Patrons, Associate Directors and Trustees

Box Clever is privileged to have a Board of ten 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. In addition, Iqbal Khan, whose work for the company both as a Trustee and as a Shakespearean director has been invaluable, now joins us as Associate Director.

Joseph Mawle


We are thrilled 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 staging of Time for the Good Looking Boy. The actor, who has starred as Edward Judd in the 2011 remake of The Awakening, in the British classicMade in Dagenham and the TV series The Passion, where he took on the role of Jesus, has been a dedicated supporter of the company for many years.  He is a familiar face on television, taking lead roles in many TV series including Game of ThronesMerlin, Foyle’s War, Silent Witness and Ripper Street. This year he has been cast as Odysseus in the new BBC/Netflix epic drama Troy: Fall of a City filmed on location in Cape Town.

Tom Burke


We were equally delighted when our second patron joined the company. Tom Burke is becoming a very familiar face both in film and on television.  His film credits include Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas, Third Star with Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild and Hugh Bonneville, andChéri with Michelle Pfeiffer. On television he is well-known as Athos in BBC’s action drama based on Alexander Dumas’ novel The Three Musketeers and more recently as Cormoran Strike, the private detective, in the adaptations of Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm.

Iqbal Khan

Associate Director

Iqbal trained at the National Studio, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Middlesex University and The Academy Drama School. Box Clever is delighted to welcome him in this capacity as he is a creative, versatile and dynamic director with critically acclaimed performances for both the National Theatre (Harold Pinter’s A Slight Ache and Landscape and Ayub Khan-Din’s Rafta, Rafta) and the RSC (Much Ado About Nothing and Othello).

Iqbal will be directing Sweet, A Christmas Carol, Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth.

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 Chief Executive of Sir John Cass’s Foundation and 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 qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and was 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.   After practising law for more than 25 years, she is currently studying for an MA at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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.

Cath Smith


Cath is the Executive Headteacher of Bow School in Tower Hamlets and an advisory Headteacher with the University Schools Trust.  She was the first Executive Director of the Tower Hamlets Education Partnership, is a governor of a local primary school and vice-chair of the management committee for the Pupil Referral Unit in Tower Hamlets.  Cath is also a trustee on the Board of Bow Arts Trust.

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.

Tara Parashar


Tara is the founder of Tara Maitrī, a social media consultancy that uses mindfulness to make social media a better place for young people. Previously she was the Social Media Content Editor at the National Theatre, where she oversaw all of the NT’s social media output. Her main brief in this role was to use digital marketing to help make the National Theatre more accessible to younger audiences. Prior to that she held a number of roles at the BBC, including Marketing Coordinator at BBC News where she created multiplatform marketing campaigns for the EU Referendum, 2016 US Elections and 2017 General Election.

Rob McCreath


Rob is an employment and workplace mediator, facilitator and adviser. He is a consultant to law firm Kingsley Napley LLP. He is also a trustee/non executive director of theatre company Told By An Idiot.