Culture24 Trustees

| 09 February 2009
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John Newbigin Chairman

John, a strategic consultant for the cultural industries, was formerly Head of Corporate Relations at Channel 4 Television and a special advisor to Chris Smith MP when he was Secretary of State for Culture.

He joined Channel 4 in January 2000 and previous jobs also include working for David Puttnam’s film company Enigma (1992-97) and as a Policy Advisor to Neil Kinnock (1986-92).

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Adam Gee

Adam is Commissioning Editor - Cross-platform (Factual) at Channel 4 and is one of the most experienced commissioners in UK broadcasting of multiplatform interactive projects.

His productions have won over 50 international awards including a BAFTA, two RTS Awards, a Media Guardian Innovation Award, a Design Council Millennium Award and the Grand Award at the New York International Film & TV Festival. Adam has served on the Interactive and Television Committees of BAFTA, and is a voting member of the European Film Academy.

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Lydia Howland

Lydia Howland is a Human Factors Designer at IDEO, a global design consultancy that helps companies innovate through products, services, environments and experiences. Working within multidisciplinary teams, Lydia uses empathic ethnographical techniques to bring a user-centred perspective to IDEO's research.

Her publications include: Logged Off? How ICT can connect young people and politics (Demos 2002); Kit for Purpose: Design to deliver creative learning (Design Council 2002); Foodstuff: Living in an age of Feast and Famine (ed.) (Demos 2002).

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Ylva French

Ylva French was until recently Director of the Campaign for Museums (wound up in early 2009). She organised the annual Museums and Galleries Month (last held in May 2008) and also launched the first 24 Hour Museum in 1999.

Ylva is a PR and marketing professional with wide ranging experience in museums, heritage and tourism. She is a former Board Member of the Royal Parks Agency and a Trustee of the Museum Prize Trust, which delivers the annual Art Fund Prize.

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Vivienne Reiss

Vivienne is an arts consultant who devises and manages cultural programmes and is involved in research into artist–led learning and participatory initiatives.

Vivienne was formerly Head of Visual Arts Learning and Development at the Arts Council where she was responsible for developing a national visual arts and media education strategy. Her previous work includes running an inner city-based community arts project and working as a gallery curator.

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Rowena Loverance

Rowena Loverance is a freelance writer and e-learning consultant. Previously head of e-learning at The British Museum, she has been involved in digital media since the early 1990s, when she made the museum’s very first CD-ROM, and she created the museum’s extensive series of children’s websites on the ancient world,

She currently writes for the National Museums Online Learning Project. Apart from the day job, she is a specialist in Byzantine sculpture, and she has written several books on the relationship between religion and the visual arts.

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Tom O’Leary

Tom O'Leary is currently Head of Education at the UK Parliament where he leads a rapidly expanding programme to engage young people with the work of Parliament. Before this Tom worked at The National Archives for 10 years in a number of roles, finishing as Head of Online Services and Education. This involved overseeing the web site, education, digitisation, outreach and museum functions.

During his time at the archives he led the development of the award winning education website, The Learning Curve. Prior to joining The National Archives, Tom taught history to 11 to 18 year olds in the state sector for four years. Tom is also on the board of trustees for the RAF Museum, The E-Learning Group for Museums Libraries and Archives and serves as a school community governor. Tom has degree in History and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education.

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Vijay Solanki

Vijay is currently Senior Director for BlackBerry/Research In Motion for EMEA. His primary focus is digital marketing including social media and mobile. Previously, Vijay headed up Marketing Services for BP/Europe which included digital marketing and sponsorship. He was responsible for Castrol's sponsorship of Euro 2008 and their World Cup 2010 communication strategy.

Vijay's marketing background includes senior roles at, Capital Radio and mobile start-up, Shazam. He started his career with Unilever.

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Eddie Berg

Eddie became the Artistic Director of the British Film Institute in March 2005. He led the successful £8m expansion of the National Film Theatre into BFI Southbank and is responsible for the creative leadership and business management of the venue.

Prior to this he was founder and Chief Executive of FACT (the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool. FACT is now Britain's leading centre for digital arts and film. Eddie has curated and organised a wide range of exhibitions, screenings and events across the world and has lectured extensively and served on juries and panels at film, art, media, government and corporate events, and festivals internationally.

He was part of the curatorial team for the 2002 Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art; a judge for the 2004 Paul Hamlyn Awards for Artists; was a member of the Alexander Korda Jury for the Best British Film at the 2006 BAFTA’s and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Michael Bedingfield

Michael joined Tourism South East in June 2009 as Chief Executive. He is responsible for growing tourism in the South East England, an industry which currently generates for the region in excess of £10 billion per annum and supports over 300,000 jobs.

Previously Michael worked for VisitBritain, joining in June 2003 as Director of the organisation’s England Marketing Division.

In September 2008, he became Marketing Director, responsible for marketing Britain internationally. In this role, he was responsible for devising and implementing VisitBritain’s marketing strategy to inspire the world to explore Britain, attracting over 32 million visitors to Britain each year.

Prior to joining VisitBritain he was Head of Brand Marketing at P&O Cruises and held senior marketing posts in the travel and tourism industry with Hertz, Avis Europe and Thomas Cook.