5th February 2020

We’re extremely fortunate in having a wealth of knowledge and experience in our Board of Trustees at Cockpit. They’re a passionate group and bring wise guidance to our organisation as well as assist all our endeavours and plans for the future.

This January, we’re pleased to have welcomed five more experts, bringing an even wider set of specialism and skills to the Board.

Nishita Dewan
Key expertise: Networks, organisational culture, inclusion and diversity
Nishita is the Director of CollaboratEQ. CollaboratEQ transforms organisations into collaborative trusted networks. Nishita believes that every organisation can be re-designed as a learning organisation, grounded by a culture of continuous learning and knowledge-sharing. Underpinned by a strong set of values and principles, CollaboratEQ serves as an impartial convenor and conduit for multi-disciplinary collaborations. In her consultancy practice, Nishita applies a multifaceted approach to the changing landscape of the Future of Work, supporting clients to design future-ready organisations.
Nishita has an MBA from INSEAD and dedicated the first decade of her career as a Management Consultant, before joining Uber from 2014-16. She has lived and worked across the US, UK, Asia, and the Nordics. Nishita is an active member across diverse networks, including the The Point People, Liminal People, an RSA Fellow, the Conduit Community, and as an INSEAD and LSE Alumna.
“The world is changing at pace, we are moving towards voice-activated technology and losing touch with our hands and what it means to be human. We need to recalibrate and recognise the value of handmade crafts practices in the ‘World of Tomorrow’. I’m looking forward to building a diverse ecosystem around Cockpit Arts, to raise awareness and to unlock opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.”

Pablo Lloyd OBE
Key expertise: Finance, social enterprise, education and skills
Pablo has built ground-breaking educational organisations and now focuses on helping entrepreneurs. He is CEO of visionnaires, an incubator for business start-ups, which he co-founded with Capital City College Group to create social mobility. He was a founding director of learndirect which grew to become the UK’s largest further education institution. Following the successful sale of its commercial interests to private equity, he went on to co-found Aspero Consulting and Activate Apprenticeships & Business School. A Cambridge University graduate and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he was awarded an OBE for services to young people’s skills in 2019.
“I have long admired the work of Cockpit Arts and the cultural and economic value it creates. As a Trustee I am delighted to help nurture such a vibrant community of makers, team members, volunteers and partners.”

Mehul Nathwani
Key expertise: Finance, change management
Mehul is a business change and management consulting leader, helping shape organisations’ investment agendas, and delivering innovative solutions from first ideas to final delivery. Mehul has held Trustee/Governor roles in the charitable (children’s health) and education sectors. A very amateur painter at home, Mehul takes a keen interest in the arts and making.
Currently heads up Business Engagement, Program Delivery & Business Innovation for Aspen, a specialty global (re)insurer, with previous roles at Deloitte Consulting and at Barclays Capital. Mehul began his career with pre/during university placements at KPMG and BP respectively. Mehul is a Chartered Accountant (ACA, member of ICAEW), and holds a BSc in Economics from University College London.
“I am delighted to be appointed a Trustee of Cockpit Arts. Cockpit’s value to the local communities in which it is situated is enormous. The economic importance of organisations like Cockpit is difficult to measure but is certainly crucial to the long term health of the UK economy.”

Sarah Samuel
Key expertise: Fundraising and bid writing, local connections in Lewisham
Sarah is a successful management consultant in the Pubic Services practice at PA Consulting. A specialist in sustainable development and regulation, she leads the development and delivery of complex multi-million pound projects to help organisations delivery transformative change. Sarah works with a range of stakeholders from domestic customers to large corporations and Government and frequently uses innovation and the creative process as part of her work. A Lewisham resident, Sarah has a passion for contemporary craft and is an enthusiastic amateur potter, focusing on thrown functional domesticware.
“I am thrilled to be joining the board of Cockpit Arts having enjoyed being a visitor for many years. It is a privilege to have a global leader in the creative economy on at the heart of our community. I am looking forward to working with the team to continue inspiring and fostering the next generation of makers and local talent.”

Alistair Scott
Key expertise: Communications, PR and marketing
Alistair has over twenty years’ experience working in marketing and communications, primarily in the luxury and retail industries. Currently employed as Head of Brand, Press and Marketing for Harvey Nichols, his extensive career also includes holding communications positions at Harrods and Selfridges. As well as working in-house for brands including Bamford, where he was Director of Marketing & Communications, he has also held senior agency roles, working strategically with clients including Egg and Net-a-Porter.com. Alistair’s significant experience has focused on creating integrated marketing strategies alongside brand building and media relations.
“I am truly thrilled to join Cockpit Arts as a Trustee. The opportunity to contribute to the outstanding work it undertakes supporting and developing contemporary craft is extremely exciting and I am proud to be part of such a compelling social enterprise.”

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Cockpit Arts. Our trustees serve as volunteers and have ultimate responsibility for the charity. See more here for the full list of this valuable team.