Craig is Head of Customer Service at White Light Limited, having worked in a number of roles with the company since 2007. He holds an MBA from the University of Bradford specialising in organisational behaviour and cultural change. Craig was Change Manager for White Light during the company’s major growth project (2015-17).
Moira Buffini is a dramatist working across fields of Theatre, Film and TV. Her plays include Welcome to Thebes and Dinner (Olivier nomination) and wonder.land, with Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris 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 Soho Theatre. 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. Currently, she is co-creator and writer of Harlots for ITV and Hulu.
Emma has 10 years experience managing finances and projects of cultural organisations, mainly in the dance, circus and theatre sectors. She enjoys connecting with artists and creatives to help develop and amplify their ideas.
Topics she has explored throughout her work include financial strategy, participation and international outreach.
Organisations whose work she contributed to include the Institut Français of London, the French Embassy to the UK, Acrojou theatre company, Pineapple dance studios and the Vaults Theatre.
Emma was formerly an advisor to the Parapluie Flam, an organisation promoting bilingualism in the UK, on cultural matters, and was sitting on the board of Cultural Co-operation, a charity aiming to increase diversity in the arts and heritage workforce.
Tigho has worked in the arts sector for over ten years and in the charity sector for over twenty years. She is currently the Head of HR and EDI at Rambert, a trustee for Inc Arts and CAWF and volunteers for Pregnant then Screwed on their advice line. Tigho is passionate about fighting inequality in the arts and strives as an individual to try and make a positive difference where she can.
Gabriela is Head of Visitor Experience at the Royal Opera House, coach (CfPAC) and a trustee for Associations for Cultural Enterprises, as well as Tonic Theatre. She has a track record in the Performing Arts, most recently as Deputy Director for Visitor Experience at the National Theatre. Her previous career includes senior and managerial roles at the National Theatre, Barbican Centre, Arts Theatre and Ambassador Theatre Group. Gabriela is also a podcast host and family lifestyle blogger.
Eleanor is Executive Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Previously she has been Executive Director of Cheek by Jowl and 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.
Chair of Trustees
Sita McIntosh has been the Chief Operating Officer at the UK theatre website, WhatsOnStage.com since August 2014. In a career spanning over 30 years she has worked at a number of companies including Ticketmaster, See Tickets and Stoll Moss Theatres (now Lloyd Webber Theatres) gathering experience in theatre marketing, ticketing and sales. Sita also sits on the boards of Kiln Theatre in Kilburn, North London and Curve Theatre in Leicester.
Sacha is Technical & Production Director at Secret Cinema and as well as being a trustee for Tonic is a trustee for Cardboard Citizens. Prior to Secret Cinema and a stint working with Mark Rubinstein Ltd general managing and producing in the West End, she was Director of Producing & Planning at the National Theatre & Executive Producer at Shakespeare’s Globe. As Head of Production at the National Theatre she headed up all the workshop departments, production and stage management teams, developing and overseeing the production process of around 26 shows a year across the building. For many years she was a Production Manager working extensively in theatre and events – touring, West End, international and at the National Theatre. Some of her production highlights were production managing TINA – The Tina Turner Musical (West End), War Horse (Olivier), Frankenstein
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.