Karen Smith, Chair
Karen studied History of Art at UCL and SOAS, it is the only degree in the UK to combine the study of Asia, Africa and Europe. She is a passionate supporter of the arts, particularly contemporary art through her broad based collecting and support of numerous artists and arts institutions. Karen is also a trustee of Peer, a non-commercial contemporary arts organisation in Hoxton.
Robert Faulkner, Vice Chair
Rob studied History of Art at school and this has provided him with an appreciation of art and design which has helped him in his professional life. He has been running his own web design and marketing business (Datadial.net) for twenty years, and is a part time ceramicist and sculptor.
Steve Cant, Treasurer
Steve started his career in public transport, became an accountant in 1984 and moved into management consulting in 1990. Steve was a Director with PwC and has run his own Consulting Business (ChangeAgilty Ltd) since 2001. Steve has wide experience across the private, central & local government sectors however since 2012 has worked exclusively in the not-for-profit sector on strategy formulation, project and programme management. Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a Certified Management Consultant and has a degree in Economics with Technology.
Following an early career as a Chartered Accountant, then as a business manager and entrepreneur in the IT industry, Ian retrained over the last ten years as an art historian, with a BA from Birkbeck College and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Ian is now a founder and director of Art and Culture Travel Ltd and a freelance lecturer.
Emma Bowen, Trustee
Emma is Head of History of Art at Wycombe Abbey School and has taught for AHLU on their Art History for Everyone programme at the National Gallery. Whilst studying History at Oxford University she was introduced to the joys of History of Art and went on to complete a part-time Masters at Birkbeck College. She is passionate about making Art History fun and accessible for everyone, and has witnessed first-hand the life changing effects studying this subject can have on young people.
Dr Joe Spence, Trustee
Dr Joe Spence Is the Master of Dulwich College and co-director of the Southwark Schools’ Learning Partnership. He was formerly Head Master of Oakham School, Rutland, and Master in College at Eton College. He is a trustee of Place2Be and of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. He is also a playwright and librettist.
Daniel Whitelock, Secretary
Daniel is a City lawyer with broad experience across corporate and commercial transactions. Prior to law, Daniel gained degrees in English and in Renaissance Literature, and his interest in improving access to the arts has been informed by half a decade of mentoring students from wider participation backgrounds.
“I am very happy that our programme of outreach classes will have such a direct and immediate positive outcome: I wish Art History Link-Up great success.”
Pontus Rosén, former Chief Executive of the Association for Art History