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YSP Board of Trustees

Peter Clegg, (Chair of YSP Trustees)
Established Feilden Clegg Bradley studios in 1978 and is regarded as a pioneer in the field of environmental design and low energy architecture.  Major projects have included refurbishment and renewal of the South Bank Centre including the Hayward, Leeds Beckett University and Trinity College Dublin along with projects in Canada, USA and Germany.  Author of Learning From Schools and The Environmental Handbook.  Awards have included the Stirling Prize and Honorary Doctorates from Oxford, Leeds, Nottingham and Huddersfield Universities.  Chair of RIBA Research Awards and CABE Southwest Review Panel.  Lectures nationally and internationally and holds a Professorship at Bath University.  Studied at Clare College, Cambridge and Yale.  Peter has been associated with Bretton Hall since he was a child when his father established Bretton Hall College of the Arts in 1949.

John Foster CBE, (Chair of F&GP at YSP)
Former Chief Executive of Middlesborough Council where he established MIMA, and of Wakefield Council.  During his time at Wakefield, John was a key force behind many major exciting regeneration projects planned for the city, including the Hepworth Gallery, designed by David Chipperfield. John became Chief Executive of Islington Council in June 2008 and in the same year was awarded a CBE for Services to Local Government.  He is a collector with a strong interest in ceramics. 

Merran McCrae, Chief Executive at Wakefield Council
Prior to her role at Wakefield Council, Merran was Chief Executive of Calderdale Council and held the positions of Director of Wellbeing and Communities and Director of Housing at Kirklees Council. Before joining Kirklees Council she was also Chief Executive at Aire Valley Homes for six years.

The Rt Hon Alan Milburn (Vice Chairman of YSP Trustees)
Labour politician who was MP for Darlington (1992-2010) and served for five years in Tony Blair’s Cabinet, first as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and subsequently as Secretary of State for Health.  He briefly rejoined the Cabinet as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in order to manage Labour's 2005 re-election campaign. In 2012 he was appointed Chair to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.  He is Chancellor of the University of Lancaster

Rupert Nabarro OBE
An economist known extensively for his work in real estate, investment analysis, urban renewal and economic development. In 1985 he founded the Investment Property Databank (IDP), one of the world’s most authoritative property benchmarking companies, which developed into a global provider and sold in 2012.  Prior to this he worked in the areas of urban renewal and local economic development. A keen gardener and supporter of the arts commissioning early works from Andy Goldsworthy and others, he was founding Chair of Common Ground and a Trustee of Winchester Poetry Festival.

Maria de Peverelli, Executive Chair of Stonehage Fleming Art Management
Maria serves an art client base that includes individuals, family offices, foundations, trusts and estates.  Maria joined the group in 2017 from OmniArte, a Zurich based art management and advisory business which she founded in 2005. Maria is also a Trustee of the Estorick Collection and serves as a member of the board of Advisers of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. Prior to establishing OmniArte, Maria was gallery Director of the Villa Favorita in Lugano (Thyssen-Bornemisza collection), and has organised exhibitions for various Museums including the Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt and taught museum management at the University of Genoa.

Sir Rodney M Walker (Vice Chairman of YSP Trustees)
A successful business person he is Chair of several companies, including Romiro and Myerscough Holdings.  Vice Chair of Wembley National Stadium Trust, Vice President of the Federation of Disability Sports Yorkshire, Honorary Life President of Wakefield Theatre Trust, President of Yorkshire Cancer Research, President of SportsAid Yorkshire and Humberside and Honorary Life President of the Rugby Football League.  In 1996 he was made Knight Batchelor.

Baroness Sayeeda Hussain Warsi PC (Privy Councillor)
Consistantly voted one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world and was the first Muslim to serve in a British Cabinet.  She was Chair of the Conservative Party and has been a member of the House of Lords since 2007. A racial justice campaigner she has led the Government’s campaign to criminalise forced marriage.  She studied law and went on to work for the Crown Prosecution Service, before setting up her own practice and developing several start-up businesses in manufacturing.  The Baroness Warsi Foundation focuses on social mobility, gender equality and freedom of religious belief. She is also Trustee of the Savayra Foundation which operates in Pakistan.  She lives with her family in Wakefield.

Magnus von Wistinghausen; Vice Principal (responsible for Resources and Development) City & Guilds of London Art School
Magnus spent more than ten years working  as a freelance arts consultant specialising in strategic business and capital project planning in the cultural sector, with a particular emphasis on museums and heritage organisations and their funders, in the UK and internationally.  A trustee of The Friends of Leighton House Museum and the Ragged Schools Museum.  He was a member of the Board of EU Consult, the European Association of Consultants to the Not-for-Profit Sector.  Educated in France and Germany, he is fluent in German, French, Russian and English.  He started his career in investment banking at S.G. Warburg, first as an international economist and then in corporate finance. He holds a Masters degree in Economics from Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich. Magnus is a collector.

Greville Worthington (ex-Chair of YSP Trustees)
From a background in business and the arts Greville has contributed much to the development of YSP and was Chair from 2013 until 2019.  He was the youngest and longest serving Trustee of the Henry Moore Foundation, during which time he Chaired the influential Grants Committee and was a member of the Acquisition Committee of Patrons of New Art at Tate and a Trustee of the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art.  He is serving Chair of the Yorkshire Arboretum.  Dividing his time between London and North Yorkshire he has converted and restored a church near Richmond and established an impressive collection of contemporary art which includes Laurence Weiner, Robert Morris, Gavin Turk, Damien Hirst and Roger Hiorns.  A curator and writer, he has amassed a huge archive pertaining to his collection, organised numerous exhibition and in 2004 was a judge for the Turner Prize.