Board of Directors

We are governed by a Board of Directors who bring a wide range of talents and experience to DACS. The Board includes artists, lawyers and other professionals with an interest in artists and their intellectual property. The Board ensures that DACS fulfils its mission to translate rights into revenue and recognition for visual artists. 

  • Neil Burgess

    Neil Burgess

    Neil has extensive experience in the photography sector in various roles as an agent, editor, collector and curator. He was Director of Magnum Photos for seven years and founded Magnum Photos’ first London office. He was Managing Editor of Network Photographers also for seven years and subsequently has run his own business NB Pictures since 2002. Early on in his career, he was also Director of the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool.

  • Julia Crabtree

    Julia Crabtree

    Julia Crabtree is a practising artist who has been collaborating with William Evans since 2006. They were recipients of the Nina Steward Artist Residency at South London Gallery, the Mary Hofstetter Legacy Scholarship for the New Materiality Residency at the Banff Centre Canada and are Wysing Art Centre residency alumni. They are currently working on a garden commission for Flat-Time House with writer Alice Hattrick. Solo exhibitions include Slip, Henry Moore Institute, Leed; Cell Project Space, London, South London Gallery and Legion TV, London. Recent commissions include Gulch, exhibited at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff and Crutch shown as part of Maximum Overdrive at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea. Julia works as a lecturer at the University of Reading and the Royal College of Art.

  • Jonathan Gosling

    Jonathan Gosling

    Jonathan manages (with help from DACS) the estate of painter Keith Vaughan. He is Emeritus Professor of Leadership at the University of Exeter, and is active in teaching, research and HE governance around the world. He has served on Boards of several charities, institutes and government agencies including the Fintry Trust and the Defence Academy.

  • Margaret Heffernan, Chair

    Margaret Heffernan, Chair

    Margaret is an entrepreneur, writer and collector. She has been Chief Executive of five companies and is currently Professor of Practice at University of Bath’s School of Management. Margaret has extensive Board experience in both the commercial and non-profit sectors and is also the author of 6 books and 5 plays.

  • Rut Blees Luxemburg

    Rut Blees Luxemburg

    Rut’s work as an artist and photographer concerns the representation of the city and the phenomenon of the urban. Her work ranges from large-scale photographic works, public art installations and operatic mis-en-scene. She has recently completed a major public artwork for the façade of Westminster City Hall: The Silver Forest. Rut is a Reader in Urban Aesthetics at the Royal College of Art and is founder and co-director of an experimental art production space, FILET. Photo credit: Rhianne Clarke

  • Mary Moore

    Mary Moore

    Mary Moore is the daughter of the late sculptor Henry Moore. She founded the Henry Moore Foundation with her parents between 1975 and 1977 and currently looks after the Henry Moore family estate. Mary is a member of DACS and joined the Board in 2014.

  • James Nadin

    James Nadin

    James is a barrister, specialising in commercial law. He has nearly 20 years’ experience of complex litigation and arbitration, across a broad range of industries (banking, telecoms, utilities, etc). He is a keen collector of contemporary art and photography, and recently founded a business to help promote prints and editions, particularly those raising funds for charities and institutions.

  • Gajinder Panesar

    Gajinder Panesar

    Gajinder has been into technology for nearly 40 years. He is currently a Fellow within Siemens EDA, having joined through the acquisition of UltraSoC where he served as Chief Technology Officer. He holds a BSc in Cybernetics and Computer Science and an MSc in Electronics System Design.

  • Janette Parris

    Janette Parris

    Janette Parris is a practising artist whose work uses narrative and humour to investigate the contemporary urban experience. She has exhibited nationally and interationally, including Tate Britain & Modern, I.C.A, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Kunsthaus Zürich and Hayward Gallery Touring.

  • Frederique Pierre-Pierre

    Frederique Pierre-Pierre

    Frederique holds a Master Law Degree from the University of Sorbonne and a LLM from King’s College London. Frederique practiced as a lawyer before joining the financial sector in which she has extensive experience both in investment banking and asset management. Her last executive role was Chief Operating Officer for the CIO office of Deutsche Bank Asset Management. Her Trustee and Non-Executive Director experience includes Matt’s Gallery and the Henry Moore Foundation. Photo credit: Suki Dhanda

  • Jane Wilson

    Jane Wilson

    Jane Wilson is a practising artist and Research Professor in Art at the University of Wolverhampton. She collaborates with her twin sister Louise Wilson, specialising in photographic and video works. She is a member of DACS and joined our Board in 2014.