Staff and Trustees

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    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 Prize 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.

  • Mónica Parle, National Poetry Day Manager

    Mónica Parle was previously Executive Director at First Story, and before that she worked for the journal Feminist Economics and Arte Público Press. She is participating in the Emerging Writer Programme at the London Library, and extracts of her novels in progress were Highly Commended in Faber’s 2018 FAB Prize and Commended in the 2019 Disquiet International Prize.

  • Natalie Charles, Office Manager

    Natalie is an illustrator and designer specialising in hand drawn techniques. She joined the Forward Arts in 2018, having previously worked for independent film and theatre companies such as Parlon Film and charitable organisations such as The Museum of Everything.

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    William Sieghart CBE, Trustee & 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 across the nation: his best-selling anthologies include The Poetry Pharmacy and Poems of the Decade: an Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry

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    Martin Thomas, Chairman

    Martin is chair of BACIT (UK), the investment manager of Syncona Limited, the UK’s leading life science champion. He is a trustee of six other charities, including chair of Women for Women International. He has been 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.

  • Jamie Andrews, Trustee

    Jamie is the Head of Culture and Learning at the British Library, leading the development and delivery of the Library’s cultural and learning purposes, and has previously led the development of the Library’s literature collections.In 2012, he was awarded a Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme. Jamie is also a Trustee of Oxford House, and has previous non-executive and other collaborative experience in the cultural and Higher Education sectors.

  • Kim Evans, Trustee

    Kim’s career is shaped by her passion to help bring art to the widest possible audience.  She was an award-winning documentary maker and a senior executive at the BBC and Arts Council England.  She now works as an arts consultant and is Chair of Clean Break, the women’s theatre company that commissions and produces new writing on stage, in prisons and in the community.
  • Bidisha, Trustee

    Bidisha is a writer, film-maker, artist and broadcaster for the BBC, Channel 4 News and Sky News. She is also a regular critic and commentator for The Guardian and The Observer. Her most recent book is Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London and her most recent film is An Impossible Poison.

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    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.

  • Kate Clanchy, Education Advisor

    Kate Clanchy MBE is a poet, playwright and teacher. Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me has been described by Philip Pullman as “the best book on children and teaching and writing that I’ve ever read”. It is the companion volume to England: Poems from a School, an anthology of poetry by her students at Oxford Spires Academy. She won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1996.