The Trustees of the Arts Foundation are a dedicated group of professionals who generously donate their time, energy, expertise and experience from across the arts and the creative industries, and other sectors. The Board of Trustees helps to shape the development and future ambitions of the charity and ensures good governance.
John Booth is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who chairs a number of public and private companies including the London Theatre Company. He is a non-executive director of a number of investment management businesses and has a range of venture capital interests in e-commerce, media and telecommunications.
He is Chair of The National Gallery and The Prince’s Trust. John is a Fellow of Merton College, an ambassador for the homelessness charity DePaul International and a Deputy Lieutenant for West Sussex. He also chairs the Arts & Media Honours Committee.
Dennis Chang is a Director at Bolton & Quinn, an international public relations consultancy for arts and culture. Since joining the company in 2012, he has worked on diverse campaigns for global clients with a special emphasis on the performing arts and the visual arts. Previously he worked at London’s Southbank Centre overseeing the press operations of UK’s largest classical music programme, coordinating more than 10 partner organisations. Dennis grew up in Taiwan and Canada and attended university and music school in the USA.
Andrew Comben joined Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival as Chief Executive in 2008, having previously worked in classical music for Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Music (Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme) and Young Classical Artists Trust. At BDBF he established the Guest Director model for Brighton Festival (with artists such as Anish Kapoor, Laurie Anderson, Kate Tempest, David Shrigley and Lemn Sissay) and developed a new vision for the organisation as a year-round centre of artistic activity and involving all areas of the community in the performing arts.
Jan Dalley is the arts editor of the Financial Times and the author of the biography Diana Mosley. She was also previously the paper's literary editor, and is the author of numerous features and reviews on the arts and books, as well as a fortnightly column in the FT Weekend section. Jan's most recent book is The Black Hole, an account of the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta.
Virginia Hodge is a Design Consultant working across a wide range of sectors. She broadened her reach away from her core focus in luxury fashion to other brands in different industries such as Jaguar, Nike, and Heatherwick Studio. Virginia has built up her extensive knowledge over 30 years by working closely with many renowned international fashion houses, including Alaia and Balenciaga Couture, both as Creative Director for HodgeSellers, her textile design partnership and for her own eponymous design consultancy.
In 2008 Virginia was awarded a Visiting Professorship by the University of Arts for her contribution to fashion textiles. In 2014 she initiated the development of the Materials Innovation award for The Arts Foundation.
Frith Kerr is an award winning graphic designer and founder of Studio Frith, celebrated for its original work and exceptional clients. ‘the go-to graphic designer for creative clients’ New York Times. Her studio has produced acclaimed work for some of the world’s leading cultural institutions, brands and artists.
Monika works at the intersection of design, research and education. She has spent two decades in art schools, teaching contextual studies to designers, artists, curators and historians. Currently teaching at Central Saint Martins, she has had senior roles at the Royal College of Art and external roles across the UK, Europe, USA and India.
This cross-disciplinary experience now feeds in to consultancy, facilitation and chairing funding bids. She is often commissioned to speculate on contemporary issues through public speaking, writing and convening talks. Her books include ‘Limited Language: Re-writing Design’ and ‘100 Women Architects’, out soon.
Jonathan Reekie CBE
Since 2014 Jonathan has been Director of Somerset House Trust.
He began his career at Glyndebourne Opera and then went to be General Manager at the Almeida Theatre, founding Almeida Opera. In 1997 he took over as Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music where he remained until 2014, a transformational period for the organization culminating in the Britten Centenary celebrations.
He has an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of East Anglia, is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and in 2013 was awarded a CBE for services to music.
Matthew Slotover OBE
Matthew Slotover co-founded the art magazine Frieze in 1991 and launched Frieze Art Fair in London in 2003, which was later joined yy fairs in New York, Los Angeles and Seoul. In 2021 he opened Toklas, a Mediterranean restaurant in London, and in 2022, he launched Fort Road Hotel in Margate. Matthew is currently chair of Turner Contemporary, Margate, and a board member of Sadlers Wells and the Walpole Group. He is a founding member of the Gallery Climate Coalition, and a founding board member of Murmur, an environmental charity dedicated to using the Arts to combat climate change.
Saadi Soudavar is a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank where he runs European Equity Capital Markets. As a long-time supporter of arts organisations and avid art collector, Saadi’s current and previous roles within the culture sector include being a member of the Tate Photography Acquisition Committee, and a trustee of the Soudavar Memorial Foundation, which supports exhibitions, publications and scholars of Persianate culture. He was also a producer of the feature film, Frontier Blues, which premiered in the International Competition at the Locarno Film Festival in 2009, and won the FIPRESCI award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Kully Thiarai is Creative Director and CEO of Leeds 2023. She was the Artistic Director and CEO of National Theatre Wales until December 2019. Kully has a long track record in the arts and theatre making. She was founding Director of Cast arts centre in Doncaster and Artistic Director of Contact Theatre in Manchester, the Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Theatre Writing Partnership and Red Ladder Theatre Company. She is currently a board member of the Manchester International Festival and the Leeds based theatre company Slung Low.