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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.
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.
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.
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.
Dipak trained as an artist and managed and run arts organisations and a theatre company. He has been advisor to the Arts Council and delivered business development to a range of cultural organisations. He have also acted in strategic capacity on policy changes for the arts and also worked with industry lead bodies on education and learning. He has managed and run successful national programmes and delivered mentoring and coaching for groups and on a personal level.
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.
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.
Andy has been a Councillor at 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.
Mohan is a Systems Engineer and Business Consultant at MBDA.
Robert Smalley was Head of HR for ESSO and has extensive experience of operating within a major global company. He has also worked for Warwick Business School and has since set up a consultancy where he advises on HR and recruitment. Robert recognises the transformative effect culture has on a community and understands the importance of the voluntary sector. Robert has been a trustee of the St Albans and District Foodbank for 18 months and takes a hands on approach with operations and fundraising.
Sufian Sadiq has been a Business teacher for ten years and has just finished as Head of Vocational Education at Luton 6th form to start a new position as Head of Teaching with The Chiltern Learning Trust. He is a passionate and dedicated teacher and excels in people management and driving performance in fast paced environments. Sufian also has a great deal of experience within the charitable sector – he is the compere of the Community Awards and is a great public speaker (and very funny too!). Sufian is a Luton Culture advocate as he uses most of our cultural offerings and has worked in partnership with us for a number of years – he particularly likes the welly walks!
Yasmin Khan has an MSc in Science and Culture and currently runs her own creative consultancy. Yasmin’s experience ranges from working in national museums, exhibitions, curatorial and operational management and she is also a coach. Yasmin now works as a cultural consultant working in collaboration with a diverse range of clients and international cultural organisations to deliver a wide portfolio of exhibitions and events across the museums, heritage and creative sectors.