Staff and Trustees
London based artist Pallas Citroen established The Bomb Factory Art Foundation in January 2015, after acquiring the space and necessary funding in late 2014, she designed and project managed the build till completion. Pallas is now the Strategy Development Director of The Bomb Factory, working towards expanding relationships with other Art organisations and the community, as well as aiding in the creation of the future programme of events and overseeing the development of The Foundation. She continues her art practice, focusing on sculpture and installation.
Ellie joined The Bomb Factory in 2018 and is now in charge of our social media and is the acting gallery manager. Ellie is also the founder and director of Guts Gallery providing support for established and emerging artists navigating BAME, female, working-class and queer identities.
Tonya Nelson [Chair]
With a background in corporate law,Tonya Nelson is now Head of Museums and Collections at University College London (UCL). She oversees the operations of four public museums, including the UCL Art Museum, which holds a large collection of 18th and 19th century British art. She sits on the board of trustees of the Collections Trust and co-chairs a women’s leadership network for museum professionals. She was selected to be a British Council Cultural Leadership International Fellow in 2010 and a Clore Leadership Fellow in 2011.
Fraser Jopp [Treasurer]
Fraser has been Director of Finance and Operations at RADA since June 2016.
He is responsible for managing RADA’s financial strategy and performance, as well as human resources, IT, customer operations and premises. He is also project director for the capital project to renovate 16-18 Chenies Street, creating the Richard Attenborough Theatre and new student accommodation.Fraser has had a long career in creative organisations and businesses including theatre, fine arts, independent music and TV production. He was Head of Finance at the Victoria & Albert Museum (2009-2016) and Director of Finance & IT at the Almeida Theatre (1999-2009), including its lottery-funded renovation in 2001-2003. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Alex Landrum is a highly regarded painter having shown his work nationally and internationally and an established figure in Fine Art higher education. He has co-edited two collections of essays on art, aesthetics and philosophy with Edward Whittaker, Nonsite to Celebration Park: Essays on art and the politics of Space 2007 and Painting with Architecture in Mind 2009. He has been working as a Senior Lecturer on the MA Fine Art course at Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts & Design, since 1999. He was also a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University College on the BA (hons) Fine Art & MA Fine Art courses from 1988-2011.
Megan Alexandra O'Shea
In her current role as Art Producer at the Contemporary Art Society, Megan is involved in the research, analysis and writing of cultural strategies as well as managing curatorial projects for both private and public clients. Megan has been working in the contemporary art world for more than 15 years, firstly for Frieze magazine and the inaugural Frieze Art Fair and then six years as Assistant Director at greengrassi and a further two years as Artist Liaison at Timothy Taylor Gallery. She has also worked freelance for artists including Aleksandra Mir and Susan Hiller as well as galleries and organisations including Matt’s Gallery and Christie’s Education. Megan is co-editor of the magazine P.E.A.R. (Paper for Emerging Architectural Research].
Currently Programme Manager at UCL Culture, Martine has a background in education, visual art and museums. She has worked at Tate, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Electra Productions and the Brighton Photo Fringe among others. Her curatorial research and practice focus on collaborative, interdisciplinary processes that reflect, mediate and question experiences and knowledge of art. She completed a PhD at the London Consortium pertaining to the strategies used by artists and audiences to define the boundaries and liminal aspects of public art institutions. She lectures in Critical Studies, Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck College and Goldsmiths College.
Edmund Connolly [Secretary]
Edmund has worked with arts and cultural institutions around the world, including Hong Kong, Egypt and Brazil. He currently manages a new business venture for the British Library (London) managing a complex network of government, corporate and commercial stakeholders. Edmund has delivered high profile projects such as Harry Potter: A History of Magic, The Museum Training School and the British Fashion Council design competitions. With a background in cultural diplomacy and archaeology, Edmund is currently an Executive of the International Council of Museums (UK) and an advisor to the UK Blueshield. In addition, he is an Inspiring Futures speaker working with local schools to develop career opportunities for their students.
Anaïs Aguerre is a founder and managing director of Culture Connect, a consultancy practice dedicated to helping the cultural sector to fully unlock its international potential and its ability to build bridges between people and countries. Among Culture Connect’s current assignments, Anaïs is working as ReACH Project Director and as such is responsible for strategically overseeing and monitoring the ReACH initiative on behalf of the V&A.
Prior to this, Anaïs was Head of International Initiatives at the V&A where she led the Museum’s international strategy and was responsible for major international partnerships in particular with a business development focus. Before joining the V&A, Anaïs worked for six years at the British Museum on income generating and international activities.
Elissa Goldstone is Associate Director and Artist Liaison at Lisson Gallery in London. Originally from New York, Elissa was previously the Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, NY where she curated outdoor sculpture exhibitions and managed an annual artist residency programme. Prior to this, she spent several years at Creative Time in New York, curating and producing large-scale public projects and permanent commissions.
Dea Vanagan is a Director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset since 2016, and previously a curator, contemporary art specialist, and an arts writer for organisations including Artwise, Situations, and Contemporary Art Society. Her skills are centred around devising creative concepts, artistic direction, and producing innovative projects, exhibitions, and commissions. Dea was the Founding Artistic Director of the Bomb Factory Art Foundation. During her tenure she established the inaugural Board of Trustees, and played a key role in developing the vision and strategy for the organisation whilst progressing it towards charity status.
John Horgan is a Civil Engineer who has directed divisions of global engineering consultancies in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and beyond. Now retired, he is Non Executive Chairman of Consultants BB7 Fire and Chair of Endeavour Multi Academy Trust.
Mark is the chief art critic for the Daily Telegraph, and has also written for the Observer, the Mail on Sunday, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and many other publications. He is a prolific author and winner of the Somerset Maugham and Thomas Cook awards. He is a fine-art graduate, a long-term resident local to the Foundation and has been involved in various local creative initiatives, including the literary festival.