with a number of charities and local community groups such as Age Concern, The British Red Cross, Richmond CVS, South London CVS partnership and St Lukes, Islington.
- John Nevin (Deputy Chair) is a partner in the Real Estate Group in the law firm Slaughter and May.
- Emily Plosker is an Employment lawyer in the city law firm Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP.
- Andrew Porter is a partner in Ashton Porter Architects and is Deputy Director of Post Professional Masters programmes at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Ashton Porter have won multiple awards for their built work in the UK and have been award winners on several international architectural competitions.
- John Rolph is a social worker working in child safeguarding for an inner-London borough. Prior to training as a social worker, John worked as a theatre director and in marketing for a number of health charities, including the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. John has previously volunteered extensively for Scene & Heard as both a director and dramaturg.
- Tracey Shevlin is an Assistant Headteacher of a primary school. Since graduating in 2004 she has worked in education, first as a class teacher and later as a senior leader. For 15 years she has taught in a school in Somers Town working very closely with the pupils and families from the local community. She has been involved with Scene and Heard since 2007 when she began selecting pupils to take part in our Playmaking One course.
- David Stewart (Treasurer) is a partner in the insurance advisory practice at Baringa Partners. He previously studied at Imperial College, London where he graduated with an MEng in Chemical Engineering.
- Will Wharfe is currently working at HSBC helping to make their online banking systems even easier to use. Will has been designing software solutions since 1994 and has previously designed educational software as well as working in publishing.
In Memoriam Nick Gray
Nick was on our board of trustees from 2004 until his death in 2021. A kind, gentle and incredibly generous man, Nick was chairman of the board for seven years. His dedication and commitment to Scene & Heard has helped make our charity the success it is today.
He cared deeply about our work and most of all about our children. He consistently supported Scene & Heard with modesty, kindness and the utmost integrity and he is very sadly missed.