Marco Compagnoni (Chair)
Marco Compagnoni is Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Contemporary Art Society from January 2018. He is a senior partner at the US-headquartered law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, and co-head of the firm’s international Private Equity group. Marco has worked on some of the largest transactions in the private equity market and is consistently recognised as a leading lawyer by legal directories. He has been described by The Lawyer Magazine as “one of the best private equity lawyers in town”.
Marco has served as a Trustee of the Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Governor of the Royal Ballet Company and Chairman of the Friends of Covent Garden. He has also been a Trustee of the Serpentine Gallery and is involved in a range of public art and related programmes and initiatives.
Nicola Blake is an Asset Manager with the London and Associated Properties PLC Group. LAP is a listed property company specialising in town centre retail and markets including Brixton market, which she helped to develop.
Nicola studied History of Art at The University of Sussex and received a Master’s in the History of Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, before working at Gurr Johns specialising in art advisory and valuation of contemporary art. She has a great interest and passion for contemporary art in public spaces, particularly focusing on the regeneration of markets, high streets and shopping centres through innovative arts-based projects. Nicola is a former intern of the Contemporary Art Society and in addition to her trusteeship of the organisation she is a Patron of Art Angel and Camden Arts Centre.
Educated at Haberdasher Aske’s Hampstead School, Michael Bradley is an Alumni of Westminster University where he studied Business Administration and Accountancy. He has also studied Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regents University, London.
Michael spent 35 years in the motor vehicle parts industry and was the founder of Trupart Automotive. After the company was sold in 1998 he became chairman and CEO of Boropex Holdings, a property development company.
Michael and his wife Philippa have been collectors of contemporary art for many years. They are past patrons of the Royal Academy and have been active supporters of the Contemporary Art Society for more than ten years. Michael is also a qualified private pilot and has a keen interest in motorsport in which he has participated for many years. He still drives regularly in motorsport events.
Shawanda Corbett is an American artist whose background is in ceramics (vessel making). She is currently pursuing her practice-led doctoral degree in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art and Wadham College, University of Oxford, and her first solo exhibition, Neighbourhood Garden, was held at the Corvi-Mora Gallery in London (2020). She was also one of the recipients of the Turner Bursaries 2020, the Tate’s replacement of the Turner Prize during the year of Covid. In May 2021 she was one of three winners of the KH Emerging Art Prize. Forthcoming exhibitions for 2022 include: Salon 94, New York; Art Now, Tate Britain and En One Project Space, Tokyo.
Tommaso Corvi-Mora began working with contemporary art as a curator and writer, then in galleries in Milan and in Cologne. In 1996 he opened the Robert Prime Gallery with Gregorio Magnani featuring artists such as Angela Bulloch, Isa Genzken, and Jim Isermann. In 2000 he opened Corvi-Mora, now in Kennington, representing both British and international artists, including Dee Ferris, Dominique Gonzalez Foerster and Roger Hiorns.
Simon Davenport is a barrister having become a silk in 2009, practising in civil fraud, insolvency and commercial cases. He has a lifelong interest in art, having also taken a BA in History of Art as well as a law degree. He has conducted a number of art related cases over the years, including high profile cases for the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
He has a passionate interest in collecting Modern British art and Viennese Actionism and has lent to numerous museums including a recent two-year hang of Viennese Actionism at Tate Modern. He is involved with Leeds University in reviving the Gregory Fellowship’s sponsorship of emerging artists.
Timothy Franks is a partner of KKR, the US headquartered private equity firm. He has worked in private equity for more than 20 years in both London and New York. He holds masters degrees from Cambridge University, as well as from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Together with his husband Andrew, he has a passionate interest in contemporary art and collecting, and also how urban development can be positively influenced by the arts.
Emma Goltz is a former manager in the retail and consumer products group at Bain and Company in San Francisco. Prior to that she worked for several years in banking in Dublin and London. She holds a BA degree in economics and pure mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA from Insead, Fontainebleau. For the past dozen years she has been actively involved in a wide range of non-profit organisations in the US from nationally-focused organisations such as the March of Dimes to small, local education-focused charities. She has extensive experience in fundraising and has been involved in several large scale capital campaigns.
In 2013, following her move to London, she was appointed to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). She is the Chair of the Insead Alumni Fund and is a member of the board of Insead. Her main areas of expertise/interest are development, governance and strategy. She has been a lifelong collector of art with a particular interest in sculpture. She and her family are now based between London and Marlborough, Wiltshire where they run a showjumping yard.
Soria Hamidi is a Market Specialist at Facebook in London. Prior to that she was a Scholar at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and Inner Temple. She holds a BA degree in History, Politics and Economics from University College London and a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School. For the past few years, she has gained experience in the private and public sector working at political, non-governmental organisations, international law firms and technology companies. She has a strong interest in intersectional contemporary art.
Béatrice Lupton taught French at Dulwich College and Westminster School for 18 years. She was a member of the Education Advisory Board at Dulwich Picture Gallery for many years and has strongly supported the Department’s award-winning learning programmes. The unique Artmobile at the gallery was the result of James and Béatrice Lupton’s gift.
Béatrice has been involved with Grange Park Opera company and she currently chairs the £5 million Appeal for the Quiristers at Winchester College. She also sits on the recently created Public Education Committee at the Royal Institute of British Architects. She has a strong interest in all aspects of cultural life with a particular emphasis on contemporary art, design and craft.
Keith Morris is Chairman of Sabre Insurance Company and part owner of Binomial Group, its parent company. He has a number of roles within the insurance and finance sector including chairmanship of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, the body that compensates the victims of uninsured drivers, he serves on the Association of British Insurers General Insurance Council and the Financial Ombudsman Service industry steering group and until recently was a member of the Financial Services Authority Smaller Businesses Practitioner Panel. Keith and his wife Catherine Mason are keen supporters of the visual arts in the UK.
Valeria Napoleone is an art collector and patron to a select number of arts organisations. She is Head of the Development Committee at Studio Voltaire and one of the Global Council of New York University’s President, John Sexton.
Valeria received a BA from New York University’s Journalism School and an MA in Art Gallery Administration at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. Valeria’s collection focuses on female contemporary artists working internationally. Forming an exceptionally close bond with artists, Valeria has supported many of today’s most acclaimed artists at pivotal moments in their careers.
Francis is a world-renowned specialist in 20th century and contemporary art and well known as a leader in the art market, having been Chairman and Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Europe, Middle East, Russia and India at Christie’s for a decade. Previously he spent another decade at Sotheby’s where he established the Private sales department, as well as running the Contemporary Art Evening auctions. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for landmark sales for artists such as Francis Bacon, Peter Doig, Gerhard Richter, David Hockney, Andreas Gursky and Lucio Fontana and had a reputation for working directly with living artists on nurturing their auction presentation and market. He has also curated a number of exhibitions globally since 1996, including most recently Peter Doig: Cabins and Canoes at Faurschou Foundation in Beijing, Doig’s first solo exhibition in Asia. Francis has recently been appointed Chair of Patrons at Whitechapel Gallery in a voluntary capacity and is a Board Trustee of Parasol Unit and The Showroom.
Bianca Roden runs Xenia Creative Retreat, a residency program that hosts artists in North Hampshire. Having been a trustee of Horatio’s Garden for the last 8 years, Bianca is also currently a trustee of the UK board of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation (IPO).
Bianca studied speech sciences at UCL, qualifying as a speech and language therapist. She worked in this field on and off through raising 4 children and developed an interest in art and collecting as the children grew up. With husband Stuart, she initially collected historical artworks but has since become passionate about supporting living artists. She became a patron of the CAS in 2015 and is also a patron of the Royal Academy, ArtAngel and Outset.
John Shield joined the BBC as Director, Communications & Corporate Affairs at the BBC. He is responsible for all of the BBC’s communications activity and is a member of the BBC’s Executive Team. Prior to this John was Director of Communications at the Department for Work and Pensions – John headed up all the communications activity for the department, including press, marketing and internal communications.
John has both private and public sector experience, having been a Director at one of Britain’s largest transport businesses and the Head of Communications for news, current affairs and sport at the BBC. He was also Director of Communications at the Department for Communications and Local Government, and Head of News at the Department for Education and Skills. He has also worked at the Foreign Office and No. 10.
Cathy Wills is a contemporary art collector and long-standing advocate and supporter of artists and visual arts organisations nationally and internationally. Cathy studied History of Art at University of Manchester and completed a postgraduate degree in Enterprise and Management in the Creative Arts at the University of the Arts, London (UAL). She began her career in the arts in the 1970s working with Henry Lydiate at ArtLaw and founded the Lewis Johnson Gallery, of which she was the Director between 1978 and 1984. Cathy sat on the Board of Cornerhouse in Manchester for twenty years, standing down in 2004, and was a former Council Member of the North West Arts Board. Cathy is actively involved in numerous arts organisations, especially the Royal Academy’s Contemporary Circle and BFAMI (British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel), and is the founder of the Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarship for UAL and the Cathy Wills Sculpture Fund for the Contemporary Art Society.
Edwin Wulfsohn worked at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, London and Johannesburg and is former chair of Stenham Ltd and Trans Zambezi Ltd. Edwin is a Trustee for the Caine Prize (a literary prize for African writers), Chelsea & Westminster Health Charity and is a director of The Chairman’s Forum. Edwin is a keen collector of contemporary art.
Anna Yang serves on the board of Public Interest Law Network (Pilnet), and is on the Advisory Board of McGill University Faculty of Law. Anna is also a trustee of Modern Art Oxford, where she serves on the Finance and Nomination committees. She has co-chaired the Collections Fund Committee of CAS since 2014.
Anna practised litigation law with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, and Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer in London.