“A wonderful scheme. If it were rolled out across year groups, the schools and their students would benefit immensely”
- Sue Davidson (Chair)
- Judith Ackrill
- Pim Baxter
- Catherine Berney
- Gwenlian Evans
- Fredrick Hyde-Chambers
- Michael Mackenzie
- Abigail Moss
- Rob Wilson
Sue Davidson trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She taught Drama and English at Notre Dame High School, Liverpool after which she returned to London and taught in both the primary and secondary sectors. Whilst bringing up her children, she worked for the London Union of Youth Clubs, visiting and advising Youth Leaders in Inner London. Sue has been a school governor for four local authority schools, nursery, two primaries and one secondary. Sue returned to teaching and worked first of all in Lewisham in both primary and secondary schools. She moved in 1982 to work for Greenwich at Kidbrooke School where she was eventually made Deputy Head, a post she retained for 17 years. Sue taught Drama and English at Kidbrooke and led the school's successful bid to become an Arts College.
Sue is passionate about comprehensive schools. She has had wide experience of training beginning teachers. She has had the opportunity to work with a variety of Arts providers from Creative Partnerships to individual writers and artists.
Sue has been a member of the board of Arts Inform since 1995 and has been Chair of the Board since 1997. She has been actively engaged in all our projects and remains committed and enthusiastic about the opportunities Arts Inform's work gives to students.
Judith is a consultant with broad experience in practical management, research, and policy development across the arts. Her particular enthusiasm has been supporting music in many forms, especially the promotion of new work to audiences and participants. As senior opera and dance touring officer at the Arts Council of England 1990-1994, she ran the Contemporary Music Network. There she wrote policy documents on jazz, contemporary music and opera touring. As a freelance consultant Judith has researched and written or co-authored many reports impacting on national or regional arts policy, including a review of national youth music organisations for Youth Music, The Impact and Role of the PRSF, and a series of reports on policy and funding for orchestras in England.
Judith managed the Creative Schools programme at Arts Council England, London, and subsequently acted as interim Head of Education. She coordinated the CPD programme for creative agents working across London on the Creative Partnerships programme (for A New Direction). During this period she was a community governor at a Hackney primary school. She is currently chair of the Royal Philharmonic Society audience development award panel, an assessor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for the Scottish Executive, and board member of English Touring Opera and Timeline Hackney local history project. She lives in London and is a keen amateur viola player.
Pim has headed up the Communications and Development Department at the National Portrait Gallery since 1997. She has a team of nineteen staff whose responsibilities include media relations, press, marketing, visual identity, market research, audience development, corporate and statutory fundraising, donor development and internal and external events, including the Friday evening music programme. Pim is a member of the senior management team, and also took on the additional role of Deputy Director in 2008.
Prior to the National Portrait Gallery Pim spent nine years at the National Theatre, firstly as Marketing Manager and then within various roles in the Development Department. As well as being on the Board of Arts Inform, Pim is also a Board member of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and ALVA (the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions).
Catherine Berney is an organisational psychologist, non-executive director, business consultant, facilitator, solicitor and mediator. Having spent her earlier career as an international finance lawyer, Catherine obtained a masters degree in the psychology of organisations in 1993 and became a member of the British Psychological Society. She has since specialised in facilitating the development of organisations across all business sectors as well as internationally with a particular focus on leadership, governance, board performance and change management.
Catherine is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce as well as a Visiting Fellow and Programme Director at Cranfield University School of Management where she uses the arts and other alternative methodologies to inform executive education. Catherine is passionate about the Arts both personally and in terms of its power to transform and develop people’s potential.
Gwen is currently co-ordinating Aspire, an Aimhigher project aimed at increasing the access to higher education for groups of learners who are currently under-represented. Her area covers south east London, where she has previously worked in a variety of roles. She trained as a secondary English teacher but taught drama and media as well and then moved into school management including headship. During that time she helped set up All Change, a community arts organisation that built on the success of the school’s community play. She moved from headship to being an education adviser on technical and vocational education in the then Employment Department, and then to being Deputy General Secretary for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. Her outside interests include cinema and theatre, art and architecture. She has been involved in Arts Inform for over a decade and is committed to its work in bringing applied arts into schools.
Fredrick Hyde-Chambers has worked for thirty years with different Parliaments, established and newly established, focusing on the relationship between legislative bodies and economic operators, and in the problems of establishing engagement by civil society with Parliamentary institutions. Currently he is Secretary General of the International Association of Business and Parliament which is working with the legislatures and economic operators of Armenia, Moldova, Georgia, and the Sultanate of Oman . The Association also has chapters in Belgium (Wallonia and Flanders), Spain, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. He is a founder Trustee of the Institute for Citizenship and received the OBE for his services to the Industry and Parliament Trust (UK). He is also Chairman of the Tibet Society and Relief Fund of the UK and a Council member of the Buddhist Society. His publications include a novel in five languages, and two folktale books in two languages.
Arts administration has been the basis of his career, starting with a seven year period as General Secretary of the Poetry Society. During that time, the Society's headquartes was established as the National Poetry Centre and a number of large-scale poetry events were also put on in other venues including the South Bank. Then, following a brief period with the Arvon Foundation, Michael was appointed Sponsorship Manager of W H Smith, where he remained for nearly 20 years. The nationwide sponsorship programme was devoted primarily to arts education projects and events put on by leading arts organisations and involving professional artists working with schools. One of the last of these projects was put on by the newly founded Arts Inform and involved the Evening Standard which produced one newspaper written by students from a number of London secondary schools, and sold in W H Smith shops. Michael has been on the Arts Inform Board since 1996.
Abigail is the deputy director of the National Literacy Trust. She supports all aspects of the NLT’s work and its contribution to social justice and growth. Previously Abigail led library shared service and other local government improvement programmes at Museums, Libraries and Archives London, and before that was Director of Children and Young People’s Strategy at Arts Council England, London. She has also worked as an English teacher, literacy coordinator and a performer and is currently Vice Chair for Project Phakama UK, a performing arts charity.
Rob trained as an architect before becoming a curator and now works at the Royal Institute of British Architects as the Curator of Exhibitions. The exhibitions he has curated include: Fantasy Architecture 1500 – 2036 with the Hayward Gallery (2004-5); On the Threshold at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2006-7); and most recently Open-Poland: Architecture and Identity at the RIBA (2009).
Rob has worked with Arts Inform since 2000, on a series of built environment school-based education projects in schools involving architects in which a culminating exhibition of the student work has always been an integral part. This led to the development, piloting and establishment of the Architects in Residence model and resource for supporting architect and teacher practitioner partnerships in schools.
Rob writes on architecture and art for magazines and articles, most recently contributing to the Phaidon Atlas of 20th Century Architecture.