Governance Now: 'Championing Communities': Speaker Biographies

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Please find below links to the updated programme with further detail about the conference sessions, as well as speaker biographies. 

Kafayat Adegoke, Member, Creative Director of Art empathy and Curiosities (AEC) and ACE North Area Council Development Scheme

Kafayat is the Creative Director of Art empathy and Curiosities (AEC) whose work is often informed by academic research, in the mix with humane lived experience. She engages with bodies through a number of intersections. Across Live performances, Films, Exhibitions, and Public artwork. She approaches her cross-genre work as critical, and curatorial analysis, and uses her bare body as a vulnerable political tactic, where you submit to the will of the audience - to expose and overcome invisible codes of violence on the feminine body. Elaboration on topics of care, harm, healing, sex, and embodiment are encouraged.
 Her work has toured home and abroad including AB - Ancienne Belgique, Konstepidemin Göteborg, The Harbour in Bray. She has featured in social-impact campaign Ads across billboards, the Web, and on award-winning TV programmes on BBC 1, Channel 4, BBC 2. Kafayat is a Trustee of Ifa Yorùba Contemporary Arts Trust, PCC Church of England, sits on the Bradford Producing Hub; Creativity Council, and Yorkshire Producing Collective.

Keith Arrowsmith, Senior Partner (Legal), Counterculture Partnership LLP and Governance Associate, Clore Leadership

Keith qualified as a solicitor in 1995, and has worked in law firms in London, Manchester and Sheffield, building up a reputation for providing practical, cost effective legal advice in the arts, heritage, digital and media sectors. He is now head of the legal team at Counterculture, where he provides guidance and assistance on charity law, data protection, governance, intellectual property, business law, contracts and website law. He also contributes to workshops, planning days, talks, written reports and provides other bespoke guidance. He is co-author of the Clore Leadership publication Governance in the Arts and Museums: A Practical Guide. He is a member of the Charity Law Association, and is researching aspects of governance within the sector with Sheffield Hallam University. According to THE LEGAL 500, 2020 RANKINGS, the ‘patient, empathic and supportive’ Keith Arrowsmith leads an ‘informed, professional and easy to work with’ team.

Josie Bamford – Commissioning Director, Coventry City of Culture Trust 2021

Josie’s career started at the Roundhouse, London where she worked for 10 years as a Producer then Senior Producer. In that time, she developed and oversaw the Performing Arts Programme for 11 – 25 year olds, produced a number of pioneering main space productions that placed young people front and centre as well as working with high profile artists (Wayne McGregor, Penny Woolcock, Scottee) to create new work that played a key role in addressing social issues. From the Roundhouse, Josie took on the role of Strategic Producer at Gloucester Culture Trust and led the development of a strategic network of cultural organisations to support in delivering the city’s ambitious and bold cultural strategy. 

She is delighted to take on the role of Commissioning Director at Coventry City of Culture Trust to lead the organisation creatively through the next phase. The focus will be on city collaboration and partnership with long term strategic development of the city’s cultural sector and a commitment to communities, co-creation and green futures.

Emma- Jane Benning, Co-Artistic Director, Strike A Light

I've been with SAL since its inception almost 10 years ago. SAL has created a unique environment for me to grow, enabling me to become an arts leader in my own community - Gloucester, a Priority Place with a limited arts ecology.  We work with & for communities in Gloucester, alongside exceptional, diverse, nationally significant artists, to create events that people could never have imagined would happen in their city.

We are adopting a move away from Artistic Director led programming, aiming to create the opportunity for others to take up power and challenge systems using the arts as the vehicle.

Hilary Carty,Executive Director at Clore Leadership, Governor, The Royal Ballet 

Hilary Carty is the Executive Director at Clore Leadership. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant, facilitator and coach specialising in leadership development, management and organisational change. Rooted within the arts and cultural industries, Hilary drew on her creative acumen and experience to co-create bespoke interventions for an eclectic range of sectors and businesses. Hilary has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from three UK universities in recognition of her contribution to the arts, culture and heritage. She is a Governor of the Royal Ballet

Ri Chakraborty, Trustee, Norwich University of the Arts

Ri Chakraborty is a trained Broadcast Journalist, award-winning senior Executive Producer/Commissioner with global focus, 27 years' experience in TV, Film, Arts innovation, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society for arts, manufactures and commerce (RSA). Currently, Chair on the Trustees' Board of WizeUp Financial Education and twice-elected member of Governing Council at Norwich University of the Arts (Deputy Chair on both Nominations Committee and People Committee).

Ri oversees and advises on arts strategies; creative education, innovation, commissions productions in the EU/UK and exec produces across numerous large teams with global film/tv slates. As an Ambassador with the Digital Poverty Alliance, she helps advise on content strategy.

Gareth Coles, Director, Creative Lives Wales

Gareth Coles is the Wales Director of Creative Lives. Creative Lives is a charity that works across the UK and Ireland, and exists to celebrate, encourage and champion people expressing themselves creatively in their everyday lives and practising their creativity socially with other people.

Prior to joining Creative Lives, Gareth worked as a Senior Policy Officer for the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) in Cardiff. Previously he worked for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in London, and for the Community Fund. Gareth has an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Patrick Collier, Co-CEO and Executive Director, Access All Areas

Patrick is Executive Director and Co-CEO of Access All Areas, a company of learning disabled and autistic artists that create productions, train artists, promote inclusive leadership practice, and consult on access and inclusion for learning disabled and autistic talent across film, TV, and theatre.

As well as working as Executive Director of Access All Areas, Patrick has 12 years’ experience as a producer and director in theatre and dance, working with companies including Graeae Theatre, 201 Dance Company, British Council, Theatre Témoin, Theatre Re, Sparkle and Dark and others. 

Sarah Davies, Partnerships Director, Trustees Unlimited

Sarah Davies is Partnerships Director for Trustees Unlimited, with specific focus to deliver the Arts on Board programme which works across the arts charity sector to place new trustees on boards from the larger institutions to the smaller / mid scale arts organisations.  This includes striving to remove the barriers that prevent people from applying to become trustees and helping arts organisations to works towards better representation at board level and to support people with a wide range of skills and lived experience.

Sarah’s career spans 20 + years as a cultural leader across a range of contexts and organisations, from running international artist exchange programmes to advocating for an increase in creative workspace studio provision across the UK to board governance.

Sarah Derbyshire MBE, Chief Executive, Orchestra's Live

Sarah Derbyshire is Chief Executive of Orchestras Live. During her tenure, Sarah has championed Orchestras Live’s role as an innovative, inclusive co-producer. The organisation’s profile and reputation within and beyond the orchestral sector has been enhanced through award-winning programmes and projects engaging new audiences in communities that have suffered historic under-investment. 

Past roles include leading national organisations Live Music Now and the National Children’s Orchestras, and playing a founder role in local and regional organisations such as Pied Piper, NYMAZ and Jazz North with the aim to ensure equal access to inspirational and inclusive live performance in any genre.

Jade Foster, Curator and Trustee, Nottingham Contemporary

Jade Foster is a British curator and artist based in Nottingham and born in Sandwell in the West Midlands. They are a Trustee of Nottingham Contemporary, an international centre of contemporary art with a strong sense of local purpose. Alongside being a Trustee, they are a Fer-Garb Scholarship recipient studying MA History of Art at UCL.

As an independent and institutional curator, Foster has worked with artists such as SERAFINE1369, Carmen Argote, Mac Collins, Phoebe Collings-James, Nadia Huggins, Jade Montserrat, Ada M. Patterson, Maybelle Peters, and MADEYOULOOK (Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho).

Sarah Gee, Chair, Spitalfields Music

Sarah splits her time between Birmingham and East London, where she’s Chief Executive of Spitalfields Music, a charity running year-round music projects for the local community, an extensive creative leadership programme, and a highly-regarded festival each summer.  Alongside that, she runs NSG Productions, working with cultural organisations on organisational development and fundraising.  She is a regular trainer and speaker at conferences around the world, and has led events for the European Broadcasting Union, International Theatre Conference Japan, and Sibelius Academy in Finland. 

Sarah is a trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society, The Stringcredibles, and Motionhouse, and former trustee of BBC Performing Arts Fund and National Campaign for the Arts. 

Daisy Hale, Creative Director, The Hale and Trustee, Clore Leadership

Daisy Hale (they/them) is an award-winning independent producer of exciting performance artists and Creative Director of The Hale. The Hale produces and develops artists who have been traditionally ostracised from the mainstream, with a focus on Queer, Trans, Global Majority & Learning Disabled & Neurodivergent identities.

Daisy’s work is not bound by form and takes place in theatres, cabaret, clubs, digital and large-scale events and focuses on using fun and populism that often has a grassroots activism strand to have wider conversations about socio-political topics.

Daisy regularly facilitates for organisations including Clore, Soho Theatre, Yard Theatre, Stage One, NYT and Bradford Producing Hub. Daisy is an access consultant and disability equality trainer for arts organizations. They are also a trustee of ArtsAdmin and Clore Leadership. See more at:

Ruth Hogarth, Editor, Arts Professional

Ruth Hogarth is a journalist specialising in cultural policy. She is currently Editor of Arts Professional, the UK’s leading arts and culture journal for industry professionals, and an Honorary Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. 

She began her career as a theatre Stage Manager, then spent 20 years with the BBC World Service as a Producer, Presenter and Editor, before moving to academia where she was Director of Cultural Partnerships at King’s College London.

She is a trustee of Artichoke and the British American Drama Academy, and a member of the Steering Group for the Cultural Governance Alliance.

Euella Jackson, Co-Director, Rising Arts Agency
Euella is an award-winning presenter, content creator and creative producer based in the UK. Euella is also Co-Director at Rising Arts Agency, a dynamic, radical, youth-led social enterprise that advocates for young creative leaders.
In 2020, Euella was appointed a commissioner for the Commission for Race Equality for the City of Bristol and sits as the chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board. As a film-maker, she co-runs Fam Films Productions, an indie that specialises in telling diverse stories by a female-led team and is on the board of Encounters Short Film Festival - focusing on support for diverse, emerging film-making talent. 

Sukhy Johal MBE, Director of the Centre of Culture & Creativity & Arts Council Chair, Midlands Area [Keynote]

Sukhy Johal is the founding Director of the Centre, and is an all-round champion of the creative sector and creative thinking. He is passionate about the difference they make to lives and places., Sukhy, takes an entrepreneurial, cross-sector approach to developing  projects and strategic opportunities alike , and through the work of the centre, brings the University together with partners from across the cultural sector and beyond.

He has a background in supporting Social and Community Enterprises, he is a National Council Member and Midlands Area Chair for Arts Council England, and chairs numerous place based cultural programmes including Grimsby Creates, one of the four CDF DCMS pilot programmes and Transported the Lincolnshire Creative People Places Programme.

David Johnson, Director of Strategy and Programmes, Cause4

David Johnson joined Cause4 in March 2018 and is responsible for its large scale programmes of support for the cultural sector, including Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, and the Heritage Compass programme.  Before this, David was Head of Development at the Albany, an arts centre and social enterprise in Deptford, London, and was responsible for earned and raised income generation, partnership development and contract management for the organisation.

David sits on the Board of Babylon Arts in Ely and is a Non-Executive Director of West Midlands company, Powered by CAN. He sits on the Fenland Cultural Strategy Cultural Steering Group and is a full member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the RSA. 

Ayub Khan MBE, FRSA, Vice Chair, Birmingham Rep Theatre

Ayub Khan is head of libraries, heritage and culture for Warwickshire County Council. He is an active member of several national and international bodies representing arts and culture and is a board Member of Arts Council England (Midlands). He is a Fellow and past President of CILIP - the Library and Information Association. In 2013, Ayub was awarded an MBE for his services to Libraries and Communities.

Ayub’s interest extends to international development, with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion. He has worked on library developments for the British Council in several countries. He began his career in children’s service in Birmingham. Ayub is Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Birmingham Rep, and chairs its Inclusion and Relevance subcommittee. 

Prince Laryea, Founder Shift Coaching & Executive Producer, Avant Garde Dance

Prince is an experienced leadership coach and founder of Shift (, a coaching company working with senior leaders, artists and creative minds across the art, culture and entertainment sectors and supporting organisations to navigate change and maximise impact. Prince draws on 25-years of experience, and an eclectic career involving roles across the cultural, commercial and voluntary sectors, including 12-years fronting international touring hip-hop band, 29th-Chapter.

Prince is Executive Producer for Avant Garde Dance, one of the UK’s foremost black-led contemporary-dance theatre companies. He is also a sort after speaker, coach and facilitator, and recently joined Clore’s coaching and facilitating team.

Andrew Lovett OBE, Chief Executive, Black Country Living Museum, Dudley and Chair, Association of Museums [Keynote]

Andrew Lovett OBE has 30 years senior-level experience working across the museums, leisure, tourism, arts, heritage and protected landscape sectors, including 11 years working for the Lake District National Park. Andrew started his current role as Chief Executive of the multi-award-winning Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands in August 2009.

Since 2019, Andrew has chaired the Association of Independent Museums (with 1,250 members across the UK). In March 2022, he was elected Deputy Chair of the National Museum Directors’ Council, representing the UK’s national museums, alongside British Library, British Film Institute, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The National Archives, and 40 of the UK’s largest regional museums.

Andrew was appointed to Chair the West Midlands Tourism Board by Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor, in 2020. Andrew is Chair of the Dudley Towns Fund Board (a regeneration body), and Chair of West Midlands Arts Trust. In July 2022, he was appointed a Director of West Midlands Growth Company; a public-private-sector partnership charged with creating new jobs, attracting inward investment and encouraging tourism in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Ella McDonald, Trustee, FilmBath

Ella McDonald is a Bristolian filmmaker and was voted as one of Rife Magazine's 30-under-30 for 2022. Their work spans genres and reflects on concepts of gender, violence, sexuality, relationships and the LGBTQIA+ community. Wounds was commissioned by BBC Arts New Creatives and is currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer as part of the BBC Introducing: Dance programme. Presently, Ella works as a creative agency Producer and is on the Board of Directors for Film Bath.  

Dr Nick Merriman, Chief Executive, Horniman Museum and Gardens

Dr Nick Merriman has been Chief Executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London since May 2018. Previously he was Director of the Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester, and prior to that Reader in Museum and Heritage Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

He studied archaeology at Cambridge University and began his career as curator of prehistory at the Museum of London. He is Honorary Professor of Museum Studies at UCL and the University of Manchester, Chair of the Designation Panel of Arts Council England and Chair of the National Trust’s Collections and Interpretation Advisory Group. Among many other appointments has been President of the Council for British Archaeology, and Chair of ICOM UK. 

Professor Jonothan Neelands, Warwick Business School, Director of Research and Evaluation, Coventry City of Culture 2021

Jonothan Neelands is a National Teaching Fellow, Academic Director for Cultural Partnerships University of Warwick and Professor of Creative Education at Warwick Business School (WBS). Jonothan was Director of Study for the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value and Director of Research Projects for the Creative Industries Federation.

He has recently developed Joint Cultural Needs Assessment Guidelines for Arts Council England. He was the lead writer of the Coventry Cultural Strategy 2017-2027, contributed to Coventry’s successful bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and is now the Academic Lead for Research and Evaluation Coventry City of Culture Trust.

Charlotte Nicol, Associate Dean, School of Arts and Creative Industries, Teesside University

Charlotte is Associate Dean, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange at Teesside University and until recently she was Head of Culture for Middlesbrough Council.   She is passionate about the culture and the creative industries influencing and working collaboratively with other sectors including health and regeneration, ultimately influencing policy.  Last year she led a successful £5million partnership bid to the Cultural Development Fund in Middlesbrough to embed culture into the regeneration of the town, and developed a new South Tees Arts in health strategy for the region.  Charlotte’s background is working in the cultural sector both in programme and strategic management, she is a Clore fellow, and a fellow of the RSA.   

Selina Papa, Head of Engagement – London and South, Heritage Lottery Fund

Selina Papais a Head of Engagement for the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  Since joining in 2016 she has managed stakeholder engagement, partnerships, pre-application advice services, and tailored initiatives in its London and South area, with a focus on delivering investment against the Fund’s strategic priorities around inclusion, communities and place.  Since 2019 Selina has been delivering the evaluation of Heritage Fund’s current work in 13 Areas of Focus, or priority places, across the UK.

Keshena Partridge-Bowie, Co-Deputy Chair, The Play House

Keshena is co-deputy chair for The Play House, a Theatre in Education company, based in Birmingham. She joined the board in 2018 after completing a 'Young People on Arts Boards' training course, which was delivered at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Before this, she was a member of the Youth Steering Committee for youth engagement agency Beatfreeks, where she also gained valuable insight into, and training about, governance - in fact, this was where she first found out young people were even allowed to be board members!

Currently working as Youth Violence Prevention Programme Manager for Birmingham, Keshena is motivated by making a positive difference to her community, particularly for children and young people. She believes in listening to and empowering young people, so that they can help shape the world around them.

Bobsie Robinson, Vice Chair, Creative Lives

Bobsie has a wealth of experience working in local government where she started in education then into finance, community development and for the last 15 years or more in culture. She leads Cultural Services in Calderdale managing libraries, museums, theatres and strategy development.  Bobsie is passionate about communities and has a long history of working with ethnically diverse communities and is a trustee on a couple of arts organisations championing diversity and inclusion. As a trustee and Vice Chair of Creative Lives, Bobsie is also involved with the finance and HR sub groups.

Charlene Salter, Co-Chair and Associate Artist, Access All Areas

Charlene is a humble and fun loving person, a black woman and member of the LGBTQ+ community. She loves to challenge people’s perceptions of learning disability and autism, as a learning disabled person herself. 
For Access All Areas, Charlene currently sits as co-chairperson of the board of trustees, whilst also being an Associate Artist, writer, facilitator, and consultant.
Charlene’s most recent work was ‘The Interrogation’ (2020-21), an innovative app-based show commissioned by The Lowry, co-written with Shaun Dunne, and co-created with Access All Areas, for which Charlene also provided most of the audio performance. This interactive audio production challenged audiences to question the causes of criminality, the ableism of language, and the feeling of being judged as a learning disabled person.  
In 2020 she was appointed to join the #FreelanceTaskForce where she joined other freelancers sponsored by arts organisations; together they worked to strengthen the influence of freelancers in deciding the future of theatre. In 2022, she joined Battersea Arts Centre’s artist sub-group, advising the board of trustees. 

Linda Saunders, Trustee, Midlands Arts Centre

Linda has twenty years of leadership roles in the cultural sector including as Managing Director of The Public in West Bromwich and Strategic Director of DanceXchange, the dance development agency for the West Midlands and producers of Birmingham International Dance Festival.

Linda now works as a freelance arts management consultant. She supports small arts organisations and independent artists with pragmatic and practical advice on achieving their vision as a sustainable business – business planning, fundraising, generating income, evaluation, governance, risk management, organisational and team development.

She is currently a Board member at Midlands Arts Centre, Millennium Point, Rogue Play and Jaivant Patel Dance.

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England [Keynote]

Nicholas Serota has been Chair of Arts Council England since February 2017 and is a member of the Board of the BBC. He is currently Chair of the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education.

He was Director of Tate between 1988 and 2017.  During this period Tate opened Tate St Ives (1993) and Tate Modern (2000 & 2016), redefining the Millbank building as Tate Britain (2000).   Tate also developed its national role by creating partnerships with regional galleries across the UK in the Plus Tate network. Between 2008 and 2017 he led the work on ‘Greening Museums’ for the Bizot Group of international museums.

Robin Simpson, Chief Executive, Creative Lives

Since 2005 Robin has been Chief Executive of Creative Lives, the UK and Republic of Ireland charity which champions community and volunteer-led creative activity, and works to improve opportunities for everyone to be creative. Creative Lives works with communities, policy-makers, funders and creative individuals to improve and expand the landscape in which creative participation can take place. Before joining Creative Lives Robin was Deputy Chief Executive of Making Music – the national umbrella body for amateur music making. Robin is Chair of Peterborough Presents, the Creative People & Places Consortium and was a founding Trustee of Luminate – Scotland's creative ageing organisation. 

Moira Sinclair OBE, Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Chair, Clore Leadership

Moira Sinclair OBE is Chief Executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, an independent grant maker whose vision is for a just society in which everyone, especially young people, can realise their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. In 2020/2021, PHF made £39m grants to organisations and individuals working in the arts, in cultural education, in migration and integration, and in giving young people voice. 

Moira is Chair of Clore Leadership and Chair of the London Mayor’s Cultural Strategy Board. She is also a member of the British Library Advisory Council and of the Investment Committee for the Arts & Culture Impact Fund. In late 2021, she became a Visiting Leadership Fellow at Exeter University Centre for Leadership.

Thanh Sinden, Director, Hoa Lotus and Session Chair, Museum Detox

Thanh is Director of Hoa Lotus and Chief Advisor to organisations who want to develop EDI awareness, create a culture of respect for every individual, and develop positive impact for audiences and communities. Her role includes consultancy, organisational development, coaching and mentoring for Boards and leadership teams on culture change programmes.

Thanh has a strong track record of helping organisations build and develop teams to maximise their impact. Thanh works with teams to create EDI vision and purpose in a strategic way, turning plans into actions for a more inclusive sector.

Prue Skene CBE, Chair of Cardboard Citizens and Governance Associate, Clore Leadership

Prue is Chair of Cardboard Citizens and trustee of the Nureyev Foundation. She has led major performing companies (Ballet Rambert and English Shakespeare Company) as CEO and set up a Fellowship programme for the Arts Foundation before becoming a freelance consultant.

Her non-executive appointments have included President of the Theatrical Management Association, a non-executive Director of the Royal United Hospital NHS Trust and Bath Theatre Royal, and Chair of Rambert Dance Company, the Arvon Foundation and Free Word. From 1992-2000, she chaired the Arts Council of England’s Dance and Lottery Panels. She was awarded a CBE in 2000 for services to the arts.   

Prue initiated a Board Development programme for the Clore Leadership Programme, of which she remains Lead Governance Associate, and facilitates governance sessions for many cultural organisations. 

Ammo Talwar, MBE, CEO, Punch Records & Chair, UK Music Diversity Taskforce

Music entrepreneur Ammo Talwar started life selling vinyl at his specialist record shop, which became a local hub for DJs and artists.  His leadership and vision built Punch into an award-winning music agency; working internationally and in partnership with leading private and public sector companies to support music and innovation. He received an MBE for contributions to music.

A recipient of the International Cultural leadership award, Ammo’s professional acumen is in demand by organisations facing both new business opportunities and challenges. Currently Chairman of UK Music Diversity Taskforce he recently helped shape and lead on the innovative 10 Point Plan to rebalance the UK diversity deficit. He is also a BPI Council Board member, NED for Sound City and sits on the Mayor's Cultural Leadership Board.

Nicola Turner MBE, Director of Legacy, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games [Keynote]

Nicola Turner MBE is Director of Legacy for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the largest sports and culture event ever to have been staged in the West Midlands. She also leads the Games’ official legacy charity, United By 2022.

Since May 2020, Nicola’s job is to ensure the people, businesses and institutions in the region gain the maximum benefit from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. She has been responsible for aligning and galvanising the Games partners to create a lasting legacy. Nicola has led the planning and delivery of all legacy programmes including jobs and skills, volunteering, participation of schools and young people, improving physical activity and wellbeing, civic pride, community cohesion, sustainability and social value. In July 2022 her team published an update on legacy which can be downloaded here

Tom Walters, Head of Research, Data and Insight, National Lottery Heritage Fund

Tom Walters is the Head of Research, Data and Insight at the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  Since joining in 2019 he has led his team’s research into topics such as sustainability, place and inclusion in heritage and provided analysis in support of the Cultural Recovery Fund and Green Recovery Challenge Fund.  Previously Tom managed an operational research and data team at the RNLI for 7 years and worked as an economist in the Department for Education.  He holds a Masters in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics. 

Tim Wheeler, Independent Arts Consultant

Tim is an independent arts consultant and award-winning performance maker. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Worcester. 

His primary research interests are developing international dialogue through the arts, D/deaf disability and neurodivergent arts and cross-sectoral inclusive practice. He has an interest in creating work through personal experiences of trauma. 

Tim is co-founder of and, between 1988 and 2014, was Artistic Director and joint CEO of Mind the Gap (UK), a theatre company that works with learning disabled and non-disabled artists. His version of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men won the Stage/TMA award for Outstanding Achievement in Regional Theatre in 2002. In the 1990s, he collaborated with Augusto Boal to make Theatre of the Oppressed accessible to learning disabled artists in the UK.

Anna Williams FCA DChA, COO, Birmingham Royal Ballet

I have worked in the performing arts and charitable sector since 1994 after training and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and am presently Chief Operating Officer of Birmingham Royal Ballet one of the world’s leading ballet companies.  Much of my work has focussed on change and transformation to ensure long-term organisational resilience and sustainability. This includes the importance and challenges of governance and in the not for profit sector.

I am a director of The Young Vic and was vice-president of UK Theatre for six years until 2019.   I was one of the founding directors of Culture Central, a collective voice and development agency for culture and the creative industries in Birmingham and the wider region.  Other non-executive roles have included The Drum Arts Centre, Bath Festivals and the Charity Sector Committee of ICAEW.

I am passionate advocate for the value and contribution of the arts and creativity to individuals, communities and cities and the importance of a successful and vibrant arts economy.

Sipho Ndlovu, Performance Artist

Sipho Eric Ndlovu is a Birmingham based performance artist, writer, facilitator and producer. Working within education, academia and disability Arts, Sipho aims to create inclusive spaces as an advocate for arts & culture.

Instagram: @siphoericndlovu

Freya Gosling, Project Team, Governance Now, Programmes Coordinator (Engagement), Clore Leadership

Freya joined Clore Leadership in August 2019 as Administrator and is now Programmes Coordinator (Engagement).

She proactively supports the delivery, coordination and management of a dynamic range of Clore Leadership programmes and activities, with a focus on governance, impact assessment, digital engagement and communications. 

Freya joined the team after working in events management for five years at various not for profit, cultural and commercial environments such as the Science Museum, The O2 and Somerset House Trust.

Tamana Kaur Gulati, Conference Producer

Tam is a freelance project manager, host, and facilitator. She works with organisations to create capacity within teams and key projects. She is also trained as a Learning and Development professional and her work has a keen focus in D&I.

Prior to this, Tam worked as the Leadership Programme Coordinator at Coventry City of Culture Trust – focusing on creating a programme for sector leaders with a place-based practice approach, in a co-created manner.

Tam has a Leadership Development qualification from the ILM and has also worked on programmes such as Charityworks and has managed communication functions for a leading healthcare and education organisation. She acts as a mentor through the Sutton Trust and is a lived experience healthcare leader with The University of Birmingham’s DAISy-PCOS project. Creatively, Tam is a Bhangra and Salsa Dancer in addition to being a spoken word poet. Tam is from Coventry and has a first-class degree from Warwick University and an MA in Law from the University of Law.

Jonathan Mayes, Project Team, Governance Now, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Impact, Clore Leadership

Jonathan joined Clore Leadership in March 2020. His career began with positions at the Cheltenham and Bath Festivals before moving to the USA, where he worked in the management team of both the Chicago and Pittsburgh Symphonies.

Returning to the UK in 2008, he worked in producing roles at the Barbican and Southbank Centre prior to six years at Arts Council England. During his time at ACE he led on policy and investment strategy for orchestras as well as participating in the the Clore Emerging Leaders programme. He was Director of Residencies and Regional Programme with the Philharmonia Orchestra from 2016-2020.

Margaret Harrison, Head of Programmes, Association of Independent Museums

Margaret is Head of Programmes for the Association of Independent Museums. She is responsible for AIM’s support to members including grant programmes, training, events, advice and guidance. Margaret manages AIM’s governance programme which offers dedicated support, practical guidance and help for boards, developed with colleagues and experts from across the sector. She has spent 30 years working in museums of all shapes and sizes.