Board of Trustees

Anita Bhalla

Chair appointed in 2013

Anita Bhalla spent 26 years at the BBC, most recently as BBC Head of Public Space Broadcasting. In this role she has led the Big Screens project for the BBC during the Olympics; working with city councils, arts, education and community organisations. Anita has a varied and diverse media career presenting/producing on radio programmes for the Asian community in the West Midlands, being a correspondent and working as Head of Political and Community Affairs for England. Anita was also President of Circom, a European wide group of public service broadcasters.

With extensive leadership experience, Anita is the Chair of the Midlands Arts Centre, mac in Birmingham. During her time there the Board raised £15.8m for a redevelopment building project which was completed in 2010. She has recently been appointed as Chair of the Creative City Partnership for the Birmingham and Solihull LEP. Anita is also Trustee of the Symphony Hall and Town Hall in Birmingham and a Trustee of the Children’s University.

Anita Bhalla was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to Broadcasting and communities.

Adam Epstein

Member since 2016

Adam Epstein works at leading international law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP, where he has been a partner since 2000.

He leads Mishcon's highly regarded practice defending clients against the financial services regulatory bodies. For more than 20 years, Adam has defended some of the biggest enforcement cases to emerge. He also leads the firm's professional discipline practice, advising professionals who are facing challenge or investigation by regulatory or enforcement bodies. He has extensive experience in front of Courts and tribunals, and is widely recognised in the legal directories as a leading individual in his field.

Adam has a strong sense of communal responsibility, and spent a number of years as a governor of his local comprehensive school. He has a keen interest in the arts in general and on contemporary visual arts in particular.

Somil Goyal

Member since 2013

Somil Goyal was born & educated in India, and has lived & worked in six countries in Asia & Europe. His professional focus is business & economic growth through creative use of information technology. Working in banking and consulting, Somil has built high performance teams that constructively challenge the current state. Somil is a member of a number of visual arts institutions (including Chisenhale Art Place). He has a personal passion for arts, especially for its ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds together. Somil is a Mechanical Engineer with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management.

Marc Nahum

Member since 2009

Marc Nahum has worked in the Financial Services industry for over 20 years with a particular focus on the private equity sector.

Over the last 5 years, he was working on the coverage of European and Middle Eastern investors on behalf of one of the leading pan-Emerging Markets alternative asset management firm. He had previously worked in similar roles for Deutsche Bank, The Carlyle Group, Credit Suisse, DLJ and NatWest Markets.

Born in France, Marc holds an MBA from the Booth Business School of the University of Chicago and a Business Degree from ESSEC (France).

Rodrigo Orrantia

Member since 2015

Rodrigo Orrantia is an art historian and curator who specialises in photography and the moving image. His primary research interest concerns photography as an expanding field, as it connects with printmaking, film, sculpture, text, sound and localised performance. Since graduating from the Historical and Contemporary Photography MA at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, he has developed exhibition programmes with national and international artists, more recently Essence of Place, a group show of three generations of Latin American artists working with photography, identity and place, for Mummery+Schnelle Gallery in London. He has art-directed and coordinated exhibitions for major museums and galleries in the United Kingdom, including the National Media Museum, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, and the Science Museum in London. He is currently Project Manager at Acrylicize, an art and design consultancy studio for corporate clients in London.

During his career, Orrantia has developed a keen interest in the governance and development of art institutions. In 2010 he worked on the Young Professionals in Arts Boards programme Arts & Business in London, and in 2012 attended the Clore Leadership Programme, focusing on funding and strategic development for cultural institutions and projects. His relationship with Iniva spans more than five years, with a close relation to many of their past curators and directors, through researched-based work at the Stuart Hall Library for his Masters degree and curatorial projects.

Nima Poovaya-Smith

Member since 2008

Nima Poovaya-Smith is Director of Alchemy, a cultural enterprise company whose central concern is cultural confluence - the movement of cultures across and within national boundaries and the productive transformations resulting from these interactions.
Recent projects initiated by Alchemy include Pillars of Light: Exploring Muslim Cultures (2006-07), Connect: People, Place, Imagination, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, (2008) involving the revisioning and redisplay of Bradford's Permanent Collections and Freedom and Culture: The Bicentenary of the Parliamentary Abolition of the Slave Trade (2007) in partnership with Baroness Lola Young of Cultural Brokers.

Previous posts include Head of Special Projects at the National Media Museum, Bradford; Director of Arts at Arts Council, Yorkshire and Senior Keeper, International Arts at Bradford Art Galleries and Museums where Poovaya-Smith was responsible for building up its significant international collections of Fine and Decorative Arts. She is member of Council of the University of Leeds and a Trustee of the Beecroft Bequest. She has written and lectured extensively on the arts.

Jane Sillis

Member since 2008

Jane Sillis is Director of engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, and has over two decades of experience working in the visual arts principally with audiences new to galleries and mainstream culture.

Jane was Head of Community Education at Whitechapel Gallery (1994-99) and Education Officer at Ikon Gallery (1986–99); she was a consultant for Look Ahead Housing and Care (1999–2005) developing an arts programme for vulnerable people and worked with a wide range of clients including Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the Clore Duffield Foundation, British Council, DCSF and Turner Contemporary. Jane has been Vice Chair of engage (1998–2005) and a board member for Chisenhale Gallery, London. She is a trustee of the intergenerational arts organisation Magic Me.

Jane has a Masters in Contemporary Cultural Theory from the University of Birmingham and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration from the City University.

Ritula Shah

Member since 2013

Having ignored her father's advice to become a lawyer, Ritula graduated in History from Warwick University in 1988. Soon afterwards, she joined the Radio 4 production team based in Birmingham.
After a spell in regional TV news, she joined the Today programme. Seven years and many nightshifts later, Ritula made the short journey across London to Bush House and the BBC World Service -- where she became one of the presenters of the daily news show The World Today. She found herself presenting the programme from a variety of unlikely locations, including a building site at the back of a mosque in Tehran and under a table on a rooftop in Moscow (the only place where the equipment was protected from the snow).
Ritula is now the main presenter of The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4, a daily news and current affairs programme. The main focus of The World Tonight is international affairs so Ritula regularly travels for work - in the past twelve months, she's been to China, India, Iran, the US and much of Europe. Ritula has also a made a number of documentaries, writes a weekly newsletter and is an ambassador for the British Asian Trust. In 2011 she won Media Professional of the Year at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and the GG2 Media Award in 2013.