Antonia Kimbell (Chair)
Antonia Kimbell is an independent consultant specialising in art risk management as well as business strategy, new business relations and client services on a project by projects basis. Her specialisms include collections management, litigation support services and stolen/forged art investigations.
In 2017 she founded a not-for-profit company organising art events in unusual locations benefiting the artistic community in aid of a designated charity. Currently she is partnering with the Rural Refugee Network raising funds to rehouse Syrian Refugees in Hampshire and West Sussex.
Previously she worked for the Art Loss Register advising on the recovery of stolen art, its related disputes and investigations. Antonia's cases included insurance fraud, money laundering, theft as well as fakes and forgeries. After graduating with a BA Honours Degree in History of Modern Art she began her career at Phillips Auctioneers in London.
Melanie Cassoff (UK Board)
Melanie is the Managing Director of Freelands Foundation. Melanie’s role is working directly with Elisabeth Murdoch to help her to establish and run her new charitable foundation which will be focused in initiatives around art.
Prior to joining Freelands Foundation, Melanie was a Private Banker for the last 12 years of her career. She held senior positions at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management where she worked from 2009 – 2014, and UBS Wealth Management where she was employed from 2002 – 2009. Melanie began her career as a Management Consultant.
Melanie holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, which is where she is from. She speaks five languages - English, French, Hebrew, Italian and Spanish.
William Charron (US Board)
William Charron is a member of Pryor Cashman’s Litigation, Intellectual Property and Media & Entertainment Groups. He is also co-leader of the firm’s Art Law practice and represents clients in art title and authenticity cases. Bill’s practice is focused on property rights cases in a number of contexts, including art, intellectual property matters arising under the Copyright and Lanham Acts, right of publicity and defamation laws, and real estate litigation. He has also represented clients in a number of complex cases involving civil rights, civil RICO, antitrust, securities fraud, and banking claims, as well as numerous contract, shareholder, and LLC membership disputes. Bill has particular experience in handling appellate litigation, including arguing appeals to the New York Court of Appeals (highest court in New York), an en banc (full 16-judge panel) of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Second, Sixth, and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as the First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division in New York. He also taught appellate advocacy and legal writing as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School from 2009-14.
Craig Davies (UK and US Board)
Craig is a corporate services partner at the Rawlinson & Hunter London office. He joined the firm in 2008, bringing with him extensive experience in both industry and also professional practice firms, including Ernst & Young and Smith & Williamson. Craig’s portfolio mainly comprises UK and international owner managed businesses with a concentration of clients operating in the arts, entertainment, information technology, biosciences and investment advisory sectors. Craig is an Associate of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Chartered Institute of Taxation, qualifying in 2000 and 2003 respectively.
Semma Freites (UK Board)
Semma Freites is Acquisitions Manager at the British Museum. As a member of the International Engagement Department, she is responsible for delivering consultancy advice and services on a large-scale international museum project. Semma leads on the development and implementation of a targeted collecting strategy and plan, advises over international best practice and risk management, and supports the drafting of policy and operating standards. Prior to her role at the British Museum, Semma spent five years working in an advisory capacity in the art market, working with galleries, dealers, auction houses and private and corporate collectors. Semma holds a BA Honours Degree in History of Art from the University of Bristol and a Diploma in Art Professional Law and Ethics from the Institute of Art and Law. Semma is proficient in Modern Standard Arabic.
Steven Goldglit (US Board)
Steven is the Managing Partner of Goldglit & Company LLP, the leading Art Accounting Firm in New York City. He provides tax, general accounting and business consulting services to a diversified group of clients in the private sector. He is a certified public accountant in New York State. Steven began his career at Price Waterhouse, where he focused on Audits of middle –market public companies. After obtaining his CPA license, he joined KL Goldglit & Co, Inc. the predecessor Firm to Goldglit & Company LLP. He became a principal of the Firm in 1999, and Managing Partner in 2005. He has an extensive knowledge of the Fine Art marketplace, and works with all clients to improve the financial viability of each. Steven earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Maryland College of Business and Management, and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from Long Island University. His professional affiliations include membership with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Adam Green (US Board)
Adam Green has nearly a decade of experience in the art market industry. He currently serves as an IT Business Analyst at Christie’s auction house in New York City, where he is responsible for the analysis and design of a technology platform to improve and enhance risk management, deal modeling and sale forecasting capabilities as well as major enhancements to Christie’s Customer Relationship Management system. Additionally, in 2009, he launched the ArtTactic Podcast, the first and leading art market podcast. In each episode, Adam conducts an in-depth interview with a key art market figure. He holds a Master’s degree in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration at the Wharton School of Business. Adam is on the Junior Board of Directors for Free Arts NYC.
Anders Petterson (UK Board)
Anders Petterson is a leading authority on the art market, with particular focus on the modern and contemporary emerging art markets. He is the Founder and Managing Director of ArtTactic Ltd, a London-based art market research and advisory company set up in 2001. He previously worked at JP Morgan in the Investment Banking division, responsible for debt capital market and structured products for banks and corporates. He worked as an Independent Research & Evaluation consultant for Arts & Business in London between 2002-2007, and has been involved in a number of large research and evaluation projects in the cultural sector. Anders Petterson is lecturing on the topic of 'Art as an Asset Class' for CASS Business School, Sotheby's Institute in London and IESA in Paris. He is a frequent art market commentator on Bloomberg TV, Reuters and CNN.
Wendy Philips (UK Board)
Wendy Philips is Head of Sotheby's Tax and Heritage Department in the UK. A former solicitor in private practice, Wendy works with clients and their advisors on the diverse taxation issues that arise from the ownership of chattels, both in a transactional and in an estate planning context. She has been involved in many acceptance in lieu (including the negotiation of in situ agreements) and private treaty sales to UK institutions. She also represents owners before the Reviewing Committee for the Export of Works of Art. As well as lecturing in this area, Wendy is a member of STEP and the Heritage Group of Lawyers, and sits as an observer on the Historic Houses Association Tax Committee.
Adam Prideaux (UK Board)
Adam Prideaux is CED of Hallett Independent Ltd, a specialist art, museum and heritage insurance broker. As well as arranging insurances and settling claims for art dealers, galleries, museums, private collectors, family offices and auction houses, he also advises them on risk management strategies to maximise cover for the lowest premium, whilst reducing their administrative costs. With considerable experience in art insurance, Adam lectures regularly to museums and galleries. He has also co-authored the Guide to Museum Insurance published by the Museums, Archives and Libraries Council (MLA).
Adam started his career at Spink Fine Art in 1986 and has maintained very close contact with the art world ever since. He is passionate about museums and, as well as being a Founding Patron and member of the Hope Appeal Committee to restore the Watts Gallery, he is also a Trustee of the South London Gallery and is a patron of Tate, the Chisenhale Gallery, the Contemporary Art Society and the Showroom.
Pierre Valentin (UK Board)
Pierre Valentin is a solicitor. He specialises in art law. For the last 20 years, he has advised art collectors, art market professionals, artists and their estates and museums and galleries on all legal issues arising when buying and selling art and managing art collections. He is a Partner of Constantine Cannon LLP, a London and New York boutique law firm. He handles a mix of contentious and transactional work including fraud and dispute resolution, restitution and repatriation, private treaty sales, consignments to auction, tax solutions around art, import and export, raising capital against art and art investment funds. Prior to joining Constantine Cannon, Pierre was a Senior Director and Associate General Counsel at Sotheby's. He is a trustee of the World Monuments Fund in Britain and of the Artists' Collecting Society. He teaches art law at a postgraduate level at the Sotheby's Institute, the London School of Economics and Christie's Education. Pierre is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish.