Christopher Goodhart: Chair
After a peripatetic career that took him from jigsaw puzzles to card games, from wine to olive oil, from stationery to terracotta pottery and finally from computerised ticketing to fundraising software, Christopher now finds himself fully involved in the visual arts. He was Chairman of Trustees for The Campaign for Drawing (The Big Draw) for seven years, and has been Chairman of Trustees for the Bankside Gallery since 2017. He is a director of The London School of Picture and Frame Conservation and also heavily involved in the Restorers without Frontiers project, teaching conservation and helping to restore artefacts in countries where there is little or no art conservation infrastructure. Christopher was educated at Cambridge University where he read languages and then History of Art, and lives in Richmond.
Mychael Barratt is a printmaker and painter born in Toronto, Canada who has been living and working in the UK since 1984. He is inspired by books, theatre, films and most importantly, art. His works are full of detail and humour and depict visual narratives, often confidently pilfering famous characters from art history. After studying at Central St. Martin’s School of Art in London Mychael became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and served as President from 2013 – 2018. Mychael mostly uses etching techniques but also enjoys lithography and screen-printing. The art of printing by hand is of the utmost importance to most printmakers and he feels strongly that this is the distinguishing element of ‘original prints’.
Sarah is a consultant working in strategy, marketing, communications and recruitment. She started her career in banking for Lloyds Merchant Bank in New York in 1980, and after gaining her MBA in 1990 moved into marketing and business development, working in Japan and London for private sector organisations in design services and smartcard technology. From 2001 -2007 she was Business Development and Communications Director at Freshfields global law firm based in London. Since 2007 she has run her own consulting business working for private sector and not-for-profit clients and in philanthropy. Her charity and social enterprise clients have included Research Autism, The Institute for Philanthropy, The Succeed Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, Wates Foundation, The Bromley by Bow Centre, Barclays Private Bank, and Digital Opportunity Trust.
James Faure Walker
James Faure Walker studied at Saint Martin's and the Royal College of Art. He has exhibited widely, and since the 1980s has integrated digital methods into his work. His paintings featured in ‘Digital Pioneers’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2009, and the museum owns thirteen of his works. He was one of the founders of Artscribe magazine in 1976, which he edited for eight years. He is the Honorary Curator of the Royal Watercolour Society.
Writing recently of watercolour, James Faure Walker said: "I want my pictures to look fresh, luminous, caught in the moment, but also off guard and unexplained. I admire Turner’s ambition, the expertise, the freedom - also Cezanne and Sam Francis. They were not watercolour specialists, but I cannot imagine their paintings without that watery touch. Nor can I imagine how I could work now without using digital paint alongside other media."
Professor David Ferry was elected as President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) in 2018 after a career in academia. He had worked in leading printmaking departments in the UK including Southampton and Cardiff. When forced to retire early because of a serious accident he subsequently became Chair of the Chelsea Arts Club, and a trustee of the Sidney Nolan Trust. David considers that the RE is a very valuable cultural asset promoting the art of printmaking worldwide and is proud to be its President. He is adamant that time is too short to be idle, and that the thought of making artwork 24/7 is just too weird for him to contemplate.
Born in Richmond, Virginia and educated at Benenden School in Kent, Jill trained initially at the Colchester School of Art, and then completed a three year diploma at the Central School of Art and Design (now CSM). She worked in publishing, in design and layout, before becoming freelance. Her publishing skills benefitted the RWS when she compiled and edited ‘Watercolour Secrets’, a visual and verbal portrait of the contemporary society.
Elected in 2017 as the first female President of the Royal Watercolour Society, a position of which she is rightly very proud, Jill is a prolific artist who has both exhibited in, and organised, exhibitions all over the country. Jill paints at home in her Islington studio every day.
Victor Rae Reeves
Now a Judge, Victor was a senior partner at a large international law firm where he advised on many areas of the law including contracts/liability/international and white collar crime. He is also the Managing Director of an international education company. He headed up his law firm's global pro bono initiatives. He is a supporter of the Citizen Advice Bureau movement and is a Trustee of Brent CAB. Victor has been involved in the arts for many years, predominantly through his law firm's support for student artists. Outside of law and education, his interests are playing competitive bridge and less competitive golf! He is married with children and lives in Oxford.
Christian is a Global Partner at Rothschild & Co, the global advisory firm. He specialises in providing expert advice to corporations and institutions on financing and restructuring. He is a past chairman of Bankside, a school governor, and is also very involved with a number of charities focused on improving the lives of disadvantaged young people. Christian holds a Master’s Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.
Jen Smith has been a trustee with the Bankside Gallery for six years and has been a contemporary art lover and original print collector for many more. Her professional life is spent developing customer relationship management systems and strategies in Investment Banking and, currently, Asset Management, where she enjoys the many ways that technology can be used to deliver great customer experience. Originally from North Yorkshire, she has lived in London for 16 years and has two children who get taken to art galleries more often than they would probably like.