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About us / Board of Trustees
The following Trustees make up the Board at present:

Robert Holland FCA (Chair)

is a partner in the accountancy firm James & Cowper, based mainly in Newbury. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Robert served on the Board of Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. He also worked with Crafts on the Bay as part of an Arts & Business Skills Bank project where he assisted the Gallery with a major capital project.

Ndidi Ekubia

Manchester-born silversmith, Ndidi Ekubia, studied three-dimensional design at the University of Wolverhampton, followed by a residency at the Bishopsland Educational Trust. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1998 with an MA in silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery. Ndidi specialises in beaten forms using traditional techniques and a variety of metals. Taking part in a wide range of exhibitions in museums, art galleries, fine art fairs and touring shows, Ndidi has been able to develop her work whilst experimenting with design and object function. She also enjoys running short workshops bringing making skills and knowledge to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Amanda Fielding

is an independent writer and curator. For many years until 2006 she was Curator of the Crafts Council Collection, organising a touring programme of thematic shows. In her capacity as Camberwell College of Arts / V&A Research Fellow in Craft (2007-09), she curated the exhibition Richard Slee: From Utility to Futility, at the Victoria & Albert Museum. She has contributed catalogue essays, articles and reviews for almost 25 years and is co-author with Emmanuel Cooper of Walter Keeler (2004) and Michael Casson (forthcoming). Currently she is working on a book on the pioneering ceramicist Gillian Lowndes. She is Advisor to the Crafts Lives Project, based at the British Library’s National Sound Archive, and to the Acquisitions Committee at the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham.

David Kay

is an arts consultant specialising in visual and applied arts projects in relation to urban renewal, organisational management and exhibition. Formerly the Crafts Officer for the Southern Arts Board and Arts Council England South East between1987- 2003, David was responsible for developing the strategic growth of architecture, craft, design and public art advising and initiating public and private sector capital and strategic projects.

Mary La Trobe Bateman OBE

is a freelance writer, curator and consultant and visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Arts. Mary was the Director of Contemporary Applied Arts from 1994-2005. Under her leadership, CAA moved from Covent Garden to the architect designed space in Percy Street - one of the first lottery-funded crafts projects. She built on the gallery's reputation by developing the exhibition programme and instituting an outreach education programme.

Professor Catherine McDermott

has made a major national and international contribution to the contemporary curating of design. Catherine heads the School of Design Masters programme at Kingston University and is an advisory board member of New Design Magazine, the Design Journal and part of the Design Council Advisory Group Biennial. She has produced numerous publications and exhibitions and is also the Chair of the University’s Stanley Picker Gallery.

Gwyn Miles

took up her post as Director of the Somerset House Trust in January 2006. Previously she was Director of Projects and Estate at the V&A where she was responsible for the implementation of FuturePlan, an ambitious scheme that will make the V&A’s historic buildings and world-class collections attractive and accessible to the widest possible audience. She has considerable knowledge and experience in of the crafts and applied arts as well as buildings and museum management.

Stephen Sheedy

is the Principal of Queen Mary’s Sixth Form College in Basingstoke and Chair of Basingstoke’s Local Strategic Partnership. In addition to serving as a trustee of The Making, Stephen is also Chair of the Trust’s local advisory panel.

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