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Martyn Coles - Chair

Martyn Coles

Martyn Coles is Education Adviser to the Haberdashers’ Company. He was Principal of the City of London Academy (Southwark), a school in Bermondsey, sponsored by the City of London Corporation, from its founding in 2003 in 2011. From 2011-13 he was Director of Education at Creative Education Academies Trust.

From 1995 until 2003 Martyn was Headteacher of St. Paul’s Way Community School and Arts College in Tower Hamlets, one of the first specialist Visual Arts Colleges in England and a major partner of Bow Arts.

Martyn was a member of Council at the Institute of Education 2005-2012 and was a member of the Headteacher Reference Group at the Department for Education from 1998 to 2011. He has spoken at education seminars and conferences about business links, school design and the management and governance of academies. He has been a Trustee of Bow Arts since 2007, was Chair of the Education Committee from that time and became Chair of the Board of Trustees in March 2013.

Rajen Madan - Vice Chair

Rajen Madan

Rajen has been a Director of Bow Arts Trust since February 2008. He is a founder director of Vartma, a specialist advisory firm supporting blue chip and start-up clients with growth strategy, core performance improvement, and raising finance in Europe and Emerging Asia. He has over a decade of experience in capital markets in leadership roles working with COO’s and senior management in Deutsche Bank, BarCap, UBS, Credit Suisse, HSBC, ING, SocGen, JP Morgan, London Stock Exchange, Barclays, Northern Trust, and Private Equity firms in Europe, US, and Asia (India, Japan) on complex global business initiatives.

Prior to this he had significant experience in setting up green field projects in automotives, supply chain, and technology. Rajen is passionate about social enterprises and actively involved in supporting ventures with tangible and sustainable development outcomes. Rajen has a keen interest in arts, and finds the Bow Arts Trust model of art as a driver of holistic social development fascinating.

Michele Faull - Treasurer


Michele Faull is Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director for the Coventry Building Society and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Michele has 30 years experience in finance gained in both Public Practice, as a partner at PwC, and in commerce. Her commercial roles have spanned “Company Doctor” positions in growing businesses to roles in major companies in the IT and Insurance sectors, recently as Financial Controller for Aviva Europe. Michele is currently a director of FHS Solutions Ltd, a consultancy company.

Outside of work Michele's interests include art, great food and renovating her home.

Michele was very pleased to join the Board of Bow Arts in September 2011. She is particularly committed to Bow Arts vision of providing tangible educational and regenerational benefits in a self-sufficient manner.

Sarah Elson

Sarah Elson

Sarah Elson is an American art historian and collector with professional expertise as an advisor to private and corporate collections. A strong advocate for emerging artists, in 2014 she founded Launch Pad, a commissioning series open to the public by appointment and conducted from her home, that serves as a platform for artists who have never exhibited in the UK. She established an International Artist Residency at Princeton University where she serves on the Advisory Council of the museum, and a fellowship for UK-based craft artists at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, where she serves on the board. She is also a Trustee of the Contemporary Art Society in London. Sarah enjoys working closely with the staff at the Nunnery Gallery to raise its profile and enhance its role within Bow Arts.

Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth was Chair of Bow Arts board of trustees for four years until mid-2011. She got to know Bow Arts during her eight years as a governor of St Paul’s Way Community School, one of the first schools to achieve Specialist Arts status, which it did with the help of Bow Arts. She lives locally and is a Vice Chair of the Council of Queen Mary University of London. Among various other interests, she is on the Court of St Katharine’s Foundation in Limehouse, a member of the Audit and Risk Committee at Poplar HARCA, and is a member of Bow Church, opposite the Bow Arts studios, which celebrated its 700th anniversary in 2011. Elizabeth is retired from the Financial Services Authority, where she was responsible for consumer protection and consumer information for several years.

Habib Motani


Habib is a lawyer who has been a Partner in the International Finance Practice of Clifford Chance since 1986 and is based in its London office. He is Global Head of Derivatives. Habib has specialised in acting for banks and other financial services institutions across a wide product range, including derivatives products, netting, repos and securities lending, payment and settlement systems and capital markets and other credit facilities. He has participated in many financial services industry infrastructure initiatives relating to risk management, sales and trading and derivatives, including standardisation of documents, collateral and payment and settlements. In addition, he has served for 12 years, first as a Member and then as Chair, on the Shia Ismaili Muslim International Conciliation and Arbitration Board. He is also a Member of the Law Advisory Board of University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Brian D Smith

John MiddletonBrian is an accounting and auditing consultant specialising in regulatory and organisational matters. Graduated from the London School of Economics he  joined Arthur Andersen in 1963, qualifying in 1966, he then went on to become partner by 1974 in charge of the London audit practice and  subsequently  Partner of Andersen’s worldwide audit practice. By 1984 he was  Managing Partner Audit Practice, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. He also had responsibility for the initial development of the firm’s practices in Central and Eastern Europe.

After taking early retirement in 1999 Brian became the Secretary of the Forum of Firms 2002, an international organisation concerned with raising audit quality, which currently has 27 of the largest accounting networks as members. A Governor of the London School of Economics and Chairman of its Finance Committee from 2005 – 2011. He has also chaired committees to commission art work for public spaces on the LSE campus.

Brian’s interest in art was sparked when still a student and he has been collecting paintings, prints and sculpture ever since. He now has an extensive collection of British art covering the period from about 1920 to the present. He is a supporter of the Royal Academy, the Art Fund and the Contemporary Art Society.

Nick Smales

nick smales

Nick has worked in regeneration for over 20 years in both the private and public sectors and is Head of Regeneration and Economic Development for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. In this role Nick has overseen the development of the High Street 2012 programme in Tower Hamlets, worked with multiple partners on Olympic legacy and its impacts in Tower Hamlets, developed the Borough’s employment and enterprise strategies and is taking forward transformational regeneration schemes at the Ocean Estate and Blackwall Reach with a value of around £0.7 billion.

Prior to his current role Nick was Programme Director of the Hull and East Riding Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder and between August 2005 and September 2007 led the transformation of not only the Pathfinder organisation but of low demand areas of Hull. This included land assembly, detailed master-planning, major procurement and establishment of joint working with arrangements with Lead Developers. Previously Nick had worked in the private sector as Managing Director of two subsidiary companies within the Places for People Group: JVCo the Group’s community regeneration subsidiary and when MD of JVCo Nick set up and ran Places for Children the Group’s childcare subsidiary. Whilst at PfP Nick also fulfilled the role of Head of Area Regeneration working on major area based regeneration and transformation programmes in East Newcastle, East Leeds and London.

Prior to his move into the private sector Nick had been Head of Economic Development at a large unitary authority running 5 SRB programmes, inward investment, commercial property, vocational training and the Education Business Partnership.

Cath Smith 

Cath is the Headteacher of Bow School. Appointed in 2011 she has overseen its rapid growth from 500 – 850+ pupils, becoming mixed, opening a Sixth Form and moving into new premises.

Cath was also appointed as the first Executive Director for the Tower Hamlets Education (THE) Partnership, having been a key figure in the development of THE Partnership from its earliest beginnings. She is very well known to Tower Hamlets schools, having been chair of the Secondary Headteachers Group in 2013-14, and chair of the Full Consultative Group in 2014-15.

Cath has been an active figure in various partnerships and groups in Tower Hamlets, including the Schools Forum, the SEN Partnership Board, Sixth Form East, the Trades Union Forum, LSCB and City Excellence. She is a governor at Manorfield Primary School and at London East Alternative Provision, where she is chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Claire Swift

Claire is the Director for Social Responsibility at the London College of Fashion. Claire’s interest in working with diverse communities through the subject of fashion has contributed towards the development of some of the socially responsive initiatives at London College of Fashion.

Claire has been involved in the facilitation of creative collaborations with diverse and hard to reach communities that highlight social issues. These projects aim to benefit participants, challenge perspectives and influence transformation of lives and celebrate human diversity.

The Fashion Education in Prisons project, supported by the Sir John Cass Foundation, was launched in 2010 working with HMP Send Womens’ prison. In 2011 the ‘Unique’ pilot project won a Green Gown award, followed by the Times Higher Education award (Outreach Initiative) in 2013 and more recently in 2014 the Big Society award for the ‘Beauty’s Inside’ magazine.

Claire’s experience in the fashion industry has helped to inform curriculum and project development and academic practice. Claire’s aim is to develop the individual potential and encourage personal talent and self-confidence in order to make a unique contribution to the creative industries.