News: New Chair Announcement

Stratford Circus Arts Centre is delighted to announce Georgina Philippou as its new Chair of Trustees.

Georgina is Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and has worked in the financial sector for over 20 years. A Stratford resident for 30 years, she led the FCA’s recent move to its current base at Endeavour Square, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. She has chaired two Committees of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions, producing new standards and guidelines for international enforcement cooperation and assessing applicants wishing to sign up to IOSCO’s cooperation standards . Georgina became Chief Operating Officer in November 2015. She was previously Acting Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, and prior to that was Director of Strategy and Delivery in the Enforcement and Financial Crime Division. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments.

“I am delighted to have been asked to join the Stratford Circus Arts Centre as Chair of Trustees. This position brings together my passion for the arts and for Stratford, and I look forward to building on what Nigel has achieved and working with Tania and the trustees during this dynamic period in the development of the arts centre and of Stratford.”

Tania Wilmer, Director of Stratford Circus Arts Centre, said of the announcement: "Georgina’s credentials in the financial sector are extremely impressive and we are thrilled to welcome her to the organisation. As a long-standing local resident she is passionate about the community and has first hand experience of the important civic role Stratford Circus plays. Her experience and insight will help us reach new heights and further develop our cultural and social impact.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nigel Hinds for his tenure as Chair. During his six years as a Trustee we have seen exceptional growth across our artistic programme and creative learning activity, developing our whole community approach to successfully meet local challenges and enable people to realise their creative potential, while securing the charity’s financial position and doubling our turnover."