RICHARD THOMAS CHAIR
Richard has a longstanding interest in supporting contemporary art, music and dance. Currently working in professional services, he has previously been an occupational psychologist, and a policy official at HM Treasury.
Between 2002 and 2012 he was trustee and latterly chairman of the national charity Pilotlight, from which he brings his knowledge of charity governance and organisational structures.
In 2010 he established a Foundation to commission composers, promote performances and release recordings; and in 2012 he founded the commissioning circle for the Manchester International Festival.
Naomi Russell is a creative and strategic consultant who works with cultural leaders and institutions across Europe looking to realise ambitious future plans.
Naomi was CEO of Wonderbird between 2007-2016, a strategic consultancy she founded and led, which worked with cultural institutions across Europe. She has worked as consultant with leading dance organisations including Nederlands Dans Theater, Rambert, Sadler’s Wells, Laban, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Wayne McGregor Company and in house at a senior level for the Royal Opera House, Donmar Warehouse, Almeida and Young Vic Theatres.
Naomi teaches cultural organisation and entrepreneurship at the Erasmus Academie, Rotterdam School of Management and on the Masters and Bachelor courses for the culture and economics department, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. She is British and has been resident in Amsterdam since 2012.