Diane Howse (Chair)

Diane Howse is an artist, curator and producer with extensive experience of developing a wide range of projects across the cultural spectrum.
She has worked with many different organisations throughout her career but has had a specific involvement with Harewood House Trust in Yorkshire; she has been instrumental in developing the trust’s cultural policy and has overseen a continuously changing programme of exhibitions and projects across Harewood by a wide range of practitioners. Her work there includes founding the Terrace Gallery in 1989. She was centrally involved in the development and presentation of a year-long programme of exhibitions and events at Harewood in 2007 commemorating the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade which culminated in a series of performances of Geraldine Connor’s theatrical spectacular Carnival Messiah. She was a friend and professional associate of Geraldine Connor and played a key role in establishing the Geraldine Connor Foundation after Geraldine’s death in 2011.

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Teo Connor

Teo Connor was Geraldine’s niece and currently works as a designer for Apple. With more than a decades worth of experience in design, Teo is an entrepreneurial individual who has directed her own companies and co-founded The W Project, a series of exhibitions and events which celebrates women in the creative industries. An inspirational woman herself, Teo is a keen collaborator and has been instrumental in mentoring young creatives all over London.

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Terence Suthers

Terence Suthers contributed over 40 years of his career to the museum and heritage sector and was the CEO of Harewood House from 1992 to his retirement in 2006. Terry became a close friend of Geraldine leading up to and during the production of Carnival Messiahat Harewood in 2007, when he helped raise the substantial external funding necessary to stage it. A Fellow of the Museums Association and the Royal Society of Arts, Terry was also made a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire and was awarded the MBE for services to museums and the heritage in Yorkshire.  He helped set up the Geraldine Connor Foundation and has been its Hon secretary since 2013.

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Pamela Johnson

Pam has worked for Arts Council England since 2003, initially as their North-West Dance Officer, and then as a Relationship Manager. She is currently a Senior Relationship Manager in the London office. Her role includes overseeing the London Combined Arts and Dance portfolios and the co-ordination of Arts Council England’s Strategic Partnerships including relationships with London local government. Pam trained in dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD). Previously she has worked as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and community education manager for various renowned organisations such as DV8, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Kokuma Dance Theatre, NSCD and more.

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Sylvie Nunn

Sylvie is a specialist charity law partner in the Charity and Social Economy Team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP. She is listed by the national legal directories The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a recognised expert in charity law (band 1 of the UK’s national rankings in Chambers) and has a particular interest in philanthropy, social investment, heritage charities, corporate foundations, faith-based charities and cross-border charities.

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Diane Dickson

Born in Egypt and refugee to France, Diane Dickson performed in ballets for many years across Egypt and Dijon and worked as a translator in France and England. Whilst in England, Diane met her husband and followed her passion by completing a City and Guild’s in fashion and design at Wharfdale College. In a generation where few woman worked, Diane successfully established her own fashion company, D.D.co, which has been running for over 35 years, supplying designs to 5,000 stores and several well-known brands on the high street. Geraldine Connor approached Diane to help in the commercial side of Carnival Messiah via fundraising. Diane continues to support the cause of the Foundation to this day.

Judith Hartley

Judith qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse and worked in a number of industries before moving into the charity sector in 2003 as Finance Director and Company Secretary of Northern Ballet Limited.

She has a wide-ranging remit at Northern Ballet with responsibility for areas such as HR, compliance, legal and secretarial and IT, in addition to her specialist knowledge of charity finance matters.

Earlier in her career Judith acted as a teacher, parish councillor and school governor and brings a strong financial knowledge to the Board of Trustees of the Geraldine Connor Foundation.

Ken Reid

Ken Reid was Director of Creative Arts at Leeds City College before retiring in July 2019 after 40 years of service. He currently chairs the Creative Engagement Advisory Group at Leeds Playhouse and is a trustee of Leeds Theatre In Education company. A number of Ken's students and staff were involved in both Carnival Messiah productions directed by Geraldine and he saw at first hand the huge growth in confidence, skill and ambition which the productions brought to the participants.