Cornelius Medvei, Chair of Trustees
We are delighted to welcome Cornelius Medvei as our new Chair of Trustees. A passionate supporter of the arts, Cornelius is a Governor of Southbank Centre and has been a collector of contemporary crafts for some time. Cornelius is a partner at Eversheds LLP, and for 25 years has variously been Head of Real Estate and both London Managing Partner and London Senior Partner. Currently he leads the firm’s Transport Sector. He says of his role of Chair:
“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.”
A graduate of Oxford University and qualified solicitor – Andrew works in London and Tokyo. His office, Film Finances (Japan) Ltd (a joint venture with Film Finances Inc), provides risk management and strategic business advice to financiers and film producers in Asia.
“Cockpit is an inspiration in its energetic mix of business and creativity. The organisation and its members continue to set the standard in the industry and are fantastic examples of what can be achieved with designer-makers.”
Rosie is Head of Ballet Press at the Royal Opera House. Having originally studied Fine Art and then Multimedia at Leeds College of Art and Design she has also worked for English National Ballet, Opera North and JB Pelham PR, an arts PR consultancy specialising in contemporary visual art.
Andrew is one of Britain’s principal sculptural artists and his work is featured in collections the world over including the National Portrait Gallery London, the Australian Gallery of National Art Sydney and the Costume Institute Metropolitan Museum New York.
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, recently published on A&C Black, and runs business courses for jewellery designers at the City Literary Institute. She is currently training to be a Chartered Secretary with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
“I look forward to the opportunity 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 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. Before working on a consultancy basis, Jane 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 , adidas, Disney & Touchstone Films and ITN. Jane 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 25 years in a number of varied roles including front line retail, IT, operational and general management. For the last 9 years Stuart has worked at Coutts & Co where he is currently leading a company wide change programme. 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.”