- Rick Haythornthwaite (Chairman)
- Robin Woodhead (Deputy Chairman)
- Nihal Arthanayake
- Dame Vivien Duffield DBE
- Susan Gilchrist
- Brent Hansen
- Fionnuala Hogan
- David Kershaw
- Julian Lloyd Webber
- Cornelius Medvei
- Ursula Owen OBE
- Jamie Ritblat
- Maggie Semple OBE
- Michael Zaoui
Rick Haythornthwaite (Chairman)
Rick has a wealth of experience in the arts and cultural sectors and was Chair of the Board of the Almeida Theatre, Chair of the Corporate Advisory Group at Tate and a board member of the British Council. He has also been a trustee of the UK National Museum of Science and Industry, Chair of the British American Arts Association and a trustee of the Whitechapel Art Gallery.
Rick is President of PSI UK Ltd. His current non-executive positions include Chairman of the Board of MasterCard Inc and Chairman of The World Wide Web Foundation.
Prior to his current roles he was CEO of Invensys from 2001 to 2005, Group Chief Executive of Blue Circle Industries and Director of Corporate and Commercial at Premier Oil. He joined British Petroleum in 1978 and was there for 17 years, becoming the President of BP Venezuela.
Rick was born in 1956, and educated at The Queen’s College, Oxford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married with two children.
Robin Woodhead (Deputy Chairman)
Mr Robin Woodhead is Chairman of Sotheby’s International. Robin Woodhead’s interests in the arts extends across ballet, music and visual arts. He has served as Chairman of Rambert Dance Company and of Music Research Institute. He was Founding Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery Foundation and Treasurer of the Contemporary Art Society and is currently Chairman of the Hofesh Shechter Company.
Before joining Sotheby's in 1998 he was Chief Executive of the London Commodity Exchange, having previously been Chairman and Chief Executive of National Investment Group plc and Chairman of International Petroleum Exchange Ltd.
Nihal Arthanayake, DJ, music journalist and presenter
Nihal has written about music for a number of publications including Asiana, Eastern Eye, The Face, Mixmag, Hip Hop Connection and the Observer. As well as DJing at his own clubnight 'Bombay Bronx', which led to him releasing two top 10 'Bombay Bronx' compilation albums in India, Nihal has DJed at the Isle of Wight Festival, Glastonbury and Bestival in the UK, and all around the world from Bangladesh to Zimbabwe.
Nihal joined BBC Radio 1 in 2002, to become co-host of a night time Asian Beats which won the prestigious Sony Award in 2003 for Best Specialist Programme. In 2004, he was asked to present BBC2's flagship Asian music, lifestyle, and arts show Desi DNA for three series, and from there went onto present for BBC2's The Culture Show, Channel 5s The Wright Stuff and be the host of the World B-Boy Championship's for Channel 4.
In 2005 Nihal was a cultural ambassador for the successful London 2012 Olympic bid. In 2010 Nihal won the Sony Radio Academy Awards Best Speech Programme for his BBC Asian Network show and the Best Radio Show 2010 at the UK Asian Music Awards for his BBC Radio 1 show.
As well as all of the above Nihal has rapped about Christian Marclay at Tate Modern, taken dubstep to India, done Elton John's PR, played in a pro celebrity football match and cooked on Celebrity Masterchef.
Dame Vivien Duffield DBE
Dame Vivien Duffield is the Chairman of the Clore Foundation and created her own Foundation in 1987. The two Foundations were merged in 2000 to become the Clore Duffield Foundation. She is also Chairman of the Clore Foundation in Israel. Since 1998, the Clore Duffield Foundation has donated and pledged in excess of £10 million to museum and gallery education.
Dame Vivien's charitable work has been formally acknowledged by many institutions, both in the UK and in Israel. She was awarded the CBE in 1989, the DBE in 2000, and the Mont Blanc Arts Patronage Award in 2001. She is an Honorary Fellow of the City of Jerusalem, an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall (Oxford University) and of King's College London and is an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music. Dame Vivien is also Deputy Chair of the Board of the Weizmann Intitute of Science and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Imperial College London.
Dame Vivien is closely associated with a number of charities. She became a Director of Southbank Centre board in 2002, is currently Chairman of the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund, is on the Board of the World Monuments Fund in Britain and is a Governor of the Royal Ballet. In 2007 she was appointed Chair of the new fundraising initiative for Oxford University.
Susan Gilchrist is Group Chief Executive of Brunswick Group, based in New York, where she leads the firm’s operations across 20 offices in 12 countries and remains actively involved advising clients on critical communications strategies and issues. Her work reflects the international scope and breadth of the firm’s offering and has included counseling clients on market-specific and cross-border transactions, crises and ongoing corporate reputation building efforts. She has also held senior leadership positions with the firm in Europe and the United States, having served previously as U.S. Managing Partner, Senior Partner for Brunswick’s London office and as head of the firm’s Consumer Industries practice.
Prior to joining Brunswick in 1995, Susan was the retail correspondent at London’s The Times and worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company. She is a Governor of London’s Southbank Centre, the UK’s largest arts centre, and also on the board of the American Associates of The Old Vic Theatre.
After an illustrious career at MTV Networks International, Brent Hansen retired in 2006. He joined the embryonic MTV Europe in 1987 as News Producer and, after several promotions, became President and Chief Executive of MTV Networks Europe in 1996. He became the President, Creative and Editor In Chief of MTV Networks International in 2003, responsible for overseeing Creative and Editorial for all 89 international channels, as well as branding, creative, music, programming and editorial output.
Is a Senior Director of Hypo Real Estate Bank, focused on commercial real estate lending for Europe, the Middle East and India. Previously she has worked with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, KPMG, Xelector plc and Hay Management Consultants.
Fionnuala is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She holds an MA in Music and Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin and her interests in the arts and arts education extend across music, dance, literature and theatre.
David Kershaw set up M&C Saatchi together with Maurice and Charles Saatchi, Bill Muirhead and Jeremy Sinclair in 1995 and he has been the Group CEO for 18 years. Before that, he had worked at Saatchi & Saatchi UK for more than 20 years and became its Chairman and CEO in 1994.
Ursula Owen has been an influential figure in the worlds of literature and free expression for decades. She was a founder director of Virago, where she worked for 17 years, director of the Paul Hamlyn Fund for Culture and the Arts, revitalised Index on Censorship as Editor and Chief Executive, and was the founder of Free Word, a centre for literature, literacy and free expression established in London in 2009. Ursula is a Vice President of the Hay Festival, a Trustee of English Touring Opera, World Film Collective and Carcanet Press, and Founder Trustee of Free Word. She was awarded an OBE in 2004, for services to human rights.
Jamie Ritblat founded Delancey Real Estate Asset Management Ltd, an investment advisory company which specialises in property, in 2003. Previous roles include Director at The British Land Company Plc and Chief Executive at Delancey Estates Plc.
He is also a Director of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, a Fellow of King’s College University London, Chairman of the Estates Strategy Committee and member of the Chairman’s Committee, King’s College University London, Deputy Chairman of Tate Britain's (Millbank) Development Committee, and member of the Estates Committee at the MCC. Delancey is also sponsor for the British Alpine Olympic ski team.
Maggie Semple is the Chief Executive of The Experience Corps, a company that provides strategic advice and research to the private sectors in culture change, senior leadership development, ethics and inclusion. Maggie is also the founder of MSL, a style and fashion business.
As well being a school inspector and a deputy head teacher she is a former Civil Service Commissioner, Director of the Learning Experience at the New Millennium Experience Company Ltd, and Director of Education and Training at the Arts Council of England. Maggie has also served on a number of Government and EU task groups concerned with learning and development and was previously the UK representative on a number of programmes based in Brussels. In 2001 Maggie was awarded an OBE for her services to education in the UK.
Maggie serves on a range of Boards and is a Non-Executive Director of Criminal Cases Review Commission, the British Library and the Brit School.
Michael Zaoui is a former Vice Chairman of the Institutional Securities Group of Morgan Stanley, a position he held from 2006 until his retirement from the Firm in June 2008, after a long and distinguished career in investment banking.
Since retiring he has been advising selected clients on strategic financial matters, as well as serving on several Boards.
He is a Member of the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors and a Member of the Belfer International Council, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He serves as Independent Director of International Power in the UK and of Gruppo L’Espresso in Italy; he is also a Director of several privately held companies; a Founding Member of La Fondation France-Israël; a member of the Council of the Serpentine Gallery; and a member of the Chairman’s Circle of the Southbank Centre. He was recently appointed as Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France in the UK.
He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in 1976. He also studied at the London School of Economics in 1978, earned a Masters in Law from the Université de Paris in 1979 and a pre-doctoral degree [Diplome d’Etudes Superieures Specialisées] from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1981. He received an MBA from Harvard University in 1983.