Meet our Board of Governors
Our board brings us wide-ranging expertise across industry and the arts, chaired by Susan Gilchrist.
Susan Gilchrist, Chair
Susan Gilchrist is Group Chief Executive of international communications firm Brunswick Group, leading the group’s operations across 23 offices in 14 different countries. She is a respected and established leader in the international communications industry.
Prior to joining Brunswick in 1995, Susan worked as a correspondent at the Times and as a management consultant at Bain & Company. She is a founding supporter of the 30% club in the US, a group devoted to increasing gender balance across organisations and particularly boardrooms, and in 2015 she was appointed to the Board of the Arthur W. Page Society.
Susan has a long association with the Southbank Centre, having been a regular visitor for many years, and she has served on the Board since 2008. She also sat on the Board of Trustees of the Old Vic Theatre, and in 2014 was awarded a fellowship by her alma mater, King’s College London.
David Kershaw set up M&C Saatchi, the third largest advertising agency in the UK, together with Maurice and Charles Saatchi, Bill Muirhead and Jeremy Sinclair in 1995, and he has been the Group CEO since 2004. Prior to this, David had worked at Saatchi & Saatchi UK for more than 20 years, becoming its Chairman and CEO in 1994.
David was a Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1988 to 1992 and is currently Chair of the Cultural Leadership Programme, as well as a Trustee of Creative and Cultural Skills.
Glyn Aikins has been Co-President of the Since ‘93 record label since its launch by Sony Music UK in 2018.
He is the signing hand behind key British music acts including Artful Dodger, So Solid Crew, Emily Sandé and Professor Green. Previously, Glyn held the post of Artist & Repertoire (A&R) Director at Virgin Records for nine years, having worked as an A&R executive for them for several years prior.
Glyn is passionate about nurturing a new generation of diverse grassroots talent onto international success.
Venetia Butterfield is Publishing Director at Penguin Random House UK and manages the Viking, Portfolio and Penguin Life imprints, which publish prestigious UK authors including Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville, Booker-shortlisted Colm Tóibín, John le Carré, Ruby Wax and Samuel Johnson Prize-winner Claire Tomalin.
At HarperCollins Venetia was responsible for setting up the imprint HarperPerennial, and her distinguished marketing career saw her lead the marketing operations for both HarperCollins and Collins Educational. She is also Vice Chair of Governors for West London Free School and Earl’s Court Free School.
After an illustrious career at MTV Networks International, Brent Hansen retired in 2006. He had joined the embryonic MTV Europe in 1987 as News Producer and, after several promotions, became President and Chief Executive of MTV Networks Europe in 1996. Brent was appointed President, Creative and Editor In Chief of MTV Networks International in 2003, responsible for overseeing Creative and Editorial for all 89 international channels, as well as branding, creative, music, programming and editorial output.
Dame Vivian Hunt is the Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company’s UK and Ireland offices and is a senior partner of the firm, also serving on the firm’s global Board of Directors.
She was previously named ‘the most influential black woman in Britain’ by the Powerlist Foundation. The Financial Times identified her as one of the ‘European Women to Watch’ and, more recently, as one of the 30 most influential people in the City of London.
In 2018, Dame Vivian was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business.
In his role as Chief Executive at Almacantar, Michael Hussey is recognised as one of the leading experts of the central London property market.
Michael was an Executive Board Director at Land Securities plc, the largest property company in the UK, and was responsible for property transactions at the Canary Wharf Group as Head of Leasing and Marketing. Michael is an independent Director of Taylor Wimpey plc, and has served as Chairman of the Regeneration and Development Committee for the British Property Federation, President of the British Council for Offices, President of the City Property Association, London Board member of the RSA and a Trustee of Land Aid.
Luke Mayhew is currently a Non-Executive Director of InterContinental Hotel Group and DFS, and has worked in senior roles across the Travel and Retail sectors, including 13 years as a Director of John Lewis. Alongside his commercial work, Luke is a Trustee of BBC Children in Need and the National Youth Orchestra. Until recently, Luke was also a member of Tate’s Finance and Operating Committee and Tate Enterprise Board.
He has held board roles at WH Smith, Pets at Home and Brambles, and was Chairman of the British Retail Consortium.
Cornelius Medvei is a lawyer and real estate Consultant with DLA Piper LLP. A passionate supporter of the arts, he is also Chair of Cockpit Arts and he was previously a Trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and Chair of Wingfield Arts and Music.
Previously a partner at Eversheds for over 25 years and of SJ Berwin / King & Wood Mallesons, Cornelius headed Eversheds’ real estate practice and was both London Managing and London Senior Partner. Cornelius has held a number of appointments in professional organisations.
Sandy Rattray is Chief Investment Officer of alternative asset manager Man Group. Before joining Man Group in 2007, Sandy spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Managing Director. He leads Man Group’s sponsorships of the Oxford-Man Institute and the King’s College London Maths School. He is currently also a board director of MSCI Inc.
While Sandy’s professional interests focus on data, technology and markets, his personal passions are 20th century architecture and classical music. He is also an avid cyclist and a founding patron of the London Cycling Campaign.
Sir William Sargent is Chief Executive and co-founder of the visual effects company Framestore, whose work has been recognised with two Oscars (as well as five nominations), 11 Primetime Emmys, and many major global creative awards.
Sir William also served as Chairman and CEO of Spitting Image. A key business advisor to the government, Sir William held the positions of Permanent Secretary, Regulatory Reform at the Cabinet Office and Board Director of HM Treasury.
Sir William received a CBE in 2004 and was knighted by the Queen in 2008. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
Lisbeth (Libby) Savill is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins, representing clients in the media and entertainment sectors.
She served as the deputy chair of the British Film Institute from 2011 to 2019, and as a board member of Film London 2003 –2010.
Libby was also an invited member of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs experts’ panel regarding the creation and implementation of UK creative sector tax reliefs. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2019 New Year’s Honours List for services to film and television.
Dr Maggie Semple is the Chief Executive of The Experience Corps, a company that provides strategic advice and research to the private sectors.
Maggie is a former Civil Service Commissioner, Director of the Learning Experience at the New Millennium Experience Company Ltd, and Director of Education and Training at Arts Council England. Maggie has also served on a number of Government and EU task groups concerned with learning and development.
She serves on a range of Boards and is a Non-Executive Director of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the British Library and the Brit School. She was awarded an OBE in 2000 for her services to education in the UK.
Lynne Shamwana is a chartered accountant and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She is currently a non-executive director and Chair of Audit Committee of the West Brom Building Society. She was previously Chief Financial Officer of Virgin Care. She has held a variety of senior finance and management roles at Christie’s, Centrica plc, British Gas, Goldfish Bank plc and Alliance & Leicester plc.
Lynne was an independent member of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Department for Work & Pensions and Chair of the Women’s Development Board of the Microloan Foundation Charity.