Our Trustees

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 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

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

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.

Antoinette O’Loughlin

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).

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.

Image: Chandrakant Patel

Comments are closed.