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Andrew is Principal of Plymouth College of Art and Honorary Professor of Fine Art at Shanghai University. A former Principal of Dartington College of Arts, he has held a number of academic and public appointments; as Chair of the South West Regional Council and national council member of Arts Council England; and as Vice-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group on Higher Education (PMI2), amongst others.
He is a poet, and author of fifty journal and catalogue essays, chiefly on contemporary glass art. A book-length monograph on his contribution to post-1949 Art & Design education in China was published in Shanghai in March 2011. His international work as an educator has involved the catalytic development of academic programs in China, South Africa and the UK; as well as international public art projects and arts consultancy. His poetry publications include Via (Wild Honey Press, 2010) and he is cited in ‘Poetry after 1970’ in The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Richard has over 30 years experience as a corporate lawyer in the City and then the South West advising businesses and charities on their corporate and commercial legal affairs especially focusing on strategic change. Prior to his retirement he was a corporate partner at Foot Anstey Solicitors, and still acts as a consultant to them.
He is now chairman of South West Investment Group, which provides funding to businesses across the region, and also a non-executive director and trustee of other companies and charities.
Mark is the Corporate Finance Partner in Francis Clark, Chartered Accountants. He is responsible for Corporate Finance activities throughout the firm. Mark is Treasurer for Plymouth Arts Centre and has actively strengthened the charities accounting reporting and systems.
Tanya is a registered Architect with over 12 years of practice experience. She established the Architecture Centre Devon and Cornwall, an independent community interest company in June 2006.
Educated at Cambridge University and University College London, Tanya was an associate of Foster and Partners where she worked for 10 years. After leaving Fosters in 2003 she joined Sonnemann Toon Architects, a small design practice in central London as a partner. She has worked on a very wide range of projects and on both public and private commissions in Europe and in the UK.
Tanya’s role as director of the Architecture Centre Devon and Cornwall is to raise public awareness of design issues, to promote built environment education and to support local authorities in achieving high design aspiration and outcomes,- through training programmes, community consultation, design review, advocacy events and project work.
Alan Qualtrough is a former editorial director of Northcliffe Newspapers (SW) and editor-in-chief of the Plymouth Herald and Western Morning News. He arrived in Plymouth in 2001 after a career in national newspapers as a reporter with the Daily Mail, Daily Express and Mirror Group.
Since retiring in 2012 he has completed a BA (Hons) and a Masters in graphic design at Plymouth College of Art. He runs his own design and communications studio and is interested in cinema, books, football, typography and letterpress printing.