As part of the 2019 Festival, Lauren staged a one-woman adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.
Our Trustees and Advisors share their expertise to govern and guide the charity.
James is a partner at Brunswick, the strategic advisory firm. He helps to lead Brunswick's work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he completed a 12-month secondment leading communications in Europe and the Middle East. He has also worked with Wellcome Trust, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and the Global Financing Facility (GFF). James earned a Doctorate as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he also taught politics. He is a former President of the Oxford Union and World Universities Debating Champion.
Guy DaviesVice Chair
Guy is a chartered accountant, a trustee at the Social Business Trust and a trustee at Parents and Children Together, an adoption charity. Previously he was a partner and head of financing at Permira, an international private equity firm. He has been a trustee of SSF since 2016.
Petrina de GouttesTrustee
Petrina is an English teacher at an East London secondary school where she leads the department's enrichment programme. Prior to teaching, she worked in operational and project management roles for notable organisations such as the Young Foundation, UpRising Leadership and Future First. Before joining SSF in September 2017, she served on the operational board of a teacher training school and was a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth’s Youth Inspiration Group advising on youth policy.
James is a partner at Bain & Company, the global management consulting firm, having joined the firm in 1996. He leads their Strategy Practice in the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. James is also an advisor to the Social Business Trust and a member of its Investment Committee. He has been a trustee of SSF since 2016.
Laura is a Partner and the Global HR Director at Clifford Chance, one of the world's leading law firms. Before taking up leadership of the firm's people and talent function, Laura's legal practice focused on structured finance capital markets work. Laura has over 20 years experience at Clifford Chance. She is a member of the firm's Executive Leadership Group, Executive Operations Group and leads the firm's Global HR Leadership Group. In addition to heading strategy and operations for the firm's HR function, she is extensively involved in the firm's recruitment, development, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Laura is also a Director of the Brampton Manor Academy trust.
Jill’s background is business management. Jill became the first female Serjeant at Arms in the House of Commons in 2008. Her passion is to help people to develop, grow and succeed, from primary school children struggling to learn to read through to female entrepreneurs finding their way in business and female senior managers seeking to join the Board.
Jill is Chairman of Trustees of the Coram Beanstalk literacy charity. She is a founder and an active member of Savvitas, a businesswomen’s network affiliated to Parliament. She chairs the Savvitas Senate.
Geraint Talfan-Davies OBETrustee
Geraint is the former Chair of the Welsh National Opera and co-founder and Chair of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. He was Controller of BBC Wales from 1990-2000 and chair of the Arts Council of Wales from 2003-06. Geraint is a Welsh speaker and writes and broadcasts extensively. He has been a trustee of SSF since 2014.
Vicki is joint Series Editor of the Cambridge School Shakespeare Series published by Cambridge University Press. She has taught English in the UK and abroad and is now a freelance writer. Before joining the SSF board in 2018, she was a trustee of two charities seeking to improve the mental health of young people.
Colin HallEducation Advisor
Since 2001, Colin has been the Head of Holland Park School – an Ofsted outstanding and Department for Education recognised teaching school featured in The Good School Guide. He is a fellow of the RSA and his school works with The Prince’s Teaching Institute.
Dame Alison PeacockEducation Advisor
Alison Peacock DBE, DLitt MEd BA, is Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School, a primary school in Hertfordshire. Alison was previously a member of the Royal Society Vision committee, CBI Education Reference Group, Cambridge Primary Review Trust, NAHT Commission for Assessment, member of the Prince’s Trust Commission for the proposed Royal College of Teaching and was previously a national representative of the Teaching Schools Council.