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Nina Williams (neé Gabo), Patron

Nina Williams (neé Gabo), Patron

Nina Williams, with her mother, took on the responsibility for looking after the work of her father, sculptor Naum Gabo, after his death in 1977. She married Graham Williams in 1982 and together they continue to look after Gabo's work. Nina Williams served for twenty years as a Trustee before becoming Patron of the Gabo Trust.

Nina Williams (neé Gabo), Patron

Derek Pullen, Patron

Derek Pullen, Patron

Trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art, Derek Pullen helped to establish the sculpture conservation section at the Tate Gallery. He has published and lectured on the materials and techniques of modern and contemporary sculptors including Naum Gabo. Now director of SculpCons, an independent sculpture conservation company, he is also a board member of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association and the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art.

Derek Pullen, Patron

Graham Williams, Patron

Graham Williams, Patron

Graham Williams set up the Gabo Trust in 1988 on behalf of Miriam Gabo, widow of Naum Gabo and the Trust's first Patron. He held the position of Chairman of the Trust until 2012. After a career in advertising and publishing, Graham Williams went his own way as an artist in 1972, making limited edition books, original prints and sculpture. He is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. For more information about his work click here.

Graham Williams, Patron

Ann Elliott

Ann Elliott

Ann Elliott is an independent curator who organises exhibitions and manages a portfolio of visual arts projects. Her clients are wide ranging, and include private collectors, the corporate sector, museums and galleries, local authorities and cultural organisations. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In addition to her work for the Gabo Trust, Ann Elliott serves on Crossrail’s Round Table for their Public Art Programme and is a Trustee of the Kenneth Armitage Foundation.

Ann Elliott

Jacki Heuman

Jacki Heuman

Jackie Heuman joined the sculpture conservation department at Tate in 1986 and later became joint head of the sculpture section. She is now co-director of SculpCons, an independent company that specialises in the conservation of modern  sculpture. Her interests include the conservation of contemporary materials and technical art history. She has published widely on the conservation of modern sculpture including editing the books From Marble to Chocolate, The Conservation of Modern Sculpture  and Material Matters.

Jacki Heuman

Ben Joseph

Ben Joseph

Ben Joseph is a founding partner of Westgrove Partners, a company working in Investment Management, Corporate Finance, Financial and Legacy planning for a select group of international families. This follows nine years with Nevsky Capital LLP, a hedge fund where he was a Global Partner, and before that three years with Ernst and Young where he qualified as a chartered accountant within their Corporate Finance Division. Ben Joseph is also a Trustee and non-executive director of the Royal Academy of Arts Friends’ Board and has worked with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea public art panel. He was recently appointed a Director of Urban Legacies Limited.

Ben Joseph

Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith is Head of Conservation at the V&A. She is an accredited conservator and Fellow of International Institute of Conservation (IIC) and the Society of Antiquaries (FSA). With an overview for the long term care of the V&A collections which includes contemporary design,  she has a particular interest in the research into the conservation and preservation of modern materials and the associated development of conservation practice to ensure these collections can be accessible to future generations. Sandra has taken a role in the development of the conservation profession as the Co-ordinator of the Ceramics and Glass working group of ICOM-CC, participating in working groups within ICON to develop career opportunities and education strategies in conservation. She is the Senior Judge of the Nigel Williams Award and was Treasurer of IIC and ICON.

Sandra Smith

Professor Gareth Williams

Professor Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams is Professor of Design and Head of the Design Department in the School of Art and Design at Middlesex University, London. Formerly a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he curated innovative exhibitions of contemporary design, latterly Gareth was Senior Tutor of Design Products and Reader in Design Curating at the Royal College of Art. He has published widely including ‘Telling Tales, fantasy and fear in contemporary design’ (2009), and ‘Design, an essential introduction’ (2015). 

Professor Gareth Williams

Lianne Jarrett and Rachel Cunningham

Lianne Jarrett and Rachel Cunningham

In addition to their highly distinctive and imaginative press campaigns, Lianne Jarrett Associates also carry out project management services for a number of organizations. They undertake secretarial work for the Gabo Trust, as well as running the Trust’s Twitter Account and writing their newsletters.

Lianne Jarrett and Rachel Cunningham