Anne read English Literature at Newcastle University, before undertaking a postgraduate degree at Lincoln College, Oxford. In 1986 she co-founded the UK’s first consultancy specialising in the creative industries. A qualitative research practitioner, Anne’s strengths lie in strategic planning, research, capital bids, and evaluation. She works across heritage and the performing arts. Current clients include a partnership programme between Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre; the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth; and the American Museum in Bath. Anne has served on boards and advisory groups ranging from from Vocaleyes to the Surgical and Interventional Trials Unit at University College London, and from Polka Theatre to Stage Gateshead.
What motivated you to join the Oxford School of Drama Board of Trustees?
From touring with Hull Truck and other mid-scale theatre companies in the 1980s and ‘90s to a review of British Theatre for the Arts Council in the 2009 and subsequent involvement in capital programmes for theatre buildings, I’ve been involved with the public-facing side of the theatre industry. But I’d never experienced the very first stages in making theatre – actor training. So when I was approached to join the OSD Board I felt I could contribute my own experience to the School while broadening my understanding of the craft. I had worked with Kate Peck, the founder’s partner, and for many years had watched as the school developed and flourished: having moved back to Oxfordshire in the recent past felt I could play an active part in the next phases of the school’s development.
What would you like to contribute or achieve as part of your role?
I want to contribute to strengthening the school’s distinctiveness, relevance for, and responsiveness to, the C21st context; to ensuring its long term sustainability; and to delivering the absolute best for our students, staff and stakeholders.