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Advisory Board

The ICONS advisory board helped us to select icons, assisted with the editorial direction of the project, advised management, helped deal with the media and generally provided us with moral and practical support.

Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

May 4th 2006

February 23rd 2006

December 8th 2005

October 13th 2005

The following kindly volunteered to serve on the board - we are most grateful to them for their help.

Nikolaus Boulting

Nikolaus Boulting is an experienced exhibition consultant and designer, with a background in architectural and design history. He taught at the Central School for Art & Design, before being appointed Managing Director of Sedley Place, a London- and Berlin-based design company specialising in corporate identity. His recent exhibition work with RWDP (formerly Robin Wade & Partners) has included major projects at Manchester United Football Club and Shakespeare’s Globe. He also works as an assessor for the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Steve Brace

Steve Brace is Head of Education and Outdoor Learning at the Royal Geographical Society. He has worked extensively within the heritage and educational field, previously as Director of Education at the Commonwealth Institute and for the development charity ActionAid. Originally a geography teacher, Steve now spends much of his spare time being asked questions about Harry Potter by his two sons.

Jane Finnis

Jane Finnis is Director of the 24 Hour Museum, the UK's national virtual museum. She has worked extensively across the arts, education and creative industries sector looking at how online technologies create new ways of working and learning. She is an experienced consultant, fundraiser and project manger and has worked extensively with online artist commissions, ICT in school projects, museum/gallery installations, website and interactive media productions. She is a founder member of the culture.mondo international steering committee and a trustee of Photoworks. Jane joined 24HM in 2001 from Lighthouse Arts and Training in Brighton, where she worked as Director for 10 years. Her background is in independent video production after graduating with a first class Arts Degree in 1987.

Dr Charlie Gere   (Retired April 2006)

Charlie Gere is Reader in New Media Research in the Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster University, Chair of Computers and the History of Art (CHArt), and the Director of Computer Arts, Contexts, Histories, etc... (CACHe), an AHRB-funded research project looking at the history of early British computer art. He is the author of Digital Culture (Reaktion Books, 2002). His next book, Art, Time And Technology, will be published by Berg in 2006.

Judy Gibbons (Retired April 2006)

Until recently, Judy Gibbons oversaw global sales and marketing for MSN, Microsoft's online service. Prior to Microsoft she worked for Hewlett-Packard and Apple, where she was involved in pioneering work in multimedia - work that began the explosion of the interactive CD-ROM, computer games and the Internet. She won the Microsoft Women’s Leadership Award in January 2003 and the International Visual Communication Association (IVCA) award for Thought Leadership in 2004. She is now working for venture capital firm, Accel Partners.

Vineet Lal

Vineet Lal is currently England Brand Manager with Enjoy England at VisitBritain.  Enjoy England is the official national tourism organisation for England, and Vineet has been working with the England team since its inception in March 2003.  Originally from Edinburgh, he grew up in Scotland and his tourism career has included roles at Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board and VisitScotland. Vineet has degrees in French from Edinburgh and Princeton universities, and has lived and worked in France, Japan and the USA.  His passions include the English language ('possibly the richest language in the world'), children's literature and the visual arts of South Asia. He regards the repositioning of England for domestic consumers as one of the most challenging - yet enjoyable - parts of his work to date, and thinks it is a delightful irony that someone with such a strong Celtic background should end up working on a brand strategy for England!

Geoffrey Marsh

Geoffrey Marsh is director of the Theatre Museum, the national museum of performing arts, in Covent Garden. Before the Theatre Museum, Geoffrey worked at the Imperial War Museum where he was Assistant Director and for specialists consultants, Adrian Ellis Associates, where he was head of their UK operation.

Dominic Tinley

Dominic Tinley is a new media specialist with extensive experience managing high-profile websites. As one of the first Producers at BBC Online he helped establish BBC Learning as a leading educational website in the UK. He went on to become New Media Manager for Channel 4 Learning and later worked as a freelance consultant specialising in broadband and mobile content delivery. As a Development Producer at Culture Online he managed projects, including ICONS, that combined arts, culture and technology. In October 2005 he took the new post of Managing Editor for the UK Parliament website.

Jo Turner

Jo Turner is head of Arts Online and International at the Department for Culture Media and Sport. She has worked for the department since 1993 looking after policies concerning sport and young people, widening access to museums (including the introduction of free admission), and broadcasting. She also looks after DCMS policy matters for Culture Online. She has worked as Private Secretary to Ministers dealing with Sport, Broadcasting and Tourism. Jo has a degree in History, and was previously a curator at the Imperial War Museum, dealing with photograph collections, and has published work for the IWM about the contribution made by ethnic minority forces.

Sam Walker

Sam Walker is director of the Black Cultural Archive and Museum. Based in Brixton, the Black Cultural Archive and Museum was developed during the 1980s to collect and document the history and life experiences of black peoples in the UK.

Patricia Williams

Patricia Williams has worked as a commissioning editor in academic publishing in the UK, Europe and the USA and was, for ten years, the Publisher for the National Gallery, London. She is now a freelance advisor.



I nominate the red pillar box.

Donna Spencer