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Luton Culture Trustees
Chair: Nick Gibson
Nick was the founding Trustee of Luton Culture and led the Trusts negotiating team during the formation of the Trust in 2007. Nick has a business background in technology and software. He has worked for multi-national corporations such as National Semiconductor through to SME enterprises such as Intrinsica Networks. Nick is currently employed as Chief Executive of a regional charity called Sight Concern Bedfordshire and has recently taken the leading role in setting up a trading consortium for regional charities called ConsortiCo.
Clive is a corporate partner, risk management partner and member of the Management Board of Taylor Walton solicitors based in Luton. Clive has for over 30 years specialised in advising businesses in relation to their corporate structures, reorganisations and mergers and acquisitions. He has close connections with many national and locally based firms of accountants, Independent Financial Advisers and other professionals who value his experience in these fields. He lives locally and his pastimes include tennis, golf and hill walking.
Andy Strange has been a Councillor on Luton Borough Council and was involved in the original decisions to set up the Trust. He works in new media, particularly for voluntary sector organisations.
Systems Engineer and Business Consultant at MBDA.
My family and I live in Bedford and are an active part of the community. My interest in arts and culture spans over 30 years and for a similar length I have worked in the cultural sector.
I have trained as an artist and managed and run arts organisations and a theatre company. I have been advisor to the Arts Council and delivered business development to a range of cultural organisations. I have also acted in strategic capacity on policy changes for the arts and also worked with industry lead bodies on education and learning. I have managed and run successful national programmes and delivered mentoring and coaching for groups and on a personal level.
David is a Chartered Accountant, and was a partner in Kingston Smith LLP until 2014. Since retirement David has taken up a number of Board appointments. He is a governor of the University of Hertfordshire, where he also chairs the Charitable Trust and the Audit Committee, and a trustee of the Duchess of Marlborough Alms House in St Albans and the National Jazz Archive.
Leisure time will find him listening to music, watching motor sport and taking care of his bees.
Geoff Mulgan has been Chief Executive of Nesta since 2011. Nesta is the UK's innovation foundation and runs a wide range of activities in investment, practical innovation programmes and research. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. From 2004 to 2011 Geoff was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation. He was the first director and co-founder of the think-tank Demos; Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP and reporter on BBC TV and radio. He has been a visiting professor at LSE, UCL and Melbourne University and is currently a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University. He is also currently chair of the Studio Schools Trust and the Social Innovation Exchange. His most recent book is ‘The Locust and the Bee’, Princeton University Press, 2013. His next book, for Princeton University Press, focuses on the theory and practice of collective intelligence.
Dr Ann Limb
A Mancunian by birth, Dr Ann Limb CBE DL is a business leader and charity entrepreneur. She is currently Chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of The Scout Association UK.
After a 25-year career in Further Education, as a lecturer and then College Principal in Milton Keynes and Cambridge, Ann was responsible, at senior civil servant level, for the UK government’s flagship digital learning initiative, learndirect and the national e-services programmes Direct Gov and UK online. Moving to the private sector in 2005, Ann worked as a government adviser in the UK and overseas; she led in the Departments for Education and Business Innovation & Skills on the setting up the online learning service unionlearn; she also advised on the creation of online citizens’ services in a range of overseas locations.
Ann currently holds a number of public and private sector non-executive directorships, including a Ministerial appointment at the Homes & Communities Agency where she joined the Board in 2011. She is also chair of ENTRUST, the national regulator of the government’s environmental tax credit scheme, the Landfill Communities Fund. From 2005 – 2011, Ann served as Chair of Milton Keynes Partnership, a successor body to the Milton Keynes Development Corporation that established the new town in 1967. Ann has been associated with housing and infrastructure delivery in Milton Keynes and the wider SE Midlands region for over a decade.
Since 2011, Ann has served as Chair of Destination Milton Keynes – the city’s official tourism and visitor information service and Chair of the MK Major Events Board. This board had overall responsibility for delivery across Milton Keynes of the Rugby World Cup 2015 and also acts as the Steering Group for the city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023. Ann is a member of the SE Council of Arts Council England and as a Trustee of the Stables Theatre, Ann also chairs IF, the biennial Milton Keynes International Festival. In December 2016, Ann became a Director and Chair Designate of Luton Cultural Services Trust.
Ann chairs the national educational charity, the Helena Kennedy Foundation, which she founded in 1998 to promote social inclusion in further and higher education by awarding bursaries to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Ann has been awarded honorary doctorates from the Open University, the University of the West London, Anglia Ruskin, Bedfordshire, and Manchester Metropolitan Universities. In the 2011 Birthday Honours, Ann was made an OBE for her work in education and in 2015 awarded the CBE for public and political services. Ann is Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Buckinghamshire, where she has lived since 1986 and in March 2016 was given a lifetime achievement award by Milton Keynes Business Leaders.
In September 2015, Ann was formally elected to the post of Chair of The Scout Association - the UK’s largest youth engagement and volunteering charity. Ann is The Scouts Association’s first ever woman Chair.