Mia Bennett graduated from Oxford in 1996 having been involved in numerous productions.  She continued her involvement after university within amateur theatre as a producer and stage manager working on numerous projects in Gloucestershire and London.  This includes most recently co-producing the first amateur production of Enron in central London, producing Sink the Belgrano, and stage manager for West Side Story (all for Sedos at the Bridewell Theatre) as well as technical producer for Jesus Christ Superstar for Centre Stage.  By day, Mia is a safety engineer in the energy industry.  She is also a trustee of the Society of Genealogists.


Paul Burgess graduated from Oxford in 1996, after which he worked in theatre in education in Oxfordshire and in the costume department at Shakespeare’s Globe. In 1999 – 2000 he trained at Motley School of Theatre Design and has since designed sets, costumes and/or video projections for venues in the UK and abroad, including: Manchester Royal Exchange; Glasgow Citizens'; The Watermill, Newbury; Hampstead; The Bush; Soho; Theatre 503; Shakespeare’s Globe; WUK (Vienna); La Tea (NYC) and Here (NYC). He has also designed numerous touring shows. Film projects include making five short films and documentary in Ghana. He works extensively in experimental theatre and art as a director, designer, installation and video artist, and has developed new work and collaborative projects across the UK and in Novosibirsk, Siberia. He co-founded Daedalus Theatre Company while at Oxford, and now runs it as a London-based experimental theatre company. With Simon Daw he also co-founded The Scale Project, a series of collaborations centring roughly on urbanism and Modernist utopias. He is also involved in projects with young people and has taught design, video and music technology, and led a series of video projects for disaffected teenagers.

Details of Paul’s work can be seen on www.paul-burgess.co.uk, www.scaleproject.com and www.daedalustheatre.co.uk. He can be emailed at contact@paul-burgess.co.uk. He can offer advice on many aspects of theatre design, as well as experimental or collaborative projects and arts projects for young people.


Nick Herbert
read Mathematics at Brasenose from 1993 to 1996. He was heavily involved back stage in theatre productions during this time. (interesting definition of the word 'heavily' there - I certainly remember carrying lots of stuff, some of it quite back-breaking!)

After leaving Oxford, Nicholas gained a masters in Statistics at University College, London. He consequently sold out to Mammon, and now works for a risk management subsidiary of a leading global investment bank. He has been a trustee since 2004.


Liz Owen
read PPE at Brasenose College, Oxford, and whilst at university, she was heavily involved in drama. Her involvement included helping to organise the first and second Brasenose Summer Arts Festivals, a variety of shows at the BT and three trips to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Since leaving Oxford, Liz has abandoned the arts for the world of market research, where she focuses on public sector research, specialising in environment and media issues. She has been involved with the Trust since 1999.

Rikesh Shah was involved in various stage management and production roles between 1993 and 1998 both whilst at Oxford and also at the Edinburgh Fringe. After training as a chartered accountant, Rikesh has held roles as Finance Director for Somerset House, the Royal Ballet School and most recently the the London Symphony Orchestra (www.lso.co.uk). He is now the LSO's Company Secretary, working on strategic projects for the Orchestra.

As well as being a trustee of KHTA, Rikesh has been involved in a number of other arts and charitable organisations of varying sizes. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Creative United (http://www.creativeunited.org.uk).

Rikesh has expertise in all aspects of finance issues facing arts organisations as well as wide experience of strategic planning, employment issues, insurance, company law and charity law.

Rikesh can be contacted at treasurer@khta.org.uk for advice on any issues relating to financial, strategic or administrative issues that you may have in relation to arts projects with which you are involved. 

Ellie Keel read German and Italian at Brasenose, graduating with First Class Honours in 2014. She then worked for two years with Thelma Holt Ltd, the Oxford Playhouse, the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation and OperaUpClose. She is now an independent theatre producer and produces work under her own name and with theatre companies including Forward Arena and Heretic Productions.

With Forward Arena she produced the sell-out show Callisto: a queer epic at the Pleasance and later at Arcola Theatre. She is the co-founder and producer of Alchymy Festival, which takes place at the North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford every April, and of new play competition Heretic Voices, which ran at the Arcola for the first time in January 2018 and received over 1,100 submissions. She is a Director of LGBT+ youth charity Just Like Us. 

Stephen Kyberd has recently joined the trustees. 

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