Arti Prashar - Artistic Director / CEO
Lynette Shanbury - Executive Director
Amy Smith - General Manager
Lara Akinnawo - Marketing and Admin Assistant
Sarah Dormer - Heritage Project Manager
Ellie Pridgeon - Freelance Archivist 


Livvy Brinson - Director of Development and Future Partnerships, Young Vic
Duncan Eastoe - Residential Care Worker for adults with learning disabilities (retired)
Kathy Everett (Treasurer) - Head of Development, Discover Children's Story Centre
Sophia Linehan - Head of Communications, UK Supreme Court
Sebastien de Morelos (Vice-Chair) - Organisational Development Consultant at Croydon Council
Jim Mulligan - Retired educationalist, Spare Tyre Artist
Thomas Schildhammer - COO, Ariadne Capital Group Ltd
Michelle Smith (Chair) - Communications Lead (Midlands and East), NHS Improvement


The Rt Hon. The Baroness Elizabeth Barker
The Rt Hon. The Baroness Rosalind Grender MBE


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Arti Prashar Biography

Arti has been Spare Tyre's Artistic Director/CEO since 2006.  She is a Winston Churchill Fellow 2013 researching spirituality, dementia and ageing, and is a Fellow of the RSA. In 2016 she became a Fellow of the Centre of Contemporary Theatre at Birkbeck University. 

Spare Tyre is one of ACE’s National Portfolio Organisations. Under Arti’s leadership and vision, Spare Tyre has developed its inclusive creative practice championing diverse voices. She has a strong commitment to collaborative participatory art, nurturing the creative impulse that leads to personal and political fulfilment.

Arti oversaw strategic change at Spare Tyre, supporting an ensemble of artists with learning disabilities (inc.Theatre Ensemble) and an ensemble of artists age 60+ (HotPots) as well as recruiting Artistic Associates.

Arti directs and delivers outreach projects with a range of communities, developing multisensory workshops and performances with, by and for people with learning disabilities, older people and women who have experienced sexual violence. Projects take place in community centres, day centres, schools, hospitals, church halls, arts venues and as part of festivals across London.

Her expertise is key to Spare Tyre’s commitment to ‘train mentor progress’; she mentors staff across the organisation, from management to freelancers to volunteers.

The Winston Churchill Fellowship enriched Arti’s understanding of dementia arts, and allowed her a first glimpse of the rich developments taking place internationally. Whilst in Australia, she collaborated with artist Christine McMillan of Arts OutWest, passing on her methods to create a new workshop Open the Box. In Wisconsin, USA, she researched the Memory Café with Susan and John McFadden, as well as working with Anne Basting at the University of Wisconsin.

The learning from this experience brought about The Garden, which enables audiences to experience the seasons in the ‘here and now’. The ‘here and now’interaction is evocative, playful, multisensory and inclusive theatre. It engages with audiences that are hidden and forgotten, often deemed unable to participate in arts and cultural events.

She is Co-Chair of What Next? Wandsworth. She has served as a Board Member for ITC, and as Chair of the Board for Oily Cart Theatre Company and the London Hub. In all her roles, she advocates for the artist, black theatre, community theatre, disability, diversity, accessibility and inclusion.

Arti started her theatre life as a member of Tara Arts’ community theatre group and after a long weekend performing at the Edinburgh festival decided to join the industry as a professional. However, auditions became tedious and uninspiring - fighting for that one part of the corner shop owner’s wife. So she turned to project co-ordinating and directing. Her credits include working for Tara Arts, Theatre Foundry, Bolton Octagon, Derby Playhouse, Artswork, and Half Moon YPT.

As a storyteller she delighted audiences across Europe with her eastern flavoured stories sprinkled with contemporary issues, telling tales at festivals from Rotterdam to Cape Clear to the V & A Museum. She delivered a provocation for Glamorgan University at the George Ewart Evans Centre for storytelling on storytelling and translation.

Kathy Everett Biography

Kathy began her 20 years in arts management at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, where she was responsible for programming the Studio Theatre. She then went on to work with many international performers and artists as Executive Director of the International Workshop Festival. She was General Manager of Oily Cart for seven years, overseeing the management of this pioneering theatre company for very young children and children with profound and multiple learning disabilities, before joining Discover Children's Story Centre as Head of Development in 2014. Kathy is delighted to be joining the Spare Tyre Trustees as they approach their exciting and packed 40th year.

Jim Mulligan Biography

Over about ten years Jim interviewed nearly 100 leading dramatists and wrote the introductions for National Theatre Connections. He appeared in Spare Tyre's production Still Life Dreaming at the Edinburgh Fringe. Jim wrote and directed two plays for young people, It's a Sin to Shoot a Mockingbird (2013) and Out of Luck (2014). He wrote What It's Worth for Spare Tyre, which was performed at The Blue Elephant and the New Diorama Theatres. 

Jim is an actor member of Old Vic New Voices, and has appeared with them in Ages (2015) and Rise (2016). He is a member of the RADA Elders, and is appearing in Words (December 2016). 


Thomas Schildhammer Biography


Thomas is an Investment Management professional with a total of 16 years experience. His focus is on structured finance, product development, operations, and risk management. 

After having lived in the UK for 10 years, Thomas relocated to Malta in 2014, where he now works in the Alternative Investment space.  Thomas graduated from Vienna University of Technology in 1997 and holds an MBA from the University of Bath School of Management.  He has been a Trustee with Spare Tyre since 2008 and during some of these years served both as a Treasurer and Chairman.

Michelle Smith Biography

Michelle Smith is currently Communications Lead for the Midlands and East at NHS Improvement, the national body supporting NHS Trusts in England. Michelle has over 10 years’ experience in a range of communications, government relations and stakeholder engagement roles in the not-for-profit sector, including within social housing and mental health. She is a former school governor, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and a Fellow of the RSA. You can follow Michelle on Twitter