Cornelius Medvei, Chair of Trustees
Cornelius joined the Board as Chair in 2012 and has been closely involved in supporting Vanessa and the team as they continue to develop the leading role Cockpit Arts plays as a self-sustaining social enterprise. A passionate supporter of the arts, Cornelius is a Governor of Southbank Centre, a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and a real estate partner at King & Wood Mallesons LLP. Previously he was a partner at Eversheds LLP where he held a number of roles including Head of Real Estate, London Managing Partner and Senior Partner. Cornelius is married to Jean Scott-Moncrieff, a leading contemporary jeweller, and is therefore steeped in the contemporary craft world and has been a collector for many years.
“Cockpit Arts is leading the way in self sustaining social enterprise in the arts and I’m proud to be part of that. I believe passionately in the crucial contribution the creative industries make to our society, culture and economy.”
David Moore is founding Director and the longstanding creative force behind Michelin starred restaurants Pied à Terre and sister restaurant, L’Autre Pied. He also has interests in Van Zeller restaurant in Harrogate, the recently opened One Sixty smokehouse, is a consultant for several other restaurants and acts as a mentor for the young chefs who’ve passed through his kitchens. David’s career spans numerous illustrious locations such as The Box Tree in Ilkley and Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire as well as Louis XV in Monaco and La Belle Otero in France. He has made several TV appearances including BBC MasterChef: The Professionals, Out of the Frying Pan and The Restaurant, alongside his former mentor Raymond Blanc.
“I am delighted to become a Cockpit Arts Trustee. I have been a patron of the crafts for many years, regularly attending Cockpit Open Studios and commissioning and purchasing works, in particular furniture for our restaurants.”
Sarah Myerscough Gallery was established in London’s West End in 1998 as a space for both emerging and established British artists. The gallery exhibits a range of painting, photography, and contemporary craft and design with the aim of encouraging innovation and cutting edge vitality, as well as a strong emphasis on distinguished technical skill and artistic integrity in contemporary art.
“In our high tech commercial world we need to protect the visual arts as they reflect societal achievement but also highlight our deficiencies. Contemporary craft honours traditional ways of making but also creates powerful and innovative visual dialogues through aesthetic and conceptual ideologies. The time taken to produce such astonishing tactile and visually absorbing objects, from fashion to fine art, runs contrary to our fast moving lives. Unless we take time to appreciate contemporary craft, we miss an opportunity to be creatively enriched. We still undervalue this creative enterprise and in doing so undervalue ourselves.”
Michael is an Independent Creative Industries Business Consultant and a Creative Enterprise Management Lecturer. Before setting up his own consultancy, he held management positions at NESTA, the BBC and within the Telecommunications sector. Michael has an MBA and an MA in Communications Policy and Regulation and is an accredited Business Adviser.
“I am delighted to be a Trustee of Cockpit Arts, a unique social enterprise that espouses and delivers practical business support to a wide range of truly talented designer-makers. Cockpit Arts’ remit is one that I fully endorse as an Independent Creative Industries Business Consultant.”
Lucy read English at Cambridge and following a successful marketing career, is now Director of “The Bigger Picture” for Sky, leading the company’s work in corporate responsibility, accessibility, action on the environment and support of the arts and sports. BSkyB is one of the largest corporate supporters of the arts in the UK, including Sky Arts’ partnerships with the Hay Festival and Tate Liverpool, and investing and supporting leading arts organisations and emerging artists through its acclaimed Sky Arts Ignition Series.
“I am thrilled to be Trustee of Cockpit Arts – a truly creative, trend setting organisation which, through their support and nurturing of designer-makers, significantly contributes to the UK cultural sphere.”
Angie is an alumnus of Cockpit Arts where she ran her jewellery business for ten years, after completing her MA(RCA) at the Royal College of Art in 2001. She is also the author of Setting Up A Successful Jewellery Business, published on Bloomsbury, and has delivered several business courses for jewellery designers. Having made a career change in 2011, Angie is now a qualified Chartered Secretary working at Man Group plc.
“It is very satisfying to give something back to an organisation which supported me in so many ways throughout my career. It’s been exciting to witness the impact of Cockpit Arts on London’s craft culture over the last decade, and I am delighted to be taking part in shaping its future.”
Jane Kuria-Ronaldson is a marketing and business development professional who has worked in a number of industry sectors, including financial and professional services, retail, media and the arts. Jane is currently a Marketing Manager within the International Banking division of the RBS Group. Previously, she worked in a number of in-house management roles and within marketing communications agencies, for clients and organisations such as Arts and Business, Prudential, BP, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, American Express, TalkTalk, Help A Capital Child, WPP plc and ITN. Jane has a personal interest in silversmithing and jewellery making in her spare time and also chairs the Fundraising Committee at Cockpit Arts.
“I am delighted to be a Trustee of Cockpit Arts – a unique and innovative social enterprise, which has made such a significant and sustained contribution to the UK’s creative industries and overall economy.”
Stuart has worked within the financial services sector for over 30 years in a number of varied roles including front line retail, IT, operational and general management. For the last 13 years Stuart has worked at Coutts & Co where he is currently accountable for the UK banking proposition and Managing Director, Head of UK Banking. Stuart has an MBA from Warwick.
“It’s a privilege to be part of the Cockpit Arts team; they are a powerhouse of talent which is helping secure the creative future of this country”.
A graduate of Nottingham University and a Chartered Accountant, Jill has international experience in the financial services sector. Following a 5 year stint in New York, Jill has worked as a Programme Manager for Deutsche Bank in London for the last 7 years.
“I am excited to be part of an organisation which provides a fantastic support model to new and growing businesses in the creative arts; as a hobby jeweller, I appreciate the tremendous skill and talent of the Cockpit designer-makers.”
Alex Tait is the Digital Director, EMEA at Kellogg Company, with responsibility for all digital marketing strategy and operations for the company. He has extensive digital experience gained through roles at a diverse range of organisations including Arcadia Group Ltd, American Express, the Post Office and Associated Newspapers. He is also a columnist for Marketing Week.
“As a former combined arts and business graduate, the concept of Cockpit Arts as a creative-business incubator for designer-makers is something I feel very passionate about. Since joining I’ve been struck by the significant contribution made the organisation to ‘creative Britain’ by incubating some of the best of the UK’s best creative talent.”