Mentors

Dr Aneesh Banerjee

Lecturer in Management
Cass Business School
City, University of London

https://www.cass.city.ac.uk/faculties-and-research/experts/aneesh-banerjee

Aneesh’s research interests include digital technology, innovation management, and organisational resilience. His research spans a variety of empirical contexts, such as large technology firms, employee-owned businesses, family businesses, and cultural and creative industries. He is currently the track chair for Cultural and Creative Industries at the British Academy of Management (BAM). At Cass, he leads the module on Digital Technologies and Business Innovation for the MBA and Executive MBA programmes. Before re-joining academic research, Aneesh spent close to a decade in various leadership roles in the technology industry.

Ghislaine Boddington

Creative Director
body>data>space

http://www.bodydataspace.net/who-we-are/core-team/ghislaine/
@GBoddington

Ghislaine is an artist, curator, and director specialising in body responsive technologies and immersive experiences. She is recognised worldwide as a pioneer in the use of the body as a digital interaction canvas for over 25 years. She creates unique convergences of the virtual/physical body through telepresence, motion capture, robotics, wearables, sense/gesture tech, and virtual worlds. She keynotes worldwide on her research ‘The Internet of Bodies’, is a Reader in Digital Immersion at the University of Greenwich, consults for the creative industries, and co-presents bi-weekly for BBC Click. She was awarded the IX Immersion Experience Visionary Pioneer Award for 2017.

Dr Enrico Bonadio

Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law
City Law School
City, University of London

https://www.city.ac.uk/people/academics/enrico-bonadio
@enricobonadio

Enrico Bonadio is Senior Lecturer at the City Law School, where he teaches intellectual property law. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Florence and an LLB from the University of Pisa. He is Deputy Editor in Chief and Intellectual Property Correspondent of the European Journal of Risk Regulation. His research and teaching interests have led him to give talks and papers in many universities and institutions on five continents. He regularly lectures, publishes and advises on UK, European, and international intellectual property law. His current research focuses on copyright protection of graffiti and street art.

Chantelle Culshaw

Director of Development
Dulwich Picture Gallery

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
@dulwichgallery

Chantelle has 15 years’ experience of fundraising in the visual and performing arts, raising money from sponsorship, individuals, and trusts for both capital projects and general revenue fundraising. Prior to her current role as Director of Development at Dulwich Picture Gallery, she was Director of Development at Donmar Warehouse for five years and Development Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Through various roles, she has experience of significant organisational change and development. Chantelle has an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths.

Professor Linda Drew

Director and Chief Executive
Ravensbourne

https://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk
@lindasdrew

Linda is Director and Chief Executive of Ravensbourne, a higher education institution specialising in design, media, communication, and technology. Previously, she was Deputy Director at Glasgow School of Art and a Dean at the University of the Arts London, where she led academic development at Chelsea. She is a Governor of Stationers Crown Woods Academy, an academy school in Greenwich with a curriculum focus on digital media and creativity. She studied fashion design at Saint Martin’s School of Art and holds a PhD in Educational Research from Lancaster University.

Rachel Driver

Consultant Business Psychologist
Work Psychology Group

https://www.workpsychologygroup.com
@workpsychgroup

Rachel is a Consultant Business Psychologist at Work Psychology Group, leading and supporting projects across consulting, and research and development. Rachel has experience managing the design, delivery, and evaluation of assessment and development programmes, with a focus on wellbeing, leadership, and talent development. Her interests include resilience, innovation, diversity, and values. Rachel’s work draws on the evidence-based resilience resources model to provide a framework for targeted training and development, which can be tailored to specific situations and context.

Claire Ebrey

Regional Director
Institute of Directors

https://www.iod.com
@IoDNorthWest

Claire is the North West Regional Director for the Institute of Directors, a membership organisation for leaders in enterprise, the public sector, and non-profits. With a marketing and communications background, she previously specialised in corporate social responsibility and member engagement at The Co-op, and has a passion for finding new ways to engage and inspire stakeholders. She designed and launched a national programme to help new co-ops to start up and existing co-ops to grow and thrive through online support, one-to-one advice, group training, and peer mentoring.

Jacinta Elliott

Director
Elliott Walker Consultancy

http://www.elliottwalker.co.uk

Originally from Ireland, Jacinta has been based in Yorkshire for over 30 years. Throughout this time, she has worked as an organisation development facilitator, executive coach, and mentor. She has a long association with Leeds University Business School, most recently as Programme Director for the 10,000 Small Businesses Programme sponsored by Goldman Sachs. She currently provides non-executive support to the board of a start-up and mentorship to founders of small businesses and social enterprises. She also develops innovative programmes to stimulate business thinking. Jacinta’s academic qualifications include a Master’s in Management Learning and a science degree from the Open University.

Professor Stefan Haefliger

Professor of Strategic Management and Innovation
Cass Business School
City, University of London

https://www.cass.city.ac.uk/faculties-and-research/experts/stefan-haefliger
@haefliger

Stefan studies innovation and strategy in organisations of any type. He is a professor at Cass Business School and a faculty member at ETH Zurich. His research and teaching focuses on co-creation strategies, as well as practices of knowledge re-use and business model design. His research has appeared in Management Science, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review, among others. His work on business models is widely used in management and executive education and can be found at BusinessModelZoo.com. Stefan has worked as an artist for over ten years in conceptual and performance art with etoy.CORPORATION.

Sorrel Herschberg

Director
The Sorrell Foundation and The Saturday Club Trust

http://www.thesorrellfoundation.com
http://saturday-club.org
@sorrelhersh

Sorrel Hershberg is Director of The Sorrel Foundation and The Saturday Club Trust, whose National Saturday Club offers 13-to-16 year olds the unique opportunity to study subjects they love every Saturday morning at their local college or university for free. Sorrel has 20 years’ experience curating and producing design exhibitions and public programmes. Previously, she was Senior Programme Manager for Frieze Foundation, organising the not-for-profit content of Frieze Art Fair. Before this, she was a curator at the British Council and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. In December 2017, Sorrel joins Create as Executive Director.

Susan Jones

Arts Consultant and Researcher
Richard Padwick and Susan Jones Ltd

http://www.padwickjonesarts.co.uk
@SusanJonesArts

An arts consultant and researcher, Susan Jones works imaginatively and strategically with individuals and organisations to evolve creative solutions to complex situations. As a Non-Executive Board member, adviser, and critical friend to arts organisations, she brings expertise on sustaining mission and practical guidance on refocusing business models and organisational structures while harnessing individual and team capabilities. While Director of a-n The Artists Information Company (1999-2014), she introduced innovative artistic, digital, and business strategies, and strengthened the financial base to rejuvenate a traditional arts publishing company, successfully transforming it into a leading UK contemporary visual arts membership and advocacy organisation.

Dr Sara Jones

Senior Lecturer
Cass Business School
City, University of London

https://www.cass.city.ac.uk/faculties-and-research/experts/sara-jones
@svjaok

Sara Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Management; Course Director for the Master’s in Innovation, Creativity, and Leadership; and Co-Founder of the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at Cass Business School. She is the Principal Investigator for Boosting Resilience, and has been a principal or co-investigator on research projects worth nearly £10M. Her current research interests include the application of creative design techniques in software and service development projects, and the use of new and emerging technologies to support creative processes. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and supervised 9 PhD students in related areas.

Mary Ann Kernan

Senior Lecturer in English
Associate Dean (Student Experience), School of Arts and Social Science
City, University of London

https://www.city.ac.uk/people/academics/mary-ann-kernan
@maryannkernan

Mary Ann Kernan joined City in 2006 as Programme Director of the MA in Publishing, which has attracted endorsements from alumni and the industry, as well as top ratings from students. She is also a founding board member of the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice and teaches on creativity and the creative industries for the Masters in Innovation, Creativity, and Leadership. Previously, she was a director of the publishing company Methuen & Co Ltd, and ran her own consultancy projects and worked in partnership with others in content development, e-learning, and coaching environments, both in small-scale and public-sector businesses.

Dr Maire Kerrin

Founding Director
Work Psychology Group

https://www.workpsychologygroup.com
@workpsychgroup

Máire is a Founding Director of Work Psychology Group and a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School, where she delivers the Psychology of Creativity and Innovation module on the Master’s in Innovation, Creativity, and Leadership. An Occupational Psychologist and a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, she specialises in assessment, innovation, and organisational change. She has worked with leaders to develop resilience across a wide range of sectors. Drawing on the evidence that personal resilience can be developed, Máire and her team provide the psychological tools and techniques to enable professionals to develop themselves, their team, and their organisations.

Suzie Leighton

Director
The Culture Capital Exchange

http://www.theculturecapitalexchange.co.uk
@suzietcce

Suzie has many years’ experience in initiating and delivering collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, and working with arts organisations to develop resilient business models and governance. Prior roles include 5 years at Arts Council England as a Senior Officer, the management of Dance UK and a secondment as a researcher to the DCMS Select Committee. Suzie is currently a trustee and chair of the board of directors of Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, an international touring company and an associate company at Sadler’s Wells.

Michela Magas

Founder and CEO
Stromatolite / Music Tech Fest / Sonaris

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelamagas
@ michelamagas

Michela Magas bridges the worlds of science and art, design and technology, and academic research and industry, with a 20-year track record of creative innovation. She co-founded Stromatolite Design Innovation Lab, developing futures concepts for international clients such as Apple, Nike, and Nokia. She is the founder of Music Tech Fest, a global ecosystem of over 5,000 creative innovators. She is an advisor on innovation and the creative industries to the European Commission and G7 leaders. In 2016, she received an Innovation Luminary Award for Creative Innovation, and in 2017, she was awarded European Woman Innovator of the Year.

Rebecca Marshall

Executive Director
Studio Wayne McGregor

http://waynemcgregor.com
@waynemcgregor

Rebecca Marshall, Executive Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, provides the strategic lead for all the activity that takes place under the umbrella of the organisation. Studio Wayne McGregor is the creative engine for choreographer and director Wayne McGregor CBE, and a nexus of partners who explore movement, artistry, thought, and partnership. Coming from a background of arts administration in both the USA and the UK, Rebecca has been working closely with McGregor for 18 years, developing the structure of the company and realising the vision of Studio Wayne McGregor.

Dr Luke McDonagh

Senior Lecturer in Law
City Law School
City, University of London

https://www.city.ac.uk/people/academics/luke-mcdonagh
@drlukemcdonagh

Luke is a Senior Lecturer at the City Law School at City, University of London, where his research focuses on intellectual property Law. Previously, he was a Lecturer in Law at Cardiff University and LSE Fellow in Law at the London School of Economics. His research uses empirical and theoretical insights to shed light on interesting (and sometimes controversial) aspects of intellectual property, such as the interplay between property owners and users in free-sharing creative environments (e.g. theatre, open-source software, traditional music). He has published empirical studies of copyright law in music and theatre in several peer-reviewed journals.

Gary McKeone

Programme Director
St George’s House Trust

https://www.stgeorgeshouse.org
@stgeorgeshouse

Gary is currently Programme Director at St George’s House, Windsor Castle. Formerly, he was Literature Director at Arts Council England, and before that, he worked in literature at Royal Festival Hall and in theatre with Field Day Theatre Company (Ireland). He has written for radio and stage and for the Guardian and the Independent. He is Former Chair of the Poetry Archive, Poetry London magazine, and the Poetry Translation Centre, and Board Member of the Arvon Foundation.

David Micklem

Producer/Consultant/Writer
David Micklem Ltd

http://64millionartists.com
@davidmicklem

David is co-founder of 64 Million Artists, helped develop the global social enterprise Street Wisdom, and works as a consultant and writer across a range of contexts in arts and culture, and in the wider world of business. He is an experienced consultant, producer, cultural leader, and strategic thinker with a demonstrable track record in supporting artists, delivering significant arts projects and influencing policy. He has played a central role in some of the most talked-about performance projects of the last decade and has worked across a range of scales and contexts within the performing arts.

Dr Chris Moore

Technology Specialist
Department for International Trade

https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-moore-b395332
@tradegovuk

Chris is a Technology Sector Specialist at the Department for International Trade, working in the Technology Investment Team, where he assists technology companies to establish a presence in the UK. Immediately prior to this role, he spent nearly two years working in the Tech City Investment Organisation, where he assisted large and small creative, digital, and technology companies based outside of the UK to set up in London’s Tech City. Chris specialises in the software, digital media, printing, and security sectors, with specific interests in artificial intelligence, data analytics, cloud computing, data centres, and cyber security.

Dr Patricia Moran

Head, Department of English
City, University of London

https://www.city.ac.uk/people/academics/patricia-moran

Patricia Moran has written or edited six books. Her research focuses on the intersections between psychology, narrative, artistic creativity, and female embodiment. Her most recent monograph, Antonia White and Manic-Depressive Illness, rereads White’s writing within the context of manic-depressive illness to show how the misdiagnosis of her illness shaped the identity narratives White constructed in her life-writing and then used as the basis for her strongly autobiographical fiction. Moran joined City in 2016 after prior appointments at the University of California, Davis and the University of Limerick.

Professor Davide Ravasi

Professor of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management
Cass Business School
City, University of London

https://www.cass.city.ac.uk/faculties-and-research/experts/davide-ravasi

Davide’s research examines the interrelations of organisational identity, culture, and strategy, with a particular focus on organisations operating in the creative industries. He has also occasionally worked with organisations reflecting on their own identity and values. One of his latest studies examined how corporate museums enable organisations to use history, memory, and heritage to inspire design and branding. Based on this study, he curated an exhibition of selected items from these collections at the Palazzo della Ragione in Milan in 2013. He has published widely in international academic journals and is a co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Organisational Identity.

Professor Amanda Ravetz

Professor of Visual and Social Practice
Associate Head of Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre
Manchester School of Art
Manchester Metropolitan University

http://www.art.mmu.ac.uk/profile/aravetz
@aravetz

Amanda trained as a painter and a visual anthropologist and for the last 14 years has carried out research in art and design, with expertise in artistic research methodologies (aka practice-led research), talent development, socially engaged art, and more recently, arts for health. She is currently working with Axisweb on a two-year action research knowledge transfer partnership, looking at ways of validating social practice. She has supervised PhDs at Castlefield Gallery and the Centre for Contemporary Chinese art, and has been a critical friend, lead researcher, and organisation development mentor on different ACE-funded projects.

Victoria Roe

Senior Consultant
Work Psychology Group

https://www.workpsychologygroup.com
@workpsychgroup

Victoria is a Senior Consultant at Work Psychology Group. In her current and previous roles, she has experience in working with senior stakeholders and leaders across both public and private sector organisations supporting organisation-wide training and change initiatives, such as leadership development and implementation of new systems and processes. Her areas of interest include selection and assessment, learning and development, and leadership and resilience. Victoria is also a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a qualified Psychometric Test User in Occupational Ability and Personality Testing.

Ian Ross

Executive Director
Jasmin Vardimon Company

http://jasminvardimon.com
@jvcompany

As Executive Director of Jasmin Vardimon Company, Ian developed the company’s international touring profile; secured its base in Ashford, Kent; brokered partnerships with local authorities and funding bodies; and launched its postgraduate dance training programme. Ian is also co-founder of B&R Productions Ltd, which spearheaded the award-winning School Creative Centre in Rye, East Sussex, and led the development and initial delivery of the Devonshire Collective in Eastbourne. Previously, Ian ran a number of theatres, assisted Arts Council England in its delivery of large-scale capital projects, and worked on a number of projects for commercial operators.

Andy Wilkins

Partner
Perspectiv LLP

http://perspectiv.co.uk
@andrewnwilkins

Andy has over 30 years’ experience helping people, teams, and organisations improve their performance, particularly in innovation, creativity, problem-solving, and change. He has delivered over 1,000 programs, workshops, and coaching sessions in 12 countries. Prior to founding Perspectiv in 1997, Andy worked at international IT companies as Director of Innovation and Change, Business Unit Managing Director, and Director of Strategy and Marketing. He is qualified in useful tools related to thinking preferences (VIEW), leadership practices (LPI), and building the climate for creativity and innovation (SOQ). He has published over 50 articles on creative problem-solving, strategy, leadership, and teams in organisations.

Claire Whitaker

Director
Serious

http://serious.org.uk
@clairelwhitaker

Claire has over 25 years’ experience at senior management and board levels. As a producer, she has a proven track record for creating and delivering high-quality, innovative music and arts special events, both in the UK and internationally. Claire’s expertise ranges from the creation and delivery of ambitious ideas to the development of strategic partnerships and fundraising across a broad range of stakeholders. She is committed to growing, nurturing, and supporting talent development within the arts, in both a professional and an academic capacity. Claire is also passionate about enabling wide and diverse audiences to experience music, arts and culture.

Evelyn Wilson

Director
The Culture Capital Exchange

http://www.theculturecapitalexchange.co.uk
@ewtcce

Evelyn Wilson is one of the founders of TCCE and specialises in developing and curating both large and small-scale initiatives and activities that bring together researchers with cultural/creative sector practitioners around areas of common concern. She is Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London and is an advisor to MAT at Queen Mary, UoL and to the Centre for Creativity and Professional Practice at Cass Business School. She has a long track record as a cultural producer and innovator in different regions of the UK and over the years was advisor to ACE both regionally and nationally.

Isla Wilson

Director
Ruby Star Associates

https://rubystarassociates.co.uk
@rubystartweet

Isla is an experienced entrepreneur and a non-executive Chair and Director of a number of organisations. She is deeply committed to drawing from robust evidence about what actually works for entrepreneurs in specific sectors, especially where this challenges conventional wisdom. Isla has specific experience of working with creative individuals who are making an impact (and a living) doing what they love. She contributes regularly to national press and blogs, and is a public speaker for a range of brands, including TEDx.

Sarah Wood

Co-Founder and CEO
Unruly

https://unruly.co
@sarahfwood

Sarah Wood is Co-Founder and CEO of video ad tech company Unruly, which has a presence across 20 different locations, employs 300 people, and was acquired by News Corp in September 2015. Sarah has been named Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year, Business Insider's #3 Coolest Woman in Tech, CEO of the Year at Europas, City AM Entrepreneur of the Year, and one of Ad Age's 20 Women to Watch in Europe. She is a member of the London Mayor’s Business & AccelerateHER Advisory Boards, is a Technology Ambassador for London, and was awarded an OBE in June 2016.

Kevin Wong

Associate Director, Policy, Evaluation and Research Unit
Manchester Metropolitan University

http://www.mmuperu.co.uk/about-us/mr-kevin-wong

Kevin has over twenty years' experience of criminal justice policy and practice as a researcher, practitioner and policy advisor and has built up a broad network of contacts of policy influencers, commissioners, service providers, and researchers. Prior to this, he worked in the community legal advice sector. He is a commissioned writer of drama for radio, theatre, and film/TV. On occasion, he has managed to combine his interests. For example, he is currently leading an evaluation of the Koestler Arts Awards. He has previously served on the boards of arts and other voluntary organisations and has been a freelance researcher/consultant.