Tim Joss is Aesop’s founder and Chief Executive. He is a social and cultural entrepreneur who has founded several organisations including the Bath Literature Festival, National Numeracy and, most recently, the Arts Impact Fund, the first arts-specific social investment fund (with Arts Council England, Cabinet Office, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Gulbenkian Foundation and Nesta). Tim was appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005.
Aesop’s trustees are:
- Peter Daniel, partner in the London law firm Collyer Bristow, named four times as one of E-Private Client’s ‘Top 35 Under 35’ and named a rising star in Thomson Reuters’ 2015 list of ‘Super Lawyers’.
- Professor Stephen Clift, Director of the Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health and Executive Editor of the international ‘Arts & Health’ journal.
- Mark Hampton, Group Chief Financial Officer of Collinson Group with a deep background in healthcare in the UK and the US
- Vivienne Parry OBE, writer and broadcaster, and former Vice Chair of UCL Council and council member of the Medical Research Council .
Karen Hamilton is Dance to Health’s Project Manager. Following a photography degree, she worked on community projects and policy in the voluntary sector for 20 years. She is a strong champion of user-led community development – working with local people on creative solutions to life’s challenges, many using the arts to improve health and wellbeing. Karen’s role unites her voluntary sector skills with her passion for the arts.
Emma Williams is the first Aesop Fellow and the most recent addition to the Aesop team. With a Master’s degree in Arts Management, Policy and Practice and a background working for both community arts festivals and within the arts and social care sector, she is passionate about using the arts for social good, and excited about contributing to the strategic work of Aesop over the coming year.