New members appointed to our Board of Trustees

We are delighted to announce our new trustees joining us this year.

We are delighted to announce our new trustees joining us this year.

Their breadth of knowledge and expertise will support us through the next exciting chapter in our ongoing development. We are thrilled to have such an array of talent join our team.

Nathaniel Hepburn, Director and Chief Executive says:

“Charleston is extremely fortunate to have extraordinarily committed and experienced trustees to help shape a bold and ambitious new vision for the organisation. We’re incredibly grateful to all our trustees and volunteers for their time and support.”

Speaking of the new appointments, Pippa Harris, Chair of Trustees says:

“I look forward to working with these accomplished new trustees. Our shared work will continue to connect the organisation with new communities and deliver ambitious new programmes for all to enjoy.”


Judith Comyn

Judith is currently Head of Audience Insights at Tate. Her previous roles include Marketing Insight Specialist at Independent working with brands such as London Zoo, HSBC, Sainsbury’s and the British Heart Foundation. In 2001 Judith was Director of The Hub Research Consultants where she oversaw the brand, communication, engagement and fundraising strategies of clients including The Royal Shakespeare Company and BBC Worldwide. Judith loves to collaborate creatively and strongly believes in the power of art to change the way we think and live.  

Katy Hessel

Katy is an art historian, broadcaster and curator. She runs the @thegreatwomenartists Instagram account which celebrates women artists and has a staggering 250,000 + followers. Katy’s podcast ‘The Great Women Artists’ was listed as British Vogue and Evening Standard’s Best Podcasts. Katy also hosts Dior Talks podcast, ‘Feminist Art’ which includes interviews with contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin and Judy Chicago. Katy has lectured at the National Gallery and Cambridge University, presented numerous arts documentaries for BBC, was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Art & Culture in 2021, has curated exhibitions at Timothy Taylor Gallery and Victoria Miro Gallery, and this September, will bring out her first book, ‘The Story of Art without Men’.

Rohan Jerath

Rohan is a lawyer at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He joined Freshfields in 2016 and has worked in the firm’s London and New York offices. Rohan advises on commercial, intellectual property, technology and data matters across the media, sports, technology and financial services sectors. He previously worked in legal and compliance at a leading fintech company where he sat on the risk committee. Rohan has close ties to the area, having read Law at the University of Sussex. Rohan is a champion for inclusion and diversity. He has mentored scholars on the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme and trained as a Mental Health First Aider.

Harriet Otoo

Harriet Otoo is Communications Director at ViacomCBS. She has a track record of handling corporate communications for leading brands in the broadcast, technology and media sectors, including Freeview, Arqiva, Chrysalis Radio Group, CNN International, BBC Studios and FutureLearn, the UK’s first platform for free online courses from universities around the world. She was most recently Head of Communications for the PA Media Group, the parent company of PA, the national news agency for the UK and Ireland. Harriet is committed to driving professional excellence, diversity and inclusion across the Communications sector and the wider media industry. She was a judge on the 2021 CIPR Excellence Awards and a mentor in the BME PR Pros scheme with PR Week in 2020.

Nino Strachey

Nino is a writer, public speaker and historian who worked as Head of Research for the National Trust. Nino led the Trust’s successful application to become an Independent Research Organisation, embedding research excellence at the heart of its activities. Her own research focuses on the expression of personality through place, celebrating hidden and underrepresented histories. Since starting her career at the Landmark Trust, she has worked as a curator for the National Trust and English Heritage, researching the homes of writers (Woolf), politicians (Churchill) and scientists (Darwin).Nino is a relation of the Bloomsbury group’s Lytton Strachey giving her a unique perspective on all things Charleston. In 2018 she published her book ‘Rooms of Their Own’ which explores the lives of three writers linked to the Bloomsbury group.

Kim Walker

Kim is an experienced publisher. For Kim, progressive ideas are at the heart of developing an organisation and in 2012, she joined Zed Books, a current affairs publisher and platform for marginalised voices. As Owner and Director of Zed Books, Kim has published award winning content for global audiences. Her previous positions have been Commissioning Editor at Manchester University Press and Editor at international B2B publishing houses. As a member of Charleston’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory board, Kim is committed to expanding audiences and making the Arts accessible to everyone. 

Hannah Wallace

Hannah is Head of Student Engagement and Enhancement at the University of Sussex and is a member of Charleston’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Advisory Group. Working predominantly in Sussex, she has worked for many local organisations including Brighton Dome and Festival, Brighton and Hove Philharmonic Society and Central Sussex College. Hannah is committed to the arts and making cultural experiences accessible to all.