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 has just returned from spending 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 and social activist with a background in history, literature, arts reviewing, youth work and participation and communications. She has worked for Headliners, Family Action and Remote Goat (arts reviewing website.) She is currently the Communications Director for the Democracy Center in Bolivia, supporting economic and environmental 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 daughter Maya.
Phoebe Hill is our youth trustee, having achieved Silver and Gold Arts Award, designed a beautiful interactive mural at Arts Award’s 5th birthday party (working with Martin!) and worked with the youth network team before heading for Cambridge Uni where she graduated in 2015. Phoebe ran our first Arts Award Hub at Latitude Festival 2014 as work experience, and also set up an organisation to support young people’s arts projects in her home town of Lyme Regis.
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!