Oliver Preston, Chair
Oliver Preston's cartoons have been published in The Times, The Guardian, The Beano and Punch and he is the regular cartoonist for The Field Magazine. He has published 16 books, is a director of Beverston Press and has exhibited his cartoons at the Fine Art Society (1999) and The Mall Galleries (2014, 2016). He has been Chair of the Cartoon Art Trust since 2001, and set up the Cartoon Art Trust Awards in 1995. Oliver is a member of The British Cartoonists' Association and a member of DACS.
Lord Baker of Dorking CH, Vice-Chair
Lord Baker is a British Conservative politician most remembered for his time as Chairman of the Conservative Party, Education Secretary and Home Secretary during Margaret Thatcher's Prime Ministership. Lord Baker is the founder of the Baker Dearing Trust set up to promote the establishment of University Technology Colleges. Lord Baker has a great knowledge of political cartooning, is a collector, and has written a number of books on cartoons and caricature including several on the Georgian period.
Mike Russell, Treasurer
Mike Russell is a retired Accountant with over 40 years of experience in Senior Financial positions in business.
Prior to retirement in December 2014, he was for 9 years the Finance Director of the Zoological Society of London.Mike now devotes much of his time to supporting various Charities as a Trustee, Treasurer and Independent Financial advisor. His other interests include walking, travel and visiting Art collections.
Charlie Anderson is a barrister practising out of Clintons law firm in Covent Garden, not far from the Cartoon Museum. Charlie specialises in intellectual property law. His core client base is within the music industry but also deals regularly with cases relating to the visual arts. Charlie's great grandfather is the cartoonist H.M. Bateman who is said to have come up with the original conception of the museum dedicated to housing and exhibiting this country's cartoon art heritage.
Steve Bell's cartoons have been published all over the world; he has won numerous awards including Cartoon Art Trust Awards for Political and Strip cartooning, the What the Papers Say Cartoonist of the Year, the XXI Premio Satira Politica (Grafica estera) Forte Dei Marmi, The Political Cartoon Society Cartoon of the Year Award, the British Press Awards Cartoonist of the Year and the Channel 4 Political Humour Award. His most memorable images include John Major with his underpants worn outside his trousers, of Tony Blair with Margaret Thatcher's rogue eyeball, and of George W Bush as a chimpanzee.
Val Bott MBE
Val Bott is a museum and heritage consultant with over 25 years' experience of managing museums (including setting up those in LB Brent and LB Wandsworth from scratch) and was for four years Deputy Director of the Museums & Galleries Commission. Val chairs the committee of 10 local and family history societies which puts on the annual West London Local History Conference and edits the Newsletter of the Friends of Gunnersbury Park & Museum. Val has also chaired the William Hogarth Trust 2011-2017, is Honorary Secretary to the Thames Explorer Trust and joined the board of the Cartoon Museum in 2014.
Julian Bower is a chartered accountant who started his career as a partner in Binder Hamlyn & Co., and has subsequently been a director of two merchant banks. As well as a spell of public service he has spent much of his career assisting smaller and medium sized organisations, usually as an involved non-executive director.
Martin Rowson is a British editorial cartoonist and novelist and chairman of the British Cartoonist's Association; his cartoons feature frequently in The Guardian and The Independent. Martin has also illustrated novels such as 'The Sweet Smell of Psychosis: A Novella' by Will Self and The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, and brilliantly translated the classic Gulliver's Travels to a graphic novel format.
Shepard (Colie) Spink
Colie Spink is a Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP and currently leads the firm's European Private Equity Performance Improvement practice. He has over 25 years experience as an operator and an adviser in healthy growth businesses. Before A&M, Colie served as an operating partner with BA Capital Partners Europe, a Managing Director and Head of Bank of America's European emerging markets investment banking division, and in various management positions with Macy's in New York. He joined the Cartoon Museum board in 2014.
Sheila O’Connell retired at the end of October 2015 after more than thirty years in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, acting for most of that time as curator of British prints up to the late 19th century. Among the prints for which she had responsibility were the Museum’s outstanding collection of satires and those, together with cheap prints at the bottom of the market, have been her chief academic interest.