Meet Our advisory board
Kerry Law (chair)
Kerry Law is the University of Leicester’ Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer, leading the External Relations Division. She is a highly accomplished senior marketing strategist and joined Leicester in January 2019 to help shape and deliver the future vision of the institution. She is currently leading on the launch of the new University identity and reviewing the portfolio of courses we offer. Prior to joining the University of Leicester, Kerry was the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at the University of Nottingham. One areas of her portfolio there was Nottingham Lakeside Arts. She is passionate about all forms of media and the arts and has been a strong supporter of the AAC since she joined the University. Kerry became Chair of the AAC Board in April 2020.
Professor Henrietta o’Connor (Vice Chair)
Henrietta is Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. As a member of the Executive Board of the University Henrietta provides valuable insights into potential links for the AAC with wider academic schools. She also plays a key role as Vice-Chair of the EDI Committee and is well placed to support our work in developing greater presence for diverse women on campus through our Public Art programme.
As Head of Finance Adam brings a wealth of knowledge to the management of the AAC business through his work as an experienced accountant skilled in budgeting and business planning.
Professor David Ekserdjian
Professor Ekserdjian is a world-renowned authority on Italian Renaissance paintings and drawings, with particular specialities in the artists Correggio and Parmigianino. He is also an expert on the history of collecting and this informs his work as an adviser to auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s, international museums and galleries such as the National Gallery and Tate Britain, as well as private collectors. He has created major exhibitions around the world including the celebrated Bronze Exhibition at the Royal Academy. He is Professor of History of Art and Film History at the University of Leicester.
Professor Andrew Hugill
Professor Hugill is a British composer, musicologist and writer as well as a nationally respected academic with an outstanding career championing innovation in digital media. He recently started a new Creative Computing course at the University of Leicester. His current research into Aural Diversity is a ground-breaking study in how music is heard by people with different hearing impairment and is the author of the book, The Digital Musician. He is also a champion for neuro diversity.
Professor Ross Parry
Professor Parry is a widely published author and leading academic in the development and implementation of digital technology in the museum and cultural sector. A former Tate Fellow, he is currently Deputy Head of the internationally renowned School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, and leads a multi-partner research consortium ‘One by One’ – which includes the Smithsonian Institution, V&A the Museums Association and Arts Council England. A passionate advocate for access and equality within museums, he is Chair of the Jodi Mattes Trust for accessible digital culture.
An arts and media polymath, David Hevey has been described as one of the leading documentary film makers of his generation. His also an internationally respected photographer and disability arts campaigner. He is now Chief Executive of Shape Arts, the national and international disability led arts and culture organisation that commissions, publishes, distributes and provides opportunities and support for disabled and barriers facing artists and creatives. He is also project Director for the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA)
Dani is building her reputation as one of the country’s most talented portrait and dance photographers, Dani Bower brings a wealth of experience in marketing contemporary dance as well as lived experience of neuro diversity. She currently is Marketing Manager for One Dance UK
Dan Daw is an outstanding dance artist who provides an international perspective on contemporary dance along with a wealth of networks and strong views on artist’s rights. He is a tireless campaigner for access and equality working with companies such as Candoco, Sadlers Wells and Dance 4 as well as commissioning, developing and producing new work to support disabled dancers.
Ali has a professional background in IT, engineering, project management and business coaching. She is a life-long dabbler in crafts and making, loves experiencing arts and science events and can’t help herself from volunteering. Ali is the current chair of Phoenix Arts another Leicester based NPO. Ali has been coming to Attenborough Arts since it’s early days and as a person with a physical disability she values the centre for the wide range of creative learning opportunities, the quality of the tutors, performances and exhibitions and the way that inclusivity is embedded in the centre. She says “Attenborough Arts has given me so many memorable and enjoyable experiences, I hope that it continues to do so for the communities of Leicester and beyond for a long time to come”
As an artist and cultural facilitator Gurdeep “G” Sian has connections to a very wide range of culturally diverse artists. He has been a passionate campaigner for equality and artists rights challenging the AAC to think unconventionally and to meaningfully support new talent and established creative practitioners. Former AAC Associate Director as an ACE Funded ChangeMaker, he has recently been appointed Ambassador to the 2021 Leicester artist festival being organised by UK New Artists in which AAC will be acting as a flagship venue
Dr Corey Mwamba
As one of the country’s leading jazz musicians Corey Mwamba brings a wealth of experience to the board at both local and international level. Now presenting Freeness, a weekly show paying adventurous jazz and improvised music on Radio 3, he was artistic Director for Derby Jazz from 2016-2020. Corey has championed equality and access in the arts working with many boards and organisations over the years. He also supports the University of Leicester’s Music scholarship scheme through both the recruitment process and longer term mentoring.
Rebecca Blackwood is internationally renowned as a cultural strategist skilled in place making, reputation management, fundraising and is one of the most respected arts marketing and PR specialists in the UK. Her knowledge and networks offer a wealth of opportunity to AAC including the development of its profile and its visual arts programme nationally. She is a Fellow of the RSA
Professor John Newling
Professor Newling is an internationally respected artist exhibiting all round the world with particular interests in place, ecology and transaction. He is passionate about the importance of high quality public art and the potential for the arts to change lives and attitudes. With lived experience of neuro diversity he supports the removal of barriers to those who wish to engage in the arts. He was the first recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for fine art.
Simon Coopey grew up in Leicester and trained as a dancer with the Leicestershire Schools Ballet Scheme. Simon then trained as a teacher and has been teaching in special education for 18 years. During this time Simon has worked to build the profile of dance and the arts within the city and county special schools, setting up the annual schools showcase at Curve. To date, this show has seen over 1000 young people with additional needs perform on the main stage of the theatre.
Simon is also chair of Sidekick Dance which runs weekly youth and adult sessions at Curve. The aims of this group are to develop dance within this community, and also provide a place for friendship and belonging.
Simon is currently assistant head at Nether Hall school in Leicester and continues to work passionately to develop arts provision for those with additional needs.
As a member of the University Council Azam Mamujee connects the AAC to wider University agendas. Azam has over 25 years of experience as a strategic adviser and is a key partner in M Cubed Chartered Accountants.
As a successful member of the Leicester business community and many years supporting Leicester based Arts Organisations through taking Trustee positions, Azam brings commercial rigour as well as a passion for education and the arts to the board.
Meet our Patrons
Michael Attenborough CBE
Michael Attenborough continues the Attenborough family association and support for the centre. He is a passionate supporter of inclusion in the arts and the rights of the disabled. His long career in theatre includes Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, the Hampstead Theatre and Principal Associate Director of the RSC. Freelance work includes productions for the National Theatre, the Royal Court and Chichester; a number in the West End and twice on Broadway. He also teaches and trains at three universities and four drama schools, including RADA, where he is Director Emeritus
Grayson Perry CBE
Grayson Perry is an internationally celebrated visual artist and was the first transvestite potter to win the Turner Prize in 2003. Having trained in sculpture he went on to learn ceramics in night classes, his work is now collected and represented in many museums and galleries around the world.
Yinka Shonibare CBE
Yinka Shonibare is a British-Nigerian artist living and working in London. Noted for his use of traditional batik patterned cloth in his sculptures he has exhibited in the UK and internationally and his work can be found in many notable collections. In 2010 his first public art commission, Nelsons ship in a bottle, was created for the Forth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. He is an enthusiastic supporter for disability arts and is Chair of Shape
Dame Evelyn Glennie
An internationally celebrated multi-percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie has been Deaf since the age of 12. Her work has seen her performing with orchestras around the world along with creative collaborations with stars of the contemporary music world such as Bjork and Bobby McFerrin.
Baron Lowe of Dalston CBE
Born in Edinburgh he has been blind since the age of three, this did not prevent him from securing a career in law teaching at the City University London. He is Vice President of the RNIB and received a CBE for his services for disabled people. He is a political and life peer.
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