Board of Trustees

Chair – Kathleen Soriano 

Kathleen Soriano began her career at the Royal Academy of Arts 30 years ago. In 1989 she joined the National Portrait Gallery as Head of Exhibitions & Collections, with additional responsibility for national and international programmes. In 2004 she became one of the first cohort of Clore Leadership Fellows taking up roles at the South Bank Centre and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. In February 2006 she became Director of Compton Verney, Warwickshire and in 2009 returned to the RA as Director of Exhibitions where she remained until 2014 when she left to work independently. She has written extensively in her field and her broadcast activities include the five series of Portrait/Landscape Artist of the Year for SkyArts.

May Calil 

May Calil has spent 10 years working in arts development and has held posts at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Tate before founding May Calil Consultants. May is Chair of the Young Patrons of the Royal Academy and Chair of Chisenhale’s Development Board. She is an avid collector of contemporary art and has strong relationships with young artists and galleries. May studied History of Art at Cambridge University (King’s College) and has a Masters in Islamic Art and Architecture from SOAS.

Juan Cruz

Juan Cruz is the Dean of the School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art. He is an artist whose work is generally concerned with the relationship of art to language and translation. Prior to joining the RCA, Juan was Director of Liverpool School of Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University.


Chris Evans

Chris Evans is a London-based artist and tutor at De Ateliers, Amsterdam and Liverpool John Moores University. His work often evolves through conversation with people from diverse walks of life, selected in relation to their public life or symbolic role. He has exhibited internationally since 2000 with solo exhibitions at institutions such as Art Pace, San Antonio; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; Praxis, Berlin; and Project Arts, Dublin. In 2014, he was commissioned to make new work for A Needle Walks into a Haystack, the 8th Liverpool Biennial exhibition. 


Jonathan Falkingham

Jonathan Falkingham MBE is Creative Director and Co-Founder of award-winning property company UrbanSplash. Jonathan has been working in the North West since 1989, when he set up design practice shedkm. He founded Urban Splash in 1993 with Tom Bloxham and has lead big projects ranging from Fort Dunlop to his own award-winning house in Liverpool. Jonathan is committed to good architecture and is a Trustee of the RIBA. 

Roland Hill

Roland Hill is a structural engineer and partner in Campbell Reith Hill (1973-1993) and is also an inventor and chairman of Contra Vision Ltd. (1985-present), which owns his see-through graphic inventions, 30 of which are patented or patent-pending. Formerly a member of the UK Government’s Intellectual Property Advisory Committee, (2001-2005), he is currently a director of IPAN (Intellectual Property Awareness Network).

Paul Hyland

Paul is a Chartered Accountant and a partner in leading Liverpool accountants DSG. He is also a Governor at Liverpool John Moores University with a keen interest in the arts and Liverpool. His role on the Biennial board manages to combine both interests, as well as ensuring that the Biennial’s finances remain in very good order.


Judith Nesbitt

Judith Nesbitt is Director of National & International Programmes at Tate. Formerly Chief Curator at Tate Britain (2001-2010), Judith began her career at Leeds City Art Gallery (1986-1991), joined Tate Liverpool as Exhibitions Curator (1991-1995) and was Director of Chisenhale Gallery (1995-1998). She was Head of Programming at Whitechapel Art Gallery (1998-2000) and Head of UK Content at eyestorm, the art media company (2000-2001). She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and is a member of the Advisory Panel for Art on the Underground.

Sandeep Parmar

Sandeep Parmar co-directs the Centre for New and International Writing and is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She is the author of Reading Mina Loy's Autobiographies, scholarly editions of The Collected Poems of Hope Mirrlees and Selected Poems of Nancy Cunard and two poetry books: The Marble Orchard and Eidolon (a rewriting of Helen of Troy in modern America). She is a BBC New Generation Thinker.

John Shield

John Shield is an English qualified lawyer who founded the company Matters Creative (advisory services for the Arts) in 2013. John is also part of GunnercookeLLP, a large law firm specialising in real estate, general corporate and commercial with a client base in fashion, food and art. He has worked with many art organisations including board membership of Liverpool Biennial and Hermitage Foundation UK, and has advised on many transactions in the UK and internationally in relation to commissions, exhibitions and other art events.

Anna Valle

Anna Valle is a global business leader with large marketing experience, working in the FMCG industry on local, regional and global roles. She has solid experience both in emerging and developed markets across the world. Anna’s latest role is VP, Global Brands at Walgreens Boots Alliance, acting as Liz Earle Global Brand Director. She has a successful track record of managing iconic consumer brands like Durex, Cow and Gate, ghd and Johnnie Walker.

Tony Wilson

Tony qualified as a solicitor in 1977, became a partner in 1982, and was Hill Dickinson Managing Partner from 1994 to 1998. He was Senior Partner and Chairman of Hill Dickinson LLP from 2001 before stepping down in 2011. As a senior figure in the North West business community, Tony is a member of the Northwest Business Leadership Team and also held the position of Company Secretary to the Board of the Liverpool Capital of Culture Company. He was a Non-Executive Director of Liverpool Vision. In 2015 Tony became Chairman of the Liverpool Improvement Business District Board.