Our Team

Adrian Evans

Director

Adrian founded the Thames Festival in 1997 and has been its director ever since. He enjoys being fully immersed in the foibles, characters and peculiarities of the River Thames. His background was in producing music and cutting-edge theatre in unusual locations, after that he went on to produce Archaos, the enfants terribles of the circus world, and from there to producing open air festivals on London’s South Bank. He was Pageant Master of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.

Daniela Paolucci

General Manager

Daniela joined Thames Festival Trust as General Manager in 2018, with the overall responsibility for the smooth running of all operational services with a focus on finances, funder liaison, HR and strategic planning. Daniela has worked in the arts for over 25 years, both in Italy and the UK, in a variety of roles in arts management, finance, tour booking, producing and festivals. She has worked across a range of companies such as the Royal National Theatre, European Cultural Foundation UK, Watermans Arts Centre, Pacitti Company, Apples and Snakes and Poetry London.

Kate Forde

Head of Education and Engagement

Kate has an arts background having completed an Art Foundation at Central St Martins and a Fine Art Degree at Glasgow School of Art. She spent the following years working in Art galleries and continuing her own practice until returning to London and joining the Thames Festival team! Kate has worked on many exciting projects and festivals and has travelled to numerous countries with Rivers of the World. She strongly believes in the importance of high-quality art education for all children and young people and has played a central role in developing all our key education programmes.

Sophie Groák

Project & Admin Officer

After graduating, Sophie worked in a school and started working in galleries and on her own arts projects before joining Thames Festival Trust. She has a varied role in the organisation and leads the Open Call programme for Totally Thames as well as Thames Lens and Thames Rising. She is also in charge of keeping the office in ship shape!

Darren Smallman

Marketing Manager

I began my adventures within the arts as an idealistic 15-year-old punk rocker from Geelong, Australia. As a bi-product of my attempt to reach the giddy heights of musical success, I started releasing records, promoting tours, running festivals and supporting venues professionally. This led to working with many amazing organisations across the globe. I am in charge of the brand, marketing and communications for Thames Festival Trust and I am the South East Member Rep for Arts Marketing Association.

Rivers have always been at the heart of our human civilisation’s development; a special platform for people to create, recall and enjoy the most rewarding things in life – art, culture, ways of living. We exist to open up these possibilities for all. This is made possible by an experienced team, superb collaborators, the generosity of our supporters, and energetic counsel from our board of trustees. Together we will take this privileged mission forward.
Stephen Warrington, Chair

Our Board

Stephen Warrington

Chair

Stephen has been a Trustee since 2014. His involvement grew from his keen interest in the role of the creative arts and culture in sustaining our thriving capital city. He was formerly a board member at London First. Stephen has extensive experience in advisory and executive roles in a wide range of settings. Formerly a management consulting partner at PwC and McKinsey, Stephen has also worked in financial services for Barclays and HSBC. He holds a variety of board positions in commercial, educational and not for profit organisations.

Peter Stephens

Treasurer

I have been involved with Thames Festival Trust since its inception. Retired now, I was Finance Director of Coin Street Community Builders for nearly 30 years. In that capacity I helped set up the Trust 24 years ago and administered the Trust for several years before it became independent of Coin Street. I have been a Trustee since 2013. I was born in Greenwich and have always lived there. The Thames has always been important to me and I regularly walk up to Central London via both the north and south banks of the river.

Andrew Cooke

Board Member

Andrew is Managing Director of Operations & Governance at London & Partners, the international trade, investment and promotion agency for London. The company’s role is to promote London internationally as a leading world city in which to visit, study, invest, grow and meet. Andrew is also a member of the GLA’s Team London Advisory Board.

Robert Gordon Clark

Board Member

Robert Gordon Clark is Executive Chairman of London Communications Agency. He was Chair of the Thames Festival Trust from 2013-2020 and has served on the Trust since the mid 2000s, and will step down in 2021. Back in 1992, when he worked at London Arts Board, he commissioned the originally study into the idea for a river festival and was there when the 1997 wire walk launched the Festival.

Henry Fajemirokun

Board Member

Henry hails from Blackpool, Lancashire. He was educated at Oxford University and Imperial College London, gaining a PhD in plasma physics. Henry worked in investment banking for several years, latterly as a senior managing director at Dresdner Bank in New York. Since 2003 Henry has been involved in various areas including hardware technology, medical technology and education. He currently sits on the boards of Roedean School and Rossall School and has previously served on the board of the Poetry Council. Henry is a singer / songwriter and loves playing his guitar and making music.

Alistair Gale

Board Member

Alistair Gale is director of corporate affairs and strategy at the Port of London Authority (PLA). He has worked in communications and stakeholder relations for more than two decades, across ports, shipping and heavy manufacturing. Prior to joining the PLA, Alistair was national communications manager at the UK’s largest cement maker, Blue Circle Cement. Outside of work you will find him cycling, caravanning and (all too rarely) on a stand up paddle board.

Helga Henry

Board Member

Helga Henry is an independent consultant who specialises in bringing strategy to life by building communication skills, leadership and confidence, mostly within the cultural sector. By discovering and harnessing what drives people to succeed, she unleashes talent with a particular focus on diversity.

Sue Hughes

Board Member

Sue is an independent consultant currently specialising in business development with SME’s. She has spent the majority of her career as a consultant in the Pharma/Biotech sector. She is a Freeman of the City of London and has strong livery links, having been Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders. Sue is passionate about the Thames and lives and works on the banks of the river at St Katharine Docks where she Chairs the Friends of St Katharine Docks community group. She loves getting out on the water whenever possible.

Chris Livett

Board Member

Passionate about encouraging positive usage of our rivers and waterways, Chris is the 7th Generation of the Livett family to work the tidal River Thames. He is a past Master of the Company of Waterman and Lighterman and Bargemaster to Her Majesty the Queen. Chris leads numerous businesses with his base at Butler’s Wharf. With piers, marinas and berths along the river, his fleet of boats range from high-speed RIB’s, workboats, tugs and luxurious party boats.

Amar Qureshi

Board Member

Amar is Co-Owner and CEO of Agilia Infrastructure Partners – a specialist infrastructure consultancy. Amar’s been involved in some of the UK’s highest profile infrastructure projects and programmes for over 20 years including the development of the £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel. Amar continues his commitment to connecting communities to their environment through his work with Thames Festival Trust and other charitable organisations.

John Scott

Board Member

John Scott is an elected Member of the City of London Corporation and serves on the Board of the Museum of London, the Council of Gresham College and is a Fellow of The Royal Philatelic Society London and a lecturer for The Arts Society. In a prior life he was a Director of Morgan Grenfell and a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank.

Valerie Shawcross CBE

Board Member

Valerie worked in aid and development before being elected to local government. After a spell as Croydon’s council leader she represented Lambeth & Southwark on the newly created London Assembly. There she chaired the Fire Brigade followed by the Transport Committee. Appointed Deputy Mayor for Transport in London in 2016. She is now retired but acts as independent chair to Heathrow Area Transport Forum.

Olga Stanojlovic

Board Member

Born to émigré Serbian parents, Olga completed a history degree and teacher training at the University of Warwick. In 1979 she joined the British Council, where she worked for over thirty years in a variety of posts. For her achievements in developing relations with Africa and Eastern Europe and in the field of education, she was awarded an MBE in 2001. She works with a number of charities and organisations including the role of Chair of the Serbian Council of Great Britain, and non-executive director of the Big Ideas Company.

Our Office

Our Office

Where to find us

Thames Festival Trust
Bargehouse,
Oxo Tower Wharf,
Barge House Street,
London
SE1 9PH

Our History

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