Who’s Who

Hoxton Hall is a charity run by a board of trustees and a staff team, supported by our volunteers. Their hard work and dedication keep the organisation alive throughout the year.

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Karena Johnson Artistic Director and CEO

Richard Oyarzabal Interim General Manager 

Boris Witzenfeld Participation Manager

Natalie Omari  Marketing & Sales Manager 

Caj D’Cruz Finance Manager (email finance@…)

Frances Mayhew Development Associate (email development@…)

James Francis Operations Manager 

Nia Shaw Marketing and Events Co-ordinator

Technical Manager (email technicalmanager@…)

Poppy Kay Youth Arts Officer

Grace Hammonds Youth Arts Officer (Outreach Focus)

Stephanie Clarke Trainee Assistant Director

Tasha Msanide Trainee Marketing and Development Assistant (email marketing@…)

Individual staff contacts: [firstname]@hoxtonhall.co.uk


Jessica Draper 

Currently Head of Learning & Engagement, Synergy Theatre Project, Jessica specialises in working with marginalised groups and with world-leading cultural organisations, with whom she has produced creative learning programmes for over ten years.

Since 2013 she has led the education and community engagement programme for Synergy Theatre Project, working with young people and those who have experienced the criminal justice system. The work is produced in collaboration with community organisations, local authorities, mainstream theatres, prisons, artistic institutions and schools. The success of this work comes from combining high quality artistic work, training, and work placement opportunities.

Jessica is committed to artistic excellence and inclusion. She has increased arts participation and widened access across all education strands. Jessica’s last four productions have played to sell-out audiences and received four and five-star reviews in the national press, with Girls Like That winning the 2015 Writers’ Guild Award. She has brokered partnerships with the V&A, Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre and Morley College, and acquired multi-year funding to supports its work and development.

She is a regular visiting lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Roehampton Universities, and has represented Synergy on the National Alliance for Arts in the Criminal Justice steering group. Previously, Jessica worked at Crisis UK, where she led on the strategic development of the learning and skills programme. She has also read for theatre and film and worked on productions for BBC1, BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4.

Nick Beecroft

Graduating from Oxford University with an MA in Physics, Nick Beecroft has twenty seven years of experience in treasury functions with Citibank, Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. His specialisation is in interest rate and foreign exchange markets and he has held senior global managerial roles and interacted at Board level.

Nick was the Global Head of Foreign Exchange at Standard Chartered and then chosen for the Senior Banker relationship management role, and is a member of The Bank of England Foreign Exchange Joint Standing Committee.

Senior Markets Consultant for Saxo Bank for six years; the role encompassed business development advisory, client acquisition and liaison, hosting client events, business media contact-numerous quotations on macro-economics, geo-politics and markets in business press; FT, Huffington Post etc, and frequent appearances on Reuters TV, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Sky TV, and BBC World.

He has set up and run a hedge fund, as well as held four Non-Executive Director positions in financial institutions, one as Chairman, two as Senior Independent Director, plus Chairmanships of Audit and Risk, and Remuneration/Nomination Committees.

Chairman of Management Committee of the Save The Half Moon public house in Balcombe, Sussex as well as an active golfer, skier, classic car rally-er, and cricketer, (obsession).

Edward Beaver

Edward Beaver is a Project Director at The British Land Company Plc. Property development Executive with strong experience in the management of substantial projects including commercial and public sector, mixed use and urban regeneration. Background in consulting, working at a senior level within large organisations and in business set-up and growth. Edward holds a MSc. Development Project Management (Reading University, UK) and BA History and Ancient History (Cardiff University, UK).

Deborah Williams

Deborah Williams is a writer, theatre-maker, producer, digital composer and accredited coach. She runs Reality Productions, an independent production company based in London. Deborah has also worked as Programmer at Rich Mix and as Programme Director at Shape, at Arts Council England as a relationship Manager in the London Theatre Team and Senior Officer in the Policy and Research Team. With over thirty years’ experience working as an artist, consultant and manager Deborah is an established leader in disability arts, playing a significant role in the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act and Equality Act across the creative and cultural sector. In her work as an “artist provocateur” Deborah aims to be a catalyst for challenge and change in perceptions of diversity, disability and difference. Deborah is currently Diversity Manager at the British Film Institute (BFI) where she is overseeing the implementation of their wide reaching film industry diversity remit ‘3 ticks’ Executive director of the Creative Diversity Network a television industry body, which focuses on improving diversity in broadcasting.

Ceryl Evans

Ceryl is Director of the national Capability Brown Festival, working with 21 partners to bring together one of the largest partnership festivals ever supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the first national project to highlight historic landscapes.

Ceryl holds Masters degrees in both medieval history and museums and has worked across the museum, heritage and wider cultural sector for the past 15 years, specialising in developing innovative and effective audience development, community engagement and lifelong learning programmes designed to increase engagement with history and heritage.

Ceryl previously lead museum and culture for the London Borough of Hackney, during the Olympic period.  Her role involved place shaping and business development of cultural and creative industries in one of the most creative areas in Europe. Including Mapping the Change, a four year project connecting East Londoners with the history of the areas surrounding the Olympic Park, since cited as a programme so successful at engaging communities with the redevelopment process that all future bids to host the Olympics should emulate it.

Helena Sykes

Helena currently works at Citi in equity sales covering luxury goods and retail companies. She moved to Citi in October after spending five years at JP Morgan in equity research and equity sales. Helena has a degree in Economics and Social History from The University of Manchester and prior to this, was at school in Stratford-Upon-Avon where she helped run creative workshops for children at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

Hayley Miller 

Belinda Kidd


The board is chaired by Tom Petzal

Semi-retired following a 35 year -plus career as a CEO/Development Director with arts organisations and charities, twin tracked in the latter periods with my own fundraising consultancy.

Previous positions held: Secretary General of The International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies (1990-93), Director of the Appeal for Shakespeare’s Globe (1987-89), Head of Fundraising and Communications, Lib Dems (1986-87), Charity Director, Motability (1978-86), Development Director, Welsh National Opera (1974-77), CEO, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1970-74)

Fundraising Consultancy Over 100 clients including: Royal Court Theatre, London International String Quartet Competition and London Symphony Chorus