Meet the board members of Punch that support and reflect the diversity of our work, with expertise in youth, business, arts and media, we work closely with the board to continue our journey to Transform Lives Through Music.
Having qualified with an honours degree in psychology, Rob began working in the social care sector as a front line worker and then in a range of executive management positions before setting up his own Interim Management Consultancy in 2003.
He continues to work as an advisor to boards of directors and executive teams across the creative, social and charitable sectors, specialising in the areas of governance and business recovery.In addition Rob has had an involvement of almost 25 years in the creative industries including tour and stage management, concert promotion, and artist management, with acts signed to A&M, Polydor, Peppermint Jam, PRA (USA) and various independent labels. His music and film work has taken him to Africa, India and the Middle East. Rob is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Patricia is the director of Shiny Productions a new arts and community consultancy based in the southwest delivering community engagement and producing cultural festivals. Patricia has over 22 years of experience of education, the arts and the cultural sector. She has been a senior lecturer at Birmingham, Newman, and Birmingham City universities, arts and young peoples’ manager for Birmingham city council and head of learning and participation at the UK centre for carnival arts.
Patricia has led initiatives including the national Gallery 37 plus programme, a national roll out of the Birmingham-based young peoples arts summer school. She developed Birmingham’s children and young people in the arts entitlement framework and strategy – “A Creative Future” – and was CEO of the Gallery 37 foundation.
Deirdre Figueiredo has worked as a curator and manager in the field of visual arts, craft and museums over the past 20 years and has developed particular expertise in diversity and audience development issues. In a wider role she contributes to a range of advisory panels, boards and steering groups including being a recent member of the Arts Council’s Regional Council and currently part of an RFO Advisory Group.
She is one of two people leading a Crafts Leadership Network as part of the national Cultural Leadership Programme. Deirdre is currently the Director of Craftspace which works in partnership with makers and artists, audiences, venues and a diverse range of organisations to push boundaries and perceptions around contemporary crafts practice, touring exhibitions and audience development. In the 2010 New Year’s Honours list Deirdre was awarded an MBE for her services to the arts and young people.
Monica Coke has a background in Economic Regeneration Policy and West Midlands Inward Investment.
Monica a social entrepreneur is a founding member of the Birmingham Ishango after school Science Club that helps African-Caribbean children achieve their dreams to become doctors, scientists, teachers and engineers.
She is also the Friends of Princess Margaret Hospital UK amongst other active voluntary community groups and organisations. Monica is currently assisting the Birmingham Jamaican Consul Support processing Jamaica passport and immigration matters.
Kevin is a specialist in organisational change and is renowned for his work with leadership teams and culture. Most of his employed career was with Diageo and Cadbury Schweppes – he had the privilege of working in Latin America, Australia, the US and many parts of Europe.
His practice nowadays includes working as a consultant across commercial and not for profit sectors and he is the Director of the ‘Ashridge Masters in Organisational Change’ – a unique programme now in its 18th year. He has always been a passionate advocate for the creative sector and, as well as his role as a Board Member, he has acted as strategy adviser, coach and mentor to a diversity of arts organisations and artists. His doctoral thesis: The Consultant as Curator, was the result of an extensive research project into the art and practice of curating in a wide range of contemporary contexts.
Dewi is Passionate about the development of young people and has an interest in music, the arts and culture. He has been in Birmingham since leaving school at 16 and has a strong background in finance and relationship development.
For the last seven years Dewi has been working at The Princes Trust managing a team across the West Midlands and East Midlands consisting of 800 volunteers ensuring; that relationships are built with positive outcomes achieved for the princes clients and the best possible experience for volunteers.
He is responsible for recruitment, training engagement and retention of a wide range of volunteers to support Princes Trust programmes for young people creating opportunities for employment and training.
For nearly 35 years, Yvonne Thompson, as an entrepreneur has worked in the Communications, Marketing and PR industry. During this time she has advised corporates, public sector, educational establishments and government, developing a stellar reputation as being an activist and a campaigner for supporting women and minorities in business, as well as tirelessly championing equality and diversity, particularly in the workplace.
Noting the similarities in inequality between race and gender, and working with future leaders in corporates, she is keen to further put the spotlight on the invaluable social impact that inclusivity, diversity and leadership skills bring to the empowerment and advancement of minorities across the UK and globally.
Dr Thompson has contributed to many consultations, reports and books on equality and diversity including the recent Kings Fund Research on “”Embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the Workplace” and the recently published Sir John Parker Review “Beyond One by 21” looking at race diversity on boards supported by EY.
Amarno Inai who has recently joined the Board through the ‘Youth on boards’ scheme at 21, is an Upcoming Visual Artist who‘s main works include Fine Art as well as political and graphical Art.
After years of studying Art A-level, an Art foundation course and most recently a graduate of Gallery 37, he has begun to pursue Visual Art as a permanent career. He has provided insight and worked with the BBC and other community organisations on improving local communities and youth engagement.
Most recently Amarno serves as the chair of Think Tank Punch a youth board that works as an advisory group to the board of directors. Amarno is passionate about creating and solidifying community bonds within urban communities by developing creative outreach programs that empower and inspire.