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)
A qualified accountant with broad financial management and operational experience.
Favourite film: The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
A BAFTA and Emmy award-winning producer and multiplatform commissioning editor.
Favourite film: Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)
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)
An independent investment consultant working with private clients, charities and families.
Favourite film: Léon: The Professional (Luc Besson, 1994)
A media professional who loves N2.
Favourite Film: ET (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
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)
Experienced Human Resources Director currently running his own HR support business.
Favourite Film: The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995)
Experienced in fundraising and sponsorship, passionate about not-for-profit sector, arts and local communities.
Favourite Film: Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott, 1991)
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)
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)