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.

Nnenna Onuba, Independent Financial Adviser and Founder LBB
Nnenna is an independent financial & strategic adviser, with over 15 years M&A and corporate finance experience across a number of sectors including transport, infrastructure, real estate and leisure in Europe and Africa. She spent 10 years at NM Rothschild & Sons, a top tier global investment bank and prior to that qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She also holds an MENG in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Imperial College London. Nnenna is passionate about art, dance, travel, skincare and wellness. She is the founder of a niche travel beauty and lifestyle start-up, LBB (Life is Beautiful in Balance).

Catherine Demoisy
Catherine is Head of Major Giving at University of the Arts London (UAL). She has almost two decades’ experience in the arts and UK Higher Education, having held strategic, income-generating positions at Sotheby’s, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Serpentine Galleries, and the top two universities in the world for Art and Design – the Royal College of Art and UAL.
As Head of Major Giving at UAL since 2014, Catherine plays a critical role driving the university’s major gifts strategy across UAL’s six colleges (Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts), managing a complex set of relationships with HNWIs and internal stakeholders to grow philanthropic income and impact.

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.

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.

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.

Isabelle Hancock, Deputy Director Chisenhale Gallery
Isabelle is the Deputy Director of Chisenhale Gallery, a leadership role spanning finance, operations, strategic business planning, fundraising and human resources. Isabelle manages the gallery’s relationship with its core funder Arts Council England (ACE) and has successfully secured major funding for the Gallery as an ACE National Portfolio Organisation and recently, during the Covid-19 pandemic, through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. Previously, Isabelle worked in a fundraising role at the South London Gallery and as Showroom Manager for the furniture design company Vitra. She studied BA Fine Art (Sculpture) at Camberwell College of Art and has an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Michael Regan, Associate Curator at The Lightbox

Honourary Trustee
Tony Sharp, Companies Director and Advisor