Erin Bell (BSc, LSE; MBA, LBS) joined as a Trustee in October 2018. She has spent the past twenty-five years at the global asset management organisation, The Capital Group, focusing on investment and operations. Prior working in finance, Erin was a co-founder of an apparel company (Bell Ferguson) and was part of the team that established indie comics publication Deadline (starring Tank Girl). Erin has been involved with The Whitechapel Gallery in a variety of areas – The Commissioning Council, Art Icon Committee, as well as being a co-sponsor of the Summer Boot Camps. She is also a member of the Council of the Serpentine Gallery and a patron of other arts’ organisations.
Councillor Kevin Brady joined the board in 2018, having been appointed by Tower Hamlets Council. He serves as a Labour Party councillor for St Peter’s Ward in Tower Hamlets and is the Chief Whip as well as Vice-Chair of the General Purposes Committee. Kevin is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and is a company director at a talent agency in the West End, representing actors for their work in theatre, film and television.
With more than 30 year’s experience of investment management, Peter is currently an Investment Director and Partner of Ruffer LLP. Previously Head of Private Clients with Credit Suisse UK Ltd, Peter holds an MBA from London Business School and prior to a career in the City served in the army.
Swantje Conrad was appointed to the Board in December 2011 and is also a member of the Gallery’s Finance Sub Committee. Conrad has more than 25 years experience in banking across mergers & acquisitions/corporate finance and global markets. Conrad is a Non-Executive Director at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy S.A. and F&C Private Equity Investment Trust.
David Dibosa trained as a curator, after receiving his first degree from Girton College, Cambridge. He was awarded his PhD in Art History from Goldsmiths College, University of London. During the 1990s, he curated public art projects. He was Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London (UAL) from 2004-2008. He remains at UAL where he is currently Reader in Museology with responsibility for leading the MA in Curating and Collections. David Dibosa is co-author of Post-Critical Museology: Theory and Practice in the Art Museum (Routledge, 2013). His other published work on museum culture includes: Fugitive Direction: Reflections in the Tropenmuseum (2015); and ‘Engaging Reciprocity, Exhausting Critique, Countering Spectacle’ (2017). Photo: Gavin Freeborn.
Maryam Eisler co-chairs Tate’s MENAAC Acquisitions Committee, is a member of the Tate International Council, an Ambassador for Unseen Photo Fair, sits on the advisory board of Photo London and the Delfina Foundation, and is a nominator for the Prix Pictet photography prize. Maryam is a contributing Editor to LUX Magazine and has contributed both photographically and editorially to Harpers Bazaar Art, Harpers Bazaar Interiors, Vogue Arabia and Vanity Fair (‘On Art’ – UK). She has held Executive Editorial roles for several Thames and Hudson publications to include Sanctuary : Britain’s Artists and their Studios , Art Studio America : Contemporary Artist Spaces and London Burning : Portraits from a Creative City among others. Her book, VoicesEast London for which she is both author and photographer was published in November 2017. Maryam’s photographic work is represented by London-based gallery, Tristan Hoare and NY-based gallery Harper’s Books, and has been exhibited at Photo London, Unseen in Amsterdam and at The Dallas Art Fair.
Ann Gallagher has been co-Head of Tate’s Collection since 2006. She leads the team of curators responsible for building and researching Tate’s Collection of British Art, and specialises in modern and contemporary British art, as well as Latin American art from 1950. She was the curator for the Tate Modern showing of the exhibition Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour in 2007, for Susan Hiller at Tate Britain in 2011 and Damien Hirst at Tate Modern in 2012. Recent publications include Rachel Whiteread Drawings, Hammer Museum Los Angeles; Tacita Dean: Film in Connecting_Unfolding , MCA Seoul and ‘Speculative Spaces’ in Jose Damasceno, Ridinghouse 2014.
Anupam Ganguli joined the Board in September 2013. He is a chartered accountant and MBA, whose professional career spans Price Waterhouse, Coopers, HSBC, the BBC and KPMG. Anupam is currently Finance Director of Royal Museums in Greenwich and was previously Executive Director, Resources, at Arts Council England and before that, Director of Finance at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Until 2008 he was deputy chair of the Arts Council England’s London regional council and a council member since 2002. Anupam has also undertaken voluntary work in the arts for a number of organisations and been a mentor to a number of senior people in the arts and not for profit sector.
Samantha Leonor Renovales Hill has over 21 years’ experience as a secondary school art teacher and over fourteen years as Head of Art at St. Paul’s Way Trust School in Tower Hamlets. Samantha also co-manages the THAT network (Tower Hamlets Artist Teacher network), which aims to support art departments across Tower Hamlets and art teachers as educators and artists. Samantha is currently working on her MA at Goldsmiths in Artist Teacher and Contemporary Practices.
A leading employment law solicitor with international law firm Rudnick Brown, Nicola Kerr was appointed as a Trustee in 2016.
Melanie Manchot is a London-based visual artist working with photography, film/video and installation as a performative and participatory practice. Her projects respond to specific sites and public spaces or particular communities to explore individual and collective identities. Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions include Centre Pasquart, Biel (2019), MAC VAL, Paris (2018), Parafin, London (2018), Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2016), fig-2 at the ICA, London (2015), Galerie M, Bochum (2015), Toronto Photography Festival (2012), Nuit Blanche, Paris (2011) and Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010). Recent group exhibitions include: Art Night, London (2017), Marl Video Art Award, Skulpturen Museum Glaskasten, Marl (2016), Group Therapy, FACT, Liverpool (2015), The Rhythm Is…, Museum Folkwang, Essen (2014). Manchot was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2017.
Sarah Miller, Luxury Brand Ambassador of The Wall Street Journal, runs Sarah Miller and Partners, an independent agency that creates brand strategies and content (digital and print) for a range of luxury and lifestyle brands. She was founding Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Traveller UK, and also launched Condé Nast Traveller in China. On leaving Condé Nast she was appointed European Editor of Travel + Leisure. Based in London, she has worked extensively with fashion, arts, design, lifestyle and travel opinion formers from around the globe, and is an Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Art. In her capacity as CEO of Sarah Miller and Partners, Sarah also edits for a range of internationally renowned publishing houses. Recent projects include London Uprising: Fifty Fashion Designers, One City (Phaidon, London) and Studio 54 (Rizzoli, New York). She is also currently editing two new titles: a Los Angeles companion title to London Uprising, and Where Architects Sleep, which follows on from the hugely successful Where Chefs Eat (both published by Phaidon).
Alex Sainsbury (born 1968) joined Rear Window – a small group organising contemporary art exhibitions in found spaces in London – in 1995. In 1997 he co-founded the arts charity Peer. He set up a two year gallery project, 38 Langham Street, in 2001, and from 2005 directed Raven Row, a non-profit exhibition centre in Spitalfields which opened in 2009. He also established the grant-making charity Glass-House Trust in 1993, co-initiating various projects related to child development and social housing, and most recently MayDay Rooms, a social resource at 88 Fleet Street, holding historical material linked to social movements and experimental culture.