PEER's board consists of seven trustees. Each is a committed ambassador for the organisation and collectively they bring a range of skills to the gallery and its programme.
Isabelle Nowak (Chair, also currently deputising as Treasurer) has a background in working for mainstream financial institutions, and for the past four years has worked in development finance, with a focus on financial inclusion and climate finance. She holds a Masters in Modern and Contemporary Art and is engaged in debates about contemporary art and architecture and the economies around the arts. Isabelle’s specific skills in terms of the Board are financial management and developing the Patrons scheme.
Janice McLaren trained as an artist and currently works as Head of Education & Projects at The Photographers’ Gallery. Prior to this she worked in education at Whitechapel Gallery. She is committed to developing high-profile programmes and resources that spark meaningful relationships between photography, art and people in strategic, innovative and sustainable ways. Janice has excellent experience of the Arts Council’s aims and priorities, has advised on Governance issues, and developing projects with local communities. She has specific oversight of PEER’s local audiences activities and a mentoring role for the Curator for Local Audiences.
Craig Burnett is Director of Exhibitions at Blain|Southern. He has also worked at Sprueth Magers, White Cube and Tate Modern. He is the author of Jeff Wall (Tate, 2005) and Philip Guston: The Studio (Afterall, 2014). Recent catalogues: Luca Bertolo (2012-17) – Le Belle Parole / The Beautiful Words (Mousse, 2017), Emma Hart: Mamma Mia! (Whitechapel, 2017), Stephen Waddell: Dark Matter Atlas (Distanz, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2017) and Michael Simpson: Flat Surface Painting (Spike Island, 2016). Craig’s experience of the commercial sector has meant that he has contributed his skills in contracts with artists and galleries, sales, and working with collectors. He also advises on press, marketing and communication.
Claire Reay is the Manager of Ivy Street Family Centre in Hoxton. With a background in community care, Human Resources and textile arts, she has lived in Hoxton for 20 years and is involved in many aspects of local community life. Claire has specifically been involved in HR matters, revising and updating the Staff Handbook, and acting as a community liaison and support.
Juan Cruz Born in Palencia, Spain and educated at Chelsea College of Art & Design, Juan Cruz is an artist, writer and educator currently based in London. Since 2014 he has been Professor of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in London, where he is also Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities. Formerly he was Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths and Director of Liverpool School of Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores Uuniversity. Juan has specific skills in Governance, fundraising, and art school education.
Jeff McMillan is an American artist based in London since 1998. His paintings have been exhibited in the UK and internationally, including an exhibition at Peer in 2009. McMillan has also curated several group exhibitions in recent years, most notably at Frith Street Gallery, Large Glass, and Tate Britain. Jeff has extensive experience in project management and has broad knowledge of the practical skills required in running a small-scale arts organisation. He is very well networked in the London art community and has also actively contributes to the Patrons Group events.
Habda Rashid is Assistant Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, working on a variety of exhibitions including: commissions solo and survey shows. As part of her role she also coordinates, edits and writes in exhibition catalogues. Habda is also a visiting tutor on the MFA programme at, Goldsmith University and has sat on the selection panel for Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin. Habda contributes to PEER’s fundraising activities by being active with the Patrons Group. She has also taken the lead role in delivering towards PEER’s Creative Case for Diversity by being closely involved in the recruitment of our Creative Access Interns.