John Tizard (Chair)
John is driven by a commitment to social justice, fairness and equality and has been on the ActionSpace board for several years.
He is a strategic advisor and commentator on public policy, strategic leadership and governance, the voluntary and community sector, and public services. John regularly writes, speaks, and comments on these and related issues nationally and internationally.
John has many years’ experience of serving on boards in all sectors. He is currently Chair of b-side CIC, an Arts Council NPO which organises a biennial arts festival on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. He is also Chair of Villiers Park Education Trust which promotes social mobility.
John has been a senior executive in the charity and corporate sectors and is a former county councillor and council 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
Simon leads on social care at The King’s Fund, an independent think tank working to improve health and care in England. Before that, he spent almost 10 years as Director of Policy at the older people’s charity Independent Age. He has wide experience in policy, communications and journalism, including as Director of Communications at Citizens Advice. He has also worked for ActionAid, in the commercial sector for Guinness and in BBC local radio. He is active on Twitter as @blimeysimon.
Fleur is a Senior Disability Consultant at Business Disability Forum where she provides strategic advice to several large public and private sector organisations. In 2018, she was elected as a local Councillor for Brent Council, and currently chairs the Brent Disability Forum. She has worked in campaigning roles for disability charities and as a Volunteer Manager, with a focus on opportunities for disabled people to volunteer, for Leonard Cheshire’s ‘Can Do’ programme and Tate Gallery’s front of house volunteer programme. She chaired Tate’s staff disability network until February 2020. Outside of work, in her downtime, she is a practising artist.
Beth Elliott is currently working within Public Engagement at Wellcome Genome Campus. Previously she was Director of Bethlem Gallery for 11 years. She has over 10 years of experience on arts charity boards including Chairing The Bermondsey Artists’ Group and London Arts in Health Forum.
Beth graduated from University of the Arts London, Camberwell in 2002. Since then she has focussed on creating spaces that encourage a more diverse, equitable and accessible art world. She creates opportunities for artists to develop their practice and encourages dialogue between arts and health communities and the wider public.
Thompson Hall is an accomplished painter and has exhibited nationally including Bethlem Gallery, Project Ability and the touring exhibition My Life In London. His work is in a number of private collections. Thompson is a founding member of ActionSpace’s Central London studio. Thompson has spoken about his artwork and being an artist at a number of conferences, talks and workshops including Explores Conference at Ikon Gallery, Autograph, The British Museum and was invited onto Outside In’s Talking About Art course.
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 ActionSpace.
Anthony is an Art Historian and Curator, currently Director of MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, having previously worked at the Whitechapel Gallery, London and Jeu de Paume, Paris. Recent exhibitions include solo shows of Paula Rego, George Stubbs and the Memphis Group. He has also worked on various projects since 2010 with Project Art Works, an artist-led organisation that makes art with and for people with complex needs and sits on the board of Pagrav, a South Asian dance company.
Kate Squires has worked in gallery education (including Chisenhale Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery) and is committed to widening access to the arts. She was previously Head of Education at Camden Arts Centre, which has a significant relationship with Action Space. Currently she is a lecturer in Fine Art at Bath School of Art and is working towards a practice-based PhD (University of the Arts, London). She works as an artist and arts professional with different institutions (BACKLIT, Whitstable Biennale, British Library and Tate Learning). Between 2009 and 2014 she founded Centrum, an artist project space in Berlin. She has exhibited in the UK and Berlin including the Herbert Read Gallery and Tintype, London.
Aviv Yaron has been a practicing image-maker since 1991. Starting as an analogue photographer, he then progressed to find himself at the forefront of the digital imaging revolution -becoming an expert practitioner in both the analogue and the digital realms of image making. Commercially, Aviv has been providing visual effects photography for CGI. As a contemporary photographer, he explores the intentions motivating the creative process and ways to engage with the latent photographic tactility – interested in ‘the meeting’ and place whilst at a state of a ‘decisive observation’ and the paradoxical notion of photographic time. More at www.avivyaron.co.uk