John Tizard (Chair)
Driven by his commitment to social justice, fairness and equality, John Tizard is a strategic advisor and commentator on public policy, governance and public services. He advises and works with organisations from the public, business, voluntary and community, charity and trade union sectors as well as think tanks and academic institutions. He specialises in strategic leadership and leadership of change, governance and cross-sector collaboration. John regularly writes, speaks and comments on these and a wider range of issues nationally and internationally.
John is also currently Chair of NAVCA (National Association of Voluntary Community Action) and trustee and non-executive director of a number of charities and social businesses including Villiers Park Education Trust, Tomorrow’s People and B-side, which is a community arts organisation in Dorset. He has been a senior executive in the charity and corporate sectors, and is a former county councillor and leader. He is an economic and mathematics graduate of the London School of Economics; and has been an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Birmingham and a Visiting Fellow at London South Bank University. He is a Fellow of the RSA.
More at www.johntizard.com
Karen Noakes (Interim Treasurer)
Head of Group Financial Planning & Analysis at Findus Group. She has a post graduate qualification in management and manufacturing from Cambridge University and spent seven years at KPMG’s Transaction Services Strategy Group.
Executive Director at Pallant House Gallery, founder and Director of the award winning Outside In art agency that provides a platform for marginalised artists, Committee Member at European Outsider Art Association, Trustee at Disability Arts Online and Advisor at Permeate.
An ActionSpace artist specialised in acrylic paint and pastel. His work has been part of multiple exhibitions (solo and group shows) including Brighton Dome, Cockpit Arts Open and the House festival. Member of the steering group for the 1st Creative Minds Conference, he is now part of the Creative Minds Legacy group.
Executive Head of Development at the Imperial War Museum. Previously Antoinette was Head of Public Sector and Partnership Fundraising at Tate (until 31 August 2015).
An ActionSpace Artist. Her work has been part of multiple exhibitions including Cockpit Arts Open exhibitions and the Geddes Gallery. She has volunteered for the Leighton Project at Elfrieda Rathbone Centre since 2009 supporting young people with learning disabilities in developing their arts practice. She has supported the Royal Free Hospital Cancer Unit with volunteer clerical work since 2011.
Ruby Dixon, BA Hons, MA, MBA, Exec Dip Digital Business, Ashridge Executive Leadership.
Ruby is a professional management consultant with over 30 years experience of transforming people-based services, and leading change in highly complex organisations and political environments. She worked in Italian Local Government in the cultural sector, was a former Arts & Cultural Industries Officer for Liverpool City Council, and held NED roles as Chair of the Pan London Adab Trust, and Dep Chair of a social enterprise White City Enterprise.
Ruby practices art for mindfulness and therapy.
Ren is CEO of The Association of Illustrators, the professional body for illustration based in the UK. Prior to this she was Arts Manager at Wandsworth Council for seven years. Having trained in drama, she has worked across the creative industries including touring theatre, festivals, television and contemporary art. She is passionate about the importance of creativity and culture in everybody’s lives and delighted to be a trustee of Action Space.
Image: Portrait by Patrick Moses