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Professor Evelyn Welch MBE (Chair of Trustees)

Professor Evelyn Welch is an art historian, author, and senior public leader. Since 2013 she has been Vice-Principal (Arts and Sciences) at King’s College, University of London.  She studied Renaissance History and Literature at Harvard University and then went on to gain her PhD from The Warburg Institute.  She has held positions at the Universities of Essex, the Warburg Institute, Birkbeck, Sussex and Queen Mary, University of London, and has been involved in the development of the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries and the Europe, 1600-1800 galleries. Prof Welch is currently Chair of the Warburg Institute Advisory Council and sits on the British Library Advisory Board.

Evelyn lives in South East London and is mother to three children including singer and song-writer Florence Welch, frontwoman of the English rock band Florence and the Machine.

Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews is a solicitor with a degree from The College of Law at Oxford University.  Until 2011, he was the head of the Restructuring & Insolvency Group in the UK at SNR Denton, a position he held for 20 years.  He worked for 35 years at the firm, during which time he handled a number of large scale, high profile restructurings, including that of the Federal Mogul Group of Companies.  He was Chairman of Wilde Sapte from 1995 until 2000 and sat on the Firm's board for most of his last eighteen years in professional practice.  Mark has consistently been ranked as one of the leading specialists on restructuring law in the world.  He has also, at various times, been a renowned lecturer, moderator, and conference chairman on aspects of restructuring and insolvency.  Since his retirement from the SNR Denton partnership, Mark accepts non-executive board appointments.

Mark is a performing singer and French horn player, a keen historian and an ornithologist. A peaceful walk in the countryside is Mark’s idea of bliss. He is chairman of the Trustees of Pimlico Opera and the Endowment Trustees of Grange Park Opera and sits on the board of Dentons Ukmea LLP Charitable Trust and The Crescent Support Group.  He is married to Janie Andrews.

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Sarah Crompton

Sarah Crompton is the Arts Editor in Chief for the Daily Telegraph, as well as the paper’s dance critic and writer of a bi-monthly sports column.  She studied at Hertford College, Oxford and University College, Cardiff.  She has previously worked for the Coventry Evening Telegraph, Woman, Woman’s Own, and the Telegraph Magazine. Sarah is also a regular contributor to numerous radio shows, including Front Row and Nightwaves, and appears on BBC2’s The Review Show. Sarah is also the author of Sadler’s Wells – Dance House (Oberon Books, 2013), a book on the creative history of Sadler’s Wells as a commissioning house for dance pieces.

Sarah Crompton has been an enthusiast of dance and theatre since childhood, and is passionate about art, film, and music.  She is also a fervent sports fan, with a particular zeal for cricket and Manchester United. She is married to Icaro Koschak.

Colleen Harris

Colleen Harris has more than 30 years of experience in media and communications through positions at the British Royal Household, 10 Downing Street, and international NGOs.  She has a degree in Executive Coaching from Bristol Business School. Colleen worked in the Prime Minister’s Office before becoming Press Secretary to HRH the Prince of Wales in April 1998, during the turbulent period following the death of Princess Diana. In addition to jobs in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office, she has worked in Britain and overseas as a consultant with private companies and non-profit organisations, including the World Health Organisation. Colleen also works as a personal brand coach.

Colleen is a Member of Council at the Royal Albert Hall, Board member of YMCA, Governor of City Lit Institute, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, among others. She is also a former member of the Press Complaints Commission, the FCO’s Caribbean Board, and member of the board of Hackney Empire.

Nichola Johnson OBE

Nichola Johnson was the Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Museum Leadership Programme for 14 years until 2010. She initially trained as an archaeologist and then as an art and architectural historian and has spent much of her career in the museum sector. Since retiring from the University of East Anglia position, Johnson has been engaged in mentoring, as a way of unlocking creativity in people and in organisations.

Nichola is a Trustee of the National Trust and York Museums Trusts, as well as chair of the Ruskin Foundation and former chair of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme & the University Museums Group. She has been recognised with an OBE for services to museums and cultural heritage.

Jussi Pylkkänen

After graduating with a degree in English Literature from Oxford University, Jussi went on to study Fine and Decorative Arts at Christie’s. He went on to become Christie’s President of Europe and the Middle East and leading auctioneer, before being appointed Global President in 2014.

Stefan Turnbull

Stefan co-founded Urban Evolution Ltd in 1996, a residential and commercial property development business, focused on Central London. In 2005, he set up Cubitt House Ltd, a successful hospitality business. The business has grown and now employs over 250 staff across four award-winning public houses in Central London. Stefan sold a majority stake to a group of Private Investors in December 2015 but remains an active Director and Shareholder. He has a number of other significant investments across the Technology, Property and Hospitality sectors. 

Stefan lives in Dulwich with his wife, Gosia, and their three children.

Johnny Van Haeften

Johnny Van Haeften is the owner and founder of Johnny Van Haeften Ltd. and the Van Haeften Gallery. The Van Haeften Gallery, located at 13 Duke Street, St. James’s, is the only gallery in London to specialise and deal exclusively in Dutch and Flemish Old Masters Paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries. Johnny was educated at Eton and formerly worked at Christies in the Press Office and Stamp Department from 1969-1977.

Johnny Van Haeften is currently an Executive Committee member of The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) and is a member of the Reviewing Committee for the Export of Works of Art. He was formerly Vice-Chairman of the Society of London Art Dealers, Council Member of the British Antique Dealers Association, and Member of the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair Executive Committee. He is married to Sarah Van Haeften.

Crispin Southgate

Crispin Southgate is one of the founding directors of Institutional Investment Advisors Limited, advising on and arranging investments for insurers, banks and pension funds, Crispin is also a member of the Basel FSB’s Enhanced Disclosure Task Force and the Corporate Reporting Users Forum.
He has also served on the Risk Working Group of the FRC/Board for Actuarial Standards and the Employee Benefits Working Group of the IASB. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1980, he spent over 20 years in investment banking with Charterhouse, SG Warburg and latterly as a managing director and European Credit Strategist of Merrill Lynch.