Tim Benson

Painter, President Royal Institute of Oil Painters

A British artist who raises awareness through painting. Tim has worked with many NGOs to tell the stories of those who would otherwise not have a voice. Painted portraits speak to people in a way that the written word and photography cannot. Tim’s exhibitions engage people with important global challenges and build awareness through painting

Rebecca Cronin

CEO of Orbis UK

Rebecca Cronin has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 27 years in roles spanning fundraising, donor relations, communication and public relations, grants administration, programme design and implementation, and senior management and board stewardship.
Heading the Moscow-based office of the Charities Aid Foundation during the collapse of the Soviet Union and seeing the devastating effect of state failure on security, health and livelihoods was a formative experience.
In 2007, Rebecca joined Orbis, an international charity that transforms lives in the developing world through the prevention and treatment of blindness.
While Rebecca would not consider herself to be an expert, she has a lifelong love of art in all its forms and spent the first five years of her working life as an Information and Press Officer at Tate Britain, the home of British art from 1500 to the present day.

Steve Swallow

Portfolio Manager at East Lodge Capital, Owner and Curator of Castlegate House Gallery

Portfolio Manager at East Lodge Capital and a member of ELC’s management committee. With over 27 years of investment experience at ELC, CQS, Rabobank and Barclays Capital, Steve is responsible for European ABS and European Direct Lending at ELC. Steve and his wife, Christine, are the owners and co-curators of Castlegate House Gallery in the Lake District.  The gallery specialises in 20th Century and contemporary British art including internationally-renowned artists such as Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Grayson Perry, David Hockney, Winifred Nicholson and Norman Cornish, plus emerging young talent from across the UK; British studio ceramics are also a passion and focus for the gallery.

Alessandra Olivi

Director, Tyburn Gallery

Catsou Roberts

Director, Vital Arts Team

Emma Parker

Consultant, Parker Harris

Nicola Shane

Director of Purdy Hicks Gallery

Laura Gascoigne

Reviewer and commentator on the visual arts including for the Spectator and RA Magazine

Simon Quintero

Head of Emerging Art and Artist Programme Manager at The Halcyon Gallery

Dr Cliff Lauson

Curator at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London and is currently the recipient of the Clore Leadership Fellowship for 2015-6. Since arriving at the Hayward Gallery in 2009 he has curated major exhibitions of work by Martin Creed, Ernesto Neto, Tracey Emin, Ron Terada and David Shrigley and critically-acclaimed group exhibitions. Cliff was previously Assistant Curator at Tate Modern.

Shonagh Manson

Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation (a leading private grant-making foundation supporting artists across the UK) and of Jerwood Visual Arts (a national programme which commissions and presents work by early career artists). At Jerwood she has founded and co-founded initiatives which have the development of arts practitioners at their heart. Shonagh is a member of Arts Council England’s London Area Council.

Robert Read

Head of Art and Private Clients at Hiscox Insurance. Robert joined Hiscox in 1992, initially writing the Fine Art book. Robert is a Hiscox Partner and has a Philosophy degree from University College London.

Charles Darwent
Art Critic

Andrea Tarsia
Head of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts

Richard Wentworth
CBESculptor

Nick Burkinshaw
Underwriting Director, Catlin

Neville Hawcock
Deputy Arts Editor, Financial Times

Bridget Smith
Photographer

Brian Catling
Professor of Fine Art, The Ruskin School of Drawing

Annabel Fell-Clarke
CEO, Axa Art

Edward Fennell
Legal Correspondent, The Times

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