Susannah Herbert, Executive Director
Susannah joined the Forward Arts Foundation in 2012, after helping launch the Evening Standard’s Get London Reading campaign. She is the former editor of the Sunday Times books pages and a national newspaper journalist for 20 years.
Holly Hopkins, Forward Prizes manager
Holly joined us from the Koestler Trust, where she was literature officer. She has also worked for the Poetry Society, the Poetry School and as assistant editor of The Rialto. Her debut pamphlet won the 2014 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and was Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice.
Andrea Reece, National Poetry Day manager
Andrea has worked in the book world all her working life, for publishers and literacy charities. She is the reviews editor for Lovereading4kids, the managing editor of Books for Keeps, an online review journal, and director of the children’s and young peoples’ programme at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival.
William Sieghart CBE, Founder
William founded the Forward Prizes in 1992 and National Poetry Day in 1994. He was responsible for the 2013 Sieghart Report on libraries and e-books. He prescribes poetry for various ailments of the spirit on BBC Radio Four and at festivals and in libraries across the nation.
Martin Thomas, Chairman
Martin is chairman of BACIT (UK), the investment manager of Syncona Limited, the UK’s leading life science champion. He is also a director of several other companies, and a trustee of six other charities, including chair of Women for Women International. He has been chair of a FTSE 250 insurance company, a senior official at the Bank of England, senior counsel at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, and the driving force behind the Balance Foundation.
Robyn Marsack, Trustee
Robyn was the Director of the Scottish Poetry Library from 2000-2016 – a unique national resource and advocate for the art of poetry. Born and brought up in New Zealand, she has degrees in English literature from Victoria University and Oxford, and was formerly a publishers’ editor.
Nigel Bennett, Trustee
Nigel is a consultant to the law firm Michael Simkins LLP, where he specialises in film and television. He is a trustee of the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Joanna Mackle, Trustee
Joanna is deputy director of the British Museum. As publishing director of Faber and Faber until 2008, she has worked closely with many of the age’s greatest poets, including Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes and Paul Muldoon.
Jacob Sam-La Rose, Trustee
Jacob is a poet and educator. He leads Barbican Young Poets, the Spoken Word Education Programme and Shot from the Lip (a national youth poetry initiative). He is widely recognised as an indefatigable facilitator, mentor and supporter of young and emerging poets.
Giles Spackman, Trustee
Giles is Group Finance Director of Oxford University Press. After degrees from Oxford and Harvard and a stint at McKinsey, he has worked for media and technology companies such as Time Warner, Pearson and Google.