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.
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.
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
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.