Edwin Maxwell, MBE, DL – Chair
Edwin is the Managing Director of EAM Group a family business he started in 1983. The business is based in Nottingham and it delivers a range of construction services to public and private sector clients across the East Midlands.
Edwin is Chairman and a founding Director of New Art Exchange (NAE). He has chaired the organisation since it established in 2003 and played a pivotal role in delivering a £5.3M capital build project at NAE in Hyson Green, Nottingham. Under his chairmanship NAE has grown to become one of the UK's leading contemporary visual arts organisations aiming to inspire people through culturally diverse arts.
As a businessman and admirer of the arts, Edwin has worked as a volunteer in the sector since 1997. He believes that the arts are an important factor in developing greater community cohesion within culturally diverse Britain. Providing avenues where people can experience new perspectives and cultural experiences, the arts facilitate a better understanding and appreciation of the rich variety of cultures that are among us. Edwin believes that ultimately these experiences can and do lead to a tolerant and better society.
Edwin has served as founding Director of NECTA Ltd, a voluntary organisation that aimed to help the long term unemployed into training, leading to the development of skills and employment in construction. He was Director of the Greater Nottingham Training and Enterprise Council (GNTEC), a government initiative aimed at delivering training and enterprise development in Greater Nottingham. Edwin was co-founder and Chairman of Excel, a business and professional network for Africans and African-Caribbeans. He was Chairman of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Association. He also served on the Midland Regional Council of the NFB representing the views of members and influencing regional and national policies affecting the construction industry.
In April 2016, Eddy was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.
Sukhy Johal, MBE – Vice Chair
Sukhy is a freelance business consultant. Former Director of Culture and Creative Economy for Nottingham City Council and Executive Director of Culture East Midlands. He is a board member of East Midlands Tourism and Founding board member of Cultivate (Regions Cultural Business Support Agency) Member Regional Assembly.
Mohan Khera – Company Secretary
Retired HMRC Audit Officer, Board Member of Portland College & Beaumanor Engineering Ltd, Mohan is former Chair of Nottingham Race Equality Council and involved with the Nottingham Mela.
Sardul Gill – Director
Established Artist and Teacher with extensive knowledge and experience within the South Asian communities of Nottingham.
Leslie McDonald – Director
Executive Director and Company Secretary of Nottingham Counselling Service and former Chief Executive/Executive. Director of First Enterprise Business Agency.
Dr Lisa Mooney– Director
Dean of Research, University of Lincoln. Lisa has over 25 years experience at the interface between research, Higher Education and the arts and cultural sectors, promoting and leading on collaborative research ventures and large scale investment.
Tasleem Iqbal – Director
A finance specialist formerly with KPMG, with extensive experience in finance and accounting projects.
Professor Chris O'Brien, OBE – Director
An Emeritus Professor with the Nottingham University Business School, having joined the University in 1968. He has lived and worked in a number of countries in Latin America and the Far East, and was instrumental in establishing the University's overseas campus in Malaysia and building up the University's Business School in China.
Lorna Holder – Director
Raised in Nottingham and graduating from Trent University in 1975, Lorna is Managing Director of Full Spectrum Productions and Tuareg Productions Ltd. She has over 35 years experience at executive level in the fashion industry, journalism, cultural events and visual and performing arts. In 2007 she directed the play Living Under One Roof at Theatre Royal, Nottingham and has worked in partnership with V&A, British Museum, Rich Mix, Imperial War Museum London and BFI. Between 2010 and 2012 Lorna produced the very successful Heritage Lottery Funded project Hanging Out: Youth Culture Then and Now and Jamaica Hidden Histories.
Jennifer Spencer - Director
Director at Trent Bank House Consultants, a business mentor and management consultant with extensive experience in visitor economy, education and health care sectors at local, regional, national and international level.
Reyahn King – Director
Reyahn is Chief Executive of York Museums Trust which is a charity that looks after the City of York Council's collections, as well as York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and York Museum Gardens. From 2012 to 2015 Reyahn was Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands. From 2007 to 2012 she was Director of Art Galleries at National Museums Liverpool. She has curated exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and Walker Art Gallery amongst others, often bringing artists from culturally diverse backgrounds into the mainstream. @Reyahn2
Veronica Pickering - Director
Veronica Moraa Pickering was born in Kisii, Kenya and moved to the UK with her family in 1968, settling in Nottinghamshire in 1970s. For over 25 years Veronica has worked to support children, families and communities in difficult social and personal difficulites. Her work has focused on assessing the needs of diverse communities and also specific individual needs. She has been appointed and worked closely with the UK courts and by the UN, NGO's and local authorities here in the UK. Veronica has worked for many years as personal coach supporting individuals to achieve and set individual goals. She is currently working as a consultant with Nottingham Trent University.
Veronica is a board member and trustee of a number of organisations in Nottinghamshire. Veronica has for many years been a strong supporter of the arts and its life changing benefits to society. She is married to artist and painter Roy Pickering and has had experience of organising numerous exhibitions and major arts events both in the UK and abroad.
In May 2013 Veronica was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Notttinghamshire.