Our Staff and Trustees
Clive Stevens (Chair)
Clive qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 and is the Chairman and co-owner of The Frameworks, a strategy and branding agency in London. Prior to that he was Chairman and Managing Partner at Kreston Reeves, a major UK based accountancy practice, where he continues to work in a consultancy role.He holds a number of other external positions being a Board and Council Member at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He is also a Kent Ambassador and a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
Laura Wright (Vice Chair)
Laura Wright has spent her career working in galleries and museums. She is currently Chief Executive of The Postal Museum, and was previously the CEO of Tate Enterprises, the revenue generating company of Tate galleries. She believes that museums have the power to transform lives, as well being sites of fun and learning. She is also a Trustee of the International Association of Transport and Communication Museums and of the Association of Cultural Enterprises.
Born in Strood, Caroline grew up in Medway and Swale – she is now a senior BBC journalist, editing the News at Six and News at Ten on BBC One. During her career, she has worked both internationally and across the UK to produce video, audio and digital content with its most senior presenters. This includes reporting from conflict zones, and specialist roles in royal coverage and the BBC’s Washington DC bureau. Caroline has also led teams at BBC R&D and BBC Arts, where she edited the BBC’s first and award-winning augmented reality app. She is a Fellow of the prestigious Clore Leadership Programme. For her, Margate has always been a place of joy and inspiration.
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.
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. Jill stepped down from her Arts Council role in 2020 and was awarded the MBE for Services to the Arts in 2021.
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 vice president and management board member at Europe’s largest IT services company, Capgemini, as well as a senior partner at EY.
Sir Stephen Deuchar
Stephen has a wide background in museums, galleries and the history of British art. After completing a PhD he became a curator at Royal Museums Greenwich and in 1998 was appointed as founding director of Tate Britain, overseeing the establishment and first decade of the gallery’s revised role as a centre for historic and contemporary British art. He organized the Turner Prize annually and chaired its jury in 2008 and 2009. From 2010-20 he was director of Art Fund, the national charity for art, where he re-cast its national role and impact through the introduction of the National Art Pass and a significant increase in fundraising and grant-giving.
Lucy is a freelance writer and former editor of the Margate Mercury. She works on commissions and projects with artists and arts organisations in Thanet and further afield. Before relocating to Margate in 2017, Lucy worked as a teacher and leader in London-based secondary schools, where she witnessed first-hand the potential of the arts to empower and transform lives. She has also lived, studied and taught in Northern Italy. Drawn to causes that seek to address inequality and benefit communities, Lucy has served as a trustee at Age UK Thanet and is currently Co-Chair of the Trustee Board at POW!
Peter has lived and worked in Kent throughout a long career in the law. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1981 with Furley Page LLP, a Kent-based regional law firm. Peter was appointed Senior Partner of the firm in 2001 and continued in that role until his retirement in April 2021.Peter’s professional practice focused around dispute resolution, and he is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Peter advised a wide range of commercial clients in both the private and public sector, including not-for-profit organisations. Peter has had a long-standing involvement in supporting the Arts, and has encouraged business engagement in this sector amongst his many contacts and clients.
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.
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.
Yasmin is a senior BBC journalist and Project Lead for the BBC’s 50:50 Equality Project. During her career she has worked on regional, national and international news programmes and held leadership roles at the BBC Academy’s Creativity Programme and BBC Global Women in News. Yasmin lives in Kent with her family and grew up on the Sussex coast. She supports several change-making initiatives in the South East in an advisory capacity and believes passionately that art, culture and creative spaces should be accessible for all.
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.
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.
Keith has a lifelong passion for the visual arts. With roots in the east end of London and a home in Broadstairs, he joins Turner Contemporary with a strong sense of the relationship between art and social progress. Keith has the Freedom of the City of London, and is a Director of the Royal National Institute of Blind People. Registered blind, Keith is supported by Guide Dog Dotty.
Director Victoria Pomery OBE
Assistant to the Director and Administrative Manager Melissa Gabbott
Administrative Officer Medina Ward
Head of Exhibitions Sarah Martin
Senior Curator Fiona Parry
Exhibitions Manager Charlotte Reeves
Programme Technicians Joe Drakeford / Jo Murray
Learning & Audience Engagement
Head of Learning & Audience Engagement Toby Parkin
Learning Engagement Manager Jennifer Scott
Learning Producer Dee Ajiba
Learning Producer Georgia Dack
Pioneering Places Project Manager Josephine Martin
Head of Communications Moya Stirrup
Communications and Project Manager (England’s Creative Coast) Christina Ackah-Annobil
E-Commerce Coordinator Catherine Lockhart
Head of Development Sanjivan Kohli
Development Officer Shireen Qureshi
Head of Finance Rowena Tozer
Finance Officer Charmaine Perrin
Visitor Experience and Operations
Visitor Experience Managers Ros Fraser / Hannah Rourke
Estates, Facilties and IT Manager Scott Miller
Venue Hires Manager Val Coward
Security Team Phil Coker / Mark Dick / Lee McEvoy
Facilities Assistants Andrew Blunt /Martin Charlton / Kyle Roberts
Head of Retail Kate Boys-Layton
Visitor Services Assistants Polly Benford / George Harding / Bea Austin / Lucy Pettet / Karen Richards