Our Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees (Directors) of Pallant House Gallery (Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee)
Mr John Ayton MBE
Chair of the Board of Trustees
John studied history at Oxford University, subsequently qualifying as a lawyer before becoming an entrepreneur and investor in public and private companies specialising in consumer businesses, retail and hospitality.
He has a longstanding interest in the arts and an established relationship with Pallant House Gallery; as a Patron and having launched the first Development Board in 2007. John was Chair of the Cass Sculpture Foundation until 2018 and subsequently co-founder of The Sculpture Partnership, which holds an important 20th century British sculpture collection. He has extensive experience of fundraising, for business development and in the not-for-profit sector, including the London 2012 Olympics and Royal Court Theatre. John has lived near Chichester for over 25 years.
John chairs Pallant House Gallery’s Capital Projects Committee and serves on the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee, the Nominations Committee and the Governance Working Group.
Ms Jane Weeks
Jane is a Museums and Heritage consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the sector, during which time she has worked with a wide variety of organisations and statutory bodies both in the UK and overseas.
She is currently deputy Chair of the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust, Brighton. She is a former chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund Regional Committee for the South East and a former deputy Chair of the Churches Conservation Foundation.
Jane is Deputy Chair of the Board, Chair of the Nominations Committee and serves on the Capital Projects Committee and the Learning & Public Programmes Advisory Group.
Mrs Elizabeth Davis
Elizabeth is a non-practising solicitor, with a broad range of experience in the corporate, charities and not-for-profit sectors. She was formerly a Partner at Blake Morgan LLP and Head of their Charities Team.
Elizabeth also serves on Pallant House Gallery’s Finance, Audit, & Risk Committee, the Nominations Committee and the Governance Working Group.
Mr Aki Abiola
Aki is an Executive Director of Morgan Stanley and has worked in investment banking for 15 years. A keen sports enthusiast, he has represented England in both Athletics and Rugby at junior level. Aki is a graduate of Cambridge University, where he read History, and joins Pallant House as the youngest member of the Board, bringing experience as an avid collector and member of one of Tate’s Acquisition Committees.
Aki serves on Pallant House Gallery’s Development Advisory Group.
Cllr Clare Apel
Clare is a long-standing City and District Councillor. She was Mayor of Chichester in 1996/97 and for the last eight years she chaired the Scrutiny Committee on the District Council. In May 2019, she became Deputy Chair of Chichester District Council and is Chair of Community Affairs on the City Council. In addition to her political career, Clare worked for 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry.
Clare also serves on Pallant House Gallery’s Finance, Audit & Risk Committee.
Mr. Zachary Leonard
Zach is Chief Executive, Independent Digital News & Media, Ltd, and a Board Director of the Newspaper Licensing Association (NLA Media Access). He holds an MA in the History of Art and is a former Trustee of the Contemporary Art Society.
Zach also serves on Pallant House Gallery’s Commercial & Communications and Collections & Exhibitions Advisory Groups.
Mr Charles D Z Martin
Charles is a lawyer and was the Senior Partner of Macfarlanes LLP between 2008 and 2020, specialising in international mergers and acquisitions. Today he is a Senior Advisor to both Macfarlanes and Rothschild & Co. He is a trustee of the 29 May 1961 Trust, Outside In and The Visitors Art Foundation.
Charles is also a member of Pallant House Gallery’s Governance Working Group.
Mr Roger Mavity
Roger is a writer and photographer. He started his career in advertising, founding Mavity Gilmore Advertising in the early 1980s and was subsequently CEO, Granada Leisure; Chairman, Citigate PR; and CEO, The Conran Group.
He is a former trustee of the William Morris Gallery and The Photographers Gallery.
Roger is Chair of Pallant House Gallery’s Commercial & Communications Advisory Group.
Ms Jackie Russell
Jackie spent over twenty-five years working internationally in the finance industry, including at Morgan Stanley. She holds an MBA and an MA in History of Art. She is a non-Executive Director of a number of private companies and is a Trustee of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the PGC UK Charitable Trust.
She is Chair of Pallant House Gallery’s Development Advisory Group, and serves on the Collections & Exhibitions Advisory Group.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Tyrie of Chichester
Andrew has been Chairman of the Competition and Markets Authority since June 2018. He was MP for Chichester from 1997 to 2017. He is a former Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, and was Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.
Andrew serves on Pallant House Gallery’s Finance, Audit & Risk Committee.
Mr Mark Washer
Mark is a qualified chartered accountant and CEO of Sovereign Housing Association, which provides almost 60,000 homes across the South and South West of England.
He is a Trustee of Leadership 2025, which aims to increase the number of people from ethnic minorities in the housing sector, and he has served on the Boards of the South London Gallery, Stonewall and Citizens Advice where he chaired their Audit & Risk Committee.
Mark is Chair of Pallant House Gallery’s Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and serves on the Capital Projects Committee.