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Watts Gallery Trustees

Deborah Brice

Debby Brice is an art collector and patron of the Arts. She has supported many of the major art institutions in the UK and is a generous benefactor to Watts Gallery Trust. Debby Brice is a member of the International Council of MoMA and a Trustee of the Institute of Fine Arts in New York City. Debby is the former Vice Chairman of the Tate International Council and the former Chairman of the I Tatti Council. Debby is enthusiastic to support organisations which show leadership and have an impact on people’s lives. A US citizen, Debby Brice lives in the UK.

Debby is a member of the Finance and Buildings Committee of Watts Gallery.

Martin Beisly

Martin Beisly is a specialist in Victorian Pictures and Private Sales Director of Victorian & 19th Century Pictures at Christie’s, where over the past 24 years he has built up a wealth of experience and contacts with international collectors. Under his leadership, the Victorian Department set 17 of the top 20 world auction records for Victorian pictures.

Martin was a leading member of the Hope Appeal Committee to restore Watts Gallery, a founding Patron and is now a Trustee of the Gallery.

Martin Beisly is a member of the Appeal Committee of Watts Gallery.

Matthew Bowcock CBE

Matthew Bowcock was until recently Chairman of UK Community Foundations. He is a trustee of the Beacon Awards and a member of the Big Society Capital advisory board. Matthew was a founding director of and a member of the Philanthropy Review Board. In 2012 he authored a report for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport called “Digital Giving in the Arts – Democratising Philanthropy.” He is a trustee of the Watts Gallery and Chair of Local Means Ltd.

His background is in technology entrepreneurship, company start-up and investment, international marketing and company directorship. After a Law degree Matthew worked for international technology companies before setting up a software business in 1989, the first of several businesses he has established in Australia, the US and the UK.

In 2000 Matthew established The Hazelhurst Trust, a private family trust, and since 2005 has focused his energies on developing a new culture of engaged philanthropy in Britain. He holds no other public appointments.

Professor Rob Dickins CBE 

Rob Dickins is Chairman of the Theatres Trust. He was a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Foundation for Youth Music and the Brit Trust (the British Phonographic Industry’s (BPI charitable arm for youth music and education). He was Chairman of the National Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green. He was Chairman of the BPI for a record-breaking four terms. He has been a member of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Music Industry Forum 1999-2001. After a long career with Warner Music he set up his own entertainment company, Instant Karma, in 1999. Rob Dickins was awarded a CBE in 2002 and was given an honorary Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) degree by Loughborough University in the same year. He was recipient of the annual Music Industry Trusts’ Award in 2003.

In 2009 Rob Dickins was appointed chairman of The Theatres Trust. In 2012 he was appointed as Trustee for The Julia Margaret Cameron Trust and to the Handel House Museum. In 2013 he was selected to be on the Culture Minister’s Arts Advisory Board. Rob Dickins has supported Watts Gallery Trust through the gift of The Rob Dickins Collection – over 4000 photographs of Victorian artists.
Professor Rob Dickins is Director of Watts Gallery Trust Trading Company

Richard Dorment CBE

Art critic, Daily Telegraph since 1986; Faculty Fellow, Columbia University, 1968-72; PhD Columbia University 1975; Assistant Curator, European Painting, Philadelphia Museum of Art 1973 – 76; Curator, Alfred Gilbert: Sculptor and Goldsmith, R.A, 1985 – 86; Art Critic, Country Life, 1986; Co-curator, James McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, 1994-95. Member: Judging Panel, Turner Prize, 1989; Advisory Committee Government Art Collection, 1996 -; Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art, 1996 – 2004; British Council Visual Arts Advisory Committee, 1997 -; Hawthornden Prize for art criticism in Britain, 1992; Critic of the Year, British Press Awards, 2000. Publications: (contributed) Victorian High Renaissance (exhibition catalogue), 1978; Alfred Gilbert, 1985; British Painting, 1750 – 1900: A Catalogue of the British Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1986; Alfred Gilbert Sculptor and Goldsmith, 1986; (with Margaret McDonald) James McNeill Whistler, 1994; reviews for NY Rev. of Books; has contributed to Burlington Magazine, TLS, Literary Review.
Richard Dorment is Chairman of the Watts Gallery Trustees Collections Committee

Christopher Forbes – Trustee Emeritus

Christopher Forbes is an Art History graduate of Princeton University and is internationally recognised as an art collector and historian with a particular interest in the Victorian era. He is Vice-Chairman of Forbes Inc. Forbes is a leading provider of business information for executives and affluent investors. The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, has been among the top five magazines in America in ad pages for the last ten years, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.

While still an undergraduate, Mr. Forbes worked as a Curator of The Forbes Magazine Collection. Further reflecting his interest in Art History, he has written several books and catalogues, including: Victorians in Togas, Paintings by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema from the Collection of Allen Funt, Metropolitan Museum, 1973; The Royal Academy (1836-1901) Revisited, Metropolitan Museum and others, 1975; Fabergé: Imperial Eggs and Other Fantasies (with Hermione Waterfield), Charles Scribner's Sons, 1978; and Fabergé Eggs (with Dr. Armand Hammer), Harry Abrams, 1980, now in its fourteenth printing. Mr. Forbes also edited Masterpieces from the House of Fabergé, published by Abrams in 1984. Most recently, Mr. Forbes co-authored with Robyn Tromeur Fabergé: The Forbes Collection, published by Hugh Lauter Levin in the Fall of 1999. In 1986 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by New Hampshire College.

From 1976 through 1978, Mr. Forbes served as Publisher of Nineteenth Century, a quarterly magazine produced by Forbes Inc. on behalf of the Victorian Society in America.

He is Vice Chairman of The Business Committee for the Arts and sits on the boards of The New York Historical Society, The Newark Museum, The New York Academy of Art, and The Prince of Wales Foundation. He is currently serving a four-year term on the Advisory Council of the Victorian Society in America. He is an Honorary Trustee of The Friends of New Jersey State Museum. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Advisors of The Princeton University Art Museum, a national Trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Department of European Decorative Arts of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1987, he was appointed to the Board of Regents of the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City. In 2003 he was appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by the French Government. Christopher Forbes is member of the Watts Gallery Hope Appeal committee.

Antony Goldman CBE

Tony Goldman is a retired senior civil servant. His time in the Civil Service included a period at the Treasury when he was responsible for public expenditure on the arts, and in the Department of Transport where he was Director General of Civil Aviation. A Cambridge graduate, Tony Goldman is an Hon Companion of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Companion of the Bath and is recipient of the European Regional Aviation Award. He is a keen amateur musician and is an organiser of the Haslemere Festival of Music and the Arts.

Tony Goldman is a member of the Watts Gallery Trustees Finance and Buildings Committee

Isabel Goldsmith

Isabel Goldsmith has been a collector of G.F. Watts and other Victorian artists for over fifteen years. Isabel has supported an exhibition of Leighton’s work at the Royal Academy and is an avid patron of the arts in general. As well as managing her highly sought after hotel/retreat in Mexico, Isabel dedicates herself to artistic and environmental projects. Isabel Goldsmith has been a generous benefactor to Watts Gallery Hope Appeal.

Isabel Goldsmith was patron of the Watts Gallery Hope Appeal.

Perdita Hunt

Perdita Hunt is a trained arts administrator. She has worked in senior positions at the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and WWF-UK. In addition Perdita served as theatre projects co-ordinator at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Marketing and Development Director at the Aldeburgh Foundation in Suffolk and Press Advisor to Suffolk Crafts Society. She is a Trustee of Baynards Zambia Trust which supports self-help projects in Zambia, a Member of the South East Committee of the Arts Council, and member of the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund Trustees, and a member of the Guildford Cathedral Development Committee. Perdita has been Director at Watts Gallery since 2004 and was appointed to lead the £10m Watts Gallery Hope Project to save the future of Watts Gallery and its collection and is now leading the rescue of the Watts house and studio, Limnerslease.

Sir Mark Jones

Sir Mark Jones FRSE is Master of St Cross College, Oxford. He was Curator of Medals at the British Museum (1974-1992), Director of the National Museums of Scotland (1992-2001) and Director of the V&A (2001-11). He is a trustee of Birmingham Museums, the Pilgrim Trust, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, the Auckland Castle Trust, the Grimsthorpe and Drummond Trust, the Corning Museum and SCRAN. He is also a member of the Oxford University Museums Board and the Board of the Department for Continuing Education. He writes about museums and medals and is a strong believer in the importance of design and the value of making. He was awarded a knighthood in 2010 for services to the arts.

Robert Napier CBE 

Robert Napier is Chairman of Housing and Communities Agency and a non-Executive Director of Anglian Water. He was Chairman of the Meteorological Office. He served as Chief Executive of WWF-UK from February 1999 to 2006. Formerly he was Chief Executive of Redland plc. Robert was educated at Sedbergh School, he studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge, leading to an MA, and also attended the Harvard Business School.

For over 10 years Robert Napier has been active in the charitable sector. From 1986-1988 he was a Trustee of World in Need, which led to his becoming a founding Trustee of ACET, the Aids Charity, in 1988. He was Chairman of the Trustees of the construction industry charity CRASH. In 1997 he established a charitable Trust to fund self-help projects in rural Zambia, many of which have conservation objectives. He is the former Chairman of Governors of Sedbergh School. His interests are hill walking, escaping to Scotland and the works of John Buchan.

Robert Napier is Watts Gallery Trustees’ Treasurer and chairs the Finance and Buildings Committee

Professor Leonée Ormond

Leonée Ormond is Professor Emerita of Victorian Studies at King's College, University of London. She has written widely on subjects associated with Victorian literature and painting, and is the author of books on George Du Maurier, Frederic, Lord Leighton (with Richard Ormond), J.M. Barrie and Tennyson. She was one of the curators of the Frederic Leighton centenary exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1996. She became a trustee of the Watts Gallery in 1995 and has published a study of Watts's relationship with Tennyson and Linley Smbourne.

Leonée Ormond is Trustee with responsibility for Learning and is a member of the Collections Committee.

Richard Ormond CBE

Richard Ormond was Assistant Keeper and later Deputy Director at the National Portrait Gallery. He was Head of Pictures at the National Maritime Museum from 1983 – 5 and was Director from 1986 – 2000. He was responsible for the following exhibitions: Armada 1988, Henry VIII, 1991, Pirates 1994, Titanic 1995 and Story of Time 2000. He completed the refurbishment of Queens House and Royal Observatory; and secured £23m lottery funding for the Neptune Court project (roofing the main courtyard of the National Maritime Museum and a complete renovation of the maritime galleries). Richard Ormond is currently director of John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonne project. He is a trustee of Mariners Museum, Newport News Virginia and Chairman of the Friends of Leighton House. Richard Ormond has been a generous benefactor to Watts Gallery.

Richard Ormond is Chairman of the Watts Gallery Board of Trustees, a member of the Finance and Buildings Committee, a member of the Collections Committee and a member of the Appeal Committee

MaryAnne Stevens

MaryAnne Stevens was the Director of Academic Affairs at the Royal Academy of Arts, with overall responsibility for the Collections, Library and Archive, and the Learning and Architecture programmes. A specialist in nineteenth-century art, MaryAnne curated major international loan exhibitions at the RA, including the recent Manet: Portraying Life. MaryAnne has overseen the delivery of the £4.1 million on-line Cataloguing Project for the Royal Academy’s Collection, Library and Archive, and directed the public education and architecture programmes that have established the Royal Academy as a national and international centre of excellence.

MaryAnne Stevens is a member of the Watts Gallery Trust Collections Committee.

Emma Verey

Emma Verey is an Oxford graduate who spent her early career teaching at Mander Portman and Woodward and Westminster Tutors. She was Chairman of the Friends of Moorfields Eye Hospital, where she was involved for many years and is also a director of RHS Trading Ltd, a commercial arm of The Royal Horticultural Society, and a member of their Gala Committee. Previously she was on the Development Board of the Bodleian and was the Central London Representative of the National League of Hospital Friends. Her interests include art, opera, tapestry and gardening; she has a diploma in Plants and Plantsmanship, from the English Gardening School. Together with her husband, David Verey, former Chairman of the Tate, now Chairman of The Art Fund, Emma has been involved in innumerable art events over the past twelve years. Emma Verey is Trustee with special responsibility for the Friends and is a member of the Collections Committee and a Director of the Watts Gallery Trust Trading Committee. 

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