Phoenix Trustees

Phoenix 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.


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)


Adam Gee

A BAFTA and Emmy award-winning producer and multiplatform commissioning editor.

Favourite film: Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)


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)


Olivier Zucker

An independent investment consultant working with private clients, charities and families.

Favourite film: Léon: The Professional (Luc Besson, 1994)


Alison Gold

A media professional who loves N2.

Favourite Film: ET (Steven Spielberg, 1982)


Tim Hoang

Marketing strategist, specialising in digital and social media. Co-founder of YouStayUK, a legal tech start up.

Favourite Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)


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)


David Raff

A lawyer and East Finchley resident whose enjoyment of film is matched by his love for Manchester United.

Favourite film: Looking for Eric (Ken Loach, 2009)


James Kessler

James Kessler

Olivier Zucker

Olivier Zucker

Adam Gee

Adam Gee

Jean Appleyard

Jean Appleyard

Alison Gold

Alison Gold

Tim Hoang

Tim Hoang

Brendan McCann

Brendan McCann

David Raff

David Raff