Christopher Jonas, CBE
Christopher Jonas, CBE, is Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Contemporary Art Society from August 2014. Chairman of Henderson International Income Trust plc, past appointments include senior adviser at Lazard, an independent director on the main board of British Railways, the Port of London Authority, Canary Wharf plc and the England board of Bank of Scotland. Jonas is a principal private equity investor in early stage companies.
Pro bono work has included Chairman of Goldsmiths University of London, immediate past Chairman of the Roedean School governing council and Chairman of the major arts restoration programmes at Tate Modern and the London Coliseum. He is a past President of the RICS and has been well known as a board adviser on property strategy for large corporations.
Jonas is also a photographer.
Educated at Haberdasher Aske’s Hampstead School, Michael Bradley is an Alumni of Westminster University where he studied Business Administration and Accountancy. He has also studied Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regents University, London.
Michael spent 35 years in the motor vehicle parts industry and was the founder of Trupart Automotive. After the company was sold in 1998 he became chairman and CEO of Boropex Holdings, a property development company.
Michael and his wife Philippa have been collectors of contemporary art for many years. They are past patrons of the Royal Academy and have been active supporters of the Contemporary Art Society for more than ten years. Michael is also a qualified private pilot and has a keen interest in motorsport in which he has participated for many years. He still drives regularly in motorsport events.
Dr Sabri Challah
Sabri Challah is a former Partner and Vice Chairman of Deloitte, where he held various leadership positions and served on both the UK and Global Boards. He worked as a consultant in the field of strategy and organisation design, serving clients in diverse sectors, including health, telecomms and media, and the public sector. He worked with the London Organising Committee for the London Olympics on a range of projects in the run up to the 2012 Games. He originally trained and worked as a doctor before moving into consultancy.
Tommaso Corvi-Mora began working with contemporary art as a curator and writer, then in galleries in Milan and in Cologne. In 1996 he opened the Robert Prime Gallery with Gregorio Magnani featuring artists such as Angela Bulloch, Isa Genzken, and Jim Isermann. In 2000 he opened Corvi-Mora, now in Kennington, representing both British and international artists, including Dee Ferris, Dominique Gonzalez Foerster and Roger Hiorns.
Simon Davenport is a barrister having become a silk in 2009, practising in civil fraud, insolvency and commercial cases. He has a lifelong interest in art, having also taken a BA in History of Art as well as a law degree. He has conducted a number of art related cases over the years, including high profile cases for the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
He has a passionate interest in collecting Modern British art and Viennese Actionism and has lent to numerous museums including a recent two-year hang of Viennese Actionism at Tate Modern. He is involved with Leeds University in reviving the Gregory Fellowship’s sponsorship of emerging artists.
Sarah Elson is an American art historian and collector with professional expertise as an adviser to private and corporate collections. A strong advocate for emerging artists, in 2014 she founded Launch Pad, a commissioning series open to the public by appointment and conducted from her home, that serves as a platform for artists who have never exhibited in the UK. She established an International Artist Residency at Princeton University where she serves on the Advisory Council of the museum, and a fellowship for UK-based craft artists at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, where she serves on the board. She is also a Trustee of Bow Arts Trust in London. Sarah chaired the Contemporary Art Society’s annual fundraiser Material Worlds in 2011 and Leap! in 2012.
Béatrice Lupton taught French at Dulwich College and Westminster School for 18 years. She was a member of the Education Advisory Board at Dulwich Picture Gallery for many years and has strongly supported the Department’s award-winning learning programmes. The unique Artmobile at the gallery was the result of James and Béatrice Lupton’s gift.
Béatrice has been involved with Grange Park Opera company and she currently chairs the £5 million Appeal for the Quiristers at Winchester College. She also sits on the recently created Public Education Committee at the Royal Institute of British Architects. She has a strong interest in all aspects of cultural life with a particular emphasis on contemporary art, design and craft.
Keith Morris is Chairman of Sabre Insurance Company and part owner of Binomial Group, its parent company. He has a number of roles within the insurance and finance sector including chairmanship of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, the body that compensates the victims of uninsured drivers, he serves on the Association of British Insurers General Insurance Council and the Financial Ombudsman Service industry steering group and until recently was a member of the Financial Services Authority Smaller Businesses Practitioner Panel. Keith and his wife Catherine Mason are keen supporters of the visual arts in the UK.
Valeria Napoleone is an art collector and patron to a select number of arts organisations. She is Head of the Development Committee at Studio Voltaire, a trustee of the Fashion Arts Foundation and one of the Global Council of New York University’s President, John Sexton.
Valeria received a BA from New York University’s Journalism School and an MA in Art Gallery Administration at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. Valeria’s collection focuses on female contemporary artists working internationally. Forming an exceptionally close bond with artists, Valeria has supported many of today’s most acclaimed artists at pivotal moments in their careers.
Richard Punt is CEO of Peerpoint, Allen & Overy’s flexible resourcing business, and responsible for the firm’s broader approach to service delivery. Formerly he was Managing Partner for Clients & Markets at Deloitte and played a role in many of the firm’s key strategic developments. He is a management consultant with experience in strategy, growth and innovation working with a range of clients particularly in the TMT and professional services sectors.
Cathy Wills is a contemporary art collector and long-standing advocate and supporter of artists and visual arts organisations nationally and internationally. Cathy studied History of Art at University of Manchester and completed a postgraduate degree in Enterprise and Management in the Creative Arts at the University of the Arts, London (UAL). She began her career in the arts in the 1970s working with Henry Lydiate at ArtLaw and founded the Lewis Johnson Gallery, of which she was the Director between 1978 and 1984. Cathy sat on the Board of Cornerhouse in Manchester for twenty years, standing down in 2004, and was a former Council Member of the North West Arts Board. Cathy is actively involved in numerous arts organisations, especially the Royal Academy’s Contemporary Circle and BFAMI (British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel), and is the founder of the Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarship for UAL and the Cathy Wills Sculpture Fund for the Contemporary Art Society. Cathy chairs the Collections Committee for the Contemporary Art Society.
Edwin Wulfsohn is Chairman of Stenham Group, a diversified wealth management business. He worked previously at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, London and Johannesburg, and is former Chairman and co-founder of Trans Zambezi Industries Limited. Edwin is a Trustee for the Caine Prize (a literary prize for African writers), Chelsea & Westminster Health Charity, the Chairmen’s Forum and the Foundation for Entrepreneuri Management, London Business School. Edwin is a keen collector of contemporary art.