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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.

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

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. 

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

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

Vince O'Brien is Director of Investor Relations at Montagu Private Equity. He has worked in the private equity industry for nearly 30 years and is a former Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA).

Kathleen Soriano is an independent curator and broadcaster. She was previously Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts and 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) has curated several exhibitions for the House of Illustration and is Creative Consultant to Quentin Blake.