The National Youth Arts Trust is extraordinarily fortunate to have the enthusiastic support of inspirational patrons drawn from theatre, television, film, music, dance and politics who recognise the need for this charity and offer their help in a variety of ways.
Frances Barber
Hugh Bonneville
Stephen Conway, Lord Bishop of Ely
Imogen Cooper CBE
Brian Cox
Louise Delamere
Robert Delamere
Sir Jeremy Dixon
Christopher Eccleston
John Godber
Sir Nicholas Hytner
Sir Derek Jacobi
Gary Kemp
David Lammy MP
Denis Lawson
Adrian Lester OBE
Phyllida Lloyd CBE
Alistair McGowan
Ewan McGregor OBE
Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall
Stephen Mangan
David Morrissey
Michael Nunn
Jonjo O'Neill
Neil Pearson
Grayson Perry CBE
Philippa Perry
Arlene Phillips CBE
Julia Somerville OBE
William Trevitt
Arabella Weir
Samuel West

The National Youth Arts Trust was founded in May 2013 in response to the growing crisis in funding for performing arts education in the UK.

We believe that the performing arts should represent their audience, and be created by all of society not just by the few. The arts need to examine the entirety of human experience, not just a small section.
The current economic climate means that it is becoming increasingly difficult, and often impossible, for children and young people from non-privileged backgrounds to find expression, a voice and in many cases a career in the performing arts. Our aim is to provide access to dance, music and drama to those young people between the ages of 7 and 25.
The UK has been recognised throughout the world for centuries for its extraordinary prowess in the performing arts. We believe that by nurturing future talent, wherever it is, the National Youth Arts Trust will play a part in ensuring that our global pre-eminence continues through future generations.


Ruth O’Brien: Director of Operations
Sarah Abdel-Qader: Administration Assistant


Fiona Laird: Fiona is an award-winning theatre director and writer whose work has been seen at many of Britain’s top theatres including The National Theatre, The Old Vic, The Royal Court, the Welsh National Opera, the Sheffield Crucible, the Menier Chocolate Factory, the Nottingham Playhouse and the Royal Festival Hall, as well as in the West End, and in Europe and the USA. She founded the National Youth Arts Trust in 2013 in response to the growing crisis in funding for education in the performing arts.


Our Board of Trustees represents a broad range of expertise and experience across several sectors, most notably the arts, education and business.
Jo Cottrell
Ken Kelly
Joanna Kennedy (Chair)
Fiona Laird (Founder)
Gemma Lloyd
Fiona Millar (Vice-Chair)
Nancy Wilde
Gillan RG Wilson (Treasurer)

Some of the highlights of the National Youth Arts Trust’s calendar are the fundraising and hospitality events hosted by its patrons for friends and supporters of the charity, as well as sponsors and corporate partners.