Create appoints two exceptional new Trustees

Last night, Carol Topolski and Alistair Johnston were appointed as Trustees, bringing to six the dynamic, passionate individuals who serve on our Board.  Both bring huge enthusiasm and commitment to our work, together with a wealth of skills and experience. Carol joined our team of professional writers a year ago.  She has since worked on our award-winning Inside Stories project, helping young fathers in prison to write stories for their children; and led writing workshops with vulnerable children from inner-London.  A published author, she has taught at youth custody centres, set up and ran a rape crisis centre and women’s refuge, took a second degree in social work and worked as a probation officer.  She was a senior film censor for the British Board of Film Classification, trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, set up an NHS psychotherapy project for women in a Brixton council flat and had a private psychoanalytic practise before doing a 4th degree at UEA – the MA in creative writing.  Penguin has published Carol’s two novels, the first of which was long listed for the Orange Prize.  She is currently working on her third, set on death row in Louisiana. Alistair has been involved with Create for five years and became Chairman of our newly-formed Development Council in 2012.  He joins the board after a distinguished career at KPMG that spanned over 30 years, his final role being as one of three Global Vice Chairmen.  He acted as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 2005 to 2010 and was awarded a CMG in January 2011 New Year’s Honour’s list for services to the FCO.  He joined the Board of Prudential plc in January 2012 as a Non-Executive Director. Attracting two such exceptional people as Trustees is a real coup for Create as we come to the end of our most successful year to date.  I am thrilled that Alistair and Carol have joined the Board and am looking forward to working even more closely with them over the coming months and years.  Both have a deep belief in our mission of reaching out to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society and an outstanding breadth of experience.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Carol said: “I am thrilled to have been invited to join Create’s Board of Trustees at such an important and exciting time in the charity’s development.  I believe that everybody has a voice, though some are dampened or silenced. Since working as one of Create’s writers, I have watched with awe – sometimes with tears – as the voiceless tell their worlds something about themselves that was hitherto mute.  It’s a privilege to be with them as they discover a creativity they had barely thought possible and to begin to realise their worth.  Priceless.  As a Trustee, I look forward to bringing such experiences to bear on the governance of this incredible charity.” Alistair commented: “The Create team are an amazing group of people, contributing to the achievement of a fairer, more connected society by using the creative arts to help people, including some of the most disadvantaged in our community, achieve their potential. Having been involved with Create over the past five years, I know I will find acting as a Trustee enjoyable and fulfilling while trying to help Create achieve its own potential.” Nicky Goulder, Chief Executive