Rose Shawe-Taylor, Chair of Trustees
Rose is a figurative painter and active campaigner for visual literacy in schools. She teaches both art and history of art, most recently as Head of Art at Shrewsbury School. Since completing her MA degree in Fine Art in 2004, Rose has exhibited her work on numerous occasions, while teaching full time since 2008.
Susan Adams, Deputy Chair of Trustees
Susan has wide experience working in communications and stakeholder relations in the cultural and charity sectors. She has a degree in Social Policy and Government and is currently studying for an MBA. She is a great fan of the arts and wants to help ensure they have a strong and vibrant future.
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.
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.
Robert Faulkner, Trustee
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.
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