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.

  • Cortina Butler

    Cortina Butler

    Cortina is the daughter of the sculptors Reg Butler and Rosemary Young and Director of Literature at the British Council. She has spent her career in book publishing working extensively with visual images and intellectual property. Cortina also sits on the Art360 Foundation Board of Directors.

  • Julia Crabtree

    Julia Crabtree

    Julia Crabtree graduated with an MA from Slade School of Fine Art in 2013. She is a practicing artist who collaborates exclusively with William Evans. Their work is interested in the sculptural transformation of material both in physical and virtual space. They have undertaken residencies at South London Gallery, Wysing Arts Centre and recently at the Banff Centre, Canada. They have exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Auto-Italia, Modern Art Oxford and Tate Modern.

  • 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 and currently sits on the Boards of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, the London Library and FilmBath which she chairs.

  • Herman Lelie

    Herman Lelie

    Herman is a graphic designer. For more than 20 years, he has specialised in designing with artists and art organisations. Herman joined the DACS Board in 2009.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Niru Ratnam

    Niru Ratnam

    Niru Ratnam is Director of KÖNIG LONDON. Prior to this he co-founded STORE and was Director of Aicon Gallery. As well as being an experienced gallerist, Ratnam has written about contemporary art for over twenty years.

  • Sarah Taylor Silverwood

    Sarah Taylor Silverwood

    Sarah Taylor Silverwood is a practising artist. She has lectured at Birmingham City University and the University of Warwick, and been a Board member for Bright Space and a Programming Committee Member for Eastside Projects, Birmingham.

  • 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.

  • Nick Whitaker

    Nick Whitaker

    Nick is a Chartered Accountant and former accountancy firm partner. He has substantial experience as a Non-Executive Director including with the Intellectual Property Law Regulation Board, Business Continuity Institute and the Science Council amongst others. Nick is also a former Trustee of the Open College of Arts (which merged with the University of the Creative Arts).