Phoenix Cinema Trustees

Phoenix Cinema Trustees


The Trustees formulate strategy, ensure that policy and practice are in keeping with our aims and objectives, and that the Phoenix meets its legal and financial obligations. The Board acts as the guardian of the Trust's vision, and values and supports its staff. The Trustees act voluntarily, and receive no benefits from the Phoenix Cinema.


James Kessler QC, Chair of Board

A practising barrister, James is an expert in taxation and charity law.

Favourite film: Ten Canoes (Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr, 2006)


Jean Appleyard

A qualified accountant with broad financial management and operational experience.

Favourite film: The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)


Margaret O’Brien

Researches film history and lectures part time at Birkbeck and the Open University.

Favourite film: The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964)


Alison Gold

A media professional who loves N2.

Favourite Film: ET (Steven Spielberg, 1982)


Jane Graham

A lawyer and Phoenix Fan since childhood.

Favourite films: Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) and When Harry met Sally (Rob Reiner, 1989)


Brendan McCann

Experienced Human Resources Director currently running his own HR support business.

Favourite Film: The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995)


Marta Montague

Experienced in fundraising and sponsorship, passionate about not-for-profit sector, arts and local communities.

Favourite Film: Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott, 1991)


Amar Purohit

An Actuary with experience in the voluntary sector who is unable to choose a single favourite film.

Favourite Films: Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1995) and The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994)


Paul Rossi

A university professional who first came to the Phoenix when he was 15, and has loved it ever since.

Favourite Film: Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire) (Wim Wenders, 1987)


Joni Tyler

From Holloway, works at the Royal Institute of British Architects, ensuring the competence and resilience of chartered architects by way of continuing development.

Favourite film: Celine et Julie vont en bateau (Jacques Rivette, 1974)


James Kessler

James Kessler

Jean Appleyard

Jean Appleyard

Alison Gold

Alison Gold

Brendan McCann

Brendan McCann

Marta Montague

Marta Montague

Paul Rossi

Paul Rossi