Leeds Art Fund members view Dual Form by Barbara Hepworth
Leeds Art Fund members view Dual Form by Barbara Hepworth

Key people

The number of Board members is set out in our Constitution. There can be up to six Trustees, the Treasurer and two members nominated by Leeds City Council; one is a councillor and the other is the Head of Leeds Museums and Galleries who acts as the Hon. Secretary. The Trustees are all volunteers with the exception of the Head of Leeds Museums and Galleries.

We are also fortunate to have the support of an Hon.Conservator, Hon.Curator, Hon.Editor, and Hon Legal Adviser who act as observers in meetings.

Corinne Miller

I have worked in museums and galleries all my working life. I started as a single-handed curator running the Maryport Maritime Museum and the Helena Thompson Museum in Workington for Allerdale Museum Service. I returned to my primary interest British art when I moved to Wakefield Art Gallery in 1981 and then to Leeds Art Gallery where I worked for nearly 20 years. I moved to Wolverhampton in 2006 where I became Head of Culture, Arts and Heritage.

I am passionate about the potential of museums and galleries as sites for engagement and learning. Currently I am Associate Tutor at Leicester University for the MA (Distance Learning) in Museums Studies and sit on the board of Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development agency and the Methodist Modern Art Collection Management Committee.

I owe a lot to the Leeds Art Fund, whose support and advice I valued throughout my time at Leeds. Being Chair is my way of giving something back to this great charity.

Adam White

I have worked for many years for the Leeds City Art Galleries (now Leeds Museums and Galleries), mainly at their two country house museums, Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall. In retirement, I have tried to avoid committees as far as possible, but I am delighted to serve on this one because of the excellent work it does for art in Leeds. I coordinate and edit the LAF publications. The LAF has a long tradition of supporting scholarly research on the collections and our books are sold to museums and collectors throughout the world.

Olivia Stross

My professional career began at Armley Mills, then moved to Nottingham to set up a small-scale touring exhibition service for the County Council, alongside a print loan scheme. I returned north as Visual Arts and Crafts Officer at Yorkshire Arts where I spent five years setting up artist residencies, studio development schemes and gallery outreach programmes, alongside managing grant aid programmes.

Since then, I worked as an independent arts consultant, building expertise in project management and organisational development as well as undertaking research, marketing and evaluation for a variety of arts organisations. My clients included the Arts Council and regional arts boards, local authorities, the Yorkshire Film Archive, Nottingham Playhouse, various public art development projects, artist studio groups and others.

I have a degree in History of Art from Nottingham University and was a founder trustee of the inclusive arts collective Pyramid of Arts, having also served on the boards of VAGA (Visual Arts and Galleries Association) and Swarthmore Centre.

I support Leeds Art Fund because I believe we can make a difference and support the work of everyone at the galleries in Leeds making art more accessible.

Sue Page

My first job after graduation was at the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke on Trent, prior to its opening in 1975. I went on to spend many years in the advertising industry as a typographer, followed by a decade at Harewood House Trust in the curatorial department.

In my spare time I volunteer for my local food bank and enjoy life drawing classes.

I have been a member of Leeds Art Fund since 2011. My first role was as Leeds Art Fund Centenary Programme Assistant, followed by Events Coordinator and I am currently Membership Records Secretary. I am a firm believer in the importance of art and culture to the lives of individuals and communities and am very proud to be associated with the work of Leeds Art Fund.

Dr David Hopes

I’m currently Head of Service for Leeds Museums & Galleries. I was formerly Head of Interiors and Collections for the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) from 2016-2021 and, previous to this, Director of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway (also part of the NTS). I have over 20 years’ experience as a curator working on a range of initiatives from the Open Museum’s Pollok Kist Project to new-build capital projects such as MUSA (now the Wardlaw Museum, University of St Andrews) and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (shortlisted for the Museum of the Year Prize, 2011). I am a member of Museum and Galleries Scotland’s Recognition Committee and the UK Accreditation Committee, and a trustee of Robert Burns Ellisland Trust.

I support the Leeds Art Fund because it brings great art to the people of this great city.

Gerard Coughlan

I came to Yorkshire initially to practise as a chartered fine art auctioneer and valuer and subsequently availed of the opportunity to join the board of Leeds Art Fund intending thereby to contribute in a small way to the wonderful arts scene in Leeds, the cultural hub of the county with its flagship Temple Newsam House, one of the top three repositories of the decorative arts in the country.

Apart from involvement with other academic societies and visiting galleries/country houses and such like, other interests include architecture, music (mainly classical) and gardening.

Robert Wivell

I have been Treasurer of the Leeds Art Fund since 2020 and a member for over 20 years. I qualified as a chartered accountant and had a career starting in management consultancy then becoming CEO of engineering businesses and finally had a number of non-executive directorships. My interests include walking, bridge, tennis and visiting country houses.

Ann Sumner

I have held curatorial positions at the National Portrait Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, Harewood House Trust and the Holburne Museum, Bath. In 2000 I became Head of Fine Art at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, becoming Director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham and Barber Professor of Fine Art and Curatorial Practice in 2007, and the first Director of Birmingham Museums Trust in 2012. From 2014 – 17 I headed up the Public Art Project at the University of Leeds and ran the Yorkshire Year of the Textile project 2016-17.

I am currently Visiting Professor at Manchester School of Art (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Chair of the Methodist Modern Art Collection Management Committee, Trustee of the Museum of Bath at Work, and I sit on Advisory Committees at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University.

Cllr Eleanor Thomson

Councillor Thompson is the elected representative of Leeds City Council on the Board of Leeds Art Fund. She brings her understanding of politics and community participation to our deliberations. Her varied career includes work for the European Parliament and relief work in Bangladesh. Her interests include running and needle crafts.

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