All the Trustees of the King’s Hall Trust for the Arts have an association with Brasenose College, Oxford and/or an involvement in the arts.

Mia Bennett

Mia Bennett graduated from Oxford in 1996 having been involved in numerous productions. She continued her involvement after university within amateur theatre as a producer and stage manager working on numerous projects in Gloucestershire and London. This includes co-producing the first amateur production of Enron in central London, producing Sink the Belgrano, and stage manager for West Side Story (all for Sedos at the Bridewell Theatre) as well as technical producer for Jesus Christ Superstar for Centre Stage. More recently, she has been Deputy Stage Manager for productions by CODS at Cheltenham Everyman and Playhouse theatres. By day, Mia splits her time between being a nuclear safety engineer and a genealogist ( She is also a trustee of the Society of Genealogists.

Paul Burgess

Paul Burgess graduated from Oxford in 1996, after which he worked in theatre in education in Oxfordshire and as an assistant designer. He then trained at Motley School of Theatre Design and has since designed sets, costumes and/or video projections around the UK and abroad. Venues in the UK include Glasgow Citizens, Soho, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Bush and Manchester Royal Exchange, as well as regular work for companies including Apples and Snakes and Deafinitely Theatre. International projects includes work for venues in Pakistan, India, Vietnam and the US. He co-founded Daedalus Theatre Company while at Oxford, and is now artistic director. He also co-founded Scale, a series of international collaborations centring on urban utopianism. He is on the committee of The Society of British Theatre Designers and co-founded the society’s sustainability working group. He is a core team member of Ecostage, the global campaign for ecological thinking in the performing arts, and gives talks on sustainable theatre design. He has been a visiting lecturer on theatre design and related topics at several universities, including Goldsmiths and Central School of Speech and Drama, and has worked on numerous youth arts projects. He also plays the violin with The Black Smock Band. 

Charlotte Clemson

Charlotte Clemson read Music at Brasenose College between 2007 and 2010. Whilst at Oxford, she played the violin in the Oxford University Orchestra and other ensembles, and also enjoyed being part of a number of musicals, including West Side Story at the Oxford Playhouse.

After graduating, Charlotte worked in the Development teams of the National Youth Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra, forging and managing relationships with patrons and sponsors in the UK and internationally. She is now a self-employed violinist, Suzuki violin teacher and fundraising consultant, and is delighted to be a trustee of the King’s Hall Trust for the Arts.

Nick Herbert

Nick Herbert read Mathematics at Brasenose from 1993 to 1996. He was heavily involved back stage in theatre productions during this time. (Interesting definition of the word ‘heavily’ there – I certainly remember carrying lots of stuff, some of it quite back-breaking!)

After leaving Oxford, Nicholas gained a masters in Statistics at University College, London. He consequently sold out to Mammon, and now works for a risk management subsidiary of a leading global investment bank. He has been a trustee since 2004.

Ellie Keel

Ellie Keel read German and Italian at Brasenose, graduating with First Class Honours in 2014. She then worked for two years with Thelma Holt Ltd, the Oxford Playhouse, the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation and OperaUpClose. She is now an independent theatre producer and produces work under her own name and with theatre companies including Forward Arena and Heretic Productions.

With Forward Arena she produced the sell-out show Callisto: a queer epic at the Pleasance and later at Arcola Theatre. She is the co-founder and producer of Alchymy Festival, which takes place at the North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford every April, and of new play competition Heretic Voices, which ran at the Arcola for the first time in January 2018 and received over 1,100 submissions. She is a Director of LGBT+ youth charity Just Like Us.

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Rikesh Shah

Rikesh Shah was involved in various stage management and production roles whilst at Oxford and at the Edinburgh Fringe. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in London working mostly with small and medium sized businesses, and also holds an MBA from London Business School.

Rikesh is currently Chief Finance Officer for the London Symphony Orchestra ( with responsibility for a range of strategic projects as well as oversight of the LSO’s finances, personnel and governance. He has previously held similar roles at Somerset House and the Royal Ballet School.

Rikesh is a Trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society ( and has been involved with a number of other arts organisations in a variety of consultancy and pro bono roles.

Rikesh can be contacted for advice on any issues relating to financial, strategic or administrative issues that you may have in relation to arts projects with which you are involved.

Joe Strickland

Joe Strickland is a prolific, theatre maker, digital producer, and creative technologist. Since 2012 they have been helping to create all manner of theatre and performance in venues across the country.

They are the Artistic Director of Chronic Insanity, the Executive Producer of Strickland Productions, the Digital Producer for DaDaFest and a Trustee of SICK! Productions and The King’s Hall Trust for The Arts. 

They are an artist in development with the Nottingham Playhouse, a BBC New Creative, and a studio member with Near Now.

They are a PhD researcher looking at Future Experience Technologies and Storytelling based at the University of Nottingham’s Mixed Reality Lab, partnered with the Horizon CDT, University of Nottingham and the BBC. They specialise in using traditional theatre making techniques and applying them to entertainment technology, such as virtual and augmented reality, as well as recreating physical presence using these technologies.

They are also a multi-award winning magician and an accomplished musician.