John Kampfner (Chair)
Author, broadcaster and commentator
'I am delighted to be joined by a remarkable team of trustees, which includes exceptional local and national figures. Each brings with them specific skills that will provide strong and professional oversight for the organisation.'
John Kampfner is Adviser to Google on freedom of expression and culture. He is an author, broadcaster and commentator specialising in UK politics, international affairs, media and human rights issues.
From Sept 2008 until March 2012 he was Chief Executive of Index on Censorship, one of the world's leading free expression organisations. In late 2009 Index launched a successful campaign to change UK libel laws.
He began his career as a foreign correspondent with the Daily Telegraph, first in East Berlin where he reported on the fall of the Wall and the unification of Germany, and then in Moscow at the time of the collapse of Soviet Communism. He went on to become Chief Political Correspondent at the FT and political commentator for the BBC's Todayprogramme.
As Editor of the New Statesman from 2005-2008, he took the magazine to 30 year circulation highs. He was the British Society of Magazine Editors Current Affairs Editor of the Year in 2006.
Head, Art on the Underground
Tamsin is Head of Art on the Underground, the art programme for London Underground. Over a number of years she has commissioned and presented contemporary art exhibitions, projects and publications across a range of contexts. She has been at Art on the Underground since 2003, developing its significant reputation for the opportunities it provides for artists to make new work and for millions of Tube travellers to encounter art.
Tamsin is a London Regional Arts Council member, and also is on the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group.
Francis Fitzgibbon QC
Francis Fitzgibbon is a criminal lawyer and Immigration Judge.
Laura studied at Bath Academy of Art (1978-82) and at Chelsea School of Art (1982-83). Soft fabrics, materials and found objects usually make up Ford's work, creating figures from the imagination or fantasy. They have an uncanny feel about them as if they are somehow plunged into a world of nightmare or adult struggle.
She was included in the British Art Show 5, 2000, and represented Wales in the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Solo shows include Camden Arts Centre; Arnolfini, Bristol, the Royal Scottish Academy and Turner Contemporary, touring to the Economist Plaza in 2007. Her work is represented in many public collections including the Government Art Collection and Tate.
Partners, Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners
Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners is an integrated urbanism practice covering planning, masterplanning, consultation and urban design. Helen has expertise in the regeneration of coastal towns and was a Specialist Adviser to the Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry on Coastal Towns in 2006 and has written on the role of the historic environment in the regeneration of coastal towns on behalf of English Heritage. She is currently Project Director for the Sustainable Cities project which Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners is developing is developing in partnership with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). Helen divides her time her time living in London and Margate.
Chief Executive, British Library
Roly Keating took up the post of Chief Executive at the British Library in September 2012. Before joining the British Library Roly worked at the BBC, most recently as the Director of Archive Content with editorial leadership for the BBC’s online services, including BBC iPlayer. He was also responsible for the development and implementation of the BBC’s strategy to increase digital access to its archives. Roly’s former positions at the BBC include Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four. Roly Keating is also a member of the Barbican Centre Board.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Evelyn grew up there and in Bogotá, Colombia, before finishing her Abitur in Germany. With a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, she completed her Bachelor of Arts, Hons, Summa Cum Laude at New York University in Comparative Literature. She was later granted a Master of Arts from Cologne University and a Ph.D. from King's College London.
She was DAAD lecturer for German language and literature at the University of Florence. From 1984 to 1996 she was a director of the publishing house Franco Maria Ricci Editore and executive editor of its international arts magazine, FMR. Evelyn now works with David Chipperfield Architects and is a director of David Chipperfield Studio.
Managing Partner Reeves and Neylan Chartered Accountants
Clive qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 and in 1989 became a partner in Reeves+Neylan, the largest accountancy practice in Kent. He was promoted to Managing Partner of the firm in 1995 at the age of 39 with the responsibility for managing the firm's growth and strategic direction.
Clive is also a founding director of the Association of Profit Advisers Ltd, a company established in 1997 to develop and promote profit-enhancing consultancy systems to the accounting profession, as well as Chairman of Kreston International, a worldwide association of independent accounting and business advisory firms.
Sales Director, The KM Group
Neil is SalesDirector of The KM Group, an independent, family-owned media company serving the people and local communities of Kent and Medway.
Mark Andrew Wickham JP
Deputy Cabinet Member for Communities, Kent County Council
Mark Andrew Wickham JP was elected to the County Council in June 2009 as the Conservative Member for Ashford Rural East. He is a qualified Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor and successfully ran The Weald Smokery for 17 years employing 15 people. He has been a soldier in the Territorial Army and a retained firefighter. Mr Wickham has served as a Borough Councillor, and was the member of Ashford Borough Council for Weald Central between 2003 – 2007. He is also a Parish Councillor in Pluckley. He is currently a Justice of the Peace (JP) and the Vice-Chairman of Kent Crimestoppers. He is on the council of the Weald of Kent Protection Society (WKPS).
Chief Global Strategist, Investment Banking, Credit Suisse
Jonathan Wilmot is Chief Global Strategist at Credit Suisse, where he advises the bank and their clients on trends in the world economy and financial markets.
Sara is an independent Consultant in the Education sector following a successful track record in leadership and management roles in local government, schools/colleges and the voluntary sector. This has involved her working at central government and county executive level, with politicians/members, senior officers, Head teachers, agencies, businesses and employers in a policy and multi-agency capacity.