The Illu­mi­nat­ed Riv­er Foundation team

The Illu­mi­nat­ed Riv­er Foun­da­tion is a reg­is­tered char­i­ty based in the offices of the Roth­schild Foun­da­tion who pro­vide admin­is­tra­tive support.

  • Sarah Gaventa, MA (RCA)

    Sarah Gaventa, MA (RCA)


    Sarah, Hon. Fel­low of both RIBA and the Land­scape Insti­tute, is a pub­lic space and pub­lic art expert and cur­at­or, and was pre­vi­ously Dir­ect­or of CABE Space at the Com­mis­sion for Archi­tec­ture and Built Envir­on­ment. She was Chair of the Ele­phant and Castle Regen­er­a­tion For­um for five years.

  • Richard Dye

    Richard Dye

    Finance Director

    Richard is a Chartered Account­ant, pre­vi­ously the Fin­ance Dir­ect­or at Dis­asters Emer­gency Com­mit­tee. He brings career exper­i­ence of man­aging fin­ance, resources and pro­jects in the arts and not-for-profit sector.


The project is governed by an independent Board of Trustees including Hannah Rothschild and Fabia Bromovsky, and chaired by Neil Mendoza.

  • Lord Neil Mendoza

    Lord Neil Mendoza


    Lord Neil Men­d­oza is Prov­ost of Ori­el Col­lege, Oxford Uni­ver­sity, and Com­mis­sion­er for Cul­tur­al Recov­ery and Renew­al. In May 2020 he was appoin­ted by the gov­ern­ment as Com­mis­sion­er in response to the impact of the COV­ID-19 epi­dem­ic on the cul­tur­al sector.

    Neil is a non-exec­u­t­ive direc­tor of the Depart­ment of Dig­i­tal, Cul­ture, Media and Sport. He led two gov­ern­ment reviews in 2017 — The Men­doza Review of muse­ums in Eng­land and a Strate­gic Review for the Cab­i­net Office cov­er­ing the nation­al muse­ums. Addi­tion­al gov­ern­ment appoint­ments include being a Com­mis­sion­er of His­toric Eng­land and a mem­ber of the review pan­el look­ing into the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of Eng­lish church­es and cathe­drals. Neil is also a direc­tor of Meira GTx, a gene ther­a­py com­pa­ny, list­ed on Nasdaq.

    Neil is Chair of The Land­mark Trust. Pre­vi­ous­ly, Neil was Chair of Chil­dren and the Arts, a nation­wide char­i­ty ded­i­cat­ed to using cul­tur­al work to help chil­dren in dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties and hos­pices. He was also Vice-Chair of Soho The­atre and a trust­ee of the Shake­speare Schools Fes­ti­val and has twice been on the judg­ing pan­el for the Lau­rence Olivi­er Awards.

    Ear­ly in his career Neil co-found­ed and ran a pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny, For­ward, that was sold to mar­ket­ing group, WPP.

  • Hannah Rothschild

    Hannah Rothschild

    Han­nah Roth­schild is a writer, film­maker, com­pany dir­ect­or and phil­an­throp­ist. She has made films for the BBC, HBO and oth­ers. Her books have been pub­lished in twelve lan­guages. The Improb­ab­il­ity of Love won the Bollinger Wode­house best com­ic nov­el and was run­ner up to the Bail­ley Women’s prize for fic­tion in 2015. Her nov­el House of Tre­lawney will be pub­lished in Feb­ru­ary 2020.

    In 2015 she became the first woman to chair the Nation­al Gal­lery. She serves on the boards of char­it­able found­a­tions in the UK and abroad.

    She is a Non-Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of RIT Cap­it­al Part­ners Ltd and Wind­mill Hill Asset Man­age­ment Ltd.

    In 2018 she was made CBE for ser­vices to Lit­er­at­ure and Philanthropy.

  • Fabia Bromovsky

    Fabia Bromovsky

    Fabia Bro­movsky is a Trust­ee of the Illu­min­ated River Found­a­tion and former Chief Exec­ut­ive of The Roth­schild Found­a­tion and Wad­des­don Man­or, a Roth­schild House owned by the Nation­al Trust and now man­aged and opened to the pub­lic on their behalf by the Roth­schild Found­a­tion. Hav­ing stepped down from her role at the Roth­schild Found­a­tion earli­er this year, she con­tin­ues her work on envir­on­ment­al stand­ards and mon­it­or­ing, regen­er­at­ive land man­age­ment and sus­tain­ab­il­ity as a stra­tegic advisor to the Sus­tain­able Food Trust, remains a Dir­ect­or of Wad­des­don Wines Ltd and recently joined the Man­age­ment board for Arca­dia, Nyland and Wadhurst Park, fam­ily and char­it­able interests of Lis­bet Rausing.

  • Anthea Case CBE

    Anthea Case CBE

    Anthea has recently retired as Prin­cip­al Adviser of Arca­dia, a post held since 2004. She pre­vi­ously worked in the Treas­ury, and was Chief Exec­ut­ive of the Nation­al Her­it­age Memori­al Fund and the Her­it­age Lot­tery Fund. She was awar­ded a CBE in 2003 for ser­vices to her­it­age. Anthea’s roles in the her­it­age and arts sec­tor have included chair of the Her­it­age Alli­ance and Her­it­age Com­mis­sion­er on CABE (the Com­mis­sion for Archi­tec­ture and the Built Envir­on­ment). She is on the boards of the Nor­folk and Nor­wich Fest­iv­al Trust and a mem­ber of the Brit­ish Council’s Cul­tur­al Pro­tec­tion Advis­ory Group.

Project Team

Project Partners

Illuminated River has been developed in consultation and collaboration with over 50 organisations on and around the river, including the Port of London Authority, Historic England, Transport for London, Network Rail, London Wildlife Trust, Zoological Society of London, Cross River Partnership, seven local authorities (City of London, Tower Hamlets, Westminster, Southwark, RBKC, Lambeth, Wandsworth) from whom 30 planning permissions and 18 listed building consents have been granted.

Illuminated River aims to be a model of best practice and collaboration, demonstrating how different sectors and boroughs can work together to support cultural initiatives that make the city more attractive and accessible for everyone.

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