Trustee Profiles

Dr Nigel P Brown – Chair of the Board of Trustees,
Nigel works for the Cabinet Office at the centre of UK government in the Secretariat that leads on ensuring that the nation is prepared for and can respond to major incidents affecting the civil community. He has lead policy responsibility for the government’s strategy for resilient information and communications technologies, work that is directed towards the responder community that includes: the Emergency Services; Local Authorities; health providers; utilities and transport. Nigel has previously worked for both technical and management consultancies, the Health & Safety Executive and BP Exploration. Nigel is a chartered Chemical Engineer and holds BSc, PhD and MBA degrees from Imperial College, London. He is a fellow of the RSA and is passionate about art and design and the beneficial effect it has on society.

Julie Baines, Film Producer
Julie Baines has had an extensive career in the film industry and founded the independent production company Dan Films in 1994. Since then, she has established herself as a leading figure in both British Films and international multi‐party co‐productions. She has a reputation for launching new talent – she produced Michael Winterbottom’s debut feature ‘Butterfly Kiss’ and launched the career of Christopher Smith with London-set ‘Creep’ – but she is also known for her work with established filmmakers, including Nicolas Roeg, Peter Bogdanovich and Deepa Mehta.

Her role as a Producer is a fascinating mix of creative and business, where she is involved in all stages in the making of a film. She loves to develop ideas and stories and puts together the team to realise them. She then raises the finance to produce the films and deliver them to the marketplace for international distribution.

Julie has a commitment to training and frequently guest lectures on film courses in the UK, in particular at the world-renowned National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield. She is regularly invited to speak at industry events and is a member of BAFTA, WFTV (Women in Film and Television) and serves on various PACT (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television) committees. She was the recipient of the prestigious WFTV Argonon Contribution to the Medium Award in 2014.

Matt Calderwood, Artist
Matt is an artist originally from Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland; he studied in the North East in Newcastle and Sunderland. He is now based in London and has been a Chisenhale artist member and studio holder since 2007. Producing predominantly sculpture and video works, he has exhibited widely throughout Europe, USA and beyond for the past 15 years and he is currently working on solo exhibitions at Baltic and the De La Warr Pavillion, an accompanying monograph on his work is to be published later this year.

Edward Chell, Artist and Lecturer
Edward is currently a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the Canterbury School of Fine Art, within the University for the Creative Arts. He has substantial experience in Higher Education having worked at a number of art schools and within UCA (formerly KIAD) since 1996. He studied BA Fine Art at Newcastle University followed by an MA at the Royal College of Art, London. He qualified for teaching in higher education gaining a PGCHE (Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education) at CILTAD in 2006, where he gained a first class. He is an active artist/practitioner with work exhibited in recent years by Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Stour Valley Arts, Turner Contemporary, Swedenborg House and at Little Chef Ings, supported by Grizedale Arts. Edward has experience in fundraising. He has received funding from Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which awarded him a prestigious AHRC Fellowship to run for a year from 2012 – 2013.

Michael Deriaz, Chair of International Development Charity
Michael is a native of Liverpool, where he spent the first 18 years of his life. He spent a year as a teacher in a remote part of Kenya and then went to University College, Oxford, where he took a degree in English Literature. He then worked for HM Revenue & Customs in London, before joining Ernst & Young, one of the world’s largest tax consultancies, where he became a Chartered Tax Adviser and an Executive Manager specialising in corporation tax. His responsibilities there also included staff recruitment, training and marketing. From 2001-2013 he was Head of UK Tax at BNP Paribas, one of the largest banks in Europe. This role involved project management, people management, analysis of complex problems, and a great deal of negotiating. Since 2013 Michael has devoted most of his time to setting up and running Friends of Kipkelion, an overseas development charity which provides basic education, health care and clean water in a remote part of Kenya.  Michael is also a retired magistrate, having served on the Bench at Richmond Magistrates’ Court from 1997-2000

Áine Duffy, Head of Communications & Marketing, Royal College of Art
For almost a decade, Áine has been in charge of communications and marketing department for the world’s most influential postgraduate university of art and design, the Royal College of Art. Prior to this, she was at academic publishers Routledge. Initially responsible for marketing their culture, media and gender list, Áine was subsequently appointed head of publicity across all publications. Born in Cork, Ireland, Áine has a Master’s in Media and Communication Studies from Sussex University and – having studied for a period at UMass Amhurst in the USA – a first degree in American Studies. A highly experienced communications professional, Áine also serves on the board of Duckie, the legendary post-gay performance and theatre collective based in South London.

Jon George, Artist
Jon was on the steering body of artists who, from Butlers Wharf, sought and founded CAP. An early input of his to Chisenhale was to initiate the education programme by organising a large exhibition in the ground floor with 9 primary schools from LBTH, involving hundreds of kids. Its success led to the establishment of the educational programme and space at Chisenhale. Jon joined the Board of Directors during the time of the lease renewal crisis in 2000, when he was Chair of the Artist Advisory Committee. He saw his role as raising awareness of artists needs and giving support to trustees responsible for seeing the renewal through. As an artist Jon continues to develop his painting and printmaking – having developed a new relief printmaking technique – and continues to promote it in educational ways. He also has digital-imaging facilities and skills and has often availed them to CAP’s benefit.

Somil Goyal, Executive Director at EY
Somil works in professional services responsible for new business and innovation initiatives. He has lived and worked in six countries in Asia & Europe, with a professional focus on business & economic growth through creative use of information technology. Working as a consultant and a business practitioner, Somil has built high performance teams that constructively challenge the current state, build a shared vision for the future and achieve it collaboratively. He has a personal passion for arts, especially for its ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds together. Somil is a Mechanical Engineer with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management.

Tim Knowles, Artist
Tim Knowles is a contemporary artist based in London. His work is exhibited internationally with recent exhibitions in Australia, USA and throughout Europe and is represented by bitforms gallery, New York. He has also produced a number of public artworks, including Windgrid and major public work commissioned by City of Sydney. He has collaborated artistically with major institutions, such as the Royal Mail, and has received British Council funding for a collaboration with a Brazilian artist. In addition to his experience as an artist, Tim has a wide range of experience working in various curatorial and consultancy roles, as well as teaching and lecturing both in Art and Architecture. In 2003 he was appointed Lead artist for Cannon’s Marsh Bristol Harbourside regeneration program, curating and programming both temporary and permanent art for developer Crest Nicholson and working closely with the master planners Edward Cullinan Architects and Bristol City Council. Responsible for a total art budget of over £1 million, he commissioned numerous key artists and was responsible for seeing each project through from selection, contract negotiation, design development, procurement and installation. He was awarded PROJECT funding from CABE [Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment] for a period of consultancy work, advising Plymouth City Council on their public art policy and devising a city wide strategy for public art [2006 – 2008]. From 1995 to 1997 Tim was Chair of Spike Island, Bristol and continued to be a member of Spike Island’s Board of Trustees until November 2000. He played a major role in the design, development, relocation and launch of Spike Island’s new National Lottery funded premises, providing studio space for 100 artists, exhibition space, residency studios & educational facilities. Tim has been a studio holder at Chisenhale Studios from 2000 and works in the studio on an almost full-time basis. He plays an active role within the building, was a member of the AAC for many years and has been a member of the board of Trustees since 2011.

Michael Regan, Associate Curator at The Lightbox

Tony Sharp, Companies Director and Advisor
Tony is from Liverpool and discovered culture by becoming a Life Member of the National Museums & Galleries there and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, as well as a Subscriber to the Playhouse and Everyman Theatres. As a young man he was a community activist in the West Everton area, the Tenants Association Secretary and a Trades Unionist. He then became a Tutor/Lecturer in Employee Relations IR/HR Policy and a consultant in the same area to both employers and unions. After graduation from Balliol College, Oxford in PPE, he read for the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn and then was recruited into Coopers & Lybrand as a Management Consultant. From there he became the Special Advisor to the CEO of the National Phoenix Initiative (a quango in urban renewal) and also consulted at Board Level to the major property development corporations. Tony retired in 2000, after which he dedicated more time to advising local charities and supporting litigation on their behalf, as well as national charities membership associations. He is active in the civic, ceremonial and social roles of the City of London, being Clerk of two guild / associations (Ward Beadles and Southwark) and a Liveryman of two others (Loriners and Watermen). These also involve sitting on their charitable assessments and advisory committees. Tony has since ‘un-retired’ in 2007, having been given Non Executive Directorships in several international companies.

Nikki Tomlinson, Artist, Artist Advisor and Producer
Nikki Tomlinson is currently Lead Artists’ Advisor / Producer with Artsadmin and has worked in the arts since 1999. For Artsadmin she manages a range of Artist Development programmes and is producer for the artist Stacy Makishi. Earlier projects include Unlimited Global Alchemy for the Cultural Olympiad 2012 and the co-curation of Town Hall Hotel Artworks with Manick Govinda. Nikki has a freelance practice as an artist, working with Mamoru Iriguchi as dramaturg since 2009 and frequently performing in recent years with Florence Peake. Her most recent performance work, FOLLY, was presented at BIOS Athens in 2015. She has guest lectured at the University of London, Brunel, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, L’animal a l’esquena (Catalunya), Dartington and Middlesex University. Nikki is co-Chair of Chisenhale Dance Space as well as being a Trustee of Chisenhale Art Place.