Welcome to a Real Art School
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City & Guilds of London Art School has been operating as an independent not-for-profit Higher Education provider with charitable status since 1971.

The Art School’s educational activities are governed by the Board of Trustees of the City and Guilds of London Art School Limited.

The Board of Trustees of the Art School has a number of committees including: Nominations Committee; Audit & Risk Committee; Remunerations Committee; Site & Environment Sub-Committee; and Academic Board. Further details on the Art School’s governance infrastructure can be found in our Management and Governance Handbook (‘How We Work’).

Alongside the Art School charity is a sister charity, the City and Guilds Art School Property Trust, that owns and manages the buildings and the masterplan development project. A Joint Development Advisory Working Group assists both charities and includes Trustees from both charities.

TRUSTEES OF CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON ART SCHOOL LIMITED

Company No. 07817519
Charity No. 1144708

Andrew Allen QC Andrew is an employment and discrimination barrister with a practice based in London at Outer Temple Chambers. He is a former Deputy Director of the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at SOAS, University of London; and a former Research Professor of the University of Utah Law School.

Laurence Benson (Deputy Chair) Laurence has over 20 years’ experience leading professional and administrative services in higher education, having held senior positions in the multi-faculty, worldleading universities of Oxford and King’s College London, and more specialist institutions such as the University of Roehampton and St. George’sUniversity of London.

Nina Bilbey (Staff Trustee 2019-21) Nina is the Senior Stone Carving Tutor at the Art School and an architectural sculptor. She is a Fine Art Sculpture graduate of Central St Martins School of Art, London, and studied teaching at Leeds University; teaching Art and Ceramics to children and adults for ten years. She holds an advanced qualification in stone masonry, having become an NVQ Assessor after working and teaching in the industry for many years.

Jamie Bill (Chair) Having spent over 30 years in publishing at the Hearst Corporation and Condé Nast, both in Europe and the US, Jamie went on to work as a director of the London Design Festival and Design Biennale. He has previously been a Governor at the University of the Arts London.

Dr Virginia Brooke Virginia’s professional career was spent as a management consultant providing board-level advice on business strategy, business transformation, and digital/IT strategy for clients in the finance and central government sectors. Virginia has now retired and is a non-executive director and mentor. She has a doctorate in systems engineering from Somerville College, Oxford. Virginia is a Governor of the Central School of Ballet and has also been a member of Council of Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is passionate about the arts and keen to ensure that today’s young talent has the opportunity to realise their potential and so champions higher education in the performing and visual arts. She is herself a practising artist.

Dr Caroline Campbell Caroline was appointed a Trustee of the Art School in January 2018. She is Director of Collections and Research at the National Gallery. Born and educated in Northern Ireland, she has lived in Kennington for over a decade. In her museum career, Caroline has curated exhibitions across the range of Western art, from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century, with a particular focus on Renaissance Italy.

Gabriel Gbadamosi Gabriel is a poet and playwright. His London novel Vauxhall won the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize and Best International Novel at the Sharjah Book Fair. He was a creative writing Fellow at Cambridge University and AHRC Creative Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is founding Editor of WritersMosaic for the Royal Literary Fund. 

Martin Hatfull Martin is a former British diplomat (Minister to Japan; Ambassador to Indonesia and ASEAN) and Director of International Public Affairs at Diageo plc. He served on board of UK-India and UK-ASEAN Business Councils; and is currently advisor to a global public affairs company, Chair of Anglo-Indonesian Society, and Deputy Chair of the Japan Society.

James Kelly James has a long association with business and the arts. Prior to his semiretirement he was a director of Science Limited, which managed the affairs and business activities of contemporary artist Damien Hirst. During his time at Science, he played a key role in projects such as the creation of Newport Street, Hirst’s gallery, which won the 2016 Stirling Prize for UK’s best building. He also was involved in significant elements of the artist’s epic Treasures exhibition that opened to acclaim in 2016. James retired from full time employment with Science and now provides commercial and strategic advice to businesses within the art world through his consultancy. He acts as a Non-Executive Director to a number of businesses including Bonhams auction house. Previously, he spent more than 20 years as a partner at the international chartered accountants, Rawlinson & Hunter, where his clients included a number of artists, galleries, auction houses and other art related businesses.

Tamiko O’Brien (Ex Officio Trustee & Principal) Tamiko studied Fine Art BA (Hons) at North East London Polytechnic and graduated with an MA in Sculpture from Chelsea College of Art, London in 1988. She joined City & Guilds of London Art School in 2014 after 28 years of working in Higher Arts Education in a number of institutions, including the University of the Arts London. She has worked as a Fine Art tutor, course leader and head of school as well as more senior positions as associate dean and associate professor. Tamiko has been involved in pedagogic research projects, including pro-bono work with the European League of Institutes of the Arts and as the founding chair of the Fine Art European Forum.

Michael Osbaldeston Michael is currently the Senior Adviser at City & Guilds Institute and has a background in branding and corporate identity, stakeholder engagement and partnership development.

Professor Jane Rapley OBE Jane was formerly the Head of the College of Art and Design at Central Saint Martins, during which time she orchestrated the development and relocation to the new campus at Kings Cross. She also served as Head of Fashion and Textiles for nearly two decades, helping to launch designers such as Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, and is now Professor Emerita. She was made an Honorary Fellow of Musashino University, Tokyo in 2009 and was awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education in 2001. She is widely respected for her expertise in art higher education.

Tina Roe (Student Trustee & Chair of Students 2021/22) Tina recently graduated from City & Guilds of London Art School with a first class honours degree and won the 2021 Sculpture prize. Following a degree at the University of York in the 1990s, she worked as a civil servant in a busy Parliamentary Business Unit at Westminster, before working in strategy management for local government both in Hertfordshire and the East of England. Tina subsequently worked as a self-employed Management Consultant for many years before changing direction to pursue her love of art.

James Roundell James is the Director, Impressionist & Modern Art at Dickinson. James served as Chairman of the Society of London Art Dealers (2011-2014) and more recently as Vice-Chairman of Pictures at TEFAF Maastricht (2005-2018).

Professor Elizabeth Rouse OBE Elizabeth is Professor Emerita at the University of the Arts London following her retirement from the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor. She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fashion and Retail Awards, Vice Chair of Governors at the Fashion Retail Academy, and a governor at the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts. Elizabeth was awarded an OBE in 2014 after a thirty-five year career in arts education.

Alex Stitt Alex is Director of Commercial, Digital & Exhibitions at Victoria and Albert Museum, having joined the V&A in April 2014 to lead the newly formed Commercial & Digital Development Department. He has a track record as a successful entrepreneur in the publishing and digital industries. In 2007 he founded iAnnounce, which went on to lead a digital revolution in family notices throughout the European local and regional press. He sold this business in 2013. Prior to that he held senior management positions at Telegraph Media Group, News UK Ltd and Bertelsmann. He has an MBA from INSEAD, an English Literature degree from Oxford University, and an Arsenal season ticket.

Ben Tucker Ben has over twenty years’ experience in executive search and leadership services, focused on organisations with a social mission. He worked for over seven years with both Saxton Bampfylde and then Heidrick and Struggles, where he was Partner in the Education and Social Enterprise Practice, prior to co-founding Minerva. His experience includes advising on the senior appointments in a range of sectors, as well as governance review and other leadership services. Ben studied Classics and English at Keble College, Oxford, and then undertook an MSc in Organisational Behaviour at Birkbeck, University of London. Outside of work, he is the leader of a garage rock band.

Company Secretary: Wesley Schol (Head of Academic Affairs & Quality)

TRUSTEES OF CITY AND GUILDS ART SCHOOL PROPERTY TRUST

Company No. 992490
Charity No. 312871

John Taylor MBE (Chair)
Humphrey Carey
Aidan Crawshaw
Brendan Finucane
Heather Hilburn
William Parente CBE
Sir Alan Yarrow

Company Secretary: Magnus von Wistinghausen (Director of the Property Trust)

MEMBERS OF THE JOINT DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY WORKING GROUP

Anne Beckwith-Smith LVO Anne retired at the end of 2014 from Tate, having worked as Head of Campaigns in the Development Office since late 1990, with particular responsibility for Tate’s capital campaigns.  After the opening of Tate Modern in May 2000, Anne undertook a part-time joint honours BA degree in History and History of Art at University College London. Prior to joining Tate, Anne was Assistant Private Secretary and Lady in Waiting to Diana, Princess of Wales from 1981-1990, but continuing in a part time capacity until the summer of 1997. Anne has also worked at the Arts Council (Exhibitions Department) and Sothebys (British Paintings Department). Anne is also Chair of Roche Court Educational Trust, a Trustee of Salisbury Museum, a Trustee of The Foundling Museum and is on the Advisory Board to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. 

Dr Caroline Campbell Caroline was appointed a Trustee of the Art School in January 2018. She is Director of Collections and Research at the National Gallery. Born and educated in Northern Ireland, she has lived in Kennington for over a decade. In her museum career, Caroline has curated exhibitions across the range of Western art, from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century, with a particular focus on Renaissance Italy.

Patricia Castanha (Advisor) Patricia is a fundraising management consultant with a wealth of experience in both revenue and capital fundraising, primarily in the arts and heritage sectors. She had ten years in the fundraising teams of English National Opera, Aldeburgh Festival (now Snape Maltings), Tate and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by a move into consultancy. Her clients since then comprise national and regional performing and visual arts organisations, as well as heritage institutions. In addition to the Art School, clients have included: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Royal Academy of Arts, London Symphony Orchestra, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Lambeth Palace Library, Chelsea Physic Garden, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust, the Illuminated River Foundation, YCAT (Young Concert Artists Trust) and St John’s Smith Square. 

Brendan Finucane (Chair) Brendan was a Trustee of Tate Members and the Council of British Museum Friends for over a decade. He was also a Trustee of Paintings in Hospitals. He was a Director of Artlaw Services, an organisation giving free legal advice to artists, a Director of Fine Art Journals Ltd which published Modern Painters, and a director of the East 73rd Gallery Ltd, a gallery set up to show the work of young contemporary artists. Brendan was a DACS Board Member from 2010 until 2016. He was a Trustee of Pallant House Gallery, a Member of the Council of the Royal Academy and Chair of the Ethics Advisory Group of the Royal Academy. He is a member of the Finance Committee of the Art Fund, Chair of the Art Fund Art Partners, a member of the Development Boards of Somerset House and Pallant House Gallery, a Member of the RA Schools Committee, a Trustee of the Warburg Charitable Trust of the Warburg Institute, a Trustee of Barts Heritage Trust and the 900th Anniversary Committee, and a Trustee of the Art 360 Foundation. 

James Kelly James has a long association with business and the arts. Prior to his semiretirement he was a director of Science Limited, which managed the affairs and business activities of contemporary artist Damien Hirst. During his time at Science, he played a key role in projects such as the creation of Newport Street, Hirst’s gallery, which won the 2016 Stirling Prize for UK’s best building. He also was involved in significant elements of the artist’s epic Treasures exhibition that opened to acclaim in 2016. James retired from full time employment with Science and now provides commercial and strategic advice to businesses within the art world through his consultancy. He acts as a Non-Executive Director to a number of businesses including Bonhams auction house. Previously, he spent more than 20 years as a partner at the international chartered accountants, Rawlinson & Hunter, where his clients included a number of artists, galleries, auction houses and other art related businesses.

Matthew Turnbull Matthew began his career working in marketing for English National Ballet and then for the Almeida Theatre, where he worked on fundraising campaigns to restore the theatre’s Islington home as well as to create a temporary space in a former bus depot in King’s Cross. He spent six years working for a marketing events agency with clients including the BBC, Bloomberg, Armani, Mercedes Benz and the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation before becoming Senior Marketing Manager at the Caprice restaurant group in 2009. In 2012 Matthew joined Mountview as Marketing Director and in 2014 his role grew to that of Commercial Director responsible for communications, marketing and business development, including hires and commercial tenant, for the company. 

Wilf Weeks OBE Wilf was a Public Affairs Consultant and co-founder of GJW Government Relations. Before that he was Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Edward Heath. Wilf has held a number of voluntary positions including Chairman of the Friends of the Tate, Trustee and Chair of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Trustee of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Trustee of the Trust for London. He is currently a Trustee of the Prison Advice and Care Trust, Gainsborough House, Chair of Spitalfield’s Music, Trustee of the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust and Governor of The Charterhouse, London.

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