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Arts Emergency welcomes new Trustees!

We're excited to welcome four new trustees, including broadcaster, producer, and columnist Jasmine Dotiwala, and The Sutton Trust's Director of Innovation Binda Patel.

Broadcaster, producer, and columnist Jasmine Dotiwala, and The Sutton Trust's Director of Innovation Binda Patel are among four new appointments to the Board of Trustees. They will offer expertise and support as Arts Emergency seeks to expand and deepen its award-winning mentoring and community-building work.

2023 will mark ten years of running an alternative to ‘old boy’ networks, providing contacts, opportunities and advice to young people. Amidst a huge and ongoing decline of working class people in the arts, Jasmine and Binda will join young filmmaker Sam Oddie and early-career Theatre and Communications professional Chloe Heywood as new trustees bringing unique experiences and renewed energy to the Charity as it enters its second decade.

Jasmine Dotiwala has over 25 years of experience as a Head of Department, Manager, Broadcaster, Producer, Director, Inclusion Leader and Columnist at brands like Netflix UK, Media Trust, Channel 4 News, MTV and more. She is an active member of the BAFTA voting academy, the Royal Television Society Futures committee, Board of Directors at the ILUVLIVE music platform, the BPI Equity and Justice Advisory Group committee and the MOBO and BET International Voting Academy.

Binda Patel is a governance and programmes specialist and is Director of Innovation at Sutton Trust, who champion social mobility. She also has extensive experience of evaluation and measuring impact and has been a long-time supporter of Arts Emergency.

On joining the board of trustees, Jasmine Dotiwala says;

“Bringing people together to make change is in my DNA and creating life changing opportunities for young people in the arts has been the most satisfying and motivating work of my career! I am delighted to play a role in shaping the future journey of Arts Emergency on the board, it’s an organisation that I’ve long admired for its advocacy and outreach and I relish the chance to build on those achievements in future.”

Jasmine Dotiwala, Broadcaster, Producer, and Columnist

On Jasmine joining, fellow trustee Yomi Adegoke says;

“I was blown away by Jasmine during the interview process - her depth and range of experience, her passion, her journey and the communities that she is a key part of. Her goals for Arts Emergency align with everything we are already doing, but also her vision is enormous and genuinely exciting. I can’t wait to work with her."

Yomi Adegoke, Author, journalist and Arts Emergency trustee

On the appointment of Binda Patel, Chair of Trustees Perminder Mann says;

“We are delighted to welcome Binda to our board - she is an impressive leader in the area of social mobility, and as Director of Innovation at the Sutton Trust and previously leading on their national programmes, she brings a wealth of relevant experience and expertise that can support Arts Emergency with expanding to new regions in the UK and increasing our impact for young people.”

Perminder Mann, CEO, Bonnier Books UK and Chair of the Board of Trustees

On joining the board of trustees, Binda Patel says;

“As a daughter of a migrant family, the first to go to university and the first to have a professional job, I am the embodiment of social mobility in the UK. But this isn’t the case for all. Arts Emergency is at the forefront of programme delivery in this sector. They lead by example and have a reputation that speaks volumes. A lot has been achieved in the short time it’s been running, and this is a testament to the excellent leadership within the organisation, I feel proud to have volunteered and played a small part as a supporter from the sidelines. I now want to lead as a Trustee and help Arts Emergency as they embark on an exciting new phase”

Binda Patel, Director of Innovation, The Sutton Trust

Of her role as a Young Trustee, Chloe Heywood says;

“It's a real privilege to be appointed as one of Arts Emergency's Young Trustees. As a young person who has been a part of the community for over 5 years and benefitted from their mentoring programmes and opportunities, I can recognise the sheer need for Arts Emergency now, more than ever. I am looking forward to bringing my voice and experience to extremely important discussions and working alongside a board made up of the most incredible individuals.”

Chloe Heywood, Young Trustee, Arts Emergency Youth Collective

Of his role as a Young Trustee, Sam Oddie says;

“Arts Emergency has such a strong set of values that resonate with so many young people today. It’s imperative to keep those at the forefront in our next chapter. I’m excited to join the board — I hope to learn as much as I can from these incredible people creating such an important change in our society.”

Sam Oddie, Young Trustee, Arts Emergency Youth Collective

Meet the rest of the Trustees and Youth Collective, and find out more about our work.