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.”
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.”
Having originally studied Fine Art and then Multimedia at Leeds College of Art and Design, Rosie has worked in arts communications for over ten years for a variety of organisations such as the Royal Opera House, English National Ballet, Opera North and JB Pelham PR, an arts PR consultancy specialising in contemporary visual art. She is currently Director of Communications at The Place, one of the UK’s foremost contemporary dance organisations.
“I am very proud to be a Trustee of Cockpit Arts; for me it combines some of the very best designer-makers with practical business support of the highest quality. The team at Cockpit are dedicated to nurturing artists and together, they make a unique contribution to craft and design in the UK.”
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 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 Group Head of E-Commerce at Arcadia Group Ltd working in a global capacity across all their brands (Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Miss Selfridge, Evans, Outfit, Wallis and BHS). He has extensive digital experience gained through roles at a diverse range of organisations including 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.”