Patrons and Trustees


Box Clever is privileged to have a Board of eleven Trustees who bring expertise from a range of industries and backgrounds. We are very pleased to have two Patrons who are both extremely familiar with the company and highly valued by the industry for their skill as actors.


Joseph Mawle


We are delighted to have a star of stage, TV and film as our Company Patron.  Joseph Mawle has been involved with Box Clever since 1996, performing in the original incarnation of Time for the Good Looking Boy.The actor, who has starred as Edward Judd in the 2011 remake of The Awakening, and in the British classic Made in Dagenham and the TV series The Passion, where he took on the role of Jesus, has been a dedicated follower of the company for many years.  He is a familiar face on television taking lead roles in many TV series including Game of Thrones in 2011, Merlin, Foyle’s War, Silent Witness and Birdsong amongst many others.

Tom Burke


Another star of film and television joins the Box Clever team as a Company Patron.  Tom Burke is currently starring as Athos in the new BBC drama The Musketeers.  He is a recognisable face from film as well, with credits including Only God Forgives, Third Star and starring alongside Michelle Pfeiffer in Chéri.

Kate Jenkins


Kate is a practising barrister of 20 years standing, specialising in child protection work and a member of 1, Garden Court Chambers. Kate did her Masters at Manchester University before completing her BAR examinations in London.

Richard Foley

Vice Chair

Richard is the Deputy Chief Executive of Sir John Cass’s Foundation and the Chief Executive of another grant making charity, the Aldgate & Allhallows Barking Exhibition Foundation. Richard gained a History/Geography degree from the University of Surrey in 1990 and a MSc in Management from the Cass Business School in 2008. He served on one of the Millennium Commission’s National Panels which distributed £2.4m of lottery funds between 1997 and 2001. He was also a Member of the Rotary Club of London, from 2000 to 2005 and was granted the Freedom of the City of London in 2002.

John Brown


John is a graduate of Oxford University and a qualified chartered accountant.  He worked for 20 years in the venture capital and private equity industry until 2001, holding the position of Deputy Managing Director of Cinven from 1988 to 2001.  He previously spent four years as a consultant with the Economist Intelligence Unit and two years as a financial analyst.  He has held non-executive board memberships for a wide range of companies.
Since 2001, he has helped a number of charities, acting as a trustee and often Treasurer.  These include UnLtd, The Reading Agency, First Rung, Box Clever Theatre, Islington Boat Club and Detention Action.

Jane Beacham


Jane is a founding member and the Managing Partner of specialist City law firm, Clausen Miller LLP. She has a degree in English and Law from Keele University, where she was enthusiastically involved in student drama. Jane qualified as a solicitor in 1991.

Mark Davies


Mark is Assistant Director at Centre of the Cell.  His previous posts include  Trusts and Foundations Manager at Queen Mary University of London, Development Manager at The Guildhall School Trust, and Registrar at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

Andrea Gillie


Andrea originally trained as an actor and spent seven years touring the UK before she decided to try her hand at directing.  She then became the Youth Theatre Director for the Warehouse Theatre in Croydon for five years before deciding to train as a teacher.  She is currently Director of Drama at Riddlesdown Collegiate in Purley as well as working free-lance as an Assistant Director for a new BBC  comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Theatre from Goldsmiths College.

Judith Carlisle


After graduating from Bristol University, Judith began her career as an actor in education before she trained as a teacher , specialising in Drama and Media studies.  Her career took her to The Trinity School, Leamington Spa before she became Head of Dover Grammar School.  She is currently Head of Oxford High School.

Iqbal Khan


Iqbal trained at The National Studio, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Middlesex University and The Academy Drama School. His theatre credits include Harold Pinter’s A Slight Ache and Landscape with Simon Russell Beale and Claire Higgins, for the National Theatre and Rafta, Rafta… also for the National. In recent years he has directed The Killing of Sister George at the Arts Theatre, a new play Snookered, by Ishy Din at the Bush, Broken Glass with Anthony Sher in the West End and comes fresh from his direction of the critically acclaimed Much Ado About Nothing with Meera Syal at the RSC and at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Philippe Cherbonnier


Philippe has worked in the theatre in the UK for twenty-five years as a writer, director and performer. His interest lies in physical theatre and he has directed all types of shows, from solo plays in small studio space to an opera at The Royal Albert Hall.  Philippe has collaborated with Tara Arts, Yellow Earth, Theatre-rites and often with Box Clever Theatre company both as director and dramaturge.

John Sykes


John has been Transport, Access and Safety Business Manager for Hertfordshire County Council. He trained as a secondary school teacher and was seconded in 1989 to work for the advisory service alongside the County Police Authority. From there he moved into the post of Transport Policy Manager, which included specific responsibility for the Local Transport Plan, TravelWise initiative and School Travel Plan Co-ordinators. He has also been involved in several research programmes looking at ways to improve travel awareness programmes with schools and the wider community and developing ways in which such programmes can be linked with pupil’s health, independence and safety.

Marylka Gowlland


Marylka is an arts fundraiser with over 14 years experience. Following her degree in English & European Literature at the University of Warwick, she started her career in the arts sector in theatre management before moving into fundraising.  She has worked with companies as varied as Fairfield Halls, Box Clever Theatre Company, City of London Sinfonia and most recently held the post of Development Manager at the Unicorn Theatre. She currently works as a freelance fundraiser and runs her own business.