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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.
Cornelius joined the Board as Chair in 2012. He leads the Board in supporting CEO Annie Warburton and the team to fulfil Cockpit’s mission as London’s leading studios for makers and designers, the UK’s only business incubator for contemporary craft, and a top 100 UK social enterprise. A passionate supporter of the arts, Cornelius is a consultant for global law firm, DLA Piper, a Governor of Southbank Centre and was, until recently, a member of the Board of the Whitechapel Gallery. Previously he was a real estate partner at King & Wood Mallesons LLP and 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.”
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.
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 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 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”
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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 (please can you check this date?), 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.