Our trustees

Peter Andrews is a chartered surveyor with over 30 years’ experience serving on the boards of both private property development companies and government-sponsored urban regeneration bodies.

Dalwardin Babu OBE served as a senior officer in the Metropolitan police for 30 years and was the first chair of the National Association of Muslim Police.

Peter Barron spent 20 years in TV news and current affairs, including as editor of the BBC's Newsnight and deputy editor at Channel 4 News. He joined Google in 2008 and handled their communications across Europe for the next decade. He is now a freelance writer and consultant. He lives close to New River Head and is a member of the Amwell Society, which aims to preserve the heritage and character of the area.

Richard Bawden retired from KPMG in 2011 after over 30 years with the firm, including 18 years as an audit partner specialising in the media and telecoms sector.

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.

Samantha Colt is a partner at global executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson. She leads the Arts, Culture and Heritage Practice appointing executive and non-executive leaders to a wide range of commercial and non-profit organisations across the sector.

Lauren Child MBE is an award-winning author and illustrator and the current Children's Laureate 2017-2019. She is best known for the Charlie and Lola picture book series and for Clarice Bean.

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

Nicholas Durbridge is the Chairman and CEO of the Copyrights Group which he co-founded in 1984.

Peter Fineman is the joint founder of Fineman Ross, specialists in commercial property investment.

Judy Gibbons is Chairman of Which? Ltd., non-executive director of Michael Kors, deputy chair of Somerset House and a trustee of Nesta. Her career spans 25 years in digital technology in Europe, the US and Asia as Venture Partner at Accel, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft and in senior roles at Apple and Hewlett Packard.

John Kampfner (Chair) is an author and journalist who has spent the last 25 years in the worlds of media, politics, international affairs and the arts. Former roles have included CE of the Creative Industries Federation, Chair of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and Chair of Turner Contemporary (2008-2015).

Dr Karyn Maier is the founder of leadership consultancy MAIER. She works primarily with CEOs and their teams across all sectors, specialising in change and transformation at both organisational and individual leadership levels.

Claudia Zeff (Deputy Chair) has curated several exhibitions for House of Illustration and is Creative Consultant to Quentin Blake.