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Five new members are added to our National Council

  • Date: 19 August 2013
  • Area: National
Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England leaning on a bannister

Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England. Credit: Philippa Gedge

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has announced five new appointments to our National Council. Now with 14 members and a National Chair, the Council is operating at full capacity.

On the appointments, Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England, said: ‘I’d like to give a very warm welcome to the five new members of our National Council who will be bringing the expertise and insight that will help us to embrace work in new areas. Our National Council will now have a strong mix of knowledge and experience across the arts and museums, and in digital, cultural entrepreneurialism, diversity and philanthropic strategy. Their support will be invaluable as we go about our goal of achieving excellent and exciting art for everyone. 

‘Our new members join a smaller National Council which will be working more effectively and making the Arts Council more accountable. I look forward to working with both our new and current National Council members as the Arts Council moves in to this new chapter.’

The new members

Matthew Bowcock
Until recently, Matthew was the Chair of UK Community Foundations. He was a founding director of, is a member of the Philanthropy Review Board, Big Society Capital Advisory Board and a trustee of the Beacon Awards.
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David Bryan MBA FRSA
David Bryan is the Managing Director or Xtend UK Ltd, a consultancy working in the fields of organisational change, leadership development and diversity. With over 20 years consultancy experience, he has also lectured at Goldsmith College, Birkbeck College and South Bank University.
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Julie Finch FRSA
Julie Finch is Head of Museums, Galleries and Archives for Bristol, a position she has held since 2009. Julie is also currently a voluntary Committee Member (South West) for the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and was previously Director of the National Football Museum.
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David Joseph
David Joseph is Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK, overseeing labels including Polydor, Capitol, Decca, Island and Virgin EMI. In 2005 Joseph became a member of the BPI Council and for the past three years was Chairman of the BRITs Committee, which oversees the BRIT Awards.
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Nazo Moosa
Nazo Moosa is the Managing Partner of C5 Capital, a technology-oriented investment firm. From 2000-2012, she worked for The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset management company, focussing on investments in the digital media and technology sectors. Nazo is currently a Board Member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Charity Commission.
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About National Council appointments

The National Council is the governing body or non-executive board of the Arts Council, and Council members are also the trustees of the charity. Council members are unpaid, although travel and other expenses will be reimbursed, and are currently expected to devote up to 15 days per year to the task, on average.

All public appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for defined political activity in the last five years to be made public. All five appointees have declared no such political activity.