Board of Trustees

Dr. Sylvan Baker

Sylvan is an applied arts practitioner and researcher. He worked at Tender as a workshop facilitator for over 10 years before joining the Board.

He recently completed a practice PhD at Queen Mary, University of London where he is currently an Artistic Research Fellow. He is an Associate artist at People’s Palace Projects where his research explores the ways in which arts projects can contribute to social justice in communities.


Rory Conwell


Rory has a business background, including being a  founder-director and CEO of Wilmington Group plc, launched on the LSE in 1995, a leading, international provider of professional information and training.

He is now extensively involved in charities with a particular interest in young people’s disadvantage. As well as being Chair of Tender, other voluntary work includes the Chairmanship of Mayfield Athletic, a community sports club where he has recently been involved in the launch of a successful disability junior tennis programme; UK Board membership of Right to Play, a charity bringing sport and play into the lives of children in disadvantaged communities worldwide; Membership of Pilotlight as unremunerated coach and mentor to client charities including Stick ‘n Step; mentor at Tackle Africa; and supporter of The Funding Network, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, Friends from Ireland and The Galana Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya.

Adam Cooper

Adam is a strategic consultant and fundraiser with broad experience in the arts, primarily with music organisations. One of the youngest ever recipients of an Executive MBA from Durham University Business School, Adam was also part of the inaugural cohort of AFP Fundraising Fellows, and one of the first recipients of the Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy.

Adam is an experienced Trustee, previously being Vice Chair of Relate North East, and also currently a Trustee at Blue Cabin CiC.

Alex Darbyshire

Alex started as Executive Director of Norfolk & Norwich Festival in December 2013.

Each year, the Norfolk & Norwich Festival delivers a high quality, internationally recognised programme of artistic activity across music, theatre, visual arts, literature, circus, dance and outdoor arts, working in collaboration with local, regional, national and international partners.

Alex’s past roles include Administrative Director of English Touring Opera, Executive Director of Tamasha (a touring theatre company) and Vice President and Executive Producer within the international division of Polygram/Universal.

Originally trained as an entertainment lawyer and with three languages (Spanish, Italian and French), Alex was previously a Trustee of the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton.

Sue Higgins

Sue is Head Teacher of Parliament Hill girls school in Camden and until recently was also heading Acland Burghley school.  Tender and Parliament Hill school have been close allies in supporting young women for over a decade and Sue joined Tender’s board in 2012.


Andrew Minter


Andrew has been a Trustee and Treasurer for Tender since February 2014. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1991 and has over 25 years’ experience in senior financial, treasury and management roles within financial services and banking. Following an opportunity to try something new, Andrew has worked for himself since June 2014. He now part-owns and is Finance Director for an East London brewery, is a consultant in business and financial services, a soft tissue therapist and Trustee.

Andrew graduated from Goldsmiths’ College with a BA Hons in English and History, and qualified as a soft tissue therapist in 2002.

Jess Moore

Jess is Executive Director of Corporate Responsibility for Warner Bros. Entertainment, and leads Warner Bros. Creative Talent, a programme which invests in talented young people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to pursue a career in the creative industries.

Jess graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Politics, and subsequently trained as a lawyer, working for Travers Smith, Addleshaw Goddard and The Co-operative Group. Whilst at The Co-operative, she moved into Corporate Responsibility, and designed and launched its ‘Inspiring Young People’ initiative. She then moved to vInspired, a national youth charity, as its Commercial Director, before joining Warner Bros. in 2012. Jess is also a playwright, her work is currently in development in London and New York.

Róisín Murphy

Róisín began her involvement with Tender seven years ago when she started volunteering there after just arriving in the UK from Ireland. With a background in the law of human rights and criminal justice, Róisín has also worked with a number of human rights based third sector organisations over the years. At first, this was as a volunteer in her spare time; now, as a solicitor in the UK, she assists various organisations through her pro bono work. Róisín has been a trustee of Tender since May 2015.