Our board

The National Campaign for the Arts is a charity, run by a board of volunteer enthusiasts. We donate our time, experience and expertise because we care passionately about the future of UK culture.

  • Samuel
    West

    Chair: Actor and Director
    "Art helps me imagine what it’s like to be someone else. There’s no us and them. It's us and us. It's all us."
    @exitthelemming
  • Bob & Roberta
    Smith

    Visual Artist
    "Art is about our right to speak, to form ourselves and be ourselves. Give a child a blank sheet of paper and you give that child a voice. We must support art in schools so that we hear from those kids when they grow up and become citizens. Art is your human right!"
    @BobandRoberta
  • Al
    Kennedy

    Writer and Performer
    "I have spent three decades watching art improve lives, heal wounds, challenge authority, energise communities and celebrate the human condition. I cannot speak highly of them enough."
    @Writerer
  • Cassie
    Chadderton

    Head of UK Theatre
    "The arts contribute so much to our society and communities. Theatre, dance, music, good writing… they teach us about ourselves and the world around us. They give us joy. They are vital."
    @cassiechadmoran
  • Julia
    Payne

    Director of The Hub
    "There’s nothing quite like a brilliant piece of theatre or a knockout gig to take you out of yourself, make you think, make you feel. The arts help us live in colour."
    @juliaatthehub
  • Kim
    Grant

    Company Secretary: Theatre Consultant
    "Nurturing the arts changes lives for good; the arts make us all more human. Funding is a crucial component, opening and ensuring access for all."
    @kimmgrant
  • Leonora
    Thomson

    Managing Director of Welsh National Opera
    "Growing up with many different types music all around me convinced me from my earliest days of the power of the arts to bring people together. We aren’t human without them."
    @leothomson
  • Mark
    Pemberton

    Director of the Association of British Orchestras
    "I’m excited about the arts because there is nothing better than the shared experience of a live event, and for me, orchestral music forms the soundtrack to my life. "
  • Michael
    Smith

    Director of Cog Design
    "I grew up listening to thrashy bands in a local community centre. I wouldn’t have called it ‘arts’ but without funding that venue wouldn’t exist."
    @Michael_Cog
  • Peter
    Manning

    Conductor and Violinist
    "The arts envelop our lives with fresh prospect daily and help us to both reflect and participate, enriching each and every journey we take. "
    @energyconductor
  • Rosie
    Luff

    Public affairs consultant for the arts and creative industries
    "For me it’s simple: the arts help us to understand each other better."
    @rosieluff
  • Ruth
    Mackenzie

    Artistic Director of the Holland Festival
    "I believe that artists can change the world and I love them for the inspiration, provocation and joy they give us."
    @ruthmackenzie