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The Faculty

Applications for 2018 will open in October 2017.

Meet some of the Faculty for the 2017 programme; they have been carefully curated to include senior cultural sector leaders and commentators, business school experts and industry authorities.

Silke Ackermann, Director, Museum of the History of Science

Silke Ackermann is Director of the Museum of the History of Science, the first ever female director of a university museum in Oxford since the founding in 1683.

Silke is a medievalist and orientalist by training with a particular interest in the transfer of knowledge between the Islamic World and Europe. She worked for 16 years in different roles at the British Museum before taking up a professorship at the University of Applied Sciences in Schwerin (Germany) where she was later appointed president. 

In March 2014 she returned to the UK to take up her present position in Oxford. Silke takes a particular interest in leadership in the cultural sector and acts as coach and mentor to colleagues in the UK and other parts of Europe.

Janet Barnes, Consultant and former Chief Executive, York Museums Trust (2002-2015)

Dr Janet Barnes, CBE, was the Chief Executive of York Museums Trust from 2002 - 2015, an independent charity set up in 2002 by the City of York Council to manage the York Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum, York Art Gallery (nominated as one of the finalists for the Art Fund Prize 2016) and the Museum Gardens. 

Janet has worked for 39 years in museums and galleries with experience in local government, university and charity sectors and has successfully led three organisations through major constitutional change. Governance, implementing cultural change within creative organisations and leadership are areas of particular interest to Janet. 

Janet was the Director of Crafts Council in London from 1999-2002 and before that had a variety of curatorial and management roles in Sheffield Galleries and Museums from 1977-1999. From 2004-2013 she was the chairman of Arts Council England, Yorkshire and a member of the National Council. Janet is also a member of the advisory committee for the National Heritage Memorial Fund and is a trustee of the Guild of St George (educational charity set up by John Ruskin) and the Anthony Shaw Collection Trust.

Tracey Camilleri, Associate Fellow, Said Business School

Tracey Camilleri is an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School and Director of the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.  

At the business school, she specialises in learning design and pedagogic innovation.  She also designs and directs customised leadership programmes for clients.  Her programmes draw widely from across the University faculty, particularly from the arts and humanities departments where she believes the great case studies of leadership reside.  She has worked for several years with The Ashmolean developing leadership sessions using objects from their collection.

Dr Oliver Cox, Heritage Engagement Fellow, TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

Oliver Cox created the Thames Valley Country House Partnership ( in 2013 as a way of linking entrepreneurial ideas in the heritage sector with researchers in the University of Oxford. In his position as Heritage Engagement Fellow he co-ordinates a range of collaborative projects with the UK and international heritage sector, co-supervises the flagship Trusted Source Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the National Trust, and is responsible for developing long term strategic partnerships for the University of Oxford.

Oliver is a historian by training, and received his undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford. He has published widely on Gothic Revival architecture, landscape gardening, patriotism, and the country house. His From Addison to Austen: A Short Guide to the Long Eighteenth Century will be published in 2017, and The British Country House Revisited in early 2018.

He is a member of the Faculty of History (University of Oxford); Senior Scholar at University College, Oxford; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Council Member of the Oxfordshire Records Society; Governor of Compton Verney House Trust; and sits on the Education and Publications Committee of The Gardens Trust and Arts Council England’s Designation Panel.

Richard Evans, Director, Beamish, the Living Museum of the North

Richard has been the Director of Beamish since 2008. He leads a team of more than 360 staff, supported by 450 volunteers as well as more than 2,000 Friends and business partners. Over the past six years visitor numbers have nearly doubled, turnover has increased to £9m and Beamish has created more than 180 jobs and apprenticeships from engineers to curatorial trainees. Beamish is now self-sufficient in revenue terms and it is the most visited visitor attraction in the North East region. Beamish also leads a consortium with The Bowes Museum and is one of 16 Major Partner Museums supported by Arts Council England.

Richard is a member of the National Museum Directors Council and is on the Boards of the North East Cultural Partnership and Visit County Durham. Prior to joining Beamish Richard was Director of Wentworth Castle Trust where he led the Civic Trust award-winning phase one restoration costing £17 million, with support from the HLF. From 1999 to 2003 he was Development Officer at New Lanark, during the period that Robert Owen’s utopian village was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Dr Pegram Harrison, Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Said Business School

Dr Pegram Harrison is Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Pegram's research and teaching concern entrepreneurship and leadership particularly in cultural contexts. He teaches entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy and heritage management to executives and Diploma students, as well as on the MBA and undergraduate programmes.

Pegram runs Oxford Saïd’s programme of teaching and research called “Engaging with the Humanities”.  He helped to start the Oxford Cultural Heritage Programme, and is a member of the University's Thames Valley Country House Partnership Project.  He also coordinates a joint research programme with the University of Bologna on management and the humanities.  These initiatives link researchers with cultural institutions, policy leaders, development agencies, digital technology providers and civic officials.  Beyond Oxford, Pegram works with various cultural organisations on research into new business models for enhancing museum engagement.

Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museums

Diane Lees is the Director-General of Imperial War Museums, the cultural lead for the Centenary of the FWW. Diane is a Trustee of the IWM Development Trust and a Director of the IWM Trading Co. She is a trustee of The Gerry Holdsworth Special Forces Trust, and the Army Museums Ogilby Trust, and a judge of the Museum and Heritage Awards.

She currently chairs the National Museums Directors' Council, and in February 2014 was appointed to David Cameron's Holocaust Commission’s Commemoration Expert Group Committee. In April 2014, Diane was appointed to the University of Lincoln's Board of Governors.

Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director, Royal Shakespeare Company

Catherine Mallyon was appointed as Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2012. She is a Governor of the Company and a member of its Board.

Catherine was previously Deputy Chief Executive of Southbank Centre, the largest single-run arts centre in the world. Since 2005 she led all Southbank Centre operational activity and her major projects in that time included reopening Royal Festival Hall after refurbishment in 2007 and the renewal of Hayward Gallery in 2010.In her earlier career in arts management, Catherine was General Manager of Arts and Theatres at Reading Borough Council. There she managed all theatre and arts operations, programmed drama and classical music for the Hexagon and Concert Hall, and co-produced the WOMAD festival. Prior to that, she was General Manager at Oxford Playhouse, including the Burton Taylor Studio Theatre. Catherine trained in general arts administration on Arts Council England's bursary programme, after five years in the City as a trader and analyst. She plays violin regularly with the Oxford Sinfonia.

Steven Parissien, Director, Compton Verney Museum and Gallery

Professor Steven Parissien is Director of Compton Verney museum and gallery in Warwickshire. Born in London and raised in Buckinghamshire, Steven obtained both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Oxford: a 1st Class BA (from University College, Oxford) in 1981 and a doctorate in eighteenth-century architectural history in 1989. After working for the Georgian Group and English Heritage, in 1995 he was appointed Assistant Director of Yale University’s Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and, in 2003, Dean of Arts and Professor of Architectural History at the University of Plymouth. He joined Compton Verney in January 2009.

Steven has written extensively on architectural, transport and cultural history. His 12 books to date include Adam Style (Phaidon, 1992; Apollo magazine's Book of the Year for 1992 and The American Institute of Architects' Book of the Year Choice for 1993), George IV: The Grand Entertainment (John Murray, 2001), Interiors: The Home Since 1700 (Laurence King, 2008), The Life of the Automobile (Atlantic, 2013), English Railway Stations (English Heritage, 2014) and The Comfort of the Past: Building Oxford and Beyond 1815-2015 (2015). Steven is Visiting Professor of Architectural History and Visual Culture at Coventry University and Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford University. 

Robert Poynton, Associate Fellow, Said Business School

Robert Poynton designs, facilitates and runs workshops, programmes and retreats for executives and leaders (see He has developed an approach based on improvisational theatre to give executives an experience of key ideas and themes in leadership such as complexity, emergence, change and narrative. He works mostly with groups, but also advises individual clients (at organisations like the BBC or PwC). He co-founded On Your Feet, a US based consultancy that uses ideas, tools, methods and knowledge from improv to work with clients like Intel, Nike, Disney and GE. He also collaborates extensively with brand consultancy eatbigfish in London. 

He is an Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford and at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, where he has been a contributor to the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme since 2002. He has written two books entitled Everything’s an Offer and Do Improvise and is currently working on a new book (with Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner) entitled ‘Not Doing’. His work includes the design and creation of individual and group executive retreats to Spain, where he lives. He has also led courses on leadership, change and complexity at IE in Madrid, Ashridge Business School and Schumacher College. 

Robert has a BA Honours Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from New College, Oxford. After university he spent several years working in advertising as a strategic planner, where he spent time in agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, JWT and Bartle Bogle Hegarty in London, Madrid and Buenos Aires and developed a particular interest in creativity. He is married with three sons and lives in an off grid house in rural Spain.

Amanda Rigali, Director of Strategic Development, Cause4

Amanda graduated with a Ph.D. in English from King’s College London in 2000, and went on to work in the performing arts sector as a producer and manager.  After joining Arts Council England in 2004, Amanda worked on a wide brief across national arts investment and strategy, and from 2010 to 2013 served as Combined Arts and Touring Director where she created the highly successful Strategic Touring Programme and oversaw a significant increase in investment for Combined Arts organisations nationally.  

Amanda joined Cause4 in 2013, where she runs the national Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme and provides consultancy support to cultural and charitable organisations.  Programme success includes training 55 Arts Fundraising Fellows, creating a new national training programme in arts fundraising and delivering bespoke training sessions for groups, organisations and Arts Council England.  Recent consultancy work includes business development with Macclesfield Museums, a local government funding options analysis with Derby Museums and supporting staff at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to develop a fundraising plan for their new Cultural Hub.

Dr Keith Ruddle, Associate Fellow, Said Business School

Keith teaches, advises and works with top management teams from private and public sector organisations on the leadership of strategic and organisation change. Based at Oxford University since 1994 he has taught on many of the flagship top leadership courses including the Advanced Management and Leadership Programme, the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme, and Consulting and Coaching for Change, as well as on many of the custom company courses.

Keith's research interests include leadership of transformational change, strategic renewal, large-scale change, collaborative and complex change, and public service reform.He has taken a particular interest in recent years in working with politicians, central and local government on change and reform. This included a secondment to the UK Cabinet Office looking at leadership in the public sector. Keith has an MA from Cambridge University, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a DPhil in Management Studies from Oxford University. In his early career he ran the strategy practice at a major international consultancy. He lives in Chipping Norton and has been very involved locally including for many years as chair of the Chipping Norton Theatre, a thriving successful culture and performing arts centre and is joint editor of the local town newspaper.

Lucy Shaw, Programme Director, Oxford Cultural Leaders & Head of Oxford University Museums Partnership

Oxford University Museums Partnership is an Arts Council funded Major Partner Museum consortium (Ashmolean Museum, Museum of the History of Science, Pitt Rivers Museum and Museum of Natural History).  Lucy manages the partnership and works with the wider museum sector to deliver a programme of wide-ranging projects and activities from audience development, education and outreach, to collections management, conservation, and leadership and skills and knowledge sharing.  A major strand of her current work has been in developing Oxford Cultural Leaders, an international programme for museums, heritage and the arts, in partnership with the Saïd Business School.   

Lucy has over 20 years' experience of the museum sector and has worked with a wide variety of museums, galleries and related organisations, from voluntary run independents and local authority services to the nationals.  She started her career as a social history curator in the East Midlands before moving to working at a strategic level with national and regional agencies, professional bodies, and course providers.  Before joining the University of Oxford she was running a successful business as a consultant developing, leading and managing projects and programmes that focused on strategic development, organisational change and workforce diversity.

She is also a Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

Michael Smets, Associate Professor, Said Business School

Michael’s research focuses on leadership and the management of competing stakeholder demands in complex, ‘hybrid’ organisations. He is a lead author of the “CEO Report”, which was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2015 and has been widely covered in the media. Prior to that, he conducted a widely-noted “fly on the wall” study of Lloyd’s of London, one of the UK’s oldest financial institutions. 

At Saïd Business School, Michael teaches modules on leadership, motivation, teams, change and institutional complexity on customised executive education programmes for clients from banking, law, consulting, and accounting. His modules draw on his original research, as well as personal experiences from his time as an Oxford University varsity rower and men’s head coach at Green Templeton College, Oxford.

Michael is currently on the “40 under 40” list, recognizing the 40 best business school professors under the age of 40 worldwide. His research has appeared in leading management journals, academic handbooks and practitioner publications. It has been covered by the Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, the Guardian and other international media.

Professor Paul Smith, Director, Museum of Natural History

Paul Smith is Director of Oxford University Museum of Natural History and is also the chair of the Oxford University Museums Partnership, which is funded as a ‘major partner museum’ by Arts Council England.  Paul has worked in museums for over 25 years, an interest sparked during a research post at the Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge, which led in turn to a post at the national Geological Museum in Copenhagen and then to the Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham, where he spent much of his career as curator and then director.  

After a period as head of the multidisciplinary School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences in Birmingham, Paul moved to the University of Oxford in February 2012 to take up the directorship of the Museum of Natural History there.  His research interests range from geology into zoology, particularly the origin of animal groups and the geology of arctic areas, and in the museums arena has a particular interest in the use of digital technologies and public engagement in science.

Carole Souter, Master, St Cross College University of Oxford 

Carole took up office as Master of St Cross College in September 2016. Since 2003, Carole has been Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund, overseeing the distribution of over £400m a year to projects making a lasting difference to people and heritage across the UK.

She began her career in the civil service and has over 20 years’ experience of policy formulation and operational management in the Departments of Health, Social Security and the Cabinet Office. She has always been actively engaged in the charitable sector and is currently a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces; Creativity, Culture and Education; the Kent Wildlife Trust and the National Communities Resource Centre. She has recently been installed as a Lay Canon of Salisbury Cathedral. Carole has a BA in PPE from Jesus College, Oxford, an MA in Victorian Studies from the University of London and is a Fellow of the RSA, the Society of Antiquaries, and a member of the Academy of Urbanism. She is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and was awarded the CBE in 2011 for services to conservation. Carole is married with two adult children and is a heritage and culture enthusiast and a keen gardener.

Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford

In October 2014 Dr Alexander Sturgis became Director of the Ashmolean Museum having had a distinguished career as the Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath, since 2005. Whilst at the Holburne Dr Sturgis oversaw a renovation of the Museum that included a £13 million extension. Prior to becoming the Director of the Holburne Museum Dr Sturgis worked at the National Gallery, London, for 15 years, in various posts including Exhibitions and Programmes Curator from 1999-2005.

Dr Sturgis is an alumnus of University College, Oxford and the Courthauld Institute of Art, London.

Professor Anne Trefethen, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Services and University Collections and Chief Information Officer, University of Oxford

Professor Anne E. Trefethen is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Academic Services and University Collections, responsible for Libraries, Museums, Botanic Garden and Arboretum. She is also the Chief Information Officer and a Professor of Scientific Computing at the University of Oxford, and a former director of the Oxford e-Research Centre.

Anne has worked for almost 20 years in industry and academia with a focus on numerical algorithms and software, computational science and high-performance computing and in recent years more broadly on digitally enabled research. Before joining Oxford, Anne was Director of the UK e-Science Core Programme, having been the Deputy Director for four years. The Core Programme focussed on the generic issues for collaborative IT enabled research applications and the development of research infrastructure in collaboration with UK industry.

In her industry roles Anne has led the design and development of software products as Thinking Machines Coorporation in the USA and NAG Ltd in the UK.

In academia she has been a researcher and educator as well as an administrator. She was a researcher in parallel computing at the Cornell Theory Centre, one of the NSF our USA national HPC facilities; where she later became the Associate Director for Computational Support and Software and developed on-line educational courses and technology. Anne joined Oxford University in 2005 to set up an interdisciplinary research centre - the Oxford e-Research Centre - to facilitate interdisciplinary IT enabled research.

Dr Laura Van Broekhoven, Director, Pitt Rivers Museum

Dr Van Broekhoven took up her position as Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum in March 2016. Prior to this she was Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of Middle and South America at the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen (encompassing the Tropenmuseum, Volkenkunde and Afrika Museum) in the Netherlands and Assistant Professor of Archaeology at Leiden University.

Her current museological interests include the postcolonial praxis and museum futures, while her academic interests include the economics and life histories of indigenous merchants.

Dr Van Broekhoven led the European Union RIME project, which aimed to establish a network of European Ethnographic Museums, and she has headed the Leiden Network, an international network to counter illicit traffic of archaeological objects. She is a founding member of the European Association of Maya Studies and a Board Member of the Dutch Royal Institute of Cultures and Languages.

Yolanda Vazquez, Presenter/Coach, Olivier Mythodrama

Yolanda was born in the province of Cadiz in the south of Spain, moving to England at an early age. A graduate of The Drama Centre London, she is an Actor, Director and Theatre Practitioner and has enjoyed a long career in Theatre, Television, Film and Radio. Her theatre background includes the RSCS and The Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

In 2003 Yolanda was asked to join the education department as a freelance Globe Education Practitioner and has since had the privilege of working with and directing many students, teachers, actors and directors. She has also been heavily involved with the development of the Globe Education portfolio both nationally and internationally. In 2006 she developed and led a national training programme for all 260 English consultants for the secondary national strategies on behalf of the DFES (DFE). She is responsible for developing resources and publications for QCDA, Hodder Dynamic Learning and Arden Shakespeare, and still works at many high calibre drama schools. She also runs workshops internationally. 

In the last three years she has trained and become an affiliate of Olivier Mythodrama working as a presenter and tutor/coach on their programmes focusing on Inspirational leadership with companies such as Daimler, Oxford Said Business School, Axa, Avon, IESE and many other.

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