Key Appointments in Arts & Culture

Saxton Bampfylde and its global partners advise many recognised arts and cultural organisations around the world. We are delighted to share with you a selection of some of the roles that we have been privileged to work on recently.


Elaine Banton – Talawa Theatre Company, Chair

Elaine Banton has been appointed as Chair of Talawa Theatre Company. Elaine is a Barrister specialising in employment and discrimination law. She is Head of 7BR’s Employment team and Chair of the internal EDSM committee. She speaks and writes regularly on her specialist areas of the law for various practice publications. Elaine is a co-author of the chapter on Human Rights and Employment Law for Tolley’s Employment Law. Elaine was a Finalist for the ‘First 100 Years Inspirational Woman of the Year Award’, Barrister of the Year 2019.

John Kampfner – House of Illustration, Chair

John Kampfner has been appointed Chair of the House of Illustration. John is an author and journalist who has spent the last 25 years in the worlds of media, politics, international affairs and the arts. John’s former roles have included Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation, Chair of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and Chair of Turner Contemporary.

Dr Catherine Eagleton – University of St Andrews, Director of Museums

The University of St Andrews has appointed Dr Catherine Eagleton as its new Director of Museums, to take the lead on a significant period of expansion and transformation for its galleries and collections. Catherine was previously Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in the United States. She has held positions at the British Museum, and as Head of Asian and African Collections at the British Library. She began her career at the Science Museum in London, and at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge, where she completed a PhD in the History of Science.

Paddy Rodgers – Royal Museums Greenwich, Director

Paddy Rodgers has become the new Director of Royal Museums Greenwich in succession to Kevin Fewster. Paddy has had a successful career serving as CEO of one of the largest international shipping companies in the world, Euronav since 2000. Having qualified as a solicitor he relocated to Hong Kong where he first worked in shipping. In his nearly 20 years as CEO he has seen Euronav grow significantly; he is steeped in the contemporary maritime world and has taken a keen interest in safety, quality and the environment during his tenure.

Professor Chris Breward – National Museums Scotland, Director

Professor Christopher Breward has been appointed as Director of National Museums Scotland, succeeding Dr Gordon Rintoul who stepped down in March 2020. Chris Breward is an established arts leader, scholar, teacher, and curator with a wealth of executive and non-executive experience across museums and galleries, art schools and universities. As Director of Collection and Research at the National Galleries of Scotland he was responsible for the development, interpretation, research and display of Scotland’s national art collection. As Principal of Edinburgh College of Art, Chris led major organisational change following the merger of the College with the University of Edinburgh, developing cross-disciplinary teaching programmes and raising the College’s academic and research profile. Prior to that, as Head of Research at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, he worked across its diverse collections, contributing to exhibitions including British Design, David Bowie Is and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

Jenny Waldman CBE – Art Fund, Director

Jenny Waldman, formerly Director of 14-18 NOW, has succeeded Stephen Deuchar as the new Director of the Art Fund. Jenny was Creative Producer of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and from 1999-2011 she was Public Programmes Consultant to Somerset House Trust. She has also commissioned large-scale performing arts events for Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Jenny is Chair of Trustees of Artangel, and is a member of the Barbican Centre Board.

Randel Bryan – Manchester International Festival, Executive Director

Randel Bryan has become the Executive Director of the Manchester International Festival. Randel was Senior Director of Global Strategic Partnerships and previously the Managing Director International of Gunpowder & Sky International. Randel oversaw the development of Endemol Beyond UK division’s first YouTube Red Series, DanTDM Creates a Big Scene, whilst also founding various O&O channels, including Legends of Gaming, Rule’M Sports and ICON UK – collectively boasting over 2.4 million subscribers.

Glenn Earle – Young Vic, Chair

The Young Vic has announced the appointment of Glenn Earle as its new Chair. He succeeds Patrick McKenna, who was Chair of the Young Vic board for nearly 20 years. Glenn is a Partner in the independent investment bank Ardea Partners International. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, NV and Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. and Deputy Chairman of educational charity Teach First. Glenn retired in December 2011 from Goldman Sachs International, where he was most recently a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer.

Tim PattersonBritish Sign Language Broadcasting Trust, Chair

Tim Patterson has been appointed Chair of the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust. Tim brings extensive experience in the media/ TV business world, having held senior positions in commercial and public companies including Nickelodeon/Viacom, Disney, UKTV, BBC, ITV and Larkhead Media plus a number of start-ups. He runs his own media consultancy T1M Consult, prior to which he was CEO of Larkshead Media, and Vice President, Director of Programming at Nickelodeon UK & Ireland.

Christopher Rodrigues CBE – Royal Ballet School, Chair

The Royal Ballet School appointed Christopher Rodrigues CBE to be its new Chairman in January. Christopher has enjoyed a long and successful international career in business and has also acted as Chair of a number of major UK institutions including the British Council, the Almeida Theatre and Visit Britain.

Niels de VosBirmingham Museums Trust, Chair

Birmingham Museums Trust, has appointed Niels de Vos as its new Chair. Niels previously spent over ten years as the CEO at UK Athletics and led the team to deliver the best Olympic and Paralympic performance in 50 years at London 2012. Niels founded Fabric Group in 2018, where he is CEO of the specialist consultancy for governments, cities and businesses making major investments into their communities through sport, art, education and charity.

Michelle LockhartRoyal Collection Trust, Commercial Director

Michelle Lockhart has joined the Royal Collection Trust as Commercial Director. Michelle joins after 14 years at the Science Museum Group where she held the role of Commercial Director since 2015 and prior to that, was Senior Finance Partner.

Jo Paton – Serpentine Galleries, Chief Producer

The Serpentine Galleries has appointed Jo Paton as Chief Producer. Jo was previously Executive Producer of the Manchester International Festival for eight years where she lead on major theatre, dance, visual art and music commissions, working with varied artists including Arvo Pärt, Zaha Hadid, Tino Seghal and Leonard Cohen.


Back to Arts, Culture & Creative Industries - Summer 2020