Trustees

Meet the office team

Meet the trustees

Christine Riding

CHAIR
Christine Riding is Head of Arts and Curator of the Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich, where she has oversight of art, costume and craft collections, covering the early modern period to the contemporary. She has a wide experience of working in museums, galleries and heritage organisations with a special interest in British art and in displaying and interpreting collections in historic houses. She has degrees in history, museum studies and art history, served as Deputy Editor of Art History, and has been Chair since 2014. Having been involved with the Association for fifteen years, she is particularly focused on promoting the study of art history as a gateway to many careers, and to extending the reach and benefits of the subject to as wide an audience as possible. In this regard, she is very proud of the work done by the Association to diversify the careers, specialisms and skills of trustees, as represented by the current board.

Neil Fray

HONORARY TREASURER
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 Reifenstein

HONORARY SECRETARY
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.

Joanna Banham

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

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

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. Her books include Grayson Perry (Thames & Hudson, 2009/updated and expanded 2013); Body of Art (Phaidon, 2015); and What is Contemporary Art? A Children's Guide (Thames & Hudson, London/Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012). A Trustee since 2014, Jacky is passionate about communicating art history to the widest possible audience.

Suzy Lishman

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

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.

Carol Richardson

Carol Richardson is based at the University of Edinburgh. She brings experience of teaching and research at university level to her role as trustee of the Association for Art History. She strongly believes in academic governance and the key role of subject-specific expertise to management in the sector. She is passionate about learning as part of a community, and making knowledge accessible to as wide a range of people as possible and sees the interdisciplinary and multi-media approached of art history as an ideal format for that. Research specialism on renaissance art and Rome means she is particularly interested in the differences and distances that get in the way of dialogue.

Ben Thomas

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).