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.


Mark Powell (Deputy Chair)
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.


Spencer Clarke
Spencer is currently Director of Member Marketing at Nationwide Building Society, based in Bournemouth, Swindon and London. Many years ago though, he started his career in the Arts. Work experience at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton lead to marketing roles at The Beck Theatre in Hayes and the Theatre Royal and Plymouth Pavilions. An unlikely leap into Financial Services followed, and Spencer has spent the last twenty-two years leading marketing teams at Lloyds Bank, Portman Building Society, Zurich Financial Services and Nationwide Building Society.

He is passionate about creating a great place to work for his team, believing that if you love your job, wherever you work, then you’ll do great things.  He loves new challenges and driving positive change with enthusiasm and a smile.

Spencer is delighted to return to the world of the Arts supporting Lighthouse. Despite being old enough to know better, he loves seeking out new indie, rock and pop music and seeing as many gigs as his back can cope with.


Ms Monika Barnes
Monika is an organisational and culture change expert. She specialises in leadership development, strategy and diversity and is an accredited executive coach to post graduate level. She set up her business 30 years ago and has a proven track record of helping senior individuals, teams and organisations successfully navigate their way through transformational change. Monika’s clients are mostly in the global media, creative and entertainment industries as well as universities and political parties.

Monika is the Creator of Career Savvy Women, launched in 2008 to offer specific and focussed development to increase the numbers of women in senior roles. She is also a Board Member of Goldsmiths College, University of London. Monika has a career long passion for developing the potential of people and organisations. In her earlier career Monika held senior roles in Learning and Development at the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

Monika is a ‘culture buff’ and her taste is ‘eclectic’. She aims to visit the theatre at least monthly, the cinema often weekly. She enjoys dance and music, comedy and poetry readings! She sponsors various art forms in the Purbeck region such as Purbeck film.


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 across 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.


Richard Hendry
Richard has been a Creative Director, Designer, Writer and Digital Artist for nearly 30 years. He has worked most of his career for a few of London's top Advertising and Design Agencies, some of which you may have heard of (Saatchi & Saatchi, Fitch & Company, AMD Group - part of WPP). He moved from London to the South Coast a couple of years ago and now uses his creative talents to bring effective brand and marketing communications to Unicorn Training based in Bournemouth. He enjoys the Arts in it very many forms, but in particular music (he plays the drums), contemporary art, film and theatre.


Prof. Donald Nordberg
Don is business policy scholar with a longstanding interest in the performing arts. He is Associate Professor at Bournemouth University, where he has taught innovation, strategy, corporate governance and ethics. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Milestones Trust, a charity for people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and dementia. He is author of a book on the work of boards of directors and has published widely in academic journals. In a previous career, he worked as an executive in and consultant to information businesses, and before that as a correspondent and editorial executive for Reuters and other news organisations, living in London, Zurich, Frankfurt and New York, as well as his native Chicago. A very long time ago he acted in experimental plays and helped with technical work at an off-Broadway repertory company. 


Jane Webster
A trained dancer performer and teacher, Jane was a Founding member of Dorset Dance (now Activate Performing Arts), and then Director for 8 years. In 2006 she completed a Masters in Business Administration, as a means of researching alternative business models and management practices for creative enterprise. In 2007 she became a partner, then Director in an accountancy firm with a diverse client base. Jane is also an occasional finance lecturer Arts University Bournemouth, in Creative Events Management.

Alison Gannage-Stewart
Ali is Commercial Director of Woolwich Works. Passionate about making the arts as accessible to all, she has a decade’s experience of running events and commercial operations within arts organisations. After managing the country wide events programme for  the Arts Marketing Association, in 2013 she moved to London to take an Events Manager role at The Whitechapel Gallery, before going on to join The Southbank Centre as a commercial events manager and latterly becoming Head of Commercial Events. She is also a Non-Executive Director for Battersea Arts Centre Enterprises. Outside of work she is likely to be found running or paddle-boarding along the south-west coastline, close to her home in Bournemouth.