Introducing our board members.
Felicity Woolf (Chair) is an arts education consultant who has played a key role in the development of both Artsmark and Arts Award, including writing the original Arts Award toolkit (or ‘bible’…) As well as her freelance work, Felicity has worked for Arts Council England and as Director of Qualifications for Creative & Cultural Skills, so brings a wide-ranging experience of the arts and education world. She recently spent three years in China at Nottingham Ningbo University, where she gained an MA and mastered Mandarin!
Martin Russell (Deputy Chair) is a visual artist and arts educator, and is currently Head of Learning & Participation at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. He has widely exhibited his sculpture alongside teaching art and design. He has years of highly creative Arts Award experience as an adviser, trainer and project leader including supporting 300 young people through Arts Award with the UH Galleries (University of Hertfordshire) and taking Arts Award to the Scouts! He was Programme Manager for the Royal Opera House Bridge organisation working in Essex to connect young people with the arts.
Maddy Ryle is a writer, editor and social activist with a background in history, literature, arts reviewing, youth work, media, campaigning and communications. She is currently the Communications Director for the Bolivia-based Democracy Center, supporting global ecological justice work, though she lives mainly in Brighton with her young son.
Carl Teigh has been Finance Director for Regent’s University London since 2012. His responsibilities include financial planning, reporting and analysis, balance sheet and treasury management, financial risk management and procurement. He graduated in Economics from the University of Manchester in 1999 and is a chartered accountant (ICAEW). Since qualifying, Carl held a number of managerial positions at KPMG over a nine year period within Audit and Risk Advisory, Transaction Services and latterly the Consulting arm of the firm. Carl lives in East London with wife Jennifer and children Maya and Charlie.
Phoebe Hill is our youth trustee; having achieved both Bronze and Gold Arts Award, she has also run events and advocated for Arts Award on numerous occasions. Since graduating from Cambridge University in 2015, Phoebe has worked across the theatre sector in London and is now the Events Coordinator at educational and cultural organisation Bishopsgate Institute.
Vikki Jones co-ordinates youth theatre and the theatre programme at Farnham Maltings. Previously she worked as Arts Award Administrator for Trinity College London, and played a key role in developing the Arts Award Youth Network by providing pastoral support, training and a lot of fun at residentials. She is also an active Brownie leader and totally committed to youth participation!