Who We Are
Sarah Hardy BA (Hons) (Dunelm), MA Manchester, DipLCM
Sarah studied Art History at Durham University before obtaining her masters degree in the subject at the University of Manchester. Sarah is a Victorian Arts & Crafts specialist, having researched and written widely on the subject, including William Morris’s revival of embroidery, William Blake’s influence on the Pre-Raphaelites, Bookbinding and the Kelmscott Press and, most recently, William De Morgan’s use of mathematics in his ceramic designs, for the De Morgan Foundation’s successful touring exhibition, Sublime Symmetry. Sarah began her museum career in the education department at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, before working on interpretation at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, and Two Temple Place. Sarah then worked extensively on loans and exhibitions at the National Gallery and the British Library, where she completed the Institute of Art and Law Diploma on Law and Collections Management, before joining the De Morgan Foundation in 2018. Sarah is Curator-Manager of the De Morgan Foundation.
The De Morgan Foundation is governed by the Board of Directors of the Trustee, who are legally responsible for the Foundation and its Collection and oversee and promote the work of the Charity.
Jean McMeakin – Chair
Jean has many years experience at board level in a number of large and small organisations in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Before her last role as a senior manager on a divisional board in the BBC, she worked in many areas of the BBC, including Global News and Television Production. As well as general management, she has specialisms in people and talent management and development, organisation design and performance management, and has delivered large scale business restructuring programmes with productivity and efficiency improvements and significant cost savings. Previously she has worked for a children’s charity, in the film industry and in the insurance, petrochemical and manufacturing sectors. She is a former School Governor for the City of Westminster. Jean is a Trustee of the Friends of Putney School of Art & Design, and a Member of the British Museum Friends Advisory Council.
Patricia Astley-Cooper AMA, MBE
Pat is a museum professional with over 30 years experience of creating, developing and managing local museums in East Sussex and the London boroughs of Wandsworth and Richmond-upon-Thames. She has a BA Hons Degree in Art History from the University of East Anglia and gained the post-graduate Museums Diploma (AMA) during a two year Museums Association Studentship at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Since 2009 she has worked as a Learning Manager at the Horniman Museum and Gardens and as freelance museum consultant creating museum exhibitions for the NHS and Unite the Union and a feasibility study for a new museum for Gravesend. She has various volunteer roles as a museum adviser and mentor, currently for the Museum of Richmond and Dimbola Lodge Museum and Gallery.
Nick is a Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). His recent roles have included Chief Financial Officer for Elior UK, Chief Financial Officer for ARAMARK UK and for Comet plc. With over twenty-five years experience of the Service and Retail industries he brings his commercial and financial knowledge to the board.
Stas is currently Program Manager at Google Arts & Culture, based in London. In his role he manages Google’s digitisation technologies for cultural organisations to help them bring their stories online and showcase them to a global audience. As a technology professional with extensive experience in operations and program management leadership roles, he has worked on operational transformations, bringing simplicity to complexity. Before joining Google, Stas worked for the Hyundai Motor Company at their headquarters in South Korea. Stas hold a masters degree in International Business from Seoul National University and an undergraduate degree in Organisational Management from the University of Maryland University College.
Stephen Jones FCCA, BA (Hons)
Steve has over 35 years of financial and management experience across a number of industries. His current role is to work with businesses to understand their key challenges and to provide financial justification and consultancy support for them to adress these issues. Stephen’s experience in dealing with complex business issues will help the Foundation as it moves into its next phase of development.
Becky is an associate in Boodle Hatfield’s leading art law team. Becky trained with Boodle Hatfield and qualified in September 2012 after graduating from the College of Law in 2010 and the University of Cambridge in 2007. Experienced in representing clients in a wide variety of art law matters, Becky advises on authenticity issues, title disputes, damaged artworks, recovery of art works, and copyright and intellectual property. Becky’s art law practice is complimented by an art history short-course at the Courtauld, completed in 2014, a secondment at the Arts Council in 2017, and a Diploma in Art Law with the Institute of Art and Law, completed in December 2018. Becky regularly speaks and writes on art law topics. In 2018, Becky was recognised in the Legal 500 as ‘a hardworking associate with a real interest in her work,’ and was nominated for the Top 35 Under 35 in 2017.
Richard spent his professional life in Education for 39 years. Initially gaining a BEd Hons from Leeds University as an art specialist, he subsequently trained as a qualified teacher of the deaf. He developed authority-wide services for hearing impaired children. Later his management responsibilities broadened to include services for children with visual impairment, autism and early years special needs. He has represented the education of hearing impaired children at a national level with government and leading charities. He is now retired and lives close to Cannon Hall and is keen to support the regional development of the De Morgan Foundation.
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