The Board of Trustees
Diane Howse (Chair)
Diane Howse is an artist, curator and producer with extensive experience of developing a wide range of projects across the cultural spectrum.
She has worked with many different organisations throughout her career but has had a specific involvement with Harewood House Trust in Yorkshire; she has been instrumental in developing the trust’s cultural policy and has overseen a continuously changing programme of exhibitions and projects across Harewood by a wide range of practitioners. Her work there includes founding the Terrace Gallery in 1989.
She was centrally involved in the development and presentation of a year-long programme of exhibitions and events at Harewood in 2007 commemorating the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade which culminated in a series of performances of Geraldine Connor’s theatrical spectacular Carnival Messiah. She was a friend and professional associate of Geraldine Connor and played a key role in establishing the Geraldine Connor Foundation after Geraldine’s death in 2011.
Jennifer Brooke graduated from the University of York with a degree in the History of Art before qualifying as an Art and Design teacher at the University of Leeds. After a brief career as a teacher, Jennifer spent seven years working at Harewood House where she worked on several successful projects including “Harewood Explored”, an audience development initiative aimed at key social ethnic economic groups. During this time, Jennifer worked alongside Geraldine on the education and community programme that coincided with Carnival Messiah at Harewood House. Jennifer is currently the Interim Head of Learning and Public Programmes at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
Teo Connor was Geraldine’s niece and currently works as a designer currently working for Apple. With more than a decades worth of experience in design, Teo is an entrepreneurial individual who has directed her own companies and co-founded The W Project, a series of exhibitions and events which celebrates women in the creative industries. An inspirational woman herself, Teo is a keen collaborator and has been instrumental in mentoring young creatives all over London.
Terence Suthers contributed over 40 years of his career to the museum and heritage sector and was the CEO of Harewood House from 1992 to his retirement in 2006. Terry became a close friend of Geraldine leading up to and during the production of Carnival Messiah at Harewood in 2007, when he helped raise the substantial external funding necessary to stage it. A Fellow of the Museums Association and the Royal Society of Arts, Terry was also made a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire and was awarded the MBE for services to museums and the heritage in Yorkshire. He helped set up the Geraldine Connor Foundation and has been its Hon secretary since 2013.
Pam has worked for Arts Council England since 2003, initially as their North-West Dance Officer, and then as a Relationship Manager. She is currently a Senior Relationship Manager in the London office. Her role includes overseeing the London Combined Arts and Dance portfolios and the co-ordination of Arts Council England’s Strategic Partnerships including relationships with London local government. Pam trained in dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD). Previously she has worked as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and community education manager for various renowned organisations such as DV8, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Kokuma Dance Theatre, NSCD and more.
Born in Egypt and refugee to France, Diane Dickson performed in ballets for many years across Egypt and Dijon and worked as a translator in France and England. Whilst in England, Diane met her husband and followed her passion by completing a City and Guild’s in fashion and design at Wharfdale College. In a generation where few woman worked, Diane successfully established her own fashion company, D.D.co, which has been running for over 35 years, supplying designs to 5,000 stores and several well-known brands on the high street. Geraldine Connor approached Diane to help in the commercial side of Carnival Messiah via fundraising. Diane continues to support the cause of the Foundation to this day.