The Almeida Board

Christopher Rodrigues CBE, D.Univ (Chair)
Chairman of VisitBritain, Openwork Holdings Ltd and the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association. Council Member and a Trustee of the National Trust and an Executive Committee member of the World Travel and Tourism Council

Axel Burrough
An architect who has specialised in the design of theatres and buildings for the arts. Now an independent consultant, he was a director of the Islington-based architects Levitt Bernstein for 38 years. He served on the board of the Theatres Trust for six years and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has acted as an independent assessor for Arts Council England and the Scottish Arts Council and is an Islington resident.

John Cassy
John is the founder of Canon Street, a strategic advisory and creative agency working across the tech, media and cultural sectors. A former Guardian journalist, he spent ten years at BSkyB in a range of senior editorial and commercial roles. These included creating and growing Sky Arts into the UK's leading cultural TV channel. Programming highlights included Antony Gormley's BAFTA nominated One & Other public art project in Trafalgar Square and the BAFTA winning and technologically ground-breaking film David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive. He has served on various industry boards and is a mentor with the charity UpRising.

Richard Gildea
Richard is the Managing Director and Senior Credit Officer for the EMEA Region for JP Morgan in London. He has been with the bank since 1986 working in New York and since 1993 in London. He has an extensive background in corporate restructuring, capital markets activity and has worked in a number of client-focused roles. He chaired the Corporate Council for the Almeida Theatre from 2009 to 2012 and is a member of the Advisory Council of SAIS-Johns Hopkins in Washington, D.C. 

Giles Havergal CBE
Works as an actor, director of plays and operas. adaptor and teacher. He was from 1969 till 2003 a Director of the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow. He is an Associate Artist of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and is a Board Member of the Unicorn Theatre, London.

Marc Mathieu
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch giant, responsible for the development of the company’s new global marketing strategy. Prior to joining Unilever, Marc Mathieu spent 12 years of his career in marketing roles at Coca-Cola, including SVP Global Brand Marketing. Under his leadership, Coca-Cola created its global “Happiness” campaign, launched Coca-Cola Zero into 50 markets and developed its sustainability platform "Live Positively". He sits on the Advisory Panel of the Guardian Digital and Media network and is a regular columnist for Marketing Week magazine as well as an advisor to the Sustainable Brands conference. Marc is also a co-founder of the strategic branding consultancy, BeDo, and an advisor to the social commerce start up, We&Co.  Marc started his career in marketing and general management at Danone.

Lucy Perman MBE
Executive Director of Clean Break – an award-winning theatre company working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system. With a background in the arts and media sectors, she has previously held a number of trustee roles including Vice-Chair of the Independent Theatre Council.