Advisory Group

Jennifer Tuckett: Jennifer Tuckett is Director of the University Women of the Arts mentoring scheme. Jennifer is also Director at Writers at Work Productions and has a particular interest in developing new models of training for writers and students. This has included creating Flaking Out, a pilot project for teaching writing for radio drama with BBC Radio Drama North, co-running InSecurity, a project on writing for online drama with BBC Writersroom, co-organising the BBC Writersroom MediaCity Masterclass series and creating the UK’s first formally industry partnered MA in Playwriting with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Octagon Theatre Bolton.


Jennifer has an MFA in Playwriting from Yale School of Drama, an MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded the first distinction in the eight year history of the course, and a BA (Hons) in English from Cambridge University.


Jennifer has also worked extensively in the UK and US as a writer and producer including co-founding The Alligators, the North West sister group of The Antelopes group for professional playwrights, and creating The Alligator Club, a year long investigation of new writing in the North West run in partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Theatre by the Lake, The Dukes Lancaster and The Arts Organisation Liverpool.


Her awards as a writer and producer include being the joint winner of the Old Vic New Voices Theatre 503 Award for her play “I am a Superhero”, being the winner of the International Student Playscript Competition and the International Playwriting Festival, and being a finalist for the Adrienne Benham Award for writing for young audiences and the O’Neill Festival. Her plays have been produced at numerous theatres including the Old Vic Theatre, Theatre 503, Royal Exchange Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and, in the US, at the Flea Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, New York Stage and Film and Williamstown Festival amongst others. Her film, television and radio work includes work with the BBC, Poisson Rouge Pictures, Vision and Media (now Creative England) and the UK Film Council. She develops theatre, film, television, digital media and radio projects as Director of Writers at Work.


Jennifer was a finalist for the Women of the Future Arts and Culture Award in 2014.



Pinky Lilani: Pinky Lilani CBE DL is a food guru, author, motivational speaker and internationally acclaimed champion for women. She is the force behind the annual Women of the Future Awards, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, The Ambassadors programme, The Inspirational Women’s Network and the Women of the Future summit.


CEO of Spice Magic, she runs team building days around the theme of Indian cookery for some of the major corporates.


She is an associate fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford.   A Patron of DIL, the Westminster Society and Frank Water. She is an Ambassador for The Tiffany Circle of the British Red Cross and Girl Guiding UK.


A member of the board of Global Diversity Practice and on the Court of Brunel University. Pinky makes regular media appearances and is a keynote speaker at international conferences and at educational institutions. Winner of several awards she is listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour and was named by GQ magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women networkers in the UK.



Lucy Kerbel: Lucy Kerbel is the Director of Tonic Theatre and an award-winning theatre director.


Having begun her career as Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and English Touring Theatre, Lucy went on to direct a range of classics, new writing and productions for younger audiences. It was while directing around the UK that Lucy became interested in the question of gender equality in theatre. She recognised that the industry would need better support if it were to achieve greater balance in its workforces and repertoires and so in 2011, with the support of the National Theatre and Royal Opera House’s Step Change scheme, Lucy founded Tonic Theatre to go some way towards achieving this.


In addition to directing and her work with Tonic, Lucy does consultancy, lecturing, and works extensively in theatre education. Her first book, 100 Great Plays for Women is published by Nick Hern Books.


Lucy was a finalist for the Women of the Future Arts and Culture Award in 2014.


The advisory group is assisted by assistant producers Sarah Dutton, Rachel Combe and Jennifer Brewer.