Meet Our Advisory Board
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Kerry Law (chair)
Kerry Law is the University of Leicester’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Professional Services). She is a highly accomplished senior higher education professional and joined Leicester in January 2019 to help shape and deliver the future vision of the institution. Prior to joining the University of Leicester, Kerry was the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at the University of Nottingham. She has a long career in marketing, of which she has spent over 20 years in Higher Education marketing leadership roles. Formerly she occupied senior roles at De Montfort University and FTSE100 company Pearson. She is passionate about all forms of media and the arts and has been a strong supporter of AAC since she joined the University. Kerry became Chair of the AAC Advisory Board in April 2020.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Sonal Joshi is the Head of Finance for Internal Performance & Planning at the University of Leicester. She is a CIMA qualified management accountant with over 20 years’ experience in finance. Sonal has been at Leicester since 2009 and has worked in various roles within the Finance division. Prior to joining Leicester Sonal had worked for a number of universities, including Imperial, Warwick and Nottingham. Sonal became part of the Attenborough Arts Centre Advisory Board in December 2021.
A Leicester-based multidisciplinary fine artist, Vishal Joshi was recently commissioned to create a unique piece of art commemorating the Centenary of the University of Leicester. He has also painted a large mural within the Leicester Museum and Gallery. His unique style of mark making has been widely appreciated and celebrated. In recent years, MMA fighter Conor McGregor and actor-comedian Asim Choudhry have acquired Vishal’s original pieces. Joshi’s ability to create public engagement artwork that is inspiring and beautiful is what he is becoming known for. A large outdoor mural inspired by the identity of Europeans after Brexit was commissioned by STAMP Festival in Hamburg. Through his art, Vishal is a socio-cultural activist driven to express his beliefs with painting and sculpture as his methods of expression.
As a recent University of Leicester Mathematics MMath Graduate, Jack McDonald is the University of Leicester Students’ Union Activities Officer for the 2022/23 academic year. He was voted in by students to represent their views and interests in the Student’s Union, who work to support students, provide opportunities so that they can have new experiences to develop their skills and to empower their voices within the university. His role on the Advisory Board is to make sure that the student voice is represented within Attenborough Arts Centre.
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.
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.
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, the Director of the Institute for Digital Culture, 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.
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”
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 disabled people. 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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