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Gareth O’Hagan

VA Board Member

Gareth O’Hagan is currently the Head of Extractive Industries Governance at Adam Smith International, where he delivers technical assistance to developing country governments to enhance their governance for the oil, gas and mining sectors. Previously Gareth was the Country Manager in Sierra Leone for the Revenue Development Foundation (RDF). There he assisted different parts of government mobilise own-source revenue through more effective management of natural resources and local government taxation.

Gareth has held various consultancy positions, notably with A. T. Kearny, Xoomworks, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a BA in Economics from Trinity College Dublin as well as an MA in Management Science from the Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin.

Chrissie Tiller

VA Board Member

Chrissie Tiller is a creative consultant and practitioner working across a range of sectors. All her work is informed by a passionate commitment to the possibility for everyone, no matter what their class, education or cultural background, to engage with the making, sharing and enjoyment of the arts.

Following training and working as a director and writer, her work now largely focuses on the role of the arts and arts education in trans-national ad social contexts. She has worked extensively in Central, Southern & Eastern Europe (18 countries inc. Russia), the EU, and in Palestine and Japan. Her work in these contexts has included acting as expert advisor on a wide range of inter-cultural, art and social engagement programmes for funders such as the European Cultural Foundation, King Baudouin Foundation, Princes Trust, Open Society Fund, British Council and the Council Of Europe and the Ministries of Education and Culture in Romania, Lithuania, Finland, Palestine and Serbia.  She has also initiated and led a number of high profile job-shadowing, networking and training programmes for artists and cultural operators in the same regions.

Chrissie also works as a consultant and trainer for a number of major corporate and not for profit organisations focusing on Leadership Skills, Effective Communication, Networking and Influencing, Creativity.

Her academic qualifications include: BA Hons English, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, PGCE Drama, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, ACSD Drama and Theatre in Education, Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

Jevan Chowdhury

VA Board Member

Jevan is an experienced practitioner across all creative media and former Aspect broadcast designer. He is the founder of Wind & Foster, a design driven creative studio set up in 2001 specialising in film & advertising. Jevan is now committed to innovative and creative social projects with recent credits for FIFA, TfL and Universal.

Jevan’s Moving Cities project, a growing collection of short films that capture international dancers in urban settings, has received Film Festival awards and recognition in London, Los Angeles, Seoul, Stockholm, Rome, Clermont Ferrand and São Carlos.

Jevan studied architecture and communication design at the University of Portsmouth.

Brian Morgan


Brian Morgan is currently Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Cardiff School of Management at the University of Wales in Cardiff (UWIC) where he is Director of the Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre (CLEC). Brian traces his interest in economics and enterprise to his time as a student and lecturer at the LSE. Before returning to academia at Cardiff University in 1997 Brian was Chief Economist at the WDA. During the last fifteen years he has worked as a senior policy adviser in Wales (for the WDA and the Assembly), and in Whitehall (the DTI) and he has worked extensively in Europe (for the OECD and EU). He is Director of a number of businesses in Wales, including Chairman, Welsh Whisky Company (distillers of the Penderyn Single Malt) and, Chairman Brecon Carreg, (producers of the best selling natural mineral water).

Past board members include:

Michela Magas

Michela Magas is the founder of the Music Tech Fest, a creative event which brings together large music publishers, SMEs, music innovators and scientific researchers. She is also the co-founder of Stromatolite Design Innovation Lab, developing futures concepts for international clients including Apple, Nike and Nokia. Furthermore, Michela is on the Advisory Board of the European Commission’s Horizon2020 programme.

Ajay Chhabra

Ajay is a director and actor whose work has been described as cross art-form and multi-disciplinary. He is co-director of production company Nutkhut (“mischievous”), which he formed with his partner, dancer and choreographer Simmy Gupta. Ajay is Artistic Director of the London Mela.

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer is the Director of Culture and Cultural and National Heritage at the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France.

Guto Harri

Guto was the BBC’s chief political correspondent. He also presented a number of programmes on TV and radio and did two foreign postings, in Rome and New York. He is now the spokesman and director of external affairs for the Mayor of London.

Romesh Gunesekera

Romesh Gunesekera is an award-winning and highly acclaimed novelist. Currently he is writer in residence at Somerset House and is associated with Goldsmiths College.

Sue Cambridge

Sue Cambridge is currently the Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services at ABRSM, the world’s leading authority on musical assessment. She was previously Finance Director at Tate.

Ann Harrison

Ann Harrison is the founder of Harrisons, a legal services/business affairs consultancy providing specialist advice to creative people and entrepreneurs working in the entertainment industry generally but primarily the music industry. She also works for Swan Turton as a consultant to the music and media group.

Tharuman Shivapadasundaram

Tharuman Shivapadasundaram is a sollicitor with Anthony Collins Solicitors, based in Birmingham.

Cathie Boyd

Cathie Boyd is the founder and artistic director of Cryptic, Scotland’s leading producing art house, having presented work in 25 countries.

Professor Sir Gordon Conway

Sir Gordon Conway is an agricultural ecologist and former President of the Royal Geographical Society. He is currently Professor of International Development at Imperial College and Director of Agriculture for Impact, a grant which focuses on European support of agricultural development in Africa.

Iwona Blazwick

Iwona Maria Blazwick OBE is an art critic and lecturer, and director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.

François Matarosso

François Matarosso is a freelance writer, researcher and consultant with a 35 year career in socially engaged arts practice. He is the creator of Regular Marvels, a project which celebrates the richness and diversity of people’s everyday art practice.

Graham Long

Terence Sandell

John McCaffrey

Sir Richard Peter Lambert

Dr Michael David Reilly

Susan Rowledge Harrison