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Our trustees and advisors serve as volunteers and contribute their valuable experience to Cockpit Arts.
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Cockpit Arts. Our trustees serve as volunteers and have ultimate responsibility for the charity.
Davina is a long-standing supporter of craft and makers through both her professional and philanthropic activities. She has built a notable collection of maker work, related to her interest in the significance of cultural intersectionality between design and craft and in supporting emerging creative talent. A professional interlocutor at the highest levels of the design world for many years, Davina works as a senior advisor and retained brand strategist and has collaborated with many of the most successful international design companies, designers and architects. She is the founder and CEO of marketing communications and public relations agency Cultural Agenda (formerly Weir Willats Associates) and holds a number of non-executive and trustee roles. She currently sits on the board of The Design Museum (where she Chair’s the External Affairs Committee), is a founder Trustee and Vice Chair of the London School of Architecture and is an advisory board member of The Pitt River’s Museum in Oxford and long-standing supporter of social mobility charity, InTo University.
“It is hard to quantify the relevance and impact of Cockpit Arts to the nurturing of craft makers and artists, and to the building of creative craft businesses in the UK. I relish this opportunity to be able to contribute to building on the great success that Cockpit has already forged and to working with the Board and with Annie (Warburton) and her team to enhance the impact of Cockpit, to support wider opportunities and to nurture an ever broader and inclusive community of creative talent.”
Bill Amberg is one of the most respected names in contemporary British leathercraft. Over the last 30 years, Bill’s work in architecture and interiors has grown in parallel with his bag design. Today, the Bill Amberg Studio is the UK’s foremost authority on leather’s architectural and sculptural applications. Bill’s studio has introduced leather into the interiors of iconic buildings such as Claridge’s, Selfridges, the Shard and the Savoy, and frequently collaborates with architects on interiors – including the Leathersellers’ Hall, where Bill and his team were instrumental in the interiors restorations completed in 2016. From his studio in London and workshops in Somerset, Bill continues to design the hand-made bags and accessories that first made his name as a craftsman, and is actively involved in promoting and supporting the UK leather industry.
Nishita Dewan is the Director of CollaboratEQ. CollaboratEQ transforms organisations into collaborative trusted networks. Nishita believes that every organisation can be re-designed as a learning organisation, grounded by a culture of continuous learning and knowledge-sharing. Underpinned by a strong set of values and principles, CollaboratEQ serves as an impartial convener and conduit for multi-disciplinary collaborations. In her consultancy practice, Nishita applies a multifaceted approach to the changing landscape of the Future of Work, supporting clients to design future-ready organisations.
Nishita has an MBA from INSEAD and dedicated the first decade of her career as a Management Consultant, before joining Uber from 2014-16. She has lived and worked across the US, UK, Asia, and the Nordics. Nishita is an active member across diverse networks, including the The Point People, Liminal People, an RSA Fellow, the Conduit Community, and as an INSEAD and LSE Alumna.
“The world is changing at pace, we are moving towards voice-activated technology and losing touch with our hands and what it means to be human. We need to recalibrate and recognise the value of handmade crafts practices in the ‘World of Tomorrow’. I’m looking forward to building a diverse ecosystem around Cockpit Arts, to raise awareness and to unlock opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.”
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.”
An experienced board advisor with over 25 years as a partner in an international law firm, Patricia Godfrey decided to retire from the law in May 2019. She has detailed experience in people leadership, achieving good corporate governance, change management and working with a range of stakeholders to achieve business priorities and strategic goals. Patricia is now focusing on extending her portfolio of non-executive and advisory roles whilst at the same time developing her nascent skills as an aspiring jeweller
“I am delighted to become a trustee at Cockpit having got to know many makers over the years at this unique talent hub within London. As an award-winning incubator Cockpit fosters design and artistic talent within a highly diverse and vibrant environment. What differentiates it for me coming from a commercial background is the remarkable business support available which provides makers with the skills necessary to grow and sustain a successful business. I look forward to playing my part in helping Cockpit achieve its future ambitions.“
Clarissa Hulse has collaborated with a wide array of businesses and has an extensive knowledge of bringing textile craft and design to market. She has worked as a visiting lecturer at Brighton University and also consults on design licensing. A Cockpit Alumna, Clarissa has built her textile brand into one the most respected in the UK. Designing homewares from her studio in North London, from a small collection of silk cushions, her ranges now includes bed linen, lampshades, towels, ceramics, an array of gift items, and two multiple award-winning fabric and wallpaper collections which are distributed in the UK and worldwide.
“I am thrilled to join the board at Cockpit Arts. As an Alumna I know what a tremendous start it can give to independent makers as it certainly kick started my career many years ago. Cockpit has grown into a really impressive organisation and combined with the immense talent it houses its future looks incredibly exciting”
Pablo Lloyd has built ground-breaking educational organisations and now focuses on helping entrepreneurs. He is CEO of visionnaires, an incubator for business start-ups, which he co-founded with Capital City College Group to create social mobility. He was a founding director of learndirect which grew to become the UK’s largest further education institution. Following the successful sale of its commercial interests to private equity, he went on to co-found Aspero Consulting and Activate Apprenticeships & Business School. A Cambridge University graduate and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he was awarded an OBE for services to young people’s skills in 2019.
“I have long admired the work of Cockpit Arts and the cultural and economic value it creates. As a Trustee I am delighted to help nurture such a vibrant community of makers, team members, volunteers and partners.”
David Moore is founding Director and the longstanding creative force behind Michelin starred restaurant Pied à Terre. He 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.”
Mehul Nathwani is a business change and management consulting leader, helping shape organisations’ investment agendas and delivering innovative solutions from first ideas to final delivery. Mehul has held Trustee/Governor roles in the charitable (children’s health) and education sectors. A very amateur painter at home, Mehul takes a keen interest in the arts and making.
Currently, Mehul heads up Business Engagement, Program Delivery & Business Innovation for Aspen, a speciality global (re)insurer, with previous roles at Deloitte Consulting and at Barclays Capital. Mehul began his career with pre/during university placements at KPMG and BP respectively. Mehul is a Chartered Accountant (ACA, member of ICAEW), and holds a BSc in Economics from University College London.
“I am delighted to be appointed a Trustee of Cockpit Arts. Cockpit’s value to the local communities in which it is situated is enormous. The economic importance of organisations like Cockpit is difficult to measure but is certainly crucial to the long term health of the UK economy.”
Ben O’Neill is Commercial Director at OPDC (Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation) and previously Asset Manager at Hammerson.
Ben is a Chartered Surveyor and has 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.
Sarah Samuel is a successful management consultant in the Public Services practice at PA Consulting. A specialist in sustainable development and regulation, she leads the development and delivery of complex multi-million pound projects to help organisations deliver transformative change. Sarah works with a range of stakeholders from domestic customers to large corporations and Government and frequently uses innovation and the creative process as part of her work. A Lewisham resident, Sarah has a passion for contemporary craft and is an enthusiastic amateur potter, focusing on thrown functional domestic ware.
“I am thrilled to be joining the board of Cockpit Arts having enjoyed being a visitor for many years. It is a privilege to have a global leader in the creative economy on at the heart of our community. I am looking forward to working with the team to continue inspiring and fostering the next generation of makers and local talent.”
Alistair Scott has over twenty years’ experience working in marketing and communications, primarily in the luxury and retail industries. Currently employed as Head of Brand, Press and Marketing for Harvey Nichols, his extensive career also includes holding communications positions at Harrods and Selfridges. As well as working in-house for brands including Bamford, where he was Director of Marketing & Communications, he has also held senior agency roles, working strategically with clients including Egg and Net-a-Porter.com. Alistair’s significant experience has focused on creating integrated marketing strategies alongside brand building and media relations.
“I am truly thrilled to join Cockpit Arts as a Trustee. The opportunity to contribute to the outstanding work it undertakes supporting and developing contemporary craft is extremely exciting and I am proud to be part of such a compelling social enterprise.”
Studio holders needing an injection of cash to take their business to the next level can apply for small, low interest loans through this scheme.
A graduate of Nottingham University, where she read Industrial Economics, Jill is a Chartered Accountant and a Project Manager. She has worked in Financial Services Sector for over 20 years and is currently the Head of Policy & Process Governance in Workforce Capability at Deutsche Bank. Jill has been a trustee at Cockpit Arts since 2012, sits on the Audit and Risk Committee as well as chairing the Loans Panel. Jill is also a regular loan panel member for the Princes Trust.
Stuart Newey is a Chartered Banker with over 30 years’ experience of banking covering many roles including personal / commercial lending, Private Banking and Wealth Management. Stuart is currently the MD, Head of Banking for Coutts & Co. Stuart has previously been a trustee of Cockpit Arts and has a personal interest and hobby of working in wood and metal.
Anton Theodorou is a qualified Barrister, with a track record of founding, acquiring, building and turning around companies. He has worked across a range of industry sectors, including Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Publishing, Engineering, Mining, Energy and Electronics.
Anton is currently Chairman of Rhopoint Holdings Ltd and Rhopoint Metrology Ltd., privately owned companies operating in the distribution of electronic components, the manufacture of testing equipment in the paper and coatings industry and calibration services. Anton is also currently MD of The Christian Orthodox Cemetery Ltd and a Trustee of the Bounceback Foundation.
Duncan is Ingenious’ Commercial Director and has held various senior roles within the organisation since its formation in 1998. His career in the entertainment business began as a touring and recording musician, before he qualified as an accountant with Deloitte (then Touche and Ross). He latterly joined Patrick McKenna at the Really Useful Group as its Business Development Manager and subsequently took on the role of Finance Director for the Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd. Before joining Ingenious in 1998, Duncan served as the Financial Director for (then) Premier League football club Nottingham Forest.