Trustee Profiles

Lucy Kennedy, Chair (Chief Executive of the Sorrell Foundation and The Saturday Club Trust )

Lucy Kennedy has over 20 years of experience in the cultural, creative industries and education sectors. Lucy took on the role of Chief Executive of the Sorrell Foundation and The Saturday Club Trust in November 2018 and is leading the strategic expansion of the National Saturday Club programme to increase access to this transformational creative education opportunity for young people nationally.

Previously, Lucy spent nine years at the cultural consultancy Futurecity where, as Managing Director she led the organisation’s international offices in London, Boston and Sydney.From 2017 to 2018, Lucy was Executive Director of Research Centres at the Royal College of Art, leading the establishment of the Intelligent Mobility Research Centre and the Burberry Material Research Centre.

Lucy holds a number of non-executive and voluntary positions including Chair of the Board of Trustees at Chisenhale Art Place, as well as being a member of the Steering Group and Advisory Board of the APPG for Arts, Craft and Design in Education, the Cultural Learning Alliance’s Advisory Panel, the Digital Poverty Alliance, STEM Learning Advisory Committee, and FRSA.

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.

Kate Hardy, Artist
Kate Hardy has a degree in Painting from St Martin’s School of Art, and MA and MFA Degrees in Drawing and Printmaking from the University of Michigan School of Art, where she worked as a teaching assistant. Kate has been an active artist member since the move from Butler’s Wharf with the artists who founded Chisenhale and has been a member and chair of the AAC. She has been active in teaching many community education projects at Chisenhale. For several years Kate fundraised for, and ran, the Chisenhale Young Artists Project with Kevin Harrison and local teenagers.

A Fine Art lecturer at Kensington & Chelsea College for 18 years, Kate currently teaches at City Lit, and runs freelance painting & drawing classes at Chisenhale, and the V& A museum. Kate paints, draws, and makes prints in her Chisenhale studio most days.    Her work is in many collections nationally and internationally.

Isabelle Hancock, Deputy Director South London Gallery.
Isabelle is Deputy Director of the South London Gallery (SLG), where she leads the organisation’s operations, visitor services, finance and human resources departments. Her role also encompasses strategic business planning and fundraising, particularly managing the gallery’s relationship with core funders, Arts Council England and Southwark Council. Based between Camberwell and Peckham, the SLG has a reputation for its ground-breaking programme of contemporary art exhibitions and events and award winning education projects for children, young people and adults. Prior to the SLG, Isabelle was the Deputy Director of Chisenhale Gallery for 12 years from 2009 to 2021.  She has also previously worked in the design sector as Showroom Manager at furniture design company Vitra. Isabelle studied BA Fine Art (Sculpture) at Camberwell College of Art and has an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Sian Harding,
Sian retired in 2022.  She was Professor of Cardiac Pharmacology at Imperial College London, where she worked to develop new therapies for heart failure since 1980.  She has pioneered advances in Broken Heart Syndrome and in the use of gene therapy and tissue engineering with stem cells for cardiac repair. She has been Director of the British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiac Regeneration and Lead for Cardiovascular in the NIHR  Biomedical Research Centre.

Sian has extensive Board and Committee experience, having Chaired College committees on Ethics and Governance and spent 6 years on the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. She has been on multiple Grant awarding panels including those for the BHF, MRC and UKRI and she was Campus Director for Imperial Hammersmith and White City Campus.

Her interest in the art/science connection led Sian to a collaboration with the Chisenhale artists.   This was successful in producing several exhibitions and has developed her care for the future of CAP.  Sian has a number of other artistic interests and Chairs the Imperial Artworks Committee.  She has also a strong track record of public/patient engagement and outreach, both for the clinical and the art-science areas

Sarah Musgrove, Director, Boswela

Michael Regan, Associate Curator at The Lightbox