Arnolfini Board of Trustees

Amanda Coffey joined the University of the West of England, Bristol in April 2020, as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost. This is a key strategic leadership role, working closely with, and deputising for, the Vice-Chancellor. Amanda has oversight of the academic portfolio of the University including the quality and enhancement of academic programmes, research and enterprise ambition, partnership working and UWE’s core commitment to inclusivity.

Prior to joining UWE Bristol, Amanda was Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Academic Standards at Cardiff University. She joined Cardiff University in 1990 as a lecturer, and was awarded a personal chair in 2006. She held a number of senior leadership positions at Cardiff, including Dean for Education and Students in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Head of the School of Social Sciences. Amanda is an experienced school governor and charity trustee.


Alison Comley, a native Bristolian, has combined a 30 year senior local authority career in the city, with an artistic life as co-artistic director of Theatre West, Bristol’s favourite new writing company. Having hung up her local authority boots in 2018, Alison is keen to combine her management and artistic skills as a Trustee for the Arnolfini and take the organisation forward as a dynamic and inclusive space showing great relevant art.
Lhosa Daly joined the National Trust in September 2018 as the Assistant Director of Operations for South Wales.
Lhosa is qualified as a lawyer in both the UK and New York. She originally studied Law at Manchester University before working for some of the world’s largest professional service organisations. These include: Andersen Legal, Manchester; Herbert Smith, London; Ernst & Young, New York and, since returning to the UK, KPMG and Ernst & Young in Bristol.
She was the Executive Director at Spike Island, Bristol, for four years, where she had overall responsibility for operations, commercial activity, visitor services, finance and fundraising. Prior to this, Lhosa was Head of Development at Turner Contemporary, Margate, which opened in 2011.
Lhosa has been the Chair of the Institute of Directors in Bristol; Vice Chair, Creative and Digital for the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership; and a South West representative for Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. She is a trustee of Avon & Bristol Law Centre.
Rachael Fleetwood was appointed Finance Director at UWE in October 2018, following five years as Deputy Director of Finance for the University. Prior to that, she was Assistant Finance Director for the University of Bristol for twenty years.
Rachael studied Accounting & Finance at the University of Plymouth.
Asim Ilyas has been involved in many aspects of law and personal finance for more than 20 years.  His experience in banking and debt advice in commercial and not-for-profit settings has allowed him to gain a great breadth and depth of experience about the relationship between people and money.  He’s been employed by a community advice agency, Citizens Advice, The Institute of Money Advisers and worked under the supervision of an Insolvency Practitioner for Grant Thornton.  Sim is Business Development Manager for Bristol Credit Union and he runs a freelance consultancy practice specialising in advice work.  He has served as a trustee for three charities prior to his involvement with The Arnolfini.  He aspires to one day be a chef in his own pizza restaurant.
Glen Maxwell-Heron has been a Director of Belmont Leisure Ltd since 2017, and Managing Director of St Andrews Consulting since 2008. Prior to that he was a Director of My Future Direction, and held project management roles with Halifax Bank of Scotland, the Nationwide Building Society, and ICL. At the beginning of his career, he spent 13 years as an Engineer Officer with the Royal Navy.
Glen has a BA in Engineering from Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Christelle Pellecuer is the Founder and Creative Director at Razana Afrika and the Cultural Heritage Manager at Black South West Network. Her work is focused on culture, heritage and visual art. Christelle’s professional background includes working in the education sector for over 15 years undertaking programme/project management roles with an international focus.Christelle has also worked in the fashion industry for the last 10 years as a freelance makeup artist and her work experience covers advertising campaigns, magazine shoots, films, music videos, TV shows, Fashion Week. Christelle has expanded her skills into producing fashion events and has extensive experience of event management.

Christelle is also a co-director and a performer in a small theatre company called Black Women Let Loose Theatre Company and she is a presenter on Imperial Voice Radio with a show called Fashion Rendez-vous exploring areas of fashion and textile especially in relation to Africa and the diaspora.

Will Taylor is a Creative Producer currently co-leading the Rising Arts Agency’s, ACE funded BEIT Programme, critically disrupting ideas of leadership with 10 aspiring creatives. With experience in managing projects centred around accessibility, equity and equality, Will’s creative work speaks to representation and community.
 Gary Topp became Executive Director at Arnolfini in February 2019. He has been a Chief Executive of a number of organisations in the past 20 years in both the UK and Australia including Yorkshire Culture, Culture Central and Greening Australia. He started his career as a visual arts curator and has maintained a strong interest in visual and contemporary arts alongside a career that has encompassed large scale economic and community led projects, a history of working within a university context and the delivery major international and city events. He has also held several non-executive positions and is currently Chair of Trustees at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives. Gary is also Inaugural Arnolfini Fellow for UWE, Bristol.

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