David Gilbert

David Gilbert (Chair), following a long and successful career in retail including being MD of Currys Ltd, COO of Dixons Stores Group worldwide, and MD of Waterstones Booksellers, David now devotes all of his time to the Creative Industries and the Arts. He is Chair of Creative United, an Arts Council backed company which delivers innovative finance for Creative Businesses. He is also Chair of the Writers Centre Norwich and Digventures archaeology.

Read Less
Read More
Sam Arthur

Sam Arthur (Deputy Chair) is founding partner and CEO of Nobrow set up in 2008 as a visual narrative & graphic art publishing platform. Together with children’s book imprint Flying Eye Books their books define the picture book and art-comic genre. Nobrow/Flying Eye books publish around 40 books per year and have offices in London and New York. Sam is also co-founder and Director of the East London Comics & Arts Festival (ELCAF).

Read Less
Read More
Roderick Mills

Roderick Mills is an international award winning Illustrator and film maker, represented in the UK and USA by Heart Artists’ Agent. Combined with his own creative practice he is also the Course Leader for Illustration at the University of Brighton. Contributes regularly to Varoom and Eye Magazines on subjects around Illustration and is the co-founder of MOKITA Illustration Forum.

Read Less
Read More
Silvia Baumgart

Silvia Baumgart is an associate solicitor at James Ware Stephenson, a boutique law firm specialising in intellectual property working mainly with creative businesses. Prior to this, Silvia has worked for some 15 years in the creative sector in Germany and England in a range of positions in curatorial and educational projects at major public art galleries and art and design practice-based universities.

Read Less
Read More
Darryl Clifton

Darryl Clifton studied Visual Communication at Kent Institute of Art and Design and Illustration at the Royal College of Art.  His wide career includes onedotzero, relaunching and directing re-launched Camberwell Press and co-founding Mokita. He is currently Design Programme Director and Course Leader BA (Hons) Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts, CCW, UAL. He holds positions on the editorial boards of the Journal of Illustration and Varoom.

Read Less
Read More
Vicki Willden Lebrecht

Vicki Willden-Lebrecht founded Bright Group International in 2003, now a fast-growing and established children’s literary and illustration agency with a global reach. She has spent the last 13 years as principal author/illustrator Agent for the company, and now MD, leading the way for innovation and foresight in the recruitment and development of Bright artists’ work.

Read Less
Read More
Deirdre McDermott

Deirdre McDermott is the Picture Book Publisher and Creative Director at Walker Books, the largest independent children’s publisher in the UK. Many of the picture books she has art directed and published have won awards globally. She established the Sebastian Walker Award and is a trustee of Seven Stories. A native of Dublin, Ireland Deirdre lives in London, England.

Read Less
Read More
Montana Forbes

Montana Forbes is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle illustrator of 13 years, represented by Illustration Ltd. She grew up between Harare, London and Atlanta and studied Visual Communication at The American Intercontinental University in London. Throughout her career, she has been involved in developing, curating, and organising exhibitions, talks and conferences.

Read Less
Read More
Ren Renwick

Ren Renwick is the CEO of the AOI. Having trained in drama she has worked across the breadth of the creative industries, from television, festivals, contemporary art and community theatre. She is a trustee of Action Space and Laura H Drane Associates.

Read Less
Read More