November Club's board is made up of seven trustees who, like us, are passionate about the arts and the positive impact they can make to our lives. 

Fiona Standfield - Chair 

Fiona joined the Board of November Club as Chair in February 2016. Passionate about the artistic endeavour, having both supported and performed with November Club, Fiona is delighted to be involved with the charity.

Fiona brings a wealth of business development, programme management and customer support experience from undertaking senior roles across all three sectors. Fiona also has significant experience of Arts governance having previously been Chair of Northern Stage, and in a voluntary capacity, Fiona is working with other award-winning charities in Secondary and Higher Education, Archaeological Research and Social Action.

Elizabeth Allen 

Elizabeth is an Associate Solicitor with Womble Bond Dickinson LLP. She has had a long involvement with the arts and theatre and has supported November Club over many years in the North East and nationally.

Phil Douglas 

Phil has worked in the Arts & Culture sector across the North East for over 10 years.
During this time, he has undertaken a variety of freelance roles focused around Arts Development, Diversity, Marketing and Participation working with organisations including Theatre Royal Newcastle, Theatre Hullabaloo, Dance City and Hartlepool Borough Council. He has also worked in the private sector managing an LGBTQ magazine, social events and a bar & nightclub complex for a number of years before focusing on arts and festivals producing.
Alongside his current roles as Creative Producer at Dance City and Executive Producer and Director at Curious Arts he manages a portfolio of freelance arts producing projects within Dance, Outdoor Arts, and Queer Arts sectors.

Jacqui Henderson CBE 

Jacqui is an accomplished and influential leader. She has established her reputation as a successful, innovative businesswoman and educationalist across a number of Chief Executive roles in national and regional organisations across the public and private sector.
Jacqui was Vice-Chair of Newcastle University and Chair of the University Student Union Partnership and Chair of Northumberland College until December 2018.  Jacqui was awarded the Commander of the British Empire for services to education and training in January 2001 and the North East Glass Slipper’s Lifetime Achievement Award in March 2016. In 2018, she was delighted to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship at Newcastle University. She is a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the RSA. More recently she founded and sponsored ‘Find Your Future ‘a voluntary professional women's network dedicated to helping young women across the North East realise their career ambitions.

Cath Hindle 

Formerly Head of Operations and Tourism for NewcastleGateshead Initiative for 11 years, Cath now spends her time running Clear the Clutter - a decluttering and personal organising business. A huge part of both roles involved creating spaces that people want to visit and live, learn and work in, so November Club's focus on place is of particular interest.

Sophia Stovall 

Sophia moved to the region in 2011 from London where she began her career working for private art galleries before moving into the charitable sector with the Art Fund. Having worked throughout the cultural sector over the past 12 years including museums, galleries, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Universities and national membership organisations. Originally from Denmark, Sophia has a keen interest in Old Norse and taught Danish at Durham University. She regularly lectures at Newcastle University on the MA Museums Studies degree on the topic of sustainable income generation.
Sophia joined Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) in 2018 after five years in the role of Development Manager at Durham Cathedral. During her time there she oversaw the award-winning fundraising campaign Durham Cathedral in LEGO, supported the development of the Cathedral’s new museum, Open Treasure, launched the Foundation 2020 campaign, relaunched the Cathedral’s Patron membership and saw the establishment of the annual Gala Dinner in the Nave. Sophia is now responsible for the Development Department responsible for the consortium’s three art galleries, the Tyne & Wear Archives, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, four museums, two regional services (Museum Development North East and Culture Bridge North East) and the annual Late Shows festival. Sophia is passionate about promoting a wider appreciation and understanding of our cultural assets while continuously working to ensure the financial sustainability of these worthwhile institutions and organisations.

Rob Williamson 

Rob plays a leading role in philanthropy in North East England and nationally, and has particular expertise in governance, charitable giving and voluntary sector research. As CEO of the UK’s largest Community Foundation, he drives a long-term strategy focused on growing a sustainable endowment – currently valued at around £80m – and increasing funding to benefit communities now and in the future.

Rob was for six years Director of Policy and Communications and later Acting CEO at Northern Rock Foundation. His early career was in frontline charities for homeless and vulnerable people. He then went on to senior roles in urban regeneration and local government. Rob is a fellow of the RSA, Vice Chair of the advisory committee for BBC Charity Appeals, a trustee of Access – the Foundation for Social Investment and a member of the Court of Newcastle University, whose steering committee he chairs.