Winter Exhibition Advisory Board

Board members

Martin Caiger-Smith

Martin Caiger-Smith has been involved with the exhibition programme since its inception in 2011. In addition to chairing the advisory board he continues to serve as Programme Advisor and guide to our emerging curators. He is the Head of the MA Curating the Art Museum programme at the Courtauld Institue of Art. Martin has worked in a variety of positions in galleries, at the Photographers’ Gallery and at the Hayward Gallery in London, as Head of Exhibitions from 1996, and Acting Director, 2005/6. While at the Hayward he curated and organised a wide range of exhibitions, and oversaw the shaping and delivery of a broad programme of exhibitions, many of which showed abroad, and were National Touring Exhibitions in the UK. These include Magritte, 1992; Julian Opie, 1993; Roger Hilton, 1993; The Epic & the Everyday: Contemporary Photographic Art, 1994; Yves Klein, 1995; Art and Power: Europe under the Dictators, 1995; Francis Bacon: The Human Body, 1998; Spectacular Bodies: The Human Body in Art and Science from Leonardo to Now, 2000; Saved! 100 Years of the National Art Collections Fund, 2003; Roy Lichtenstein, 2004, and Dan Flavin, 2006. Martin’s interests include modern and contemporary museums and galleries and curatorship, and the modern and recent history of curating, exhibitions and display. He is a consultant on art and exhibition projects, and writes on contemporary art, photography and exhibitions.

Bernard Donoghue
Board member

Bernard Donoghue has been the Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) since September 2011 following a career in advocacy, communications and lobbying, latterly at a senior level in the tourism and heritage sector. In May of 2017 he was appointed by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, to be the Mayor's Ambassador for Cultural Tourism and a member of the Mayor's Cultural Leadership Board. Prior to his appointment as Director of ALVA, Bernard was Head of Government and Public Affairs for VisitBritain between 1997 and 2010 and served as a Board Director of Marketing Manchester, 2001 - 2010, and Chairman of VisitManchester, 2007 - 2010. He was founder and Co-Chair of British Tourism Week. In 2012 he was appointed a Trustee of 'Kids in Museums' and became Deputy Chairman in October 2014. He is a Trustee of The Geffrye Museum of the Home in Hoxton, London, and a Trustee of The Heritage Alliance, and a member of the Cathedral Council of St Paul's Cathedral, London. He was appointed a Trustee of The Prince's Regeneration Trust's social enterprise board in 2015. Bernard is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA), a Fellow of the Tourism Society (FTS), Fellow of WWF-UK, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR) and lives in London.

Caro Howell
Board member

Caro Howell is Director of the Foundling Museum. Previously she was Head of Education & Public Events at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2005-11), where she oversaw the construction and programming of major new education spaces and project galleries as part of the Gallery’s expansion, including a series of artists’ commissions and residencies. She has worked as an independent museum education consultant in the UK and abroad, developing projects that explore issues of advocacy, interpretation and access to the arts. She was ten years at Tate, joining Tate Modern’s set-up team in 1997 where she formulated its access and audience development strategy, and developed Raw Canvas, London’s first peer-led museum programme for 15-23 year olds. She has developed a number of award-winning resources for disabled people including two for Tate: i-Map (2002), the UK’s first online art resource for blind and partially sighted people, which received a BAFTA, and i-Map: The Everyday Transformed (2006) which received a Jodi Award. Caro sits on the Charterhouse Design Advisory Group, was a member of Art on the Underground’s Advisory Group (2006-2011) and was a trustee of the experimental theatre company Shunt (1998- 2010). She has an MA, History of Art from Birkbeck College, University of London (1994) and a BA, Theatre Studies from Warwick University (1988)

Darren Raymond
Board member

Darren Raymond is the Artistic Director of Intermission Theatre, a pioneering arts-based youth mentoring programme that gives young people from London the chance to cross cultural and postcodes divides to improve their lives. An active actor as well as a director, Darren has been engaged as a contributor to new works by other writers, has had his poetry published in the Guardian, taken the lead in numerous Shakespearian and commercial tours including the title role of Othello and Prospero for the RSC’s First Encounters Tour Darren has spoken at the House of Lords on youth offending and is fast becoming one of the theatre’s most respected heads. He is an inspiring example of change and is now dedicated to inspiring the young people he works with whilst continuing to pursue his own acting, directing and writing career.

Kathleen Soriano
Board member

Kathleen Soriano began her career at the Royal Academy of Arts 30 years ago. In 1989 she joined the National Portrait Gallery, where as Head of Exhibitions & Collections she was responsible for national and international programmes and oversaw some of its most successful exhibitions including shows on Mario Testino, Henri Cartier Bresson, Annie Leibovitz and Helmut Newton. January 2009 saw her appointed to Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy where she programmed and developed projects such as Bronze, Anselm Kiefer, Van Gogh and Degas. Since April 2014 she has been working independently providing arts and culture consultancy including curating, writing, lecturing and broadcasting. Kathleen was appointed Chair of the Liverpool Biennial in 2016, is a National Trust Specialist Advisor and holds the position of Creative Director of the Museo Sa Bassa Blanca, Mallorca.

George Loudon
Board member

George Loudon is a retired banker from the Netherlands, living in London, England. He has held various positions at the Museum of Modern Art (Stedelijk Museum) and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, as well as the Tate Gallery, London Library and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in England. He has been a long-time collector of contemporary art and latterly of 19th century scientific models and illustrations. In 2015 he wrote a book about his collection “Object Lessons” (Ridinghouse) that was reviewed in Europe, the USA and Japan. An exhibition of his collection was held at Manchester Museum in July/August 2017. Another will be held at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 2018.

Mary Rose Gunn
CEO, The Bulldog Trust

Mary Rose Gunn has served as Chief Executive of The Bulldog Trust, since 2007. Since she joined, Mary Rose has designed and built the charitable and commercial programmes at the house, securing the house’s financial sustainability and its place on London’s cultural map. The annual Winter Exhibition Programme has welcomed over 230,000 visitors since its launch in 2011, and is currently backed by the Arts Council England. In March 2017, The Fore Trust was launched as the first open-access funding programme in the UK offering unrestricted support for the development of early-stage charities, social enterprises and CIC. To date the programme has secured the backing of the UKs largest funder, the Big Lottery Fund and over £1m in operating costs.

Charles M. R. Hoare
Chairman of Trustees, The Bulldog Trust

Charles M. R. Hoare has served as Chairman of the Bulldog Trust, since 2013. He is the Managing Director, Head of European Healthcare for Stifel and has almost 20 years of experience in healthcare investment banking. Prior to his current role, Charles was Managing Director and Head of Global Healthcare at Commerzbank and spent most of his career at Merrill Lynch where he was the Managing Director responsible for the Northern European healthcare business and the animal health franchise. Additionally to the Bulldog Trust, Charles is also Chairman of Chariot Innovations Limited (the commercialisation arm of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), and is a Non-executive Director of Atlantic Healthcare Plc, Placehill Limited and Laguna Ventures Limited.