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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

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

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

Ann Elliott, Patron

Ann Elliott, Patron

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, Patron

Professor Gareth Williams, Chair of Trustees

Professor Gareth Williams, Chair of Trustees

Gareth Williams is Professor of Design and Head of the Design Department in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries 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, Chair of Trustees

Jackie Heuman, Trustee

Jackie Heuman, Trustee

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'.

Jackie Heuman, Trustee

Robert Lisney OBE, Trustee

Robert Lisney OBE, Trustee

Bob is a trustee of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association and Art UK where he has been involved with the sculpture recording project. He retired in 2014 to spend more time on arts related interests. At that time he was a consultant specialising in strategic policy and business development advice associated with the effective use and recovery of material resources. 

Bob gained his wealth of experience from the UN, EU, and from UK Government whilst working as Assistant Director Environment for Hampshire County Council. His award-winning joint paper ‘From Waste to Resource Management’ created a wide and continuing national debate about moving from a ‘waste ‘focussed culture to a material efficiency economy. He has held many national representative roles including; Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Packaging, Chairman of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Resources and Waste Strategy group, the first Chairman of the Resource Recovery Forum and is an alumnus of the Prince of Wales’s Business and the Environment programme. In 2000 he was chosen as Municipal Engineer of the year and was awarded the OBE. 

Robert Lisney OBE, Trustee

Sandra Smith, Trustee

Sandra Smith, Trustee

Sandra Smith is Head of Collection Care at the British Museum. She is an accredited conservator and Fellow of International Institute of Conservation (IIC) and the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) and Vice president of IIC.  With an overview for the long-term care of the BM collection, 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 has been the Senior Judge of the Nigel Williams Award and Treasurer of IIC and ICON.

Sandra Smith, Trustee

Dr Jon Wood, Trustee

Dr Jon Wood, Trustee

Dr Jon Wood is an independent art historian and curator, specialising in modern and contemporary sculpture. He studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art and worked at Henry Moore Institute for twenty years on its research programmes and exhibitions, including: The Sculpture Collections (2018), David Dye: Devices (2017), City Sculpture Projects 1972(2016), Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986 (2015, Arts Council), 1913: The Shape of Time (2012) and United Enemies: The Problem of Sculpture in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s (2011).

Jon also worked as a co-editor of the Sculpture Journal, an international academic journal, for five years and his other co-edited publications include: Contemporary Sculpture: Artists’ Writings and Interviews (2019), Modern Sculpture Reader (2007 & 2012) and Articulate Objects: Voice, Sculpture, and Performance (2009). He recently co-curated Tony Cragg at Boboli Gardens (2019) with the Uffizi Museum in Florence and Dialectical Materialism: Aspects of British Sculpture since 1960 (2019) with Karsten Schubert Ltd in London. 

Dr Jon Wood, Trustee

Lianne Jarrett and Rachel Cunningham, Secretary

Lianne Jarrett and Rachel Cunningham, Secretary

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, Secretary