Meet our
Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board members support our mission to be one of the UK’s leading socially-engaged cultural organisations.

The Advisory Board is made up of both University and external members who provide a range of professional and lived experiences to enable Attenborough Arts Centre to achieve its aims.
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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.

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Emeka Ejiofor

The creator and owner of the revolutionary lifestyle brand True Colours Clothing, Emeka is a renowned poet/spoken word artist (True Colours is his stage name). He is the author of the thought-provoking, must-read poetry collection Outspoken by True Colours (available on Amazon). He is a Trustee at Derby College and a huge advocate for equality in society. He is currently in the process of publishing Outspoken vol.2 and a children’s book, with a big emphasis on embracing cultural and individual differences. Emeka is an ex-semi-professional footballer who has played for the likes of Burton Albion, and has over 20 years’ experience working with young people in the education sector. He now facilitates SYTC workshops all over the country and is gaining a powerful reputation for invoking positive change in the education system.

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Jennifer Francis

Jennifer is an experienced museum brand and marketing strategist who has held senior leadership roles at art institutions across three continents over the last 25 years. Interested in consumer behaviour from an early age, most recently she was the Director of Brand and Marketing at Grounds For Sculpture in New Jersey. Previously she was at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts, in addition to consulting, freelancing and interim roles in the arts, cultural, heritage and tourism field.

Jennifer has an MA in Cultural Leadership and Policy Management from City University, London and has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Drexel University, Philadelphia. She is a Trustee of the Ironbridge Museums Trust and previously served on various Boards including ICOM-US, Art-Table National, Philadelphia Arts and Business Council, Fleisher Arts Memorial and Arts Council of England – London Regional Council.

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Tara Lopez

Tara Lopez is a Cultural Producer, Strategist and Manager. Since graduating from De Montfort University where she studied Dance, Tara has managed a wide range of projects and programmes across; cultural participation, carnival arts and festivals, with a particular focus on work with, by and for children and young people. A particular drive across all of her work has been addressing inequalities and under-representation within the Cultural Sector; most notably this has included leading mass participation dance project ‘Critical Mass’ which aimed to redefine inclusion in mega-events starting with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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Sonal Joshi

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.

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Vishal Joshi

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.

Azam Mamujee

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 Trustee positions, Azam brings commercial rigour as well as a passion for education and the arts to the Advisory Board.

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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.

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Jackie Perkins

Jackie Perkins was born profoundly deaf and grew up in Leicester. An exposure to theatre from a young age developed a real love for the arts for Jackie and her family. Jackie went onto to study art and attended Wolverhampton University to complete a diploma in Digital Media and Visual Literacy – the importance of the visual in everyday life resonates with her own visual language of British Sign Language.

Jackie worked with deaf youth and deaf people with additional needs before becoming a teacher of BSL which she has done for many years. Jackie also teaches deaf awareness at organisations such as NHS. She loves teaching people the visual language of BSL and meeting many people from different backgrounds, believing in the importance of deaf and hearing worlds being more integrated so people can work and enjoy the arts together. Jackie’s passion is to improve accessibility to the arts, particularly for deaf people whose disability is often overlooked.

Ajay Reddy

Ajay Reddy is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in engineering management at the University of Leicester. Hailing from Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Ajay was elected as Sports & Societies Officer 2024/25 at Leicester Students’ Union. As part of his role he serves on the Attenborough Arts Centre Advisory Board to represent student voice, and works closely with the student-led Creative Council to advise on Attenborough Arts Centre’s programmes.

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Meera Saujani

Meera is a marketing and communications expert with multi-discipline international experience across the public and private sectors. She has spent the last decade as a diplomat in China, working for the British Council, and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Meera has led on marketing and communications for a number of high-profile initiatives promoting the UK arts and creative industries, including the first ever bilateral UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange. She has spearheaded marketing partnerships with organisations including BAFTA, Secret Cinema and Aardman. Meera combines her passion for the arts and inclusivity, her local Leicester knowledge and her international expertise to bring a wealth of experience to Attenborough Arts Centre.