Meet our Board of Governors
Our board brings us wide-ranging expertise across industry and the arts, chaired by Misan Harriman.
Misan Harriman, Chair
Misan Harriman is a photographer, creative director and cultural commentator, and is the first Black person in the history of British Vogue to shoot the cover of its September issue.
From documenting historic moments in history, most recently the Black Lives Matter movement in London, to photographing high-profile celebrities, Harriman is a photographer of extraordinary range, described as ‘the most talked about photographer of our times’ by the Evening Standard.
His images have featured in publications including Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, People Magazine and The Telegraph.
Harriman is an outspoken activist supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and is the founder of What We Seee, a publishing platform that amplifies diverse voices, artists, archives and brands.
Born in Nigeria, Harriman was educated in England where he developed a life-long love for the arts. This led him to picking up a camera and honing his craft.
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.
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 Managing Director of Cornerstone, a division of Penguin Random House which includes imprints such as Century, Hutchinson, Heinemann, Randomhouse Business, #Merky, Del Rey and Penguin. Previously Venetia was Publisher of Penguin General and managed the Viking, Portfolio and Penguin Life imprints. She has published Robert Harris, Michelle Obama, Elif Shafak, Ben MacIntyre, Philippa Perry, John le Carré, Ruby Wax, Rangan Chatterjee, Kit de Waal and Elizabeth Strout.
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 was also Vice Chair of Governors for West London Free School and Earl’s Court Free School.
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.
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.