Our board

Board Chair Helga Henry speaking at a recent creative industries event, photo credit:  Tim Dickeson

Helga Henry: Director and Chair

A skilled leader of groups, event host and speaker, Helga Henry is a consultant who specialises in bringing strategy to life by building communication skills and confidence.  Clients include Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Firstsite Gallery, Colchester; Coventry City of Culture and Jerwood Arts. Before working in her own consultancy practice she was Director of Organisational Development… Continue reading Helga Henry: Director and Chair

Karen Stokes: Finance Director

Qualifying as an accountant in 1993, Karen worked for several years in industry before establishing her own successful company where she continued to gain extensive knowledge working for companies across a variety of areas. In 2004 Karen was appointed as Finance Director of Advantage Creative West Midlands Limited (Advantage Creative CIC), assisting to invest over… Continue reading Karen Stokes: Finance Director

Sarabjeet Soar: Director

Sarabjeet has worked in Economic Development for over 22 years at local and national levels, rising to Chief Executive for Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire partnership Ltd – an economic development partnership with responsibility for strategic co-ordination of Economic Development for the sub-region. He led the establishment of several innovative grant, loan and equity programmes to… Continue reading Sarabjeet Soar: Director

Sally Luton: Director

Sally Luton is an experienced arts policy and strategic planning professional. She was the Executive Director of the Arts Council‘s West Midlands office from 2003 – 2010 having previously been Chief Executive of the independent West Midlands Arts Board. Prior to joining the Arts Council, she held a variety of roles in public relations, theatre,… Continue reading Sally Luton: Director

Suresh Patel: Director

Suresh Patel is a Business Enterprise and Innovation Manager at Birmingham City Council. He is an experienced programme leader who has managed market-led programmes for the past 25 years: delivering business support, providing access to finance and leading on transnational projects designed to inform and influence policies. Having delivered £93m of business support programmes previously,… Continue reading Suresh Patel: Director