Our Trustees work with our CEO to oversee the strategic direction of Lighthouse. They are responsible for governance and making sure we deliver our charitable objectives.
MT Rainey OBEChair
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.
Monika BarnesDeputy Chair
Monika is an organisational and culture change expert specialising in leadership development, strategy, EDI work and executive coaching. She started her career heading up a variety of training and development roles for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She then set up her own business and built up a client base across the commercial and not for profit sectors.
During her career she has advised global film studios, broadcasters, media agencies, global luxury brands, special effects companies, independent production companies, engineering design specialists, law firms, workplace design experts, unions, universities, political parties amongst many more. As a result of an increasing focus on diversity, Monika created a separate strand to her business and launched Career Savvy Women to offer specific support to increase the numbers of women in senior roles.
Monika is a board member of Goldsmiths College, University of London and she also sits on the board of AECC, a specialist Health Sciences University based in Dorset.
Monika is a bit of 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 region such as Purbeck Film.
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.
Prof. Donald NordbergTrustee
Prof. Donald Nordberg
Donald Nordberg joined the board of Lighthouse in 2018, serving on its finance subcommittee and leading the board’s working party on strategy. He also chairs the board of Milestones Trust, a major social care charity for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems.He is associate professor of corporate governance at Bournemouth University Business School, and author of two books on boards of directors and dozens of academic papers. A former journalist and editorial executive at Reuters, he has also worked as a management consultant. Many years ago he was part of an experimental theatre in America and worked on lighting and sound at a New York repertory company. Now, like Lear at the end of Shakespeare’s play, Don is a “foolish, fond old man”, hoping sometime in 2023 to submit a novel and a long academic essay for a second doctorate, in creative writing, at the University of Exeter.
David has over thirty years’ of 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 their education, he and his wife Helen moved to Bristol to pursue his long-held dream of becoming a professional magician. He now performs as the Great Baldini. He is delighted to use his understanding of leisure and hospitality to support the Lighthouse as a director.
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.
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.
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.