The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Cockpit Arts. Our trustees serve as volunteers and have ultimate responsibility for the charity.

Cornelius Medvei, Chair of Trustees

Cornelius joined the Board as Chair in 2012 and has been closely involved in supporting Vanessa and the team as they continue to develop the leading role Cockpit Arts plays as a self-sustaining social enterprise.  A passionate supporter of the arts, Cornelius is a Governor of Southbank Centre, a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and a real estate partner at King & Wood Mallesons LLP.  Previously he was a partner at Eversheds LLP where he held a number of roles including Head of Real Estate, London Managing Partner and Senior Partner. Cornelius is married to Jean Scott-Moncrieff, a leading contemporary jeweller, and is therefore steeped in the contemporary craft world and has been a collector for many years.

“Cockpit Arts is leading the way in self sustaining social enterprise in the arts and I’m proud to be part of that. I believe passionately in the crucial contribution the creative industries make to our society, culture and economy.”

Ben O’Neill

Ben O’Neill is a project manager at Hammerson, a FTSE100 owner, manager and developer of leading retail destinations in Europe. Ben is involved in Hammerson’s major London regeneration projects in Brent Cross and Croydon.

A Chartered Surveyor, prior to Hammerson Ben advised on a number of arts and cultural projects including the Ashmolean Museum, Royal Opera House, Geffrye Museum, Royal Academy, ICA and other architecturally led schemes like Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres. Ben sits on the UK Executive Committee of the Urban Land Institute.

“Being involved in Cockpit Arts is a real privilege. The organisation is a pioneering innovator and champion of a crucial sector of our creative economy. As people increasingly want a real connection with the provenance of their consumption, Cockpit Arts’ mission to celebrate the maker, as much as the designer, is an increasingly contemporary one that I look forward to learning from, as much as supporting.”

Samuel Fry

Samuel Fry is an Agile Project Manager at IBM, working in their Interactive Experience team, where he works with teams of designers and developers to create digital experiences. He is also currently the Director of Create Hub, a website which shares stories about the use of technology in the arts, creative and cultural industries. Samuel previously worked for Cockpit Arts as Development and Events Manager and he has a history of working with other creative, innovative and entrepreneurial companies such as in the Creative Economy team at Nesta, with entrepreneur network Virgin Media Pioneers and as the Enterprise Consultant at University of Bristol.

“Having previously been an employee of Cockpit Arts, I have first-hand experience of its fantastic work. The organisation has a very important role to play in the craft industry and the creative economy as a whole. I very much look forward to working closely with the team again.”

David Moore

David Moore is founding Director and the longstanding creative force behind Michelin starred restaurants Pied à Terre and sister restaurant, L’Autre Pied. He also has interests in Van Zeller restaurant in Harrogate, the recently opened One Sixty smokehouse, is a consultant for several other restaurants and acts as a mentor for the young chefs who’ve passed through his kitchens. David’s career spans numerous illustrious locations such as The Box Tree in Ilkley and Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire as well as Louis XV in Monaco and La Belle Otero in France. He has made several TV appearances including BBC MasterChef: The Professionals, Out of the Frying Pan and The Restaurant, alongside his former mentor Raymond Blanc.

“I am delighted to become a Cockpit Arts Trustee. I have been a patron of the crafts for many years, regularly attending Cockpit Open Studios and commissioning and purchasing works, in particular furniture for our restaurants.”

Sarah Myerscough

Based in Mayfair London since 1999, Sarah Myerscough’s Gallery – now renamed Phos Art & Design – promotes formal and aesthetic innovations within contemporary visual arts by breaking down boundaries between fine art, craft, design and architecture. As a multidisciplinary platform, the gallery promotes quality of process and practice across disciplines, with a particular focus on museum-quality craft artists specialising in wood and most recently, unique or limited edition pieces in wood furniture by renowned international designers who investigate the relationship between function and form using traditional techniques as well as new technologies to create sculptural pieces.

Sarah Myerscough comments on the importance of sustaining craftsmanship within a digitised contemporary world: “In our high tech commercial world we need to protect the visual arts as they reflect societal achievement but also highlight our deficiencies. Contemporary craft honours traditional ways of making but also creates powerful and innovative visual dialogues through aesthetic and conceptual ideologies. The time taken to produce such astonishing tactile and visually absorbing objects, from fashion to fine art, runs contrary to our fast moving lives. Unless we take time to appreciate contemporary craft, we miss an opportunity to be creatively enriched. We still undervalue this creative enterprise and in doing so undervalue ourselves.”

Michael Bedward

Michael is an Independent Creative Industries Business Consultant and a Creative Enterprise Management Lecturer. Before setting up his own consultancy, he held management positions at NESTA, the BBC and within the Telecommunications sector. Michael has an MBA and an MA in Communications Policy and Regulation and is an accredited Business Adviser.

“I am delighted to be a Trustee of Cockpit Arts, a unique social enterprise that espouses and delivers practical business support to a wide range of truly talented makers. Cockpit Arts’ remit is one that I fully endorse as an Independent Creative Industries Business Consultant.”

Lucy Carver

Lucy read English at Cambridge and following a successful marketing career, is now Director of “The Bigger Picture” for Sky, leading the company’s work in corporate responsibility, accessibility, action on the environment and support of the arts and sports. BSkyB is one of the largest corporate supporters of the arts in the UK, including Sky Arts’ partnerships with the Hay Festival and Tate Liverpool, and investing and supporting leading arts organisations and emerging artists through its acclaimed Sky Arts Ignition Series.

“I am thrilled to be Trustee of Cockpit Arts – a truly creative, trend setting organisation which, through their support and nurturing of makers, significantly contributes to the UK cultural sphere.”

Jane Adam

Jane is a Cockpit alumna and recently left our Holborn studios to work from her new premises in West London. Jane will bring to bear on her new role her experience of developing her craft and growing her business, as well as her previous experience as a Trustee of the Crafts Council.  Her jewellery collections in precious metals and dyed anodised aluminium are sold in galleries nationally and internationally and held in over twenty major public collections.

“Having previously been a member of Cockpit Arts, I have first-hand experience of the appropriate and innovative support offered  to makers and designers at all stages of the development of their businesses and their creative practices.  Now I have moved into my own studio, it is a privilege to be able to continue my involvement with Cockpit in my new role a Trustee”. 

Jane Kuria-Ronaldson

Jane Kuria-Ronaldson is a marketing and business development professional who has worked in a number of industry sectors, including financial and professional services, retail, media and the arts.  Jane is currently a Marketing Manager within the International Banking division of  the RBS Group.  Previously, she worked in a number of in-house management roles and within marketing communications agencies, for clients and organisations such as Arts and Business, Prudential,  BP, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, American Express, TalkTalk, Help A Capital Child, WPP plc and ITN. Jane has a personal interest in silversmithing and jewellery making in her spare time and also chairs the Fundraising Committee at Cockpit Arts.

 “I am delighted to be a Trustee of Cockpit Arts – a unique and innovative social enterprise, which has made such a significant and sustained contribution to the UK’s creative industries and overall economy.”

Jill Humphrey

A graduate of Nottingham University and a Chartered Accountant, Jill has international experience in the financial services sector.  Following a 5 year stint in New York, Jill has worked as a Programme Manager for Deutsche Bank in London for the last 7 years.

“I am excited to be part of an organisation which provides a fantastic support model to new and growing businesses in the creative arts; as a hobby jeweller, I appreciate the tremendous skill and talent of the Cockpit makers.”

Stephen Fletcher

Stephen has over 35 years of experience working in varied banking roles across Retail, Commercial and Wealth Management.  Previous senior roles have included, Chief Operating Officer, Head of Commercial Banking and Marketing Director for major financial services businesses.  Until 2015 Stephen worked for RBS Group in senior roles across Corporate, Retail and Private Banking, including, Coutts, NatWest and Williams and Glyns.  Stephen held various Board appointments across RBS subsidiary companies, including Board Chairman of a UK residential mortgage business and an international private banking subsidiary.

Stephen has led the profitable growth of various client facing business units, particularly in the Commercial and Private Banking areas as well running the support functions to ensure the smooth operation of a large scale banking business.  He also has considerable experience of regulatory issues, risk management and governance.

Today Stephen is Head of Commercial Banking at Arbuthnot Latham & Co. Limited, where he is setting up a new boutique commercial banking business and a Fellow of the Chartered Banker Institute.

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