The Secret Garden: Trustees

Professor Gavin Henderson CBE, Chair of The Antony Dale Trust

Gavin Henderson, a very well known figure on the national arts and higher education scene, has been instrumental in setting up The Antony Dale Trust and The Secret Garden.

A Brightonian, Gavin began his art studies at Brighton Art College, and then specialised in sculpture at Kingston College of Art, and at the Slade School of Fine Art under Reg Butler. Gavin exhibited his work with the Young Contemporaries, and his one man shows included an exhibition at Anthony Reynolds’s first gallery.

As Director of South Hill Park Arts Centre, Gavin oversaw a major programme of exhibitions, residencies and courses. He curated the international exhibition of Picasso and the Theatre for Brighton Festival, of which he became Artistic Director (1984-94). He is currently a Trustee of The Estorick Collection and of the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) Art Collection.

Gavin Henderson is Principal of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and his previous posts include Principal of Trinity Laban and Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School.

Caroline Cowley, Trustee

Caroline Cowley is a freelance interior designer and project manager. She grew up locally and was educated at Lancing College before studying American and Commonwealth Arts at Exeter University, spending a year of her degree course studying photography at UCSC. Following graduation she combined her practical and creative skills to set up a team of muralists working on private commissions in London and the U.S., which developed into an interior design consultancy. 


Jackie FitzGerald, Trustee

Jackie FitzGerald has studied sculpture in Brighton, and is now studying Fine Art at Northbrook College. She has worked for The Royal Collections at Buckingham Palace and on projects at The Royal Academy of Art. She has exhibited in a number of group shows and in the Brighton Festival Open Houses. A resident of Kemp Town, Jackie has been closely involved in every aspect of launching the Secret Garden project and its first exhibition. 


Stephen Neiman, Trustee

Stephen Neiman set up The Antony Dale Trust with Gavin Henderson. Throughout his career, Stephen has been involved in major arts projects, both nationally and internationally. He has played a leading role in several charities in Brighton & Hove, including: Founder and Trustee of The Old Market Trust, Chair of the Brighton Youth Orchestra and Regency Society and President of the Brighton Soirée and Hove Rotary Clubs. He is also Secretary of the Hanover Band Foundation.


Talia Rodgers, Trustee 

Talia Rodgers is the Publishing Director of Digital Theatre. From 1991-2015 she was Publisher for Literature, Theatre and Performance Studies at Routledge, and prior to that she worked at BBC Books as an editor. 

In the mid-1990s Talia managed the launch of the third edition of the Arden Shakespeare, and also the journal 'Performance Research’. In 2008 she published new translations of the works of Stanislavski, and in 2012 she created the Routledge Performance Archive, the world’s first multimedia online collection of curated materials for teaching theatre and performance studies. She is also a trustee of Flute Theatre: Shakespeare for Inclusive Audiences. 

She has lived in Kemptown since 1988.