Trustees of Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
Thea Adair, a Compton resident for the last 30 years, lives in the oldest listed manor house in Compton, dating from 1450. The house was where the manorial courts were held for the area. Thea, formerly Chairman of Compton Parish Council, is Trustee of the Watts Chapel Restoration Trust and sits on the Gardens and Grounds Committee.
Thea worked at The Times, with Sir Francis Chichester and at the Victorian Society. She spent five years in the States while working at the British Consulate in Boston. She was employed by the Craftsmen Potters Association and set up the Potters' Camp at Loseley. Thea supports her husband John Adair, an international author on leadership, who travels widely to lecture on his subject.
George Anson was a Managing Director and Partner of HarbourVest Partners, the global private equity firm, and responsible for their European and overseas investment activities. He transitioned to Senior Advisor on 30th June 2017. He also served on the Board of Directors of HarbourVest Global Private Equity Limited, the London-listed investment company, from 2007-2012. George served on HarbourVest's Executive Management Committee (2010-2014) and was the Chairman of Invest Europe from 2013-14.
George has been a member of the Menorca Preservation Fund's Steering Committee since April 2018 and was Chair of Level 20, a not-for-profit organisation to inspire women to join and succeed in the private equity industry, from November 2018 to November 2020. George was also on the board of Trustees for Asthma UK from June 2015 to December 2019. He is a Trustee of The Anson Charitable Trust, and the Lord Fortescue's Charity.. He is a lover of country pursuits and is a keen sportsman. George is currently High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire.
George sits on the Finance and Buildings Committee.
Martin Beisly is an independent art adviser specialising in Victorian art. Previously he was a specialist in Victorian Pictures and Private Sales International Director of Victorian & 19th Century Pictures at Christie's, where he built up a wealth of experience over 24 years 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 instrumental in the restoration of Farringford, Tennyson's home on the Isle of Wight. He is also a former Trustee of Dimbola. Martin was a leading member of the Hope Appeal Committee to restore Watts Gallery, a founding Patron and is now a Trustee of the Artists' Village. Martin is a member of the Collections and Exhibitions Committee of Watts Gallery Trust.
Deputy Chair - Matthew Bowcock CBE
Matthew Bowcock is chair of the Beacon Collaborative. He has previously served as a Council Member of Arts Council England and trustee of a number of philanthropy organisations. From 2006–13 he was Chairman of UK Community Foundations and was also a founding director of Localgiving.com 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.'
His background is in technology entrepreneurship, company start-up and investment 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.
Matthew sits on the Finance & Buildings Committee and the Nominations Committee and is a member of the Board Diversity and Inclusion Working group.
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 is a member of the International Council of MoMA. Debby is the former Vice Chairman of the Tate International Council, the former Chairman of the I Tatti Council and a former Trustee of the Institute of Fine Arts in New York City. Debby is enthusiastic in supporting 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.
Alistair Burtenshaw has been Director of Watts Gallery Trust since 2017, during which time he has overseen the organisation's transition to an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and the growth of the Artist's Studio Museum Network that Watts Gallery Trust established and manages. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Alistair is Chair of the Surrey Hills Arts advisory board, a Director of Visit Surrey, and a member of Compton Parish Council.
Alistair was previously Director of Charleston, the studio-museum of Bloomsbury Group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant where he led the £9.3 million Centenary Project to renovate the historic barns and construct new galleries designed by architect Jamie Fobert CBE. Alistair oversaw a project to catalogue, conserve, and digitise 8,000 works on paper and strengthened Charleston's learning and community engagement programmes. As Director, he led a significant growth in the Charleston Festival and Small Wonder short story festival, and oversaw the foundation of the Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize, Charleston Lifetime's Excellence Award in Short Fiction and the Charleston-to-Charleston Literary Festival in South Carolina.
Alistair is a former Chair of Arvon Foundation, England's leading creative writing charity with three major writing centres, the former Chair of BookTrust, England's leading reader development charity, and was for many years Director of The London Book Fair during which time its international reputation and programmes grew significantly.
Isabel Goldsmith-Patino has been a collector of G F Watts and other Victorian artists for over thirty 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 Resort hotel, Las Alamandas in Mexico, Isabel dedicates herself to artistic and environmental projects.
Isabel has been a generous benefactor to Watts Gallery Hope Appeal and is a member of the Collections and Exhibitions Committee.
Robert Napier CBE
Robert is a Trustee of the Watts Gallery and in that role is the Treasurer and chairs the Finance and Buildings Committee. He and his wife have lived in Surrey for over 35 years.
Robert was High Sheriff of Surrey in 2017/18.
After a business career, Robert was Chief Executive of WWF-UK and subsequently Chairman of the Board of the Meteorological Office. He is currently Chairman of Trustees of St Mungo's the largest homelessness charity in the UK and in 2020 was appointed to the Council of Surrey University in the role of Honorary Treasurer. Robert's wife established a charity, in which Robert is very involved, funding very isolated communities in rural Zambia.
Dame Magdalene Odundo
Dame Magdalene Odundo is an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist, who received her early education in India and Kenya before moving to England in 1971. After completing her undergraduate at the West Surrey College of Art Design (now known as the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham) in 1976, she undertook a teaching post at the Commonwealth Institute, London, in Museum Education before completing her masters at the Royal College of Art, London. She returned to teach at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in 1997, becoming Professor of Ceramics in 2000 and inaugurated as a Professor Emerita in 2016 in recognition of her contribution to the University's research culture. Magdalene is the Chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts.
Magdalene's best-known works are hand built using similar techniques as the ancient Greeks and Romans - such as the coiling technique. Many of these are now part of the permanent collections of nearly 50 international museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, The British Museum in London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and the National Museum of African Art in Washington DC. She has held workshops, lectures and residences, solo exhibitions and been part of group exhibitions in various locations across the world for over 40 years. For her work she has been awarded the African Art Recognition Award by the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2008 and the African Heritage Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award in 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. She has also received honorary doctorates from the University of Florida (2014) and University of the Arts London (2016). In 2008 she was awarded an OBE for services to the Arts and Art Education and was made a Dame in the 2020 New Year Honours.
At present, Magdalene is also a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, The Art Workers Guild and Chelsea Arts Club. She is a Patron of the National Society for Education and Design (NSEAD) and a Trustee of the Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire.
Magdalene sits on the Collections and Exhibitions Committee and the Nominations Committee and is a member of the Board Diversity and Inclusion working group.
Doctor Malcolm Rogers CBE
Doctor Malcolm Rogers CBE is a University of Oxford graduate and art historian with an expertise in portraiture. Since then, he spent several years at the National Portrait Gallery as Deputy Director before moving to USA in 1994 where he served as the Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston for over two decades; becoming the longest-serving Director in the MFA's 144-year history. While there, he expanded its opening hours, granted free admission to children, increased the encyclopaedic collection with nearly 68,000 additions and presided over more than 375 exhibitions, including Tales from the Land of Dragons: 1000 Years of Chinese Painting (1997), Monet in the 20th Century (1998), Speed, Style, and Beauty: Cars from the Ralph Lauren Collection (2005), Americans in Paris, 1869-1900 (2006), Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice (2009), Degas and the Nude (2011) and Goya: Order and Disorder (2014).
Malcolm oversaw several large-scale projects while at the MFA which aided in increasing the museum's capacity and establishing its position within the community. He reopened both the Museum's Huntington Avenue entrance in 1995 and the Fenway entrance, becoming the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance, in 2008, with the latter being closed for nearly 30 years. Malcolm led the Building the New MFA Campaign, raising $504 million used towards building and endowment of the Art of the Americas Wing, designed by Foster and Partners, which opened in November 2010. He additionally purchased the Forsyth Institute Building, planned as a study centre, and renovated the west-facing Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art in 2011.
Now retired, Malcolm also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Worcester Art Museum, The Auckland Project.
Malcolm sits on the Nominations Committee.
Chair - MaryAnne Stevens
MaryAnne Stevens, independent art historian and curator, 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 has curated major international loan exhibitions at the Royal Academy and elsewhere. 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 is Trustee of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and member of the Architecture Advisory Committee of the British School at Rome and the Maggie's Centres Arts Group. She has recently stepped down from serving on the Advisory Board of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters of the British School at Rome and the Executive Committee of the Walpole Society. She is a consultant to the DnB Sparebankstifelsen, Norway.
MaryAnne sits on the Collections and Exhibitions, Finance and Buildings, Appeal Committee, Nominations Committee, Gardens and Grounds Committee and is a member of the Board Diversity and Inclusion Working group.
Emma Verey is an Oxford graduate who spent her early career teaching. Since then she has been Chairman of the Friends of Moorfields Eye Hospital, and the Central London Representative of the National League of Hospital Friends. She was also, for a number of years, a director of RHS Trading Ltd, the commercial arm of The Royal Horticultural Society, a member of their Gala Committee and on the Development Board of the Bodleian. Today, she is also a Trustee of the Friends at Leighton House.
She is Trustee with special responsibility for the Friends and sits on the Collections and Exhibitions Committee, the Nominations Committee and is a Director of the Watts Gallery Trust Trading Company. A member of the Gardens and Grounds Committee, Emma is particularly interested in the preservation and development of the grounds and woodlands.
Emma's interests include art, opera, tapestry, gardening and bantams.
Emeritus Trustee - Christopher Forbes
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.
Christopher is the previous Vice-Chairman of The Business Committee for the Arts and sat on the boards of The New York Historical Society, The Newark Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Prince of Wales Foundation, Baltimore Museum of Art. In 1987 he was appointed to the Board of Regents of the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City and was appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by the French Government in 2003. He is an honorary Trustee of the New Jersey State Museum Foundation, Trustee Emeritus of The New York Academy of Art and also served on the Advisory Committee of the Department of European Decorative Arts of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He is currently serving a four-year term on the Advisory Council of the Victorian Society in America and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Advisors of The Princeton University Art Museum.
Christopher Forbes is a Watts Gallery Trustee Emeritus and was a member of the Watts Gallery Hope Appeal committee.
Emeritus Trustee - 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 is currently director of John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonne project, of which eight volumes have been published by Yale University Press. He was the curator of the 2015 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends. Richard has been a generous benefactor to Watts Gallery.
Richard stood down as Chairman of the Watts Gallery Board of Trustees in 2017 after thirty years in post. He is a member of the Collections and Exhibitions Committee.