Board of Trustees

China Plate’s Board of Trustees provide essential leadership, expertise and guidance, collaborating with our Co-Artistic Directors to shape and guide the company’s artistic mission and business strategy.

Trustees meet four times a year to review and progress the company’s performance against its mission to challenge the way performance is made, who it’s made by and who gets to experience it. Trustees also provide individual support on discreet projects and specific aspects of the business plan.

China Plate is seeking new relationships with artists, entrepreneurs and professionals who can help shape the company as we seek to reach and support artists, freelancers and audiences at an unprecedented time of change in the theatre sector and the wider world.

If you’re interested in finding out more, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact our General Manager Paul Hewlett.

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Indy Datta

Indy has spent more than 20 years working in legal, business and commercial affairs in the TV and film industries, spending a large part of his career at the BBC. He is currently VP of legal and business affairs at the international production arm of SF Studios. The last time he appeared on stage, the play’s noted playwright came backstage afterwards and scolded him for his cheap melodramatics.

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Iain Goosey

Iain is Senior Producer at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre – producing shows in the main, house, studio and in the West End (including recent transfers of Ghost Stories and Noises Off). Previously, he worked at the Young Vic under David Lan’s leadership – working on some of the building’s most celebrated productions – including Yerma, The Inheritance and Fun Home. Prior to this, he was a Producer at China Plate Theatre (before joining as a Board member) and was a founding member of the Welsh touring company, Waking Exploits. As an independent producer, Iain has toured the work of Simon Stephens, Mike Bartlett, Dennis Kelly, Caryl Churchill and Gary Owen.

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Phyllida Hancock

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Phyllida Hancock

Phyllida is a workshop designer and facilitator, focusing on leadership and organisational development. Phyllida worked as an actress and singer for 12 years in theatre and on television, including two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company and productions in the West End, around the UK and abroad. Phyllida is an Associate of Olivier Mythodrama, Leaders Quest, Mary-Louise Clark Associates, Contender Charlie, and Advance HE, facilitating and delivering workshops on leadership, change management and communications skills, notably on the Aurora programme for women in Higher Education.

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Nadine Lewycky

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Nadine Lewycky

Nadine is currently Assistant Registrar (Governance) at Queen Mary University of London. She has over 10 years’ experience in the higher education sector, having worked extensively to help bring university research to the public. She has a PhD in History from the University of York and an extensive interest in the arts. She has been a board member with China Plate since 2014.

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Simon Startin

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Simon Startin

Simon is a published playwright and theatre maker with a career spanning 25 years. He is an associate artist of Theatre Royal Stratford East, London Bubble and Graeae. He is an alumni of the Battersea Art Centre 21st century leadership scheme, Young Vic directors placement and the China Plate Enhanced Optimists course. He is currently working on his 15th professional commission, “Inspiration Porn” about the media portrayal of disability.