Board of Trustees
AOD PERFORMING A REHEARSED READING OF PALAMEDES AT EUROPE HOUSE - THE HOME OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Bob retired from the Army as a Major in the REME and embarked on a journey in business. Bob's is a natural facilitator and specialises in getting things done. This, coupled with his expertise in technology and stakeholder management has enabled him to build a group of companies in Central London specialising in the development and exploitation of advanced technology and cyber techniques.
Bob joins aod as the a trustee and sponsor for technology and marketing.
Maria is a professional journalist, writer and communications executive for the Media and Arts industries in Greece since 1992. She now looks forward to greater challenges in a more creative and competitive environment.
Mike Dixon read English Literature at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University, specialising in Shakespeare, the nineteenth century novel and the English Romantic Movement. After completing a PGCE he taught English in Sixth Form and Further Education Colleges and was Head of Park Sixth Form College between 2003 and 2009 where he led the work of over 70 staff and 1000 students.
After a period working for the University of Brighton he is now an education consultant and freelance writer engaged on a number of education projects including the national poetry recitation competition for pupils aged 14 to 18 “Poetry By Heart ”
He is currently co-editing the Poetry By Heart anthology for its publication by Penguin in October 2014. With a particular interest in Greek Tragedy Mike is very much looking forward to supporting the work of aod.
Mark has worked for Actors of Dionysus both as an actor and workshop leader for more than 20 years. He trained at ALRA. Theatre includes national tours of Trojan Women, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Wind in the Willows, Antigone, Jungle Book, Titus Andronicus, Great Expectations, Lysistrata, Hard Chair Stories at Brighton Festival, Now is The Hour at The Edinburgh Festival Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes and many more. He has just finished filming a new feature “Waking David” and other Film and TV work includes the feature film “Connected”, and appearances on Radio 3 and 4 drama, BAFTA nominated childrens TV “Persuasion”, short films and TV commercials. He has performed regularly in sketch comedy and cabaret shows.
Catherine Livesey graduated from Cambridge in 1981 and was awarded the Ben Travers Scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Whilst there she was also awarded a Cripplegate Scholarship and in 1983 won Best Supporting Actress in a production of Carl Sterheim’s ” Die Hoser” with Simon Russell Beale at the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF).
She was a professional actress for five years and was invited to become a Selection Judge for the NSDF. In 1990 she left the profession and accepted a teaching job at Wycombe Abbey School, where she became Head of Drama in 1992 and continues to work. She was Chairman of the National Independent School’s Drama Association (NISDA) for four years and is now a Patron.
BSc Eng (Hons) ACGI. Graduating in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College in 1975, Andy has always worked in telecommunications and IT, frequently in executive roles with companies pioneering emerging communications technologies. In 2002, he founded Pactel Solutions, his telecoms and IT consulting and project management company. Andy is a long-time supporter of the charity, The House of St Barnabas in Soho, which re-emerged 5 years ago as a social enterprise with an integrated not-for-profit private members’ club dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness. He has in the past supported Scouting in the UK, serving as Group Chairman and as Local Marketing Communications Manager for the 2012 World Jamboree in his home city of Chelmsford. He is particularly interested in performance arts ranging from music to theatre across many genres and has been a member of The Chelmsford Singers for the past 7 years.