counterculture

Partners

Tom Wilcox – Senior Partner



Tom’s professional interests are in helping creative organisations and individuals to thrive while making and presenting great art and cultural projects. His specialisms include strategic and business planning, finance, governance, commercial operations and capital projects. Tom’s clients include the ICA, Clore Leadership Programme, King’s College London, Lakeland Arts, De La Warr Pavilion and LIFT.

Before joining Counterculture Tom was Managing Director at the Whitechapel Gallery where he oversaw a £13m expansion. He was previously at Arts Council England, the Poetry Society and Siobhan Davies Dance Company. Tom trained at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Public Sector/Charities department. He was a contributor to the book Common Ground, a collection of writing about authorship and place. Tom is a music curator, producer and musician.

Tom is a Chartered Company Secretary with a Diploma in Charity Accounting from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, he holds a degree in History from the University of London. He is a trustee of Hepworth Wakefield.
tom@counterculturellp.com 
+44 (0)7989 391914

Stephen Escritt – Senior Partner



Stephen's work includes business and strategic planning, facilitation and work on capital schemes. Recent projects include business planning at Walthamstow Wetlands for the London Borough of Waltham Forest and London Wildlife Trust, a feasibility study for Dorset County Museum and work on the Milton Keynes Gallery capital expansion. He is also currently working with the Royal Horticultural Society, Royal Artillery Museum, and contributing to a strategic project to sustainably improve parks in the London Borough of Barnet. During 2011 he was interim Director at Free Word in London and co-curated their 2012 exhibition: Politics and Olympics. Stephen is a trustee of Chisenhale Gallery.

Before joining Counterculture Stephen worked at the British Museum and the Whitechapel Gallery where he was Director of Strategic Development. His work at the gallery delivered a successful model partnership between a cultural organization and its local, national, and private-sector partners, encompassing the gallery’s major £13.5 million expansion in 2009. He was a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme in 2004-05 – and is now a Clore visiting lecturer. He has an MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art, and in History from the University of Cambridge. Stephen is the author of two books on architecture, design and society published by Phaidon Press (Art & Ideas: Art Nouveau, 2000 and Art Deco Style, 1997)
stephen@counterculturellp.com
+44 (0)7962 259978

Peter Greaney – Partner



Peter is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant. He believes that finance must deliver real value to organisational decision-making. As a Finance Director he works alongside existing finance team members to take the mystery out of finance – enabling staff and trustees to understand financial information and know the right questions to ask. Recent projects are with the human rights charity Global Dialogue, the National Youth Agency and a number of Students’ Unions – including Middlesex Students' Union and the London School of Economics Students' Union. 

Peter specialises in finance function implementation, process development and strategic financial support, and in bringing his expertise in specific charity financial accounting (SORP) to training – and the production of financial and management accounts for clients. During his time at Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Government and Public Sector practice, he worked with the NHS, local government and charity clients. Peter has a degree in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester and his particular professional interest is in socially and politically conscientious organisations. 
peter@counterculturellp.com
+44 (0)7961 335886

Chris Potts – Partner



Chris is a strategic operations and finance expert in the arts, creative enterprise and charity sectors. He specialises in managing the maintenance and assets of public buildings – ensuring organisational efficiency and optimum use of complex and multi-function spaces. His work encompasses capital projects, organisational development, licensing, accounting, governance, HR, Health & Safety and IT. His clients include Tate Modern, South London Gallery, The Art Fund, the People’s History Museum, Rivington Place, East London Science School and the Money Advice Service. Chris is also a national ambassador for Apprenticeships in the arts.

Before joining Counterculture Chris was Head of Operations & Estates at the Whitechapel Gallery – including work on its £13.5 million capital project. Previously he worked in local government, and operations management for the technology industry and media PR. He has a Diploma in Business Practice from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, is fully NEBOSH trained in Health & Safety with a Personal Licence, and has a BA in Modern History, Economic History & Politics from the University of London. Chris is a practicing musician, a director of the charity and label NMC Recordings, and an adviser to music charities. He is passionate about technology, visual arts and books, and has written articles for publications including Computer Weekly and the Garden Museum Journal. 
chris@counterculturellp.com 
+44 (0)7747 600711

Jenny Dewhirst – Partner



Jenny is a member of the Charted Institute of Management Accountants with 15 years of experience of financial management and planning in the arts, educational and third sectors.

Before joining Counterculture, first as an Associate in 2012 and then as a partner in 2013, she has worked at the Open University, Royal Holloway University, London, National Portrait Gallery, London Remade and London First. Her work has focussed on improving financial understanding of organisations so that operational and strategic decisions are made with a clear understanding of the financial implications. The art of balancing a financial bottom line with wider social and public interests is at the heart of all that she does.

Jenny’s recent work with Counterculture has included business planning at MK Gallery, interim Head of Finance at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and consultancy for the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. Jenny also carries out independent examinations of small charity accounts and has experienced firsthand the challenges of running a small community organisation through setting up and running a local youth group.
jenny@counterculturellp.com
+44 (0)7811 562925

Phil Benton - Partner



Phil is an experienced charity chief executive who has held senior roles in the sector for 20 years. He has extensive experience in membership led charities, with high levels of volunteer involvement. Phil specialises in strategic business planning, commercial strategy and development, organisational development, and supporting Trustee Boards and leadership teams to develop and improve organisational effectiveness.

Prior to joining Counterculture first as an Associate and then as a Partner in 2014, Phil’s most recent role was as Chief Executive of the University of Salford Students’ Union where he took the organisation through several change management processes including downsizing and refocusing the Union’s commercial activities to remove unmanageable risks and turn around poor performing services into profitable outlets.

Phil has provided consultancy support across the third sector including interim management; supporting trustees through Chief Executive recruitment processes; facilitating strategic planning, trustee training and induction exercises; acting as an outsourced Director of Resources for three charities; and advising on staff structure realignment exercises. Outside of Students’ Union work, Phil was a non-executive Board Director of NUS Services Ltd, a national purchasing organisation for four years, has been a pension scheme trustee for 15 years and is Chair of a school governing body.

Phil has an MBA from the University of Bolton achieved with distinction. His final dissertation focussed on creating a performance management framework for members of Trustee Boards.
phil@counterculturellp.com
+44 (0)7973 269843

Keith Arrowsmith - Partner




Keith qualified as a solicitor in 1995, and has worked in law firms in London, Manchester and Sheffield, building up a reputation providing practical, cost effective legal advice in the arts, heritage, digital and media sectors. He now provides legal guidance and assistance on data protection, governance, intellectual property, business law, contracts, website law and charity law. He also contributes to workshops, planning days, talks, written reports and provides other bespoke guidance.

Keith is a visiting lecturer on the Clore Leadership Programme, the STAY programme, and the Arts Council England Resilience Programme. He is an Independent Advisory Board member for Screen Yorkshire, and Company Secretary to the new National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries.
keith@counterculturellp.com
+44 (0)7740 623636

Joanne Peters - Partner

Joanne is a producer and development consultant who specialises in business development, project management, mentoring and training to individuals and organisations. She is interested in forging effective partnerships to deliver key policy agendas and believes in developing flexible, professional and sustainable approaches to deliver artistic visions.

Before developing a freelance portfolio, she was the executive director of a dance company and worked as Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Arts Council England, as well as working in local authority government and the voluntary sector.

Joanne’s key skills include areas such as artist development and management, event management, project planning, partnership building, fundraising, organisational, board and policy development, business planning, and marketing and communications campaigns.
joanne@counterculturellp.com
+44 (0)7794 350 415

Zoe McLeod – Partner



Zoe is a versatile and hands-on cultural sector professional with a broad portfolio of arts and heritage experience, a strong understanding of the practical and strategic issues facing the UK cultural sector, as well as the national and international fundraising landscape. Her areas of expertise include: charity fundraising, evaluation, stakeholder consultation and research, organisational planning and governance, project management and delivery.

Zoe provides clients with practical support in the delivery of major projects and daily operations. She is particularly passionate about embedding appropriate and sustainable practices that strengthen organisations for the long-term. At Counterculture she has worked as acting Head of Development at Tate Liverpool and interim Deputy Director of Gasworks / Triangle Network. Other clients include: Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service, Magpie Dance and the London Wildlife Trust.

Before joining Counterculture Zoe worked at the Whitechapel Gallery in development and visitor services, and as Festival Co-ordinator for the London Festival of Architecture – gaining a thorough knowledge of the practicalities of running a charitable organisation and managing key partner-relationships.
zoe@counterculturellp.com 

Andrew Wells - Partner



Andrew Wells is a highly experienced accountancy professional specialising in media and the performing arts. He works with a wide range of Counterculture clients in accountancy and taxation, including the De La Warr Pavilion and Hofesh Shechter Company. He previously managed a portfolio of clients for a high-profile chartered accountancy firm – including national charities, international performers and high net worth individuals. Andrew also has experience of business from his time as a finance manager for a tech start-up company, helping them to develop into a multimillion-pound business exporting their products worldwide.
andrew@counterculturellp.com 

Jo Dunnett - Partner

Jo has over 25 years of senior management experience within the cultural, design and architecture sectors, and most recently on capital projects, where she is an experienced Project Director having overseen the programme and delivery of the new Tate Modern, and before that the expanded Whitechapel Gallery.

Having trained as an artist and formed a successful band in Leeds, in 1982 she became an Account Executive and Assistant to the Managing Director of Stonehouse Advertising, a multi-disciplinary brand and advertising agency. She moved from there to take on the role of Senior Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Fitch & Company, a large design and architecture consultancy in London.

Following this, Jo has continued to work in executive administration, governance and in project/programme management within both the private and public sector, including time at the ICA, the Serpentine Gallery and the Design Museum. She then joined the Whitechapel Gallery to work alongside the Director in delivering the extension into the old Whitechapel Library building.

In 2009 Jo joined the Tate to work on the Tate Modern Project, providing client programme and project management, and she became Delivery Director in 2014, and then Director of Capital Projects in 2016, and she continues to work at Tate part-time on projects in London and Liverpool.

Jo brings a vast wealth of project experience and construction knowledge to the Counterculture team and works with us and clients both nationally and internationally on a variety of building projects within the arts.
jo@counterculturellp.com

John Newbigin OBE - Partner & Chair

John Newbigin 0BE

After graduating from Cambridge University John’s work history has included being Head of Corporate Relations at Channel 4 Television, Special Advisor at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Policy Advisor to the Leader of the Opposition.

John has extensive board experience includes being Founder and Chairman of Creative England Ltd, and a trustee of Battersea Arts Centre and Whitechapel Gallery. He is an Honorary Professor at Hong Kong University.
john@counterculturellp.com

Mark Roberts - Partner

Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts is an entertainment, technology and media lawyer, and qualified as a solicitor in 1996. Mark holds an LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the Glasgow Graduate School of Law and an MBA from Manchester Business School where he specialised in ecommerce and media.

Mark advises businesses and artists on a range of entertainment, technology and media law matters, and is on the panel of PRS for Music and BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) approved industry lawyers. Mark is also a speaker on a range of panels, including Canadian Indie Week in Manchester.

Mark is proud to support emerging talent, and his clients regularly achieve success in the Official Charts. Clients represented include nominees in awards ranging from the Mercury Prize and MOBOs to the Classic Rock Awards and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Mark also acts for BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and finalists in talent shows such as X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

In his spare time, Mark loves mountain running and supporting Sale Sharks.