TEAM & TRUSTEES
Founder & Director
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.
Strategy & Internal Manager
Programmes & Education Manager
Bookings Manager & Administration
Media & Website
FRANCESCA FILIPPINI PINTO
Currently an independent art curator and advisor, Francesca has been working in the art world for more than 12 years with a focus on strategy, business development and artist support. She began her career in the arts as Director of Development for The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She was then General Manager for Christie’s South Kensington and lately Global Gallery and Retail Director for Magnum Photos. Before transitioning to the arts world, Francesca enjoyed a successful career in investment banking and private equity, holding senior positions at Morgan Stanley and Permira. Francesca holds an M. Litt in Contemporary Arts from the University of Glasgow and a CEMS Master in Management from HEC University in Paris. Prior to that, she graduated summa cum laude in Business Management from Bocconi University in Milan. A committed patron of the arts, Francesca is an RSA Fellow and an active supporter of Camden Arts Centre, the Design Museum, The Photographers’ Gallery, PEER and AWITA. She previously held Trustee positions at public art commissioning organisation Situations and music charity Future Talent.
Photo by: © Anastasia Ermolenko
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].
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.
Mark is the chief art critic for The Independent and a contributing 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.
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.
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.
Marc has been Chief Marketing Officer at Bonhams since March 2019, and has over 20 years’ experience in the marketing industry at some of the best-known brands in the world, including the Tate and the Guardian Media Group, where he was responsible for a digital transformation. Most recently, he held the position as Chief Marketing Officer at Christie's, where he created and implemented the marketing strategy and revolutionised Christie's digital presence. One of Marc's most remarkable campaigns for the auction house was the marketing of Leonardo da Vinci's painting, Salvator Mundi, which was acquired for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and became the world's most valuable painting ever to be sold at auction.
Associate Director at Lisson Gallery
Rachel Weston currently provides professional services to three organisations, one of which she founded: The Access To Sports Project. She is the financial controller - focusing on financial management and reporting, and also provide support for operational issues as required. Others are Terminex Limited and Finsbury Park Sports Partnership, where she is responsible for financial management and reporting.
John has been Chairman of Endeavour Multi Academy Trust since early 2017.
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.
London Area Director of Arts Council England
Tonya was with us at the Bomb Factory for nearly 5 years up until September 2020.
Tonya Nelson is the London Area Director, Arts Council England. Tonya joined the Arts Council when she was appointed to be the first Director of Arts Technology and Innovation in 2019.
Tonya was seconded to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in 2017 where she co-authored the policy report Culture is Digital. She is Chair of the International Council of Museums (UK) and advises on cultural projects around the world including the new Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway; Obama Presidential Centre in Chicago, USA; and Ministry of Saudi Arabia’s cultural development plan. She also sits on the board of trustees of The National Gallery. In addition, Tonya is a member of Christie’s Art World Professional Advisory Group. She was formerly Director of Museums and Cultural Programmes at University College London (UCL).
Adrian George MA (RCA) AICA is a curator, commissioner, writer and educator with over 20 years experience working in some of the most influential art institutions in the world including the New Museum, New York; Tate Modern; Tate Liverpool and the UK Government Art Collection, UK (which represents British visual culture in over 300 locations around the world). He is currently Director of Exhibitions and Museum Services at ArtScience Museum, Singapore.
Adrian was a National Advisor to the Arts Council of Wales and a selector for Wales in Venice (Venice Biennale) in 2017 and 2019. He was an advisor to the Board of the Bomb Factory Art Foundation, London and until November 2017 a Representative at Court of the Royal College of Art, London. He has recently been invited to sit on the Academic Committee for the Tides of the Century 2021 exhibition at Ocean Flower Island Museum, Hainan, China.
Former Head Trustee
Tracey was one of our first trustees in 2015. She is currently a Senior Solicitor at Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers.
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.