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
  • Kim
    Grant

    Finance Chair & 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
  • Michael
    Smith

    Executive Chair. 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
  • 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
  • Sarah
    Gee

    Managing Partner of Indigo-Ltd
    "The arts provide inspiration, provoke questions, and remind me daily what it is to be human in a busy and challenging world. They are somewhere where I can lose myself, yet never feel alone."
    @SarahABGee
  • A L
    Kennedy

    Writer and Broadcaster
    "The arts help us speak to each other nationally and internationally and they bring joy and humanity to us in dark times. Art is not an indulgence, it is a necessity, the lack of which has cost lives and shattered democracies, just as surely as its presence has saved lives and resisted autocracies."
    @Writerer
  • 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
  • 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
  • Helen
    Mountfield

    QC. Lawyer at Matrix Chambers specialising in human rights and discrimination law
    "The arts remind me that I am human and that other people are too."
    @HelenMountfield
  • 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
  • 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