Our Staff and Trustees
Clive Stevens (Chair)
Clive is Chairman of Kreston Reeves Chartered Accountants. Clive qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980. He was promoted to partnership in 1989, becoming Managing Partner of the firm in 1995. He now serves as Chairman having led Kreston Reeves to be one of the top 25 firms in the United Kingdom. He holds a number of external positions, which include being a Board member of Kreston International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms and a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Clive is also a Board Director at Locate in Kent, the county’s inward investment organisation. He is also a Kent Ambassador and Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
Piers is a business transformation specialist with a focus on designing and launching business units in the digital age. He currently heads up a team developing digital propositions for global corporate clients at Lloyds Banking Group. He holds an MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School focused on management within the arts and culture sector, and has a key interest in helping the sector grow and continue to be sustainable. Piers is a Director for the commercial company Turner Contemporary Enterprises Ltd., and chairs the Finance Subcommittee for Turner Contemporary.
Laura Wright is the Chief Executive of the Postal Museum since June 2018. Previous to this Laura was the CEO of Tate Enterprises, the revenue generating company of the Tate galleries. Her remit covers publishing, retailing, product development, licensing, picture library and filming, and generates around £18m per annum with all profits being returned to Tate. In her spare time Laura is a Trustee for a multi-academy Trust of 9 schools and the Chair of the Trust running her local library. She also has two neglected children and a very understanding husband.
Kemet Hawthorne Pink
Kemet is a civil servant living and working in London with a keen interest in sports, public policy, the creative industries and Margate. He moved to Margate when he was six, returning to London for work thirteen years later. He has always considered Thanet home and still has strong links to the area.
Sara has a successful track record in leadership and management roles in local government, schools/colleges and the voluntary sector. This has involved her working at central government and county executive level, with politicians/members, senior officers, Head teachers, agencies, businesses and employers in a policy and multiagency capacity.
Sarah has been the elected member for Malling North at Kent County Council since 1989. She has been chairman or cabinet member for Strategic Planning, Highways, Community Services and Education. Previously she was a teacher in Ghana, worked in publishing in the U.K. and Hong Kong, set up and ran a small school in New York where she also helped organise an international Young Artists’ exhibition, was a school librarian and then worked for the British Council in Brussels. At The County Council Sarah was Deputy Leader to Lord Bruce-Lockhart and has represented KCC on the South East Economic Development Agency, the Arts Council and other organisations. She is currently a trustee of Turner Contemporary, Kent Music, the Kent Community Foundation and the Rochester Bridge Trust as well as a member of the Kent and Medway Fire Authority and the Deputy KCC Cabinet Member for Communities.
Caroline is a Senior Television Journalist on the News at Ten and News at Six on BBC One. She was born in Kent and lived in the county into adulthood. She has worked extensively on a diverse range of major UK and international news events creating content and editing programmes across network TV, radio and digital platforms. Her other roles at the BBC include Royals Producer and at BBC Arts. She is a Clore Fellow.
Born in 1984 in Nairobi, Kenya, Michael lives and works in both Nairobi and London. He graduated in 2007 from the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London and in 2010 from the Royal Academy Schools. He has had solo exhibitions at Turner Contemporary, Margate; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; The Royal Academy of Arts and White Cube, (both London) and his work was featured in the 13th Lyon Biennial and the 2017 Drawing Room Biennial, London as well as in group exhibitions at Home, Manchester; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York; Yuan Museum, Beijing and Palazzo Capris, Turin.
Martin is a lay member of the Council of the University of Kent, a Trustee and Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, and an angel investor, primarily through the Kent Investors Network. He is an experienced mentor of high potential executives from non-traditional backgrounds. Before leaving at the end of 2016, Martin was the Commercial Managing Partner with EY UK (formerly Ernst and Young) and part of EY’s senior leadership team. He is particularly proud in this role to have created from scratch a new charity, the EY Foundation, to deliver national programmes designed to help disadvantaged young people into education, employment and to start their own businesses. Martin’s broader career to date has spanned public and private sectors and ranged from being a senior civil servant in the Home Office, to a senior vicepresident and management board member at Europe’s largest IT services company, Capgemini, as well as a senior partner at EY.
Vivienne has a long career in museums and galleries in a variety of roles from running the Information Desk at the Museum of London to being the contemporary art exhibition organiser, then Director, at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston. She has focussed on excellence and access, working with teams to develop a strong vision to deliver better services, underpinned by a resilient business model. Often this has involved creating new buildings; after completing the transformation of the Harris, she became Project Director for Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, Spiral Project Director at the V&A and then Project Director at Tate Modern. Vivienne was Director of Visual Arts at the Arts Council from 2007-13. Vivienne has now set up her own company, Vivienne Bennett Associates, and offers a range of services, most often as a year-long interim, such as Head of Culture in Bristol 2014; Head of Culture at Kingston upon Thames 2015- 16 and currently as Interim Flagship Galleries Director in Southampton and Hampshire.
James is Owner and Managing Partner at Muse Marketing Strategy, advising clients across a range of sectors including galleries, museums and heritage organisations. James grew up in Thanet before moving to London, where he became Managing Partner at the WPP owned Ogilvy & Mather.
Simon has since January of 2017 been Deputy Vice-Chancellor responsible for the delivery and development of the academic operation of University of the Arts London, one the world’s largest and most important specialist creative arts universities. Prior to this, Simon was Vice-Chancellor at University for the Creative Arts, which has campuses in both Surrey and in Kent. During his five years at UCA, he extended the institution’s local, national and international partnerships and substantially improved the student experience and the institutions performance in national league tables. Simon studied Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design, has an MA in the Social History of Art and a PhD from the University of Leeds. He started his academic career at Leeds and has held a series of key leadership roles at Middlesex University and Kingston University, where he was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UAL, he is closely involved in the development of its partnerships with a broad range of cultural institutions, and leads on the development of the University’s academic strategy during a period of very significant investment, with London College of Fashion and London College of Communication working toward opening new colleges in 2022, in Stratford and Elephant & Castle respectively.
Jill has worked with Arts Council of Great Britain in administrative roles and now works at the Southbank Centre, London. She became Senior Curator for the Arts Council Collection in 2004. As Senior Curator, Jill has organised a number of exhibitions including Antony Gormley’s Field for the British Isles; No Such Thing as Society: Photography in Britain 1967-87; Unpopular Culture: Grayson Perry Selects from the Arts Council Collection and Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966- 1979. Jill was also responsible for getting the Arts Council Collection online in 2006 and played a major part in Longside (Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and London store developments. Appointed as Acting Head of the Collection in 2013 Jill became Director of the Arts Council Collection in 2014. Since then she has launched the National Partnership Programme working with regional galleries to curate exhibitions from the Collection and a series of commissions to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Collection in 2016. She has been a member of the Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Committee since 2004.
Director Victoria Pomery OBE
Executive Officer Medina Ward – Maternity leave
Assistant to the Director and Administrative Manager Melissa Gabbott
Administrative Officer Julia Gavriel
Head of Exhibitions Sarah Martin
Senior Curator Fiona Parry
Turner Prize 2019 Curator Rowan Geddis
Touring Exhibitions Co-ordinator Seaside: Photographed Charlotte Reeves
Programme Co-ordinator: Clare Warren
Head of Communications Moya Stirrup
Audience Development Assistant Jonny Goode
Digital Projects Manager Stuart Leech
Head of Development Sanjivan Kohli
Trust and Foundations Manager Sophie McKane
Head of Learning and Visitor Experience Karen Eslea
Schools Officer Jennifer Scott
Learning Assistant Georgia Dack
Pioneering Places Project Manager Josephine Martin
Navigators Amanda Russell / Bob Henderson / Coral Brookes / Elizabeth Tophill / Jan Wheatley / Jo Ursell / Kathy Robertson / Kirsty Peterkin / Lizzy Rose / Lucy Pettet / Nova Auty / Sarah Yeo / Tom Adams
Operations Manager Amit Burrows – Maternity leave
Operations Manager (Maternity Cover) Lizzie Gove
Visitor Experience Managers Ros Fraser / Clarissa Beveridge / Hannah Rourke / Ineza Grabowska / Baely Saunders
Turner Prize Volunteer Project Manager Sarwah Mhanna
Adrienne Simons / Amanda Russell / Aniko Pall / Ann Hubbard / Beth Anderson / Bob Henderson / Bristy Chowdry / Coral Brookes / Deb Jackson / Elizabeth Tophill / Frances Tophill / Jane Walton / Jo Ursell / Kathy Robertson / Kirsty Peterkin / Kyle Roberts / Liene Steinberga-Cesar / Liz Maginn / Lizzy Rose / Lucy Crispin / Lucy Pettet / Melanie Wheeler / Millie Pearce / Millie Battershill / Nicole Cowan / Pam Holmes / Penny Jackson / Raliat Adigun / Rebecca Truscott-Elves / Sam Webb / Sam Taylor / Sara Yeo / Stephanie Avery-Reynolds / Steven Alan / Sue Rumsey / Tom Adams / William Hughes
Estates, Facilties and IT Manager Scott Miller
Facilities Assistants Andrew Blunt / Martin Charlton / Peter Wood / Kyle Roberts
Head of Finance Rowena Tozer
Finance Officer Sian Ruffles
Head of Retail Kate Boys-Layton
Retail and E-Commerce Officer Catherine Lockhart
Visitor Services Assistants Polly Benford / George Harding / Bea Austin / Lucy Pettet / Karen Richards / Emily Keys
Security Team Phil Coker / Mark Dick / Lee McEvoy