Michael Farthing, DSc(Med), MD, FRCP, FMed Sci, Chairman

Professor Farthing was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex up until August 2016. He was formerly Principal and Professor of Medicine at St George’s, University of London, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Glasgow. He is former President of the British Society of Gastroenterology. He is an academic  gastroenterologist whose major research interest is intestinal infection.

Michael Farthing was Editor of Gut from 1996–2002 and is founding Chairman of COPE (Committee on Publication  Ethics). He is Chair of the Universities UK Health and Social Care Policy Committee and Vice-Chair of the UK Panel for Health and Biomedical Research Integrity.

Venetia Abergavenny

Venetia AbergavennyVenetia Abergavenny is a successful artist (working under the name Venetia Nevill) with exhibitions in New York, London and Sussex.  She is married to Christopher, the VI Marquess of Abergavenny and lives at Eridge Park where she is involved in running music festivals, decorative fairs and charity events.



Jolyon Brewis BA(Hons)  BArch RIBA FRSA

Jolyon Brewis 002Jolyon Brewis is currently a Partner with Grimshaw Architects LLP, an architectural practice of more than 450 staff working from 5 international offices. Jolyon has broad experience of leading large teams of people (architects and other professionals) in the delivery of high-profile major projects across multiple sectors, including education, infrastructure, the cultural and energy sectors. He has held Managing Partner and Chief Executive positions within the practice, and led Grimshaw through significant organisational change and rapid growth.

Jolyon was the Lead Architect from 1998 for Eden Project, Cornwall, through four phases of construction including visitor centre, Biomes, internal and external landscaping, office building and education centre.

He was also the Lead Architect for The Laboratory at Dulwich College, a new science building with facades designed in collaboration with Peter Randall-Page RA. There was extensive involvement in fund-raising campaign alongside Development Office and Board of Governors.

Jolyon is currently leading design teams on the expansion of Heathrow Airport, new Eden Project destinations in China and a technology innovation centre in London.

Jolyon is a Trustee of Wac Arts, a Hampstead-based charity providing access to performing arts training for young people. He chairs the Buildings and Operations Sub-committee.



Mark Burch

Mark Burch is Managing Partner of ARCIS Group, a private equity investment management firm, which he joined in 2002. His previous roles have lending and investment banking over more than 20 years. He has a MA from Oxford University and a MBA from Columbia University, New York. He is also a Director of The FSE Group, Vice Chair of the Arts Educational Schools and was a Director of the Hackney Empire theatre from 2002-2010.



Dinah Casson

Dinah Casson is an award winning designer and a director of the interior design practice Casson Mann. Established in 1984 in partnership with Roger Mann, this innovative consultancy has set about transforming the world of museums and galleries with its fresh, creative and innovative approach to design. Recent projects have involved the design for the V&A’s Hollywood Costume exhibition and the refurbishment of the V&A’s British Galleries. Currently the studio is working on the World War 1 galleries for the Imperial War Museum and a museum at Lascaux, Montignac. She has many years of experience as a teacher and was course director of Architecture & Interior Design at the Royal College of Art where she is now an external examiner. She divides her time between London and her home in Sussex.


Marion Gibbs CBE

Marion Gibbs - JAGS Governors, Heads and Bursar Photos Photo by Mark Allan ©

Marion Gibbs – JAGS Governors, Heads and Bursar Photos
Photo by Mark Allan ©

Marion Gibbs has taught in a variety of state maintained and independent schools,  has tutored for the Open University, taught in two prisons and lectured on extra-mural university courses.  She served as an HMI (Schools) immediately before becoming Headmistress of James Allen’s Girls’ School, London, which she led for 21 years.  She also co-founded the innovative Southwark Schools’ Learning Partnership in 2003 and directed it until her retirement.  She served on the DfE Independent-State School Partnership Forum for many years.  Marion is the author of a book on Greek Tragedy, has contributed chapters to books on Classics, inspection, education and headship and wrote a fortnightly column in an education paper.  She was awarded a CBE for her services to education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012.  She has served as a school governor and has completed terms of office as a trustee of Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Arvon Foundation and the Hellenic Society.  Her passions are community action and the arts.  She has now returned to Sussex, where she previously lived for many years.



Dame Pippa Harris
Pippa Harris HeadshotPippa Harris is a film and television producer. She established Neal Street Productions in 2003, alongside Sam Mendes and Caro Newling, and has produced the films Starter for Ten, Stuart A Life Backwards, and co-produced Jarhead. She also executive produced Things We Lost in the Fire, and the Oscar-nominated Revolutionary Road, as well as the feature documentary We Are Many.

Pippa is the Executive Producer of Call the Midwife, – the most successful new BBC drama series in over ten years, as well as the multi award winning, Penny Dreadful for Sky Atlantic, and BBC Two’s BAFTA winning, The Hollow Crown, a filmed series of Shakespeare’s History plays.

Previously, Pippa was the Head of Drama Commissioning for the BBC where her commissions included The Lost Prince, State of Play and Daniel Deronda and her production credits include the BAFTA winning dramas The Way We Live Now, Care and Warriors.

Pippa sits on the board of BAFTA and is the Chair of their film committee. She is also a Governor of Central School of Speech and Drama, and a Trustee of The Creative Society. In 2015 Pippa was made a Dame in the Dissolution Honours.

Anne Morrison

Anne Morrison is the chair of BAFTA, the leading charity in the UK supporting, developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image. It celebrates excellence through its awards ceremonies and stages over 250 events a year, sharing insights from the best practitioners in film, television and games. She is the second woman to chair the Academy in its 67 year history.

Until 2014 she was Director of the BBC Academy, the BBC’s centre for training, which she launched in 2009. Its portfolio includes journalism, production, leadership and technology training as well as new talent schemes for graduate trainees and apprentices. Previously she was responsible tor planning and overseeing the dramatic growth of BBC network television from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Anne’s background is principally in television production, working as a producer/director and rising to become Controller, Documentaries and Contemporary Factual at the BBC, responsible foraward winning programmes such as Dunkirk, The Secret Policeman, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, One Life, What Not To Wear and Top Gear.

She is a frequent speaker on issues in the arts and education such as diversity, employability, talent development, creativity and interdisciplinarity.

Anne was educated in Belfast and Churchill College, Cambridge.

Simon Martin

Simon MartinSimon Martin is a curator, writer and art historian. He is Co-Director and Artistic Director of Pallant House Gallery, where he oversees the permanent collection and programme of exhibitions, events and publications. He is a Trustee of HOUSE the Brighton Contemporary Art Festival, and the Charleston Trust. He serves on the Courtauld Association Committee; the Chichester Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee; the Churches Conservation Trust Arts Advisory Committee; and the University of Chichester Special Collections and Archives Committee. He has written books and catalogues on Edward Burra, Eduardo Paolozzi,  Colin Self, John Tunnard, Leon Underwood, and the thematic ‘Conflict and Conscience: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War’ as well as contributions to numerous other publications on Modern and Contemporary British art.


David Pickard

Chris Christodoulou

Image: Chris Christodoulou

David Pickard studied Music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge before starting his career at the Royal Opera House. In his early career, David worked at the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park and was the Assistant Director for the Japan Festival before becoming Sir John Drummond’s deputy at the European Arts Festival. In 1993 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment where he significantly increased the orchestra’s artistic reputation and international profile, helping to establish the OAE as the pre-eminent period instrument orchestra in the world.

In 2001 he was made General Director of Glyndebourne Festival where throughout his tenure he created an extensive digital programme including online streaming, big screen and cinema relays and broadened the company’s audience base through specially priced performances for young people and a pioneering education programme.

In November 2015, David took up the role of Director of the BBC Proms. New initiatives for his first Proms season included an innovative series called Proms at … exploring music in new spaces around London including the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park in Peckham. Passionate about bringing new audiences to classical music and identifying and nurturing emerging talent, David also made youth music-making and youth audiences a major focus at the 2016 Proms. Initiatives included two Proms devoted to the BBC’s Ten Pieces II project, a series of weekend matinee concerts aimed at family audiences, and a Last Night of the Proms where young musicians were put centre stage.



Jon Snow

Jon Snow 2.pngJon Snow joined ITN in 1976 reporting from Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He served as Washington Correspondent 1983/1987; Diplomatic correspondent 1987/1989, and main anchor of Channel 4 News from 1989. He reported the fall of Idi Amin in Uganda; the Revolution in Iran; the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan; the fall of the Berlin Wall; the release of Nelson Mandela; the Earthquakes in Kashmir and Haiti; the elections of Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Barack Obama, and Hassan Rouhani’s victory in 2013; Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

In May this year the Channel 4 News anchor was honoured with the Bafta Fellowship at the prestigious television awards.He has also won the Royal Television Society’s Presenter of the Year awards in 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012; Journalist of the Year 2006 and the BAFTA award for best factual contribution to UK television in 2005.

Jon secured the first major TV interview with Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and a host of exclusives including Nelson Mandela, Brazil’s President Lula, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Alex Ferguson and Russell Brand.

As well as presenting Channel 4 News, he has also hosted numerous televised public debates, including taking a concentrated dose of super-strength skunk for the series Drugs Live. He also presented the reinterment of the remains of King Richard III which was broadcast live for 4-hours on Channel 4.

During the week Jon writes Snowblog – a unique take on the day’s events – and Snowmail – a preview of the evening programme’s main stories.

He has served on the Boards of Britain’s National Gallery, and Tate Gallery. He has served for thirty years as Chairman of the New Horizon Youth Centre, a London day centre for homeless and vulnerable teenagers.

Jon is married to Dr Precious Lunga who has been working with UNAIDS in Geneva as an epidemiologist. He has two children.

Tom Stuart-Smith

Tom Stuart-Smith is a landscape designer who works in the UK and internationally. He made a garden for The Queen at Windsor Castle for the Golden Jubilee and has also designed 8 gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show over the years which were awarded gold medals.




Emeritus Trustees continue to be involved in the life of the Charleston Trust with many sitting on Charleston committees.


Nigel Newton, Emeritus Chairman of the Trustees

Nigel Newton is the founder and Chief Executive of Bloomsbury Publishing.  He was born and raised in San Francisco. He read English at Selwyn College,Cambridge.  After working at Macmillan Publishers, he joined Sidgwick & Jackson.  He left Sidgwick in 1986 to start Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury floated on The London Stock Exchange in 1994. Bloomsbury publishes 2000 books a year and employs 500 people. Bloomsbury authors include JK Rowling, David Guterson, Margaret Atwood, William Boyd, Daniel Goleman, Ben McIntyre, Kate Summerscale, Elizabeth Gilbert, Heston Blumenthal, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and Khaled Hosseini.

Nigel Newton serves as Chairman of The British Library Trust, President of Book Aid International, Chairman of The Charleston Trust, Member of the Man Booker Prize Advisory Committee, Trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Member of the Executive Committee of The Churchill Centre (UK) and Chair of Rescue The Cuckmere Valley.


Virginia Nicholson, Emeritus Deputy Chairman of the Trustees

Virginia Nicholson is a writer and the daughter of Quentin and Anne Olivier Bell. She has chronicled the family in Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden. Her books include Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men after the First World War and Millions Like Us: Women’s Lives in War and Peace 1939-1949



Rupert Christiansen

Rupert ChristiansenRupert is an author, journalist and critic.  He has published a dozen books, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is currently opera critic of ‘The Daily Telegraph’ and the dance critic for The Mail on Sunday. He is a regular contributor to many publications including The Spectator, TLS, Harpers & Queen, the Los Angeles Times and Vanity Fair.




Hilary Newiss


Hilary Newiss is qualified as a Solicitor and was Head of Intellectual Property at a city law firm. She now sits on boards in the fields of public policy, science, health, IP and the arts. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Francis Crick Institute.




Charles Saumarez Smith

Charles Saumarez Smith is an art historian and museum director. He was Director of the National Portrait Gallery, then the National Gallery, and is now Chief Executive of the Royal Academy.  He is a former president of  the Museums Association.




Frances Spalding

Frances SpaldingFrances Spalding is an art historian, biographer and critic. She is an authority on twentieth-century British art and has a broad knowledge of  English social and cultural history. Her most recent books were John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art (2009)  and Prunella Clough; regions unmapped (2011). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art, and was awarded a CBE in 2005.



David Stockley

David StockleyDavid was formerly Chief Executive of EMI International and a member of the Executive Committee of Hachette Livre (Lagardere SCA) which involved him both in the music and the publishing industries.  He also became closely involved the voluntary sector as a result of work he did with the late Lord Young of Dartington (founder of the Open University and the Consumers Association ). David collaborated with Lord Young in the forming of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and was its first Director.

David recently read Fine Art Painting at the University of the Arts in London and dedicates most of his time to oil painting.  He is a trustee of Le Dispensaire Français (the French Clinic) in London and the ExtraSpecial Trust in Bristol.


Simon Watney

Simon Watney is a published art historian, lecturer and writer on health. He is a former Senior Lecturer in the history and theory of photography at the Polytechnic of Central London and has published several books on art history. He left the academic world in 1986 to concentrate on practical efforts in fighting AIDS: he chaired the Policy Group and the Health Education Group of the Terrence Higgins Trust and is currently Director of the Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust.  In 1995, The Independent described him as one of the forty most influential gay men in Britain.



Gillian Wolfe

Gillian Wolfe CBE is Director of Learning and Public Affairs at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Gillian is the author of several art books for children. She is also a freelance education consultant and Specialist Adviser to the Clore Duffield Foundation Grants Programme and Historic House Association. She is Associate Director of The Georgian Theatre Royal, Trustee of Brighton Pavilion and Museums and Arts4Dementia.


Commitees at Charleston

There are a number of committees that meet throughout the year to focus and discuss areas of programme and activity at Charleston. Many of the trustees are involved in these committees and other individuals who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise also form part of these committees.

Finance and Business 

Mark Harwood (Chair), Anne Morrison, Hugh Jones, Alistair Burtenshaw, Sarah Higson

Building (Centenary Project)

Dinah Casson (Chair),  Anna Callum (Project Manager), Kevin Heaton (HLF Monitor), Johnathan Prichard, Michael Farthing, Alistair Burtenshaw, Kristina Sekyere

Appeal (Centenary Project)

Venetia Abergavenny, Charles Anson, Deborah Gage, Pippa Harris, Alison McLean, Gaynor Moynihan, Nigel Newton, Virginia Nicholson, Sara Stonor, Claire Singers, Helen Scott, Georgie Rowse, Deborah Bedford, Nancy Roche,  Tom Stuart- Smith, Alistair Burtenshaw, Nick Rose


House and Exhibitions 

Richard Shone, John Gill, Hilary Lane, Simon Martin (Chair), Darren Clarke, Alistair Burtenshaw


Sarah Sevier, Belinda Da Silva, Alistair Burtenshaw


Directors of Enterprises are: Dinah Casson, Michael Farthing, Jonathan Prichard

Company Secretary

Sarah Higson