National Council Members

Meet the members of the National Council.


Arts Council England

Nicholas Serota was appointed Chair of Arts Council England in February 2017.

Nicholas Serota was the Director of Tate from 1988 to May 2017.  During this period Tate has opened Tate St Ives (1993) and Tate Modern (2000), redefining the Millbank building as Tate Britain (2000).  Tate has also broadened its field of interest to include twentieth-century photography, film, performance and occasionally architecture, as well as collecting from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.  Since 2010, the national role of the Gallery has been further developed with the creation of the Plus Tate network of 35 institutions across the UK and Northern Ireland.

Nicholas Serota has been a member of the Visual Arts Advisory Committee of the British Council, a Trustee of the Architecture Foundation and a commissioner on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.  He was a member of the Olympic Delivery Authority which was responsible for building the Olympic Park in East London for 2012. He is a member of the Executive Board of the BBC.

Nicholas Serota was born in London in 1946. He studied History of Art at the University of Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute. He joined the Arts Council of Great Britain’s Visual Arts Department as a regional art officer in 1970 and then worked as a curator at the Hayward Gallery. In 1973, aged 27, he was appointed director of the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford where he worked for four years before he became the Director of the Whitechapel Gallery in 1976. He succeeded Alan Bowness in 1988 as Director of Tate.

Nicholas Serota was knighted in 1999 and appointed a Companion of Honour in 2013.

Term of appointment: 1 February 2017 – 31 January 2021


National Council Member
Director of Tate

Director of Tate, formerly Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries.

Maria succeeded Sir Nicholas Serota as Director of Tate on 1 June 2017.

Previously, as Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries, which holds internationally important collections of fine and decorative art of more than 80,000 objects, she was responsible for the artistic and strategic vision for each gallery. An academic by training, she has worked as a Director within the cultural sector for the past 11 years.

Alongside her role as Director of Manchester City Galleries and the Whitworth, Maria was Director of Culture for Manchester City Council. In April 2014 the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport appointed Maria as a board member of Arts Council England. Maria was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the arts in June 2015. In July 2015, the Whitworth was awarded the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year.

Term of appointment: 1 April 2014 - 31 March 2018


National Council Member
Chairman of UK Community Foundations

Matthew Bowcock was Chairman of UK Community Foundations and is currently a trustee of the Beacon Awards, Philanthropy Impact and The Philanthropy Workshop (previously the Institute for Philanthropy). Matthew was a founding director of and a member of the Philanthropy Review Board. In 2012 he authored a report for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport called Digital Giving in the Arts – Democratising Philanthropy.

He is a trustee of the Watts Gallery and Chair of Local Means Ltd. His background is in technology entrepreneurship, company start-up and investment, international marketing and company directorship. After a Law degree Matthew worked for international technology companies before setting up a software business in 1989, the first of several businesses he has established in Australia, the US and the UK.

In 2000 Matthew established The Hazelhurst Trust, a private family trust, and since 2005 has focused his energies on developing a new culture of engaged philanthropy in Britain. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2014 for services to community philanthropy.

Term of appointment: 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2017


National Council Member
Director of Xtend Uk Ltd

David Bryan is Director of Xtend UK Ltd, a management consultancy working in organisational change, leadership development and diversity. mostly in the not-for-profit and public sector. He has over 20 years consultancy experience, providing management training, facilitation to senior management teams, one to one coaching and governance support. Prior to becoming a consultant he worked in senior management within the voluntary sector, the arts and in academia.

His arts management experience is across several art forms and decades. It began with establishing a specialist bookshop (1976), this culminated in the first Black Bookfair in the UK. As the director of an arts centre - Brixton Village - he pioneered the development of Black Comedy and created a platform for diverse theatre. In his role as a producer he has organised Black Theatre festivals, exhibitions, film festivals and Nubian Steps ( a Black contemporary dance event). He has been a consultant to established arts institutions and new and emerging organisations in the performing arts, as well as, provided Diversity training on behalf of the Arts Council - internally and externally.

He has been a board member of several arts organisations from: The Gate Theatre, Tara Arts, Black Mime Theatre, Onyxarts Foundation and Tomorrow's Warriors. He has lectured on Management Studies at Goldsmith College; Arts Management at Birkbeck College and Caribbean History and Literature at City Lit Institute. He also taught on a post-graduate social work course at South Bank University. Outside of the arts he has had an extensive involvement with the world of charitable trusts, such as Thames Telethon Trust, City Bridge Trust, Comic Relief and the Trust for London.

Previous non-executive positions have included Camelot Foundation (Vice Chair) and National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). He is a board member of Dunraven School in Lambeth, and he holds no other public appointments.

Term of appointment: 1 October 2013 - 30 September 2017


Chair of South East Area Council
Professor of Literature and Director of the Centre of Creative and Performing Arts University of East Anglia

Jon Cook is Chair of Arts Council England South East.

He is a Professor of Literature and Director of the Centre of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of East Anglia, where he was also Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities between 2004-2010. The focus of his teaching and research is in romantic and modern literature. His publications include Poetry in Theory (2004) and a biography, Hazlitt in Love (2007) and he has written a number of essays on language and creativity. He has recently been a judge on the Caine Prize for African Writing and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

He is a member of the international academy for the Folio Prize. He has played an active role in the foundation and development of Writers Centre Norwich and is a course director on the UEA/Guardian Masterclasses project.

Term of appointment: 8 September 2008 - September 2017 (reappointed April 2013)


Chair of Arts Council England North Area Council

Joe Docherty is Chair of Arts Council England North.

He is CEO of national education and skills charity NCG. NCG comprises three Further Education colleges with Foundation Degree awarding powers in Newcastle, Kidderminster and West Lancashire, the national apprentice and workplace training provider Intraining, based in Sheffield and national youth education charity Rathbones, based in Manchester. The group works with over 100,000 learners each year and employs nearly 4,000 colleagues.

Previously, Joe was Deputy Chief Executive for North East-based Home Group, one of the United Kingdom's biggest social enterprises, and Chief Executive of the award winning Tees Valley Regeneration, where he oversaw the signing of more than £1 billion of private sector investment in the North East of England. During this time Joe also spearheaded a cultural and social renaissance programme - the iconic Tees Valley Giants - which includes one of the North East's most iconic modern structures, Anish Kapoor's Temenos.

Between 1999 and 2007 Joe was a Trustee of The Baltic - a major international centre for contemporary art - where he was also Chairman of the Finance and General Purpose Committee. Joe began his career in banking, where he was a Director in the corporate banking division within Barclays Bank.

Joe is currently a Trustee and Member of Council of the University of Durham and Chair of its Finance and General Purpose Committee. He is also a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the UK's largest charitable foundations, supporting work across the arts, education and learning, environment and social change sectors. He is also an owner and Director of Crosbys, a supplier of services and equipment to the catering industry.

Term of appointment: 25 May 2011 - 30 September 2017


Chair of Arts Council England South West Area Council

Sheila Healy is Chair of the South West Area Council.

She was Chief Executive of Cornwall Council and of Shropshire Council, Regional Director, Government Office for the West Midlands and a Director at IDEA (Local Government and Improvement Agency).

Her background is in regeneration, economic development, performance improvement and change management.

She served on the MLA Leading Museums group and a National Review of Libraries. As Chief Executive of City Challenge she played a key role in the development of the New Walsall Art Gallery. She was vice chair of the Ikon gallery in Birmingham, chair of Audiences Central and a trustee of Kneehigh theatre group.

Sheila now works as an independent advisor. She is Chair of The Audience Agency,  a member of the Tate St Ives Advisory Council, a trustee of the arts producers Situations and a member of the HEFCE Catalyst Fund panel which targets investment to universities and colleges for innovation in learning.

Term of appointment: 4 January 2010 – September 2017 (reappointed April 2013)


National Council Member
Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK

David Joseph joined Universal Music in 1998 as general manager of the company's Polydor label before moving up in 2002 to become managing director and later co-President of Polydor. 
In March 2008, he was promoted to Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK. Universal Music UK includes the labels Capitol, Decca, Island and Virgin EMI as well as Polydor, alongside the world’s most famous recording studios, Abbey Road. Universal Music UK is home to successful artists from across the musical spectrum including The Rolling Stones, U2, Take That, Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Sam Smith, Hozier, Years & Years, Bastille, Ellie Goulding and Nicola Benedetti. It also releases the music of global superstars such as Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Rihanna as well as repertoire from Decca, the number one classical label in the world. 
Prior to joining Universal Music in 1998, Joseph was at RCA where he was head of artist development working with artists including Take That, Kylie Minogue and Annie Lennox. In 2005 Joseph became a member of the BPI Council and for three years was Chairman of the BRITs Committee, which oversees the BRIT Awards. He worked with Doreen Lawrence on Unity, the O2 concert in September 2013 marking the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder and is executive producer of Amy, the Bafta and Oscar-winning documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse directed by Asif Kapadia.
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the music industry.

Term of appointment: 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2017


National Council Member
Managing Director of the Barbican Centre

Sir Nicholas Kenyon became Managing Director of the Barbican Centre in October 2007. He was Director of the BBC Proms from 1996 to 2007.

As a music critic he wrote for The New Yorker, The Times and Observer, and was editor of Early Music 1983-92. He was appointed Controller of BBC Radio 3 in 1992, and was responsible for the award-winning seasons Fairest Isle and Sounding the Century. He then oversaw the BBC's programming for the millennium and ran the BBC's Live Events and TV Classical Music departments, which mounted the Queen's Jubilee concerts of 2002. He has continued to write and lecture on the arts, publishing books on Mozart, Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and early music.

He is a board member of Sage Gateshead. He was knighted in the 2008 New Year Honours and in 2011 received the British Academy President’s medal for outstanding service to the arts and humanities. He is married with four children and lives in London.

Term of appointment: 3 November 2013 – 2 November 2017 (reappointed April 2013)


National Council Member
Managing Partner of C5 Capital

Nazo Moosa is Managing Partner of v | t partners, which she formed after serving as Managing Partner at C5 Capital, both specialist technology funds. From 2000-2012, she invested in growth capital at the European technology fund of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset management company. 

Nazo has extensive experience serving on boards of public and private sector companies. 

Term of appointment: 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2017


Chair of Arts Council England Midlands Area Council

Peter Phillips is Chairman of Arts Council England Midlands.

He comes from a business background and currently works as an independent advisor to private industry and the not for profit sector on corporate strategy and restructuring, both in the West Midlands and the south east.

Peter has been active in music, the performing arts, and arts festivals in the West Midlands and Wales. He joined the board of the then City of Birmingham Touring Opera in 1994. In 1999 he became Chair of the successor organisation Birmingham Opera Company, supporting the founder and artistic director Graham Vick in establishing the ground-breaking programme of award-winning, site-specific opera productions. He has recently retired from this role.

Peter was previously a long-serving board member of Welsh National Opera and also chaired their commercial subsidiary Cardiff Theatrical Services, which produces sets for the major UK and international opera houses as well as for commercial theatre. He is a member of the British Film Institute. Peter is also active in a non-executive capacity with community health (NED of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust) and with social housing (non-executive committee member of Southern Housing Group).

Term of appointment: 4 January 2010 - September 2017 (reappointed April 2013).


National Council Member
Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells

Alistair Spalding CBE is Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells in London.

Under Spalding, Sadler’s Wells has become the UK’s leading dance house, presenting an ambitious programme of cutting-edge dance in all its forms and hosting world-class national and international companies and artists, such as The Forsythe Company, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Studio Wayne McGregor. The theatre welcomes audiences of over 500,000 across its three London venues and attracts touring audiences of over 100,000 each year.

In 2005, he announced his vision for Sadler’s Wells to become a producing house. He has since driven the commissioning, producing and co-producing of more than 90 shows, including acclaimed cross art form collaborations zero degrees, PUSH and Sutra. In the last nine years, Sadler’s Wells' productions have toured to 233 venues in 164 cities across the world. Spalding also created the position of Associate Artist to the theatre. There are currently 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and one Associate Company, representing the most exciting talent working in dance today. He has initiated a number of ground-breaking annual festivals, including the critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre Breakin’ Convention, as well as new initiatives such as the Composer Series and Sadler’s Sampled.

Spalding’s first job in arts management was at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley, where he was a programmer from 1988 to 1994. Between 1994 and 2000, he was Head of Dance and Performance at the Southbank Centre in London. He has been responsible for the artistic programme at Sadler’s Wells since February 2000, when he joined as Director of Programming, before becoming CEO and Artistic Director in October 2004.

He was appointed as a national member of the Arts Council England Council in 2009. He was a member of the Arts Council England Dance Advisory Panel between 1995 and 2003. He was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2005. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2012, for services to dance.

Term of appointment: 26 January 2009 - 30 September 2017 (reappointed April 2013)


National Council Member
Co-founder and Joint CEO of the Ambassador theatre Group Ltd (ATG)

Rosemary Squire OBE is one of the most prominent women in British theatre of the modern era. Co-founding ATG in 1992, it has gone onto become the world’s number one live-theatre company. 

Last year, Squire stepped down from her post as CEO to move into a new creative phase. Trafalgar Entertainment Group will own and operate theatre buildings, developing a boutique brand as well as producing diverse, high quality, distinctive live work. 
In 2014, she made history as the first woman to be named EY UK Entrepreneur of the Year.
She is a National Member of the Arts Council England Board and Joint Chair of The Hall for Cornwall. As Chair of Great Ormond Street’s Theatres for Theatres Appeal she raised over £5m and now Chairs another major appeal for the hospital.  
Widely respected in the industry, Rosemary and her husband/business partner, Sir Howard Panter, have topped The Stage 100 for seven consecutive record-breaking years. Rosemary was awarded an OBE for Services to Theatre, has an Honorary Doctorate from Southampton University and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by both De Montfort University and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in recognition of her achievements as a theatre entrepreneur.

Term of appointment: 26 January 2009 – 25 April 2017


Chair of Arts Council London Area Council

Veronica Wadley is Chair of Arts Council England, London.

She has had a distinguished career as a journalist, as Editor of the Evening Standard  from 2002-2009 and previously Deputy Editor of the Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph. During her seven years as Editor of the Standard, she championed the arts and chaired the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and Film Awards.

From 2012-2016, she was Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London.

She co-founded the Mayor's Music Fund in 2011 to give music scholarships to young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds and was Chair until 2017. She is also Governor of the Yehudi Menuhin School and Member of the City of London Education Board. Previously she was a Trustee of Northern Ballet and an Advisor to Greenhouse Schools.

She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Berkeley Group and an Independent Director of Times Newspapers Holdings.

Term of Appointment: 1 July 2010 - 30 June 2018. (Reappointed 1 July 2014).