Bill Morris, Co-Chair for Buckinghamshire Culture
Bill advises the International Olympic Committee and other worldwide clients in major events and complex cultural projects. He is a Director of an annual UK landmark event, a trustee of a national art/educational organisation, a Masters student at the University of Oxford and an international ambassador/trustee for a grant-giving charity – all from his family home in Buckinghamshire. He previously enjoyed a long career at the BBC and served as an Advisor to the UK Government.
Julius Weinberg, Co-Chair for Buckinghamshire Culture
Julius has a background in healthcare and the education sector. He has been the Chair of Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills), the inspector of services that care for children and young people and provide education and skills for learners. Prior to this he was Vice-Chancellor and President of Kingston University, London from 2011-2017. He holds an Art History degree and throws pots in his spare time and lives in the South of Buckinghamshire.
Richard has recently worked as Corporate Director of Communities at the London Borough of Waltham Forest, with responsibility for Education, Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, Public Health, Sports and Leisure and Community Engagement including a focus around connecting communities and life chances. Before that he enjoyed a number of roles at Westminster City Council over a 13-year period including Executive Director for City Management and Communities with responsibility for a variety of neighbourhood and highways services. In his spare time, he is secretary and coach for a voluntary and community sports club for children and young people.
Ruth Page (delegate for Richard Barker)
Ruth is the Culture and Leisure Services Development Manager at Buckinghamshire Council where she has led the work on the development of the new Cultural Strategy and Partnership. She works closely with the libraries, museums, archives, leisure and events teams to improve cultural services for residents. Prior to this, she spent 20 years in the private sector in a range of marketing and development roles.
Professor Nick Braisby
Nick joined Bucks New University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in September 2017 from the University of West London where he had held the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor since 2013. He was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer in February 2019. Professor Braisby is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has held posts at London South Bank University, the University of Winchester, the Open University and London Guildhall University.
Professor Sr-Kartini Leet (delegate for Nick Braisby)
Professor Sri-Kartini Leet is an academic leader with a track record of leading transformational change that delivers high quality educational outcomes for students. As Head of School for Art, Design & Performance at Buckinghamshire New University, her role involves strategic management of academic provision and delivering an excellent student experience. She now also leads the University’s development of its cultural/civic mission and is looking for opportunities to grow community-based projects and connections within Buckinghamshire and beyond. With an established record of initiating and leading creative industry projects through the building of successful collaborative relationships with local, national and international organisations offering opportunities for students, she is passionate about embedding employability, social justice and entrepreneurship within the curricula. Kartini has a personal commitment to diversity and inclusion and is keen to work with others in creating new opportunities for under-represented groups.
Natasha Thiebaut runs an international consultancy business advising stadium and arena clients on their commercial strategy. She previously worked for entertainment marketing agency IMG for 17 years, working for world famous venues such as Wembley and the Maracana.
Natasha has a keen interest in arts and heritage and is also a Trustee of Discover Bucks Museum. She is of Polish origin and speaks Polish and French, having studied Theatre Arts at The University of Lyon. In her spare time, she is an avid foodie, enjoys yoga and likes exploring all that Buckinghamshire has to offer.
Sophie Denney is Theatre Director at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, part of The Ambassador Theatre Group. With 15 years’ experience in the Theatre industry, Sophie’s expertise covers operations, business and relationship development, revenue growth and project management. Working in Bucks’ landmark venue, Sophie is involved in all areas of the business overseeing sales, programming, budgeting, community partnerships, events and customer relationship management. She is proud to lead the venue team in a way that inspires and proactively encourages all staff members to be empowered in their roles. Sophie is passionate about bringing a diverse and captivating programme of live entertainment into the region, and having lived in the Berks/Bucks area in her childhood is excited to join Buckinghamshire Culture as a Trustee, appreciating the importance all forms of art can play in positively impacting the community.
After 20 years spent in the media industry, latterly having launched and established my own independent publishing firm, I decided that it was time for a change, so moved to work in the Charity Sector, specifically in looking after Heritage assets. I also have worked as a volunteer, advisor and mentor in the NFP sector for some time across a number of different roles. I have a skillset that encompasses experience in developing commercial strategy, audience engagement and building mutually beneficial brand partnerships – as well as understanding of finance and the entrepreneurial process. My particular interest is in how to work with individuals and communities to help build businesses and networks that positively influence people’s lives, and generate social benefit.
Hi, I’m Steve and I’ve been director of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden since 2015. I’ve worked in cultural heritage organisations of all sizes for 25 years, including London Metropolitan Archives, Imperial War Museums, and London Transport Museum. I’m a project manager and educator and I firmly believe in cultural organisations are here to help make lives better in whatever way we can, from the simple pleasures of a family day out to longer term projects that build skills, confidence and opportunity for young people, and everything in between. I think Buckinghamshire is such a beautiful place, full of natural and cultural treasures that I’ve only learned some of since moving here seven years ago. I’m thrilled to be on the Buckinghamshire Culture board and help shine a light on the cultural riches of this county as I discover more myself. Culture shared is culture squared – a community experience good for everyone.
Vicky has worked in arts and heritage for over 30 years, across local authorities, national museums, the National Trust and as an independent consultant. She is currently the CEO of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust and has lived in the County for 24 years contributing to culture at a grassroots as well as national level.
James is an experienced expert Tax Consultant to both clients and fellow accountants. He is a registered Auditor dealing with companies up to £20m turnover. A Board Member of Red Kite Community Housing he supports the provision of over 6000 properties in Wycombe district. James is a keen amateur actor musician and script writer. James is a life-long Bucks resident, born in Amersham, schooled in Holtspur, then High Wycombe and having had a business in Wycombe for the last 30 years.
Laura has worked in fundraising in the charity and cultural sectors for ten years, specialising in building partnerships with grantmakers and charitable Trusts and Foundations. She is the Head of Grants and Trusts at the Royal Shakespeare Company (on maternity leave). Outside of work she is a committee member for London Recorder Orchestra, enjoys growing her own vegetables, and exploring the Chilterns with her young family and dog from her home in Buckinghamshire.