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 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 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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