Our Trustees

John Tizard (Chair)

John is driven by a commitment to social justice, fairness and equality and has been on the Action Space 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

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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.

Marc Steene

Marc is the Director and founder of the charity Outside In. Formerly the Executive Director of Pallant House Gallery he is an experienced figure in the gallery and museum sector a strategic thinker, partnership broker and leader in his field.

Marc sees his work as enabling people’s creativity, challenging concepts as to who is an artist and what constitutes art. He seeks to create a fairer art world where a wider body of artists are recognised and have the opportunity to have their work seen and valued. As well as his ground breaking work in community engagement he has been responsible for the programming and curating of acclaimed exhibitions of outsider, modern, historic, international and contemporary art.

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.

Renwick Helen

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.

Aviv Yaron

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

Kate Squires

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.


Image: Chandrakant Patel

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