Jason brings significant and extensive experience of creative, cultural and digital-led innovation and regeneration, having worked with and for many of the UK and Europe’s leading agencies, including Arts Council England, Creative England, Creative Europe, Creative Industries Federation, Screen Skills, Nesta and Innovate UK.
As a member of the Board of Trustees for Artswork, Jason is passionate about creative and cultural education and supporting and developing new talent, skills development and creative entrepreneurship.
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Samara is a non-practising Solicitor (England & Wales). She has compiled reports for the Economist Intelligence Unit, worked offshore as Senior Supervisory Manager for the Jersey Financial Services Commission and as an in-house Trustee legal Counsel for a number of high profile fiduciary institutions including as Head of Business Control Unit (compliance, risk and legal) at Standard Bank Isle of Man. On the UK mainland, Samara acted as a Head of Fund Derivatives Legal at Deutsche Bank, one of largest multinational investment bank and financial services companies in the world. Samara is regularly commissioned to work as a Professional Ethics examiner for the Bar Standard Boards.
Oliver completed a Master of Economics at the University of Hong Kong, adding to the analytical toolkit he developed in his first degree at the University of Dundee and his first job at the Economist Intelligence Unit. His focus has been on the social, economic and environmental impacts of development. He has written and edited for a broad range of publications and most recently gained experience and understanding of the education sector having completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education or PGCE.
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Oliver is a member of the Geographical Association