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.

  • Neil Mendoza

    Neil Mendoza


    Neil is Provost of Oriel Col­lege, Oxford University.

    He 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 new 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 Chief Exec­u­tive of The Roth­schild Foun­da­tion. After grad­u­at­ing in Math­e­mat­ics at Somerville Col­lege, Oxford, she joined Lord Rothschild’s office in 1985. Dur­ing this time she worked on a port­fo­lio of pri­vate busi­ness invest­ments includ­ing Clifton Lit­tle Venice, Robert Day Flow­ers and Clifton Nurs­eries. In 1990 she led the project to restore 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. She became Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Roth­schild Wad­des­don Ltd, the trad­ing com­pa­ny estab­lished to run the com­mer­cial oper­a­tions at the Manor in 1994 and along­side this, in 1995, was appoint­ed Chief Exec­u­tive of Wad­des­don Manor. She was appoint­ed Chief Exec­u­tive of The Roth­schild Foun­da­tion short­ly after its incor­po­ra­tion in 2011.

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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