Our Trustees

Autograph’s Board of Trustees is central to our success and integrity.

Each trustee brings a unique perspective on our activity, and they include established artists, business leaders, lawyers and journalists. Together they have a comprehensive understanding of the legal and technical framework within which we operate and they also ensure that the right attitude and organisational culture is in place to enable the charity to put its core values into practice.

Our trustees help us reach our maximum potential; they provide us with strategic leadership, and test our mission and strategy on a regular basis to help secure a strong future for our beneficiaries and for the charity.


'Identity is an ever-unfinished conversation'

Professor Stuart Hall

The role of our board is to provide strategic leadership in line with the charity’s aims and values.

It agrees the charity’s vision, values and overall strategy. It leads by example, requiring anyone representing the charity to reflect its values positively. The board makes sure that those values are reflected in all of Autograph’s work, and that the ethos and culture of the organisation underpins the delivery of activities, whether undertaken alone or with partners and stakeholders.

The board’s responsibility is to always act in the best interests of the charity and its beneficiaries, ahead of any personal interest, and to safeguard and promote the charity’s reputation.

It accepts collective responsibility for ensuring that Autograph has a clear and relevant set of aims and an appropriate strategy for achieving them.

It makes sure that operational plans and budgets are in line with the charity’s purposes, strategic aims and resources; that performance is monitored regularly against the charity’s strategic aims, operational plans and budget and that Autograph works effectively and responsively to the regulatory environment.

The board also retains overall responsibility for risk management. It regularly checks key policies and procedures which are applied, including financial policy for reserves, service and quality standards, the application of good employment practices, fundraising and data protection.

The board ensures that the formal relationship between the parent charity, Autograph and its subsidiary Sense of Place Ltd is clearly recorded. At appropriate intervals it reviews whether these arrangements continue to serve the organisation’s charitable purposes properly.

All trustees give sufficient time to the charity to carry out their responsibilities effectively. This includes preparing for meetings and sitting on board committees and other governance bodies where needed. They work as an effective team, using the appropriate balance of skills, experience, backgrounds and knowledge to make informed decisions which ensure the charity functions effectively at all times.


Pawlet Brookes, Chair

CEO & Artistic Director, Serendipity: A highly experienced cultural leader, lecturer and author with multi disciplinary experience in cultural policy and planning as well as production and delivery of international dance, carnival and festival arts programmes. Expertise in business and cultural planning, fundraising, partnership development, commissioning/production of local and international artistic programmes fostering widespread community engagement.

Candace Allen

Candace is a writer, director and screenwriter. She studied at Harvard and the New York University School of Film & Television, and went on to become the first African-American female member of the Directors Guild of America. Consequent to her campaign-long commitment to the election of Barack Obama she became a newspaper and broadcast commentator on American politics, race and culture.

Camille Beckmann

Camille is a trainee solicitor at Bristows LLP, specialising in intellectual property law. She completed her master's degree in international law and wrote her thesis on conceptual art under the European intellectual property law regime. Prior to starting her legal training, Camille worked as a paralegal in multi-territorial music licensing, a consultant advising artists and artists’ estates, and a researcher in commercial art galleries. She contributed to several publications, including ON NFTs, a TASCHEN publication on crypto art.

Eric Collins

Eric is a technology executive who has spent a career building the value of software companies through innovative product, distribution, monetization and partnering strategies. Eric sits on the boards of various cultural institutions and companies.

John Ellis

Chartered accountant. Expertise in cultural production, financial planning and management in the not-for-profit sector.

Rupert Grey

Leading solicitor in photographic law with the Intellectual Property practice Swan Turton Solicitors. Expertise in media and copyright law.

Caro Howell MBE

Caro Howell, MBE, is Director General of the Imperial War Museums. As former  Director of the Foundling Museum (2011-2023) under her leadership, the museum established itself as one of the UK’s leading independent museums, bringing its remarkable 300-year-old story of creative philanthropy to life. She Co-Chairs the Women Leaders in Museums Network, is a Trustee and Chair of the Learning & Engagement Committee of the Holburne Museum, Bath, an advisor to The Charterhouse, Two Temple Place and the Huguenot Museum, and a mentor for Arts Emergency.

Roger Malbert OBE

Roger Malbert is a writer and curator. He was until July 2018 Head of Hayward Gallery Touring at the Southbank Centre, London. He has organised and co-curated many exhibitions and written catalogue essays on artists including Tacita Dean, Michael Armitage and Omar Ba. He is the author of Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art, published by Thames & Hudson, 2015.

Guy Nicholson

Non Executive Director in the Financial Services sector, in the Arts and a Councillor in Hackney leading on Planning, Economy and Arts & Culture. Expertise in developing and implementing public policy, government relations and corporate development.

Jennie Ricketts

Jennie is a former picture editor of The Observer Magazine, where she helped launch the careers of some of today’s leading photographers. She is now an independent photography editor, curator, consultant and mentor to up-and-coming photographers.    
She started the Jennie Ricketts Gallery in Brighton in 2006 and operates online representing international photographers. She is a trustee for Autograph ABP and The Martin Parr Foundation and has served on the advisory panel of PhotoIreland. She is based in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Dr Mark Sealy OBE

Director, Autograph: expertise in photography and its relationship to social change, cultural politics and human rights, commissioning, publishing and international galleries and museums.

Tony Stevenson

Tony Stevenson (DChA) is Managing Director of Artangel. From 2014 to his appointment in November 2022 he was Managing Director at Whitechapel Gallery. Prior to that he was Finance and ICT Director of the Roundhouse in Camden and has previously held Finance Director roles with the Young Vic Theatre, Ocean Music Trust, Almeida Theatre Company and Verso Books Ltd. He has also provided freelance finance and IT consultancy to a variety of arts, publishing and media organisations in both the charitable and commercial sectors.

Professor Carol Tulloch

Writer and curator with a specialism in dress and black identities. Expertise in artist curation, collection interpretation and development, and publishing.

Anne Williams

Academic and former Creative Director for PhotoLab, London College of Communication. Expertise in academic partnerships, publishing, curation, public education, participation and learning.

Gary Younge

Journalist, author and broadcaster; Editor at Large, The Guardian. Expertise in investigative journalism, rights based issues, publishing, media and broadcasting.


Professor Catherine Hall

Author and Historian

Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Scholar, Historian, Journalist and Filmmaker

Rt Hon David Lammy MP

Politician, Lawyer and Author

Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE

Artist, Author, Cultural Critic, Public Speaker and Broadcaster