Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the Big Tent Foundation.
Our Foundation Board
He read Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford.
She has always been very involved in education, and since 2005 has been Chair or advisor to charities serving disadvantaged young people including ARK, Ambition Institute and Frontline. She is currently a trustee of the Education Policy Institute and is also Chair of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust.
She served on the Olympic Delivery Authority board for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is a former Chair of Ofsted and vice-chair at King's College London.
Former Minister for Life Science in the Coalition Gov, Chair of the Prime Ministers Policy Board & Minister of State for Decarbonisation and Digitisation at DfT, he left the front bench in 2020 to focus on the politics of regeneration & renewal.
Our Advisory Board
Our Advisory Board is formed of thought leaders in politics, business, arts and more.
Mark is a disruptive thinker. He edited KPMG’s “Reimagine Public Policy” programme, contributing ideas on how to build more homes, make social care better and more productive, eliminating the need for food banks and boosting life long learning. And in Reimagine a Digital Society, Mark’s film presents a future in which AI makes many more of our buying decisions; and then explores the impact that will have on consumer facing businesses including the 'human' skills needed to educate the bots in how to meet our needs.
Always happy to submit his ideas to challenge and debate, Mark is an experienced writer, thinker, keynote speaker, and live broadcast panellist and presenter. He is a regular panellist on KPMG’s “The Business of Brexit” podcast, BBC’s “Wake up to Money”, and “Business Briefing”.
In 1988 he returned to his directorial career with Goldeneye starring Charles Dance, Twenty One written by Zoe Heller which was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, and followed that with 3 independent feature films - Kleptomania, Lucia and My Kingdom written by the Guardian’s Nick Davies starring Richard Harris and Lynn Redgrave. He then directed several celebrated documentaries including Andrew and Jeremy Get Married for BBC’s Storyville, nominated for IDFA, and 19 films with Ruby Wax including their BAFTA nominated film about Imelda Marcos.
He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter in the College of Humanities (where he is an Honorary Doctor), was a Governor of the London Film School for 30 years and Artistic Director of www.hibrow.tv, an online platform for the arts where he directed and/or produced over 200 hours of original programming including several feature documentaries premiered at several major festivals - Sundance, Telluride, London, New York, Melbourne, Karlovy Vary.
He has written for The Guardian, Times, Sunday Times and The Independent. His first novel Margot’s Secrets published in 2011 has been optioned to be produced as a television series. His latest directorial project Beatrice and Her Father, developed by the UK Film Council (BFI), is scheduled for a late 2021 start date.
He has lectured at a broad range of academic institutions globally, most particularly a roster of master classes on filmmaking for The Guardian in 2014/15 and has moderated Creative Dialogues a series of in conversation events hosted at the University of Exeter featuring prominent personalities in the cultural spheres. He is on the advisory board at the department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media at the University of York.
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