Marcus Boyle is the Chief Strategy Officer for Deloitte and a Board member for Deloitte Central Europe. He was previously the Deputy CEO for the Consulting Business and sat on the Consulting Board Marcus obtained an Upper Second Degree in Economics and Business Economics at Southampton University. He joined Arthur Andersen in 1986 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He transferred to the Consulting Division in London where he became one of the Firm’s youngest ever Partners. He joined Deloitte as a Partner in 2002. Marcus is one of Deloitte’s most senior Partners and has over 30 years of consulting experience. He works with the Firm’s most significant clients on their scale engagements. These are generally major change initiatives requiring him to work with main Board Directors and senior leadership teams to drive change in their operations Marcus also has a significant role in the non-profit sector. He is Chairman of British American Drama Academy. He is also a Trustee of the Serpentine Gallery in London. He sits on various committees at the Historic Royal Palaces. He has worked with a number of charities on operational reviews and improvement plans. For example, he was integral to the merger of ChildLine and the NSPCC. He has also been the Partner responsible for all of Deloitte Consulting’s charitable and community programmes and been the UK representative on the Global Community Investment Board. He has received awards for his vision and drive of the programme. He continues to be an active sportsman and has four children. He enjoys a number of pursuits such as playing football, skiing, piano and beekeeping.


Midsummer in Oxford '01
Lydia Carlston is a BADA alum (MIO ‘01) and president of the American Friends of BADA (AFBADA). Ms. Carlston is a model and actress whose body of work ranges from theatre to television, national and international commercials, print ads and fashion runways between Paris, London, New York, Cote D’Ivoire and Tokyo. On the opposite side of the camera, Ms. Carlston has worked as a boom operator for movies, TV shows and commercials, with notable sound mixers, including two time Academy Award winner, Russell Williams. Ms. Carlston’s work includes national print ads and commercials for the Exelon Patch, Post Shredded Wheat, Corcoran, Gardasil, SAP, Bank of America, Coca-Cola and Scholastic. Television credits include Sex and the City and Star Trek: DS9. Ms. Carlston has been featured in fashion magazines: Vogue (Mexico), Le Jardin de Mode (France), Donna (Italy), Elle (France), and U.S. publications, Family Life, Heart and Soul, Redbook, Self, Women’s Day and Essence. Ms. Carlston majored in dance at the Philadelphia School for the Creative and Performing Arts. While working, she continued studies at NYU in the area of marketing music and entertainment and Theatre Arts. Ms. Carlston is an active member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and the Actor’s Equity Association.


Before joining the Oxford Playhouse as Director/CEO in September 2014, Louise Chantal was a freelance producer and marketing consultant, specialising in new writing and international work.  She was Programme Director at Riverside Studios and Assembly Theatres (2005-7); Marketing Director at the new Soho Theatre and Writers’ Centre (1999-2002); Deputy Director of Pleasance Theatres in Edinburgh and London (1997-99); and Administrator at the Actors Touring Company.  Louise was a producer on the London 2012 Festival (‘The Biggest Arts Show Ever Seen’ Evening Standard) and Cultural Olympiad during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.   She studied at Lincoln College, Oxford, when she was President of OUDS and the first sabbatical University Drama Officer.


Christopher Cook has taught on Study Abroad programmes for three decades. He was joint Dean of BADA in 2016/17. Christopher began his career as a documentary film maker at the BBC and has been a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio since the 1970s. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts London and an honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College and Queen Mary’s University London. He has been a trustee of Cheltenham Festivals and Chair of Bishopsgate Institute.


Diane Gelon is a New York attorney resident in London.  Her law practise centres on tax, commercial, and entertainment law matters. She has also been an Associate Producer and legal counsel on several feature films. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked for over 10 years as an arts administrator based in Los Angeles and New York and qualified as a secondary school teacher in California. Diane sits on the Board of the British American Drama Academy based in London and Ignite Futures Ltd which promotes creativity in learning with young people. She is President of the Board of Through the Flower, a California non-profit that promotes Feminist art and the work of Judy Chicago.

Education: LLM, London School of Economics (1986); JD, Cardozo School of Law (1984); Graduate School UCLA (doctoral studies Art History ); BA, UCLA (1970)


Ruth is an independent arts and culture consultant with a background in theatre, international broadcasting and higher education. She is also a Trustee of one of the UK’s leading arts companies, Artichoke. Until 2018, she was Director of Cultural Partnerships at King’s College London where she brokered collaborations with arts organisations, policy-makers, researchers and funders to produce high-profile cultural policy events and publications with partners including the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health & Wellbeing; Arts Council England; the Arts & Humanities Research Council; the BBC; the British Council; and the Mayor of London’s Culture team. Before this, Ruth was a journalist with the BBC World Service for 20 years, working as a reporter, producer, presenter and editor in radio, television and online. She worked for the Latin American and African Services, News and Current Affairs and finally as Managing Editor, Persian and Pashto Services. Initially trained at the New College of Speech and Drama in London, Ruth spent a decade working as a stage and company manager, an assistant director and as a lecturer in Theatre Studies at Middlesex University.


Maggie Whitlum has extensive senior management experience with some of the most prominent and complex cultural organisations in the UK, including both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, where she was General Manager for 20 years. She has direct experience of operational and organisational change management, with a thorough understanding of the challenges facing boards and senior management. She has considerable experience in conceiving capital projects, delivering two major refurbishments at the National Theatre with a combined total project cost of £46 million. Maggie relocated to New York in 2007 and continued to serve on the boards of a number of cultural organisations, including BADA and the American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery. She has also worked as a consultant for the National Theatre, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Positive Solutions, a cultural consultancy based in Australia. Maggie was the Executive Director of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York from 2011 to 2014, helping the company through a period of major organisational restructuring. She returned to the UK at the end of 2014 and currently also serves on the boards of The Watermill Theatre in Newbury and Headlong Theatre Company in London.


Melanie Whittaker is the Head of Membership & Development for GMF’s Leadership Programs, based in Berlin. In this capacity, she works on GMF's Leadership Programs where she manages the selection processes for GMF’s key fellowship programs, alumni relations, as well as fundraising and business development. Previously, she worked on a broad spectrum of programs for GMF in Berlin. Prior to joining GMF, she held various managerial positions in the hotel industry in Germany, England, and the United States. Her expertise includes fundraising, leadership assessment, diversity and inclusion, public diplomacy, transatlantic relations, and German politics. She holds a BSc in politics and international relations from the London School for Economics and Political Science. She obtained certificates for Human Resources Management as well as Executive Leadership from Cornell University. Ms. Whittaker is a Trustee for the British American Drama Academy in London (UK) and  serves as a lay judge at the Regional Court for Berlin. She is fluent in German and English.