As a registered charity, The Paper Birds is governed by an incredible Board of Trustees who work voluntarily to oversee the governance of the organisation. 


Rose Abderabbani | General Manager, Soho Theatre

Rose has worked at Soho Theatre for ten years. In her current role she is General Manager of the Programme, coordinating the delivery of the theatre programme at Dean Street. Rose is also Company Secretary for Soho Theatre Group, working across all areas of governance. Prior to Soho, Rose worked across administrative and marketing roles at the Print Room in Notting Hill, the Barbican and Donmar Warehouse. Rose has been a Trustee with The Paper Birds since 2018.


Cristina Holst | Chair | Corporate Lawyer at HSBC (and avid theatre-goer!)

Cristina is a Mergers and Acquisitions lawyer by trade. She worked first at Linklaters and then moved to HSBC as in-a-house lawyer. She has been working at HSBC for 15 years in a variety of roles: Legal, Op Risk and she is now in the Corporate Governance team in Paris. Cristina is Portuguese. She moved to England to do a Masters in law at Cambridge University. After 21 years in the UK, Cristina moved to Paris in 2019. She has been Chair of the Board of Trustees at The Paper Birds since 2018.


Grace Jeremy | Training Manager, Young Trustees Movement

Grace is an educator and activist with over 12 years’ experience of facilitating in social change settings. Their background is in Disability Justice, LGBTQ+ issues, youth rights and participation, and mental health. They are the Training Manager for The Young Trustees Movement, working towards more intergenerational and intersectional charity governance. Grace is passionate about how we can use engaging and creative approaches to learning as a tool for creating change and building connection. When not working you can find them growing veg, watching birds, and playing boardgames. Grace has been a trustee at The Paper Birds since 2022.


Emma Van Nieuwenburgh | Programme Manager, Royal Opera House

Emma has worked in Arts Education and Management for seventeen years. With a portfolio career ranging from working as a Youth Worker, managing Public Art Commissions, Local Authority Arts Officer and running her own business. Her passion is socially engaged practice and making art alongside communities. She has worked at the Royal Opera House for the past seven years as Programme Manager, working strategically to ensure children and young people can access great art where they live.  Emma has been a trustee with The Paper Birds since 2022.


Sarah Wall | Head of Finance and Business Administration, Barbican

Sarah is a qualified accountant with over 20 years in the Creative and Education sector and currently Head of Finance and Business Administration at the Barbican Centre. As a foster carer, Sarah is both honoured and excited to be part of the Board of The Paper Birds, where young people are represented and championed, and where difficult topics and conversations are had and held in a caring and creative way. Sarah is also on the Board of Boy Blue. She has been a Trustee of The Paper Birds since 2022.


Laura Woodward | Executive Director, Tall Stories

Laura has worked in theatre and the cultural sector for over 16 years. She is a senior arts leader with a focus on creative producing and programming, having worked for theatre companies and cross-art form venues across the UK and internationally. She has a love of work for and by young people and working collaboratively with communities. She is currently the Executive Director of Tall Stories, leading on business strategy, governance, and producing shows for children. She previously worked as Senior Producer for Farnham Maltings, Programming & Participation Manager for artsdepot and many a year freelancing for a wonderful array of companies. She is delighted to be a trustee at The Paper Birds and has been on the board since 2019.


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