Trustees

Craig Bennett

Craig is Change Manager for White Light Limited; working with strategy, people and organisational culture to ensure the company is able to adapt to an ever changing world. Prior to taking on this role, Craig spent over a decade project managing and handling contracts for theatre, events, music and TV. Alongside his role at White Light, Craig is studying for an MBA at the University of Bradford. Craig is a co-founder of SiPA, the live performance industry’s sustainability champion.

Moira Buffini

Moira Buffini is a dramatist working across fields of Theatre, Film and TV. Her plays include Welcome to Thebes and Dinner (Olivier nomination) for the National Theatre; Olivier Award-winning Handbagged for the Tricycle; Dying for It (adapted from Nikolai Erdman’s the Suicide) and Marianne Dreams (adapted from Catherine Storr’s book) for the Almeida; A Vampire Story for National Theatre Connections; Loveplay for the RSC; Silence, which won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, for Birmingham Rep; Gabriel (LWT Plays on Stage and Meyer Whitworth Awards) for the Soho; Blavatsky’s Tower for the Machine Room; and Jordan with Anna Reynolds (Writers’ Guild Award, Best Fringe Play) for the Gate. Both Dinner and Handbagged have enjoyed successful transfers to the West End.

In film, her screenplays include Tamara Drewe directed by Stephen Frears; Jane Eyre, directed by Cary Fukanaga, Byzantium, directed by Neil Jordan and Viceroy’s House co written and directed by Gurinder Chada. She has also written and directed a short film, Father and has been commissioned by BBC Films to write and direct her first full-length feature.

She recently co-wrote her first musical, wonder.land, with Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris, for the Manchester International Festival and the National Theatre. Currently, she is co-creator and writer of an 8 part original drama, Harlots for ITV and Hulu, due for transmission in spring 2017.

Eleanor Lang

Eleanor is Executive Director at Cheek by Jowl. Previously she has been Executive Director of Free Word, General Manager of the Bush Theatre and worked for Y Touring Theatre Company and the Donmar Warehouse. In 2010 she undertook a placement at BAC, working on their One-on-One festival. As a freelance producer she has produced a double bill of David Mamet plays at the Arcola, worked as a producer for Osip Productions on The Real Thing at the Tabard Theatre, on The Old Vic New Voices Starbucks 24 Hours Plays at the Old Vic and as an associate producer on two 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Galas. Eleanor has been on the Board of Kandinsky Theatre Company and of Rose Bruford College.

Sita McIntosh

Chair of Trustees

Prior to her appointment as Chief Operating Officer at WhatsOnStage in 2014, Sita worked at Ticketmaster, where she headed up the Theatre Division. She began her career in theatre and the arts in 1988 at Mentor Advertising working on accounts including the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and English National Opera. Since then she has held key roles at Ticketmaster, See Tickets and Stoll Moss Theatres amongst others, gathering over twenty years experience in sales, marketing and ticketing.

Sabina Mohideen

Sabina read English and Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London. On leaving University she joined the Landscape Institute, first working within the Education and Membership Department before switching to her current role as Event and Competitions Manager.

Mee-Ling Skeffington

Mee-Ling is a corporate and commercial lawyer, and currently the Senior Legal Advisor at a leading private healthcare group. She previously worked at the Young Vic as Assistant Producer for the Young Genius season, co-produced with the Barbican, and as the Coordinator of the inaugural year of the Step Change Programme at the National Theatre. She has also worked for 509 Arts, an arts and cultural consultancy.

Kirsty Starkey

Kirsty Starkey is a freelance radio producer on Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4. A feminist since she was a teenager with a passion for all forms of theatre, Tonic felt an ideal small organisation to offer her support and enthusiasm in promoting women in every area of theatre. From years of managing a playscheme for over 100 children, juggling three (now grown) children and primary school teaching, spending six years making television documentaries, to 13 years running a restaurant on a Greek island her energy and varied organisational skills can be well-utilised at Tonic.

Anna Vaughan

Anna is the Founder of Glow Fundraising, a fundraising consultancy based in London. Her clients include the Bush Theatre, Tricycle Theatre and Eclipse Theatre Company. Previously she was Head of Trusts in the National Theatre’s Development Department for nearly 10 years, and Director of Development for Youth Music Theatre UK. Currently she is Vice Chair of the Institute of Fundraising’s Cultural Sector Network, representing the interests of cultural fundraisers across the UK.