Green Candle Board of Directors
Green Candle’s Board of Directors understands and takes into account the values and beliefs of the Company. Their overall responsibility is to ensure the company stays focused on its mission statement and they do this by providing support and constructive challenge to the management team as well as making policy decisions.
Lynn Maree (CHAIR)
Arts Centre Programmer, publicist, fund-raiser and administrator at Jackson’s Lane Community Arts Centre, North London 1981-83 and Dance and Mime Officer, Greater London Arts 1983-88. Following this she held roles in South Africa, first as the Dance Director at The Playhouse Company in Durban 1994-99, and then as the Chair and Administrator of KZN DanceLink an umbrella organisation for dance in the province of KwaZulu-Natal from 1998. For three consecutive years she ran a dance course for U3A teaching a different dance style every week. Lynn joined the Green Candle board in 2014.
Naseem Khan (VICE CHAIR)
Naseem is a writer, researcher, and policy advisor on cultural diversity. She wrote the first landmark study, ‘The Arts Britain Ignores’ (1976). Her experience over time has included being Theatre Editor of Time Out, a columnist for the New Statesman and a trained South Asian Bharat Natyam dancer. She was Head of Diversity at Arts Council England for seven years and awarded the OBE in 1999. Naseem joined the Green Candle board in 2005.
Richard Howarth (TREASURER)
Richard is a freelance brand consultant and restaurateur and currently CEO of Second Home, an international business offering flexible workspace. He joined the Green Candle board in 2004 via the Arts & Business Board Bank.
Chris’ background is within retail banking, as a change management expert and professional consultant for NatWest Bank plc. Chris served as Chair of the Board from 2002-2016.
Braham Murray OBE
Braham was a Founding Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre Company in Manchester, stepping down in 2012 after 35 years having worked with many leading actors such as Vanessa Redgrave, Judi Dench and Robert Lindsay. Braham joined the Green Candle board in 2004.
Jean is an Islington resident and an active member of Green Candle Senior Dancers. She joined the company’s previous dance group for older people – the Gillespie Dance Group – whilst working as a carer. Jean joined the Green Candle board in 2004.
Janice joined the company as a founder member in 1987. She has worked as a choreographer, teacher and participatory arts producer and now specialises in arts and health and community arts development. Janice joined the Green Candle board in 2012.
Ruth had early experience as a Community Advice Worker in Tower Hamlets, supporting staff as a mentor and trustee. She is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with long experience of clinical supervision, as well as being a yoga and Tai Chi teacher. Ruth joined the board in 2017