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.

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
Somil works in emerging technology like distributed ledger and machine learning. He has lived and worked in seven countries across the globe, with a professional focus on business & economic growth through creative use of information technology. 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.

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.

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).

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.

Michael Regan, Associate Curator at The Lightbox

Keir McGuinness