Mark Powell (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 Arts, Mark has a young family, is a big rugby fan and keeps an allotment.


Spencer Clarke (Deputy Chair)
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.


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.


Caroline Gitsham

Caroline has held senior commercial leadership roles, setting strategy, managing operations and marketing, across retail and hospitality, first in London and then in Dorset from 2008 onwards.  She has worked in both the private sector (Liberty, Laura Ashley, Gap, Langham Wine Estate) and the not-for-profit sector (National Trust) and is currently Senior Commercial Manager at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, also based in Poole. 

In her role as Non-Executive Director for Dorset Food & Drink she supported the growth of local businesses and is passionate about ensuring that a broad menu of arts is accessible to all. 


Tony Johnson

Tony has over 25 years experience operating in senior Technology leadership roles.  He is a highly commercial technologist who has delivered major technology and digital transformation across a range of organisations in the Retail, Media and Publishing sectors. 

Tony is currently Chief Technology Officer at the Copyright Licensing Agency, a Not for Profit collective management organisation that works on behalf of authors, publishers and visual artists.  In this role, Tony is responsible for all aspects of the Technology and Operations groups, ensuring the delivery of outstanding customer-centric digital and operational solutions.  Prior to joining CLA, Tony spent 11 years at 20th Century Fox.  As Senior Vice President, International IT, he oversaw the digital transformation of Fox’s international sales, marketing and distribution businesses. 

In his spare time, Tony enjoys sports and the arts.  He has a particular passion for live music and is currently catching up on two years of missed gigs.


David Hoare

David has over thirty years’ board-level experience in theatre, television, cinema, and hospitality. His career includes the roles of General Manager with Compass and Talawa theatre companies, Head of Business Affairs for BBC Worldwide, Operations Director at UCI cinemas and Development Director at Hall & Woodhouse. After this successful business career, and his children having completed education, he and his wife Helen moved to Bristol to pursue his long-held dream to become a professional magician and he now performs as the Great Baldini. He is delighted to be using his understanding of leisure and hospitality to support the Lighthouse as a director.


Channa Vithana

Since 2007, Channa Vithana works as a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Arts University Bournemouth and previously taught at University of Greenwich for eight years. Channa’s association with Lighthouse goes back to 2011 with a series of annual architecture exhibitions held in the main gallery featuring architectural student work connected to the local area of Poole. As part of his research and knowledge transfer work, Channa also has good connections with local stakeholders, inclusive of registered charities. Channa is very pleased to be invited to work and contribute as a trustee to Lighthouse, an important cultural venue that he has known and connected with since the mid 1980s.    


MT Rainey OBE
Glasgow born MT ( Mary Teresa) Rainey is a widely known and respected leader, thinker and entrepreneur in the UK Creative Industries and currently has a portfolio of Non Executive roles in the private sector and the Arts.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Hays plc, ClearChannel Inc and Charlotte St Partners Ltd.  She recently completed a six year term as a Non-Executive Director of Channel 4 Television, the latter two years as Deputy Chair. She was also a Non-Executive Director of AIM listed Pinewood Group till it was taken private in late 2015. In the past she has served as a Non-Executive Director with WH Smith plc and with STV plc.

From 2006 - 2018 she was the founding Investor and Executive Chairman of leading digital strategy agency Th_nk, which was recently sold to the U.S. digital consulting firm EPAM.

Until 2006, her main Executive career was spent in the Advertising Industry, working with premium creative agencies in the UK as a strategic planner, before going to the U.S. as Planning Director of Chiat/Day working with Apple and other first generation Silicon Valley companies (’83-’93).

After returning to the UK at the end of the 80’s, MT then founded and was CEO of her own agency Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe (’93-’06) which became highly successful and was eventually acquired by WPP, where MT remained as CEO and then Chair for a further six years, driving it to a top 5 position in the UK.

MT has also held important voluntary roles in public service, most recently as Co-Chair of the Development Board of 14-18Now, the highly acclaimed Arts commissioning organisation set up to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. She also served nine years (’08-‘17) as Vice Chair of Creative Skillset, the UK Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries ( now ScreenSkills). MT is currently a member of the Glasgow School of Art Development Board.

MT is a member and former President of The Thirty Club of London, a member and former Chair of the Marketing Group of Great Britain, and a Fellow of The Marketing Society. She was recently honoured with an OBE for Services to Advertising in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.