Arts Cabinet is steered by the following Board of Trustees:

Stuart MacDonald is the Chair and co-founder of Arts Cabinet. He is a senior consultant in international cultural relations, advising the EU and Governments about their cultural diplomacy strategies. Prior to that, Stuart founded the Centre for Cultural Relations (now the Institute for International Cultural Relations) at the University of Edinburgh.  Stuart has 20+ years experience as a senior policy advisor to the UK and Scottish Governments on a range of topics including international relations, cultural policy and education.

Anthony Downey is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University, and, Editor-in-Chief, Ibraaz Publishing.

Carla Figueira is the Director of the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy and of the MA in Tourism and Cultural Policy at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Tom Fleming is a leading international expert on the creative economy and cultural policy. His work focuses on advising governments, municipalities and institutions across the world to develop effective research, policy, strategy and action. He is director of Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy.

Mark O’Neill was until recently Director of Policy and Research for Glasgow Life, the charity which delivers cultural services for the city of Glasgow. Prior to that, Mark was Head of Arts and Museums in the City of Glasgow. He publishes extensively and is an internationally known speaker, delivering keynote conference addresses around the world.  He has served on numerous committees, including the Getty Foundation’s Museum Leadership Institute in Los Angeles.

Nicholas Sharp is a London-based solicitor with Swan Turton LLP, specialising in advising artists and arts organisations on contracts, intellectual property and other legal issues. He is also the Director and co-founder of The Multiple Store, a not-for-profit organisation which commissions and sells limited editions by major contemporary artists.


Svetlana Sequeira Costa, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Arts Cabinet Svetlana is an arts and culture professional with over 20 years of international experience working with major artists, leading arts and cultural institutions globally.

Annabelle Boissier, Head of Research
Annabelle Boissier is a socio-anthropologist (Ph.D. from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, EHESS-Paris). Her research focusses on contemporary art worlds, writing processes in social sciences and alternative ways of producing knowledge. Annabelle has published extensively on art, politics and conflict with a focus on North Africa and South East Asia. She is developing Arts Cabinet’s research and dissemination strategies. 

Amy Woodgate, Head of Digital and Learning
Amy is an international consultant on online learning, open education and digital engagement. Amy is lead advisor for Arts Cabinet’s educational and digital-based activities, with consideration of strategy through to operational planning levels, advising on digital presence and creation of large-scale online learning experiences. Prior to this, she led the expansion of the University of Edinburgh’s online learning portfolio, including Massive Open Online Courses. She is now director of Woodgate Consulting:

External advisors

Alma Salem, Expert Advisor to the Board, Middle-East and North Africa:
Alma is an expert in Middle-East and North Africa arts, culture and heritage sectors, having worked 10 years for the Council in Beirut as Regional Arts manager for the MENA region. Alma is the Curator of the touring exhibition entitled ‘ Syria Third Space’ showcasing new works by Syrian artists in times of conflict, launched in London in January 2015, at The EU parliament building, Brussels June 2015 ‘ and in Belfast, January 2016.