News Story

We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner, Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE and Soheb Panja as three new members of our Board of Trustees.

Hackney Empire Creative Futures alumna, and now West End producer, Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner will join the Board, alongside Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE, award-winning actor and director and current Principal of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Soheb Panja, the founder and editor of Field7, a new media business aimed at people working on climate solutions.

They join the previously announced Sir William Atkinson, who took over as Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2022. We can’t wait to work with them on the next chapter of our journey.

Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner, Sir William Atkinson and Soheb Panja stood together facing the camera.

"A board is simply a group of people who are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of an organisation. But the Hackney Empire board is so much more then that; they represent who we are and who we want to be, and they are often the last line of defence for the agitators, the overlooked and the undermined, who comprise many of us at Hackney Empire and those whom we work with. We know that Jasmyn, Josette and Soheb will work tirelessly, and with love, to ensure that Hackney Empire and everything this organisation represents, is protected throughout the challenges of the future."

Jo Hemmant (Executive Director) and Yamin Choudury (Artistic Director)

"I am excited to welcome our three new Trustees to the Hackney Empire Board. These colleagues bring a wealth of experience of theatre, commerce and community engagement. Over the last five years the Trustees and Leadership Team working in close partnership, have transformed the fortunes of our much loved theatre. We are determined to build on our previous best and see our new team members as integral to this process."

Sir William Atkinson, Chair of the Board of Trustees