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Our Board of Directors guide us in the physical and intellectual preservation of the UK’s cultural heritage, making artists’ works and archives accessible for present and future generations. They bring a wealth of artistic and professional expertise to DACS Foundation, from the visual arts sector and beyond.
Keir McGuinness, Chair
Keir McGuinness is a management consultant who for the past 14 years has specialised in working with galleries, artists and creative businesses. Formerly a company and commercial lawyer with 25 years’ experience of working with retail clients, Keir is also, among other things, a former Trustee and Chair of Whitechapel Gallery, a former Chair of the Patrons of New Art at Tate Britain and a Turner Prize juror. He is currently a Trustee of Chisenhale Gallery, of the Marie Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust and of the Felix Trust. He is the Chair of the Patrons of the Royal Academy Schools, a patron of the British Museum and Vice-Chair of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association.
Cortina is the daughter of the sculptors Reg Butler and Rosemary Young and Director Literature at the British Council. She has spent her career in book publishing working extensively with visual images and intellectual property. Cortina also joined DACS' Board in 2013.
Brendan Finucane QC
Brendan was a Trustee of Tate Members and the Council of British Museum Friends for over a decade. He was also a Trustee of Paintings in Hospitals. He was a Director of Artlaw Services, an organisation giving free legal advice to artists, a Director of Fine Art Journals Ltd which published Modern Painters, and a director of the East 73rd Gallery Ltd, a gallery set up to show the work of young contemporary artists. Brendan was a DACS Board Member from 2010 until 2016. He is a Trustee of Pallant House Gallery, the City and Guilds of London Art School, a member of the Finance Committee of the Art Fund, Chair of the Art Partners, and a Member of the Council of the Royal Academy and Chair of the Ethics Advisory Group of the Royal Academy.
Melanie Gerlis became the weekly art market columnist for the Financial Times in September 2016. She was previously Art Market Editor for The Art Newspaper, reporting on auctions, art fairs and market news globally since 2007.
Before entering the art world, Melanie worked for ten years at Finsbury, a strategic communications and investor relations firm, advising investment banks, hedge funds and other financial services clients.
She has a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Her book, ‘Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets’, was published by Lund Humphries in 2014.
René Gimpel is an art dealer and gallerist from a family of art dealers stretching back to 1883, with galleries in London and Paris. He occasionally contributes articles on issues of cultural politics.
Herman Lelie is a graphic designer. For more than 20 years, he has specialised in designing with artists and art organisations. He has designed publications for internationally-renowned artists including Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin, Ai Weiwei, Gilbert and George, Cornelia Parker and Richard Long. He has designed visual identities for major exhibitions at institutions including the Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and Kettle’s Yard. Herman is also a Board Director of DACS.
Born in Lithuania, Indre Serpytyte is an artist whose work deals with the impact of war on history and perception. After graduating from the University of Brighton, Indre received her MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in 2009. Her work has received widespread recognition and has been included in exhibitions at the Tate Modern, MOMA, Museum Folkwang and the MOCAK. She is based in London.
Mark Stephens, CBE is an avid art collector and son of a fine artist. As a senior partner at law firm, Howard Kennedy, he has undertaken some of the highest profile cases in cultural property law and litigation. He is regularly in the media, often appearing on TV and radio. In 2011, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Law and the Arts. Mark is currently the Chair of DACS, Cultural Property Committee of the International Bar Association and the University of East London, and former Chair of the Contemporary Art Society (having served 27 years on their board). He is also Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation and President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.