Trustees 2020-06-16T08:22:36+00:00


Susan Adams, Acting Chair

Susan is Associate Director at Coulson Partners, a strategic advisory firm founded by Andy Coulson, and a Board Director at Vastari, the exhibitions and collections platform. With many years of experience in the cultural sector, she wants to make sure the arts have a strong and vibrant future for all. Susan also sits on the Advisory Board for the MBA programme at Birkbeck and Central Saint Martins.

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 ( for twenty years, and is a part time ceramicist and sculptor.

Ian Cockburn, Treasurer

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.

Desmond Deehan, Trustee

Desmond is the CEO/ Executive Headteacher of the newly formed Odyssey Trust for Education which brings together the high-performing Townley Grammar School with the former Erith School, a secondary modern school.  Desmond is also an Ofsted Inspector, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Music Champion for the Mayor of London, and board member of the National Youth Theatre Education Advisory Board, and a regular contributor to national educational debate.

Karen Smith, Trustee

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.

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