Our Trustees


John Tizard (Chair)

John Tizard 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 Villiers Park Education Trust which promotes social mobility, and was previously Chair of b-side CIC, an Arts Council NPO which organises a biennial arts festival on the Isle of Portland, Dorset.

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.

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Simon Bottery

Simon Bottery 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 Donnelly-Jackson

Fleur Donnelly-Jackson 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

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

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.



Anthony Spira

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

Kate Squires is an artist, curator and researcher. She is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Westminster and is working towards a practice-based PhD (University of the Arts, London). She has a background working in gallery education. Kate was previously Head of Public Programmes at Camden Art Centre and held roles at Chisenhale Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery. She has worked as an artist with different institutions including the British Library, Tate Learning and as a consultant with BACKLIT and Whitstable Biennale. Between 2009 and 2014 Kate was founding Director of Centrum- an artist project space in Berlin. She continues to exhibit internationally often working collaboratively with artist Jenny Dunseath.


Linsey Young

Linsey Young is currently Curator of Contemporary British Art at Tate where she has been lead curator for three Turner Prize exhibitions, two Duveens commissions and spearheaded the exhibition and publication Women in Revolt! Art and Activism in the UK 1970 – 1990. In 2019 Young commissioned and curated Charlie Prodger’s Scottish pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Her curatorial and research interests are centred around increasing visibility of marginalised practices particularly in relation to feminist, queer and disability arts histories.



Simon Chadwick

Simon Chadwick is a Partner at international law firm, Mishcon de Reya, specialising in art law and the related field of luxury assets. He works with collectors, dealers, auction houses, artists, public and private institutions, and foundations. Before starting his carrier in law, Simon managed a commercial art dealership based in London and Milan for seven years.

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