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Sir Quentin Blake is one of the most popular and enduring illustrators in the world today. Since 1960 he has illustrated over 250 books by many writers, including Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen and most famously Roald Dahl. He also writes and illustrates his own picture books. In 1999 he was appointed the first Children’s Laureate.

Jeremy Carver CBE is a solicitor and Consultant at Clifford Chance LLP, where he heads their international law practice. 

Lauren Child MBE is an author and illustrator, best known for the Charlie and Lola picture book series and for Clarice Bean.

Sarah Culshaw is a partner at UK law firm Collyer Bristow LLP. Before retraining as a lawyer she worked as an illustrators’ agent, founding her own artists' agency, Sharp Practice.

Rebecca Eastmond is the Managing Director of The Philanthropy Centre at JP Morgan Private Bank. Prior to this she was the founder director of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. 

Peter Fineman was the joint founder of Fineman Ross, specialists in commercial property investment, and remains one of the senior partners.

Professor Sir Christopher Frayling is an educationalist and writer. From 1996 to 2009 he was Rector of the Royal College of Art and chaired Arts Council England from 2004 to 2009.

Judy Gibbons is a non-executive director of the Guardian Media Group, Michael Kors, Hammerson plc, and Virgin Money Giving and was previously on the board of 02. Her career spans 35 year in technology at Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer and Microsoft.

Elizabeth Gibson is an intellectual property lawyer with a particular interest in copyright. She is a member of the BBC’s legal department where she advises on all aspects of copyright.

Larissa Joy (Chair) - Larissa’s career spans the private equity, media and legal sectors. Her previous roles include Vice Chairman of WPP’s Ogilvy UK; European COO of Weber Shandwick and Partner and Global COO of Actis LLP, a leading private equity firm. 

Ardi Kolah is an international sponsorship consultant. He has worked within the private and public sectors and holds the prestigious Hollis Award for Sponsorship. 

Lady Ghislaine Kenyon works as a freelance education specialist and was previously the Head of Learning at Somerset House.  

Patrick Long is a Managing Director at Lazard, leading the firm's real estate investment banking group. 

Sir Alan Parker is Chairman of the PR Group Brunswick, which he founded in 1987.  

Kathleen Soriano is Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts. Prior to this she worked at the National Portrait Gallery as Head of Exhibitions & Collections and as Director at Compton Verney in Warwickshire. 

Chris Yates is the Director of Administration at the British Museum. Previously he was Director of Resources at the National Gallery.  

Claudia Zeff - Deputy chair. Claudia is a freelance art director. Previously she was art director for William Heinemann and John Brown Publishing.