Meet the trustees
Frances holds dual positions as Professor of Nineteenth-Century Art at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and as Senior Curator of French Art at the National Galleries of Scotland. She specialises in European and American nineteenth-century art, focusing on collecting, the art market, national identity, cultural revival and artistic networks. Frances began her career at Sotheby’s and, briefly, as an arts journalist. She gained her PhD at the University of Edinburgh has taught at the universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and at Edinburgh College of Art. She worked at Tate Britain before joining the National Galleries of Scotland in 2001 and the University of Edinburgh in 2005. Frances is currently Chair of the Burrell Collection in Glasgow.
Neil is based at the MND Association as their Director of Finance. He is an experienced Finance and Non-Executive Director in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. He brings a wide range of expertise to the organisation including strategic finance, income generation, governance and IT. Neil also has a passion for art history, completing his Masters Degree with the Open University in 2014. His final dissertation was on John Piper and the Coventry Cathedrals. More recently he has started to explore an interest in art and the environment, in particular the social impact that art can have on the public understanding of climate change.
Tilo is based at York St John University and has been a trustee of the Association since December 2014. He's a strong advocate of an inherently interdisciplinary understanding of art history, one that recognises the role of the work undertaken in art schools and through practice-based approaches. His particular research interests are in the relations of the 'visual' arts with literature and philosophy.
Jo Banham is Director of the Victorian Society Summer School and a freelance lecturer and researcher. She has worked in galleries and museums for over 30 years, in a curatorial and educational capacity. Most recently she set up and led on the new Learning Academy at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has taught at degree and post-graduate level in universities but is also passionately committed to the expansion of continuing education, as both professional development and adult leisure learning. She believes that Art History is not simply a subject for research but has a wider application in encouraging visual literacy, critical thinking, and practical skills.
Alixe Bovey is a specialist in the art and culture of the later Middle Ages, with particular interests in illuminated manuscripts, pictorial narrative, and the relationship between mythic history and material culture. She is Head of Research at The Courtauld Institute of Art, and became a trustee of the Association for Art History in 2017. She has held posts at the British Library and the University of Kent, and is a member of Canterbury Cathedral’s Fabric Advisory Committee.
Jacky Klein is an art historian, publisher and broadcaster. After gaining a First Class degree in History from Oxford University and an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute, she worked as a curator at the Barbican, Courtauld and Hayward galleries. In 2008 she moved sideways into the world of publishing, as commissioning editor for art books at Thames & Hudson. She has subsequently worked at Phaidon Press, Tate Publishing and, since June 2018, she has been Director of Heni Publishing. As a broadcaster, she has written and presented a range of arts films and documentaries for The Art Fund, Christie's, Tate, Heni Talks and Bloomberg TV. She co-presented ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ for BBC4 with Bendor Grosvenor and regularly contributes as an arts expert to a range of BBC TV and radio programmes including Radio 4's Front Row.
Suzy is a consultant pathologist at Peterborough City Hospital, specialising in the diagnosis of bowel cancer. She studied art history with the Open University, writing her dissertation on Botticelli's Mystic Nativity. Suzy has many years' experience of public and political engagement, raising the profile of pathology with a wide range of audiences. She is the immediate past president of the Royal College of Pathologists and was awarded a CBE in 2018 for services to pathology. Suzy has been a trustee of several charities for many years and is pleased to combine her experience of governance and engagement with her interest in art history. She is particularly interested in the crossover between art and science and the benefits that studying art has for doctors' observational skills. Suzy is an experienced public speaker and broadcaster, entertaining audiences on a range of topics from the effect of arsenic in Victorian wallpaper to the vital role of pathology in modern healthcare.
Sarah Philp is Director of Programmes at Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art. Her role encompasses the development and management of grant-making schemes and partnerships to support museums and galleries across the UK in the areas of acquisitions and collections development, curatorial research and training, and exhibition, touring and public engagement. She is also responsible Art Fund's work placing gifts and bequests of works of art into museum collections, and for sector policy, advocacy and research.
Ben is Reader in History of Art at the University of Kent, where he convenes the MA Curating and founded the Kent Print Collection. He has published widely on a range of art historical topics from Renaissance art theory to contemporary printmaking. He is also a curator, and in 2017 co-curated the Ashmolean Museum's exhibition Raphael: The Drawings (winner of the Apollo exhibition of the year award, and a Global Fine Art award).
Is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Jorella trained as a fine artist and then as an art theorist. Her academic work focuses on the relations between philosophical inquiry, the image-world, and art practice, with a particular emphasis on phenomenology, notably the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. She is also more broadly engaged with debates in contemporary continental aesthetics and in the field of material culture, where her interests, and publications, are directed towards practices and theories of ornamentation in art, art theory, architecture, design and craft.
Emma is an independent consultant who advises organisations in the cultural and heritage sectors on strategy, planning and fundraising. She has a professional background in development at major national museums in the UK, having worked as Individual Giving Manager at the National Portrait Gallery and as Head of Individual Giving at the Science Museum Group. She has a deep interest in the visual arts and art history, with a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design and an MA in Art History from Birkbeck College. Her volunteer work includes serving as a Trustee at The Big Draw.
Caroline is Director of Collections and Research at the National Gallery in London. Born and educated in Belfast, she studied at University College, Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art before embarking on a curatorial career. Caroline has worked for three great British museums - the National Gallery, the Courtauld Gallery and the Ashmolean. She has authored a number of exhibition catalogues, book chapters and articles and curated exhibitions throughout her career, including Montegna and Bellini and Making Colour at the National Gallery. She is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art, but with wide art historical interests, and a commitment to making art and its histories open to all.
Kathryn Havelock is Deputy Head of Marketing at the V&A museum responsible for delivering marketing campaigns for exhibitions and public programmes at the V&A in South Kensington and the V&A Museum of Childhood. She is a Chartered Marketer, member of the Museums Association, and has fifteen years’ professional experience from leading arts, leisure and heritage organisations. Kathryn holds a first class degree in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Reading, an MA in Art History from UCL, an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, and an MA Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. She also holds Chartered Institute of Marketing diplomas in both Marketing and Digital Marketing. She has served on the board of the Arts Marketing Association and serves on the Advisory Council for Marketing Degree Programmes for London South Bank University.
Neil Walton is Subject Leader for PGCE Secondary Art and Design at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has an MA in History of Art from Birkbeck, University of London, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Roehampton. Neil initially trained as a painter, at degree level and then a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools. For over a decade he taught Art and Design and A Level Philosophy in London secondary schools. He has also taught art history in further and higher education at various art schools and colleges. Neil has also worked as a counsellor, mostly with adolescents. His research interests are in the history of art education and psychoanalytic aesthetics. He has published broadly, and is currently writing about the importance of art history in the secondary Art and Design curriculum.