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Executive team

The executive team is responsible for strategic development and  leading all aspects of the work of City Lit. They work to ensure the high quality of  teaching and learning, delivering an outstanding student experience and implement the strategic and policy decisions of the Board of Governors.

Mark Malcomson CBE  

Principal and Chief Executive

Mark took over as Principal and Chief Executive of City Lit in June 2011. Mark was previously Director of London Business School, 2007-11 and prior to that President of the New York Institute of Finance. 

"My course choice would be: singing, to see if I am really as tone deaf as everyone tells me I am." 


Liora Ives 

Vice Principal 

Liora joined City Lit in 1999, having worked in marketing and communications in the education, voluntary and private sectors. Liora has led marketing, student services, student experience and new programme development at City Lit. She is a fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing. 

"My course choice would be: screenprinting and training to run a half marathon."    


Brian Watts 

Vice Principal

Brian has led human resources, staff development and payroll since 1999; prior to this he worked in human resources in the hotel industry. Brian is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

"My course choice would be: Life drawing of a super hero."

Peter Moore

Assistant Principal

Peter joined City Lit in 2002 as a Senior Head of Programme and has worked in higher education, further education and adult education. Other employment has included music journalism and Merchandising Manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

"My choice of course would be the accordion - an instrument of the street." 

Kate Wickham

Assistant Principal

Kate Joined City Lit in 1987. Since then she has done a number of jobs for the organisation including being a Tutor Coordinator, Head of Programme in Visual Arts, and Head of Faculty for both Performing and Visual Arts. She is founder and head of the Ceramics Diploma course at City Lit, and is a practising artist.

"My course choice would be – Contemporary painting studio"


Paul Evans

Chief Financial Officer

Paul joined City Lit in September 2013, initially as Director of Finance and Estates. Paul trained as an accountant with the National Audit office and since qualifying in 2001 has held a number of Finance Director posts within the not-for-profit and Government sector. His previous position was with the UK’s national anti-doping agency where he had responsibility for finance, human resources, business planning, risk management and premises management. He also taught accounting at BPP training college. 

"My course choice would be garden design."


Phil Chamberlain

Executive Director External Relations 

Phil has extensive knowledge of the policy and communications world. He began his career in the Civil Service, working initially for the Northern Ireland Office and ultimately as Private Secretary for three different Sports Ministers. In 2001 he joined the New Opportunities Fund (NOF). When NOF merged with the Community Fund and the Millennium Commission in 2004 to create the Big Lottery Fund, Phil was made Head of Programme Policy and Development. Between 2008 and 2010 he worked for Legacy Trust UK, where he was responsible for strategy and external relations. He joined Youth Sport Trust as Policy and Communications Director in 2010, becoming External Relations Director in 2014. Phil will lead on all areas of external relations and hold overall responsibility for delivering City Lit's strategic objective to strengthen stakeholder engagement and to increase revenue generation through both fundraising and the cultivation of closer business links.

“My course choice would be writing for children – to help me keep up with all the crazy characters my kids create in their imagination on a daily basis.”