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NAE Board: L - R: Leslie McDonald, Mahtab Hussain, Ashitey Akomfrah, Rhiannon Jones, Christopher O'Brien, Sophia Ramcharan, Sardul Gill, Jennifer Spencer, Mohan Khera, Meeta Dave. Not pictured Jiten Anand.

Chair - Leslie McDonald

Executive Director and Company Secretary of Nottingham Counselling Service and former Chief Executive/Executive. Director of First Enterprise Business Agency.

Vice Chair - Professor Christopher O'Brien, OBE

Chris O'Brien is Emeritus Professor in Production Engineering of the Nottingham University Business School. He has extensive experience of working and teaching in Latin America, China and South-East Asia. He established the University's campus in Malaysia and was Director of the University's Business School in China. He holds honorary doctorates from universities in Finland, Thailand and Romania, and was awarded the OBE for his services to the education of the disabled. He is married with two children and three grandchildren, and has a keen interest in music, and the visual and performing arts.

Vice Chair - Jennifer Spencer

Jennifer Spencer is a freelance management consultant with a particular interest and expertise in arts driven cultural tourism. Her background is wide and varied having over the course of her career worked in the pharmaceutical, education and tourism sectors. Based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire she has worked at a senior level across both counties for the last decade. Jennifer is also Deputy Chair of the National Justice Museum, a trustee and board member at Buxton Crescent Trust and on the fund-raising board of Maggie's Nottingham.

Company Secretary - Mohan Khera

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.

Director - Ashitey Akomfrah

Producer & Production Manager at Smoking Dogs Films Ltd

Director - Jiten Anand

Jiten Anand is the Managing Director of Inspirate, a social enterprise that specialises in creating inspirational experiences that connect communities with 21st century arts and culture. Co-founded whilst he was on a university placement, Jiten has been instrumental in bringing to life a pioneering breadth of cultural events through his work in Leicester, including An Indian Summer (marking the 70th anniversary of the subcontinents partition with one of the biggest festivals of South Asian culture in the UK) and Bring The Paint (an award winning international graffiti festival, collaborating with artists from 19 countries across the globe). Jiten is also Co-Chair of Leicester Arts Festivals and Trustee of Pedestrian.

Director - Meeta Dave

Meeta has been teaching or in school leadership for the last 25 years. This has always been in inner city schools, all very diverse and serving a community with many challenges and high deprivation. Meeta sits on the Leadership Team of Nottingham Citizens. She is the president of the Braham Samaj - a small Hindu faith group in Nottingham. Meeta's passion is to work with various groups, so they are supported and empowered to bring about positive changes for themselves and their communities in an environment where there is mutual respect and tolerance.

Director - Sardul Gill

Established Artist and Teacher with extensive knowledge and experience within the South Asian communities of Nottingham.

Director - Mahtab Hussain

Mahtab Hussain is a fine art portrait photographer whose work comments on cultural differences. His bodies of work include 'You Get Me?', a series addressing masculinity, vulnerability and the gaze in working class British Asian young men and boys. His work has been published in four books, is held in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and New Art Gallery in Walsall. He has been shown in solo exhibitions at MAC and Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, New Art Exchange in Nottingham, Impressions Gallery in Bradford, New Art Gallery in Walsall and Autograph ABP in London.

Director - Rhiannon Jones

Dr Rhiannon Jones is a Nottingham based artist and a researcher for the School of Arts, University of Derby. She is co-chair of Cumulus: International Contemporary Working Art Group, and steering group member, DerbyCAN Producing, Hubs (ACE). She co-founded InDialogue in 2012-present, a collaborative research project that interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in their practice. She is creative director of S.H.E.D, an interdisciplinary, academic and touring arts space, designed for the generation of conversation. She is resident artist at Primary, Nottingham, 2011 – present.

Director - Sophia Ramcharan

Sophia is an accomplished producer of award-winning short films, many of which have been selected for national and international film festivals. She has over 10 year's BBC production experience as a Regional Project Manager. She graduated with an MA in Film & Television Production at Royal Holloway, University of London, and was selected for the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Crew programme in the Production Management category. She has produced talent development programmes including the National Film and Television School's BAME Leadership Programme to support the next generation of BAME film and television talent. She has curated & programmed films and cultural events for a range of arts institutions to champion and showcase new and emerging BAME talent. She also sits on the national board for Jamaica Diaspora UK as the Public Relations Officer.


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