The voluntary Group draws together local, regional, national and international experts from the UK and around the world
Gillian Youngs, PhD, MA, BA
Media, entrepreneurial business and higher education
Gillian has a leadership background in media, entrepreneurial business and higher education, working across Europe, the USA, Africa and East Asia.
Rebecca Thomas, BAGradCert
Visual Communication Co-ordinator at The Margate School and freelance Graphic Designer (Westgate-on Sea, Thanet)
As both Visual Communication Co-ordinator at The Margate School and a successful independent graphic designer based in Thanet, Rebecca has over twenty-two years’ experience as a designer for local government, private consultancies and as a freelancer.
Jules Pretty, OBE, PFHEA, FRSB, FRSA
Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex, and Director of the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement (Essex)
Currently Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex, and Director of the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement, Jules’ career has focused on exploring, innovating and acting on the intersection between people and natural resources and between society and environment.
Kerstin Mey, PhD, MA, PGDIp, FRSA, FLFHE
President, University of Limerick (Limerick, RoI)
Kerstin is President of the University of Limerick. Kerstin was the first woman to head a university in Ireland. She held positions in a number of universities in Germany and the United Kingdom before moving to Limerick.
Lucy Lyons, PhD, MMAA, MA, BA
Artist, Lecturer and Tutor (Margate)
Lucy lectures in Drawing on The Margate School’s Fine Arts Masters Course. Her own practice uses drawing in the expanded field as intervention into different disciplines, researching how the activity of drawing leads to better understanding through ‘slow looking’.
Christy Johnson, MA, BA
(Valley Village, California)
Christy has a background in contemporary fine art with knowledge and experience of working within HE, art in the public realm, and establishing links with local, regional, and international partners for creative collaborations.
Phil Gomm, MA, BA
Managing Director, Ding Learning (Whitstable, Kent)
Phil is an award-winning writer, director and producer with over ten years’ experience in the successful design, delivery and dissemination of creative education of ambitious multi-participant collaborations.
Ingrid Fraser, MA, BA
Journalist, Producer, Writer, TV and Radio Host (Canada and Portugal)
Ingrid has a comprehensive career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a journalist, producer, writer, and host of both live and pre-recorded radio and tv output, addressing political and social issues with local artists, writers, film makers, and musicians.
Political artist and founding member of the Arborealist
Movement (Margate and France)
Political artist and founding member of the Arborealist Movement, Phillipa worked in HE for more than 30 years and has a considerable reputation as an international visual arts curator.
Freelance Cultural Consultant and Art Curator, Writer, Editor (Nicosia, Cyprus)
Marina has curated many art exhibitions and initiated a series of social history presentations related to Cyprus. In 2014 she became the Executive Director for Pafos2017 to deliver European Capital of Culture Pafos2017.
Dominic Rose, MA, BA
Fine Art MA student and Darkroom Coordinator at The Margate School (Margate)
Both a post graduate student and Darkroom Coordinator at The Margate School, Dominic has instigated and managed arts commissions and events in Margate over the past five years.
Laura Nyahuye, BA
Artistic Director & CEO, Maokwo (Coventry, England)
Laura was born and raised in Zimbabwe and is now based in Coventry, UK. She is a mother, a multi-disciplinary artist, storyteller, designer/ maker, writer, curator, performer, changemaker and advocate.
Christopher Lutterodt – Quarcoo, MA(RCA), BA, FHEA, FRSA
Strategist, Curriculum Designer and Creative Director (Margate/London)
Christopher is a freelance strategist, curriculum designer and creative director supporting individuals and organisations to establish, equip and reinforce authentic visions, products and services across differing cultural climates.
Our Kitchen (Margate)
Sharon is the driving force behind ‘Our Kitchen’ on Margate High Street, which provides families with ingredients and knowledge on how to cook healthy and nutritious meals economically.
Visiting Professor, Harlaxton College, University of Evansville (Oakham, Leicestershire)
Michael has an international overview encompassing the USA, Europe and the UK with strong governance connections to Kent at Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company.
Arts Education, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Tutor, Writer and Artist (USA)
Crista has a multi-faceted career in the international art world. Working with both high profile and emerging artists, she has been a gallerist, a publisher, an art dealer, a studio manager, curator, course leader, scholar, mentor, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Continuity Support, Voices that Shake! (Higham, Kent)
Jane is an artist, curator, writer and educator who currently provides continuity support for ‘Voices that Shake!’, the youth-led, arts, race programme, hosted by Platform, London.
Paul Rennie, PhD, BA
Practices Leader in Contexts for Graphic Communication Design (Folkestone, Kent)
With more than 20 years’ experience in art and design pedagogy through his role as Subject leader in Contexts for Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, Paul is also a member of the Art Committee of the Imperial Healthcare Charity and a partner in Rennie’s Seaside Modern, a gallery of curated art and design in Folkestone.
John was closely involved in developing the UK government’s first policies for the creative industries in the 1990s. He was Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4 Television (2000-2005) and executive assistant to Lord Puttnam as the Chairman of the film company Enigma Productions Ltd (1992-97).
Founder, Kepler Art Conseil (Paris and Brussels)
Following twenty-five years of experience in the international art sector and eight years of experience in art criticism (Zürichseezeitungen, Switzerland), Elisabeth founded Kepler Art Conseil in Paris to develop and exhibit innovative practices in contemporary art.
Ian Jones, PhD, MA, MSc
Ian’s professional background is in education, most recently in the HE sector, with additional voluntary and advisory roles, principally in inter-ethnic relations, and other social initiatives.
Richard Gardner, BA
Award winning artist, graphic designer and moving image
producer (Penzance, Cornwall)
Award winning artist, graphic designer and moving image producer, Richard has worked internationally across Europe, the USA and the UK both as an independent and for socially and environmentally engaged broadcast channels.
Jeffrey Adjei MA IRIBA
BArch Managing Director, Studio Contra (Lagos, Nigeria)
Jeffrey is an architect and urban designer and is co-founder and Managing Director of Studio Contra, the architectural, interior and urban design practice based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Co-founder, Linden Hall Studio (Deal, Kent)
Myles co-founded and co-runs Linden Hall Studio in Deal, Kent, with satellite galleries in London and Canterbury. He is currently working a new venture in Chichester, West Sussex.