Mike Jeffries (Chair)

Mike qualified as an architect.  He spent most of his career with W S Atkins Plc and during his final ten years was chief executive then chairman. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Worksmart Ltd in which he is an investor. He was previously chairman of Civica Group, a UK based provider of specialist software, digital solutions and outsourcing services, VT Group Plc the shipbuilding and support services company, Wembley National Stadium Ltd, NCP, Mouchel, Wyless Plc and Priory Group.  His outside interests are music and watercolour painting.

Sally Crawford (Deputy Chair)
Sally is a retired former solicitor and is currently a non-practising consultant with Ellis Jones having formerly been a partner with solicitors Turners LLP.    Sally has significant experience in the commercial world and in running a business.  As well as having an interest in a broad range of arts she also enjoys sports.  Sally is keen to make a voluntary contribution to her community.   

Professor Bob Reeve
Bob is Director of Rampton Associates, an education consultancy focusing on skills, employability and volunteering.  After a career in further and higher education spanning nearly 40 years, he retired from Anglia Ruskin University as Director of Policy & Strategic Planning.  His professorship is in music education, and he has been President of the European Association for Music in Schools.  He also directed the Anglia Chamber Choir in concerts throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East. He has chaired the Learning & Skills Council for Cambridgeshire: and has been a member of the National Trust Regional Advisory Board and the DCMS Regional Cultural Consortium, both in the East of England.  He has lived in Ferndown since 2012.  

Amir Sadeh
Amir is a director of ASN Capital, a family business based in Dorset engaged principally in property development, investment and construction. He grew up locally and has early memories of attending performances and events at Lighthouse. A former pupil of Bournemouth School and a Business Management graduate of Bournemouth University he also holds a Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Since then he has volunteered for DofE in various capacities ranging from chairman of the local South Wessex Project to elected member of the International Council of the DofE International Award Association and is currently Centre Co-ordinator for DofE at Bournemouth University. He enjoys a wide range of activities including theatre, music, photography, hiking, scuba diving and skiing.

Mark Powell
Mark is CEO of Diverse Abilities Plus, a Dorset based charity.  His background of managing large commercial organisations started with Sainsbury PLC and he developed his career as a senior manager focussed on managing change and improving business performance.  Mark has worked with a number of household brands in both the UK and Europe, most recently operating in the third sector, Mark has taken his commercial skills to strategically develop and grow the charity in his present employment. As well as interests in the Art's, Mark has a young family, is a big rugby fan and keeps an allotment.

Nicky Oliver
Nicky is a Director and co-founder of E3 Consulting with her husband Alun; an independent firm of Chartered Surveyors that provide specialist property tax services to commercial property investors, owners, occupiers and private clients cross the UK. She has previously worked in both a Marketing & Business Development capacity for National Provident Institution, Scottish Amicable and for Cazenove Fund Management.

Nicky is a keen advocate of coaching & mentoring, both within her own business and supporting young people to grow, develop their confidence and encourage the spirit of enterprise. This includes supporting student mentees at Reading, Kingston, Solent and Southampton universities and Nicky is also currently a Local Enterprise Advisor for a Hampshire School. Nicky lives in Dorset and has two teenage children. She has a strong interest in the arts and heritage and is keen to give back to the local Dorset community. 

Rowena Gaston
Rowena is Development Director at Canford, an independent co-educational boarding school in Wimborne, working with the Canford alumni, engaging the Canford Community and fundraising for bursaries and school projects.  Formerly CEO of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) and prior to that, CEO of Life Education Centres, Thames Valley, Rowena has worked in the educational third sector for the last fifteen years and is a trustee of The Bourne Foundation. 

Rowena started her career in sales and marketing as a management trainee at Selfridges, leaving as Assistant Store Manager after just 6 years which led to further roles in shopping centre management and the cosmetics industry.  Following the birth of twin boys, Rowena took more interest in the education sector which defined her business interests in this field. Rowena is passionate about the arts and was a keen dancer from an early age involved in many dancing shows and amateur dramatic productions, latterly as a choreographer for numerous shows including Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, Westside Story and HMS Pinafore.  She is delighted to be involved with Lighthouse.