MANAGEMENT AND STRATEGY, BUSINESS & REVENUES DEVELOPMENT, SOURCING, CURATING
David is a multicultural investor, banker and entrepreneur. He co-founded and led London-based FSA/FCA-regulated Astin Capital Management Ltd for 12 years; his firm managed various funds, arranged multiple capital markets transactions and advised on a number of high-profile debt restructuring situations, with various offices across the world and employees from 17 different nationalities. David has a strong record of setting up international networks and has accumulated substantial knowledge of different legal environments, corporate governance and cultural standards, with numerous positions at board level in investment structures and listed companies. David now dedicates most of his time to his family and Art for Guernsey, his innovative charitable initiative. He is a member of the Council of the Guernsey Chamber and Arts for Impact and was the key speaker at Locate Guernsey’s 2016 showcase event. David is a huge advocate for Guernsey and, as a passionate art collector for more than 20 years, he has an in-depth understanding of the global art economy and key relationships in the art sector.
BUSINESS & REVENUES DEVELOPMENT, INSURANCE,SOURCING, TRANSPORTATION LOGISTICS & TEAM BUILDING
Steve recently retired as Managing Director of Hiscox Guernsey, which from its inception in 1998 has attracted over $1.5 billion in foreign currency premiums to the island and employs more than 35 full-time staff. Steve has over 35 years of insurance experience, primarily in the Fine Art and Kidnap and Ransom sectors, and now sits on several boards in a non-executive and advisory capacity.
EVENT PRODUCTION & LOGISTICS, CURATING, CREATIVE, DIGITAL MEDIA, LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL LIAISON
Since 1995, Jock has been working throughout Europe delivering bespoke events and digital media solutions to the highest standards. A passionate creative with a lifelong interest in the arts, Jock, who was trained in art and multimedia, has an eye for detail coupled with robust technical knowledge. He is as comfortable creating digitally as he is applying practical skills, with extensive client and team management experience, providing the foundations for a pivotal role in the functioning and management of a vibrant art venue.
MARKETING, SOCIAL MEDIA & CREATIVE
After graduating in Fine Art, Keiran worked for a leading UK finance company with theunusual title of Marketing Manager and Senior Creative. He and his team pitched alongside leading agencies such as JWT and Saatchi and Saatchi; utilising a multi-million-pound marketing budget, they delivered a significant profit via direct marketing, TV and online media. In 2006 Keiran opened his first agency and went on to win some of the most prestigious accounts on the island. He worked with David and Jock to establish Art for Guernsey in 2016 and remains a key part of the team.
DESIGNER, CREATIVE & ART WORKING
Mike is a passionate artist and designer and joined the team due to his experience working as a graphic designer and within the artistic sphere. He has worked closely with David Ummels and the Art for Guernsey team in establishing a organisational identity and is lead creative. Mike graduated from Portsmouth University with a degree in Fine Art, following this he achieved a Diploma in Graphic Design. Mike worked for local print company Printed back in 2008 for three years as a designer before establishing his own freelance business offering design and creative solutions where he continues to serve many local firms.
JOURNALISM, VIDEO & EDITING
After five years as an on-screen journalist for ITV, in 2004 Warren set up independent production company Spike Productions. He works extensively with corporations in the UK and the Channel Islands. A joint partnership with The Art Newspaper involved creating films and content at the world’s top art fairs and producing many features with contemporary artists, gallery owners and collectors. Warren’s key skill is taking complex subjects and communicating them clearly in an engaging way.
Caroline writes for a number of magazines and websites and appreciates the opportunity to learn new things every day. As a former language teacher, she has a love of words and is a stickler for accuracy – she also works as an editor and proofreader. A big fan of the arts, Caroline has been involved with the Guernsey Literary Festival since it started in 2011, and writes the copy for the programme and website.
LOCAL COMMUNITY & ARTISTS ENGAGEMENT, WORKSHOPS, CREATIVE, LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL LIAISON
After gaining her Masters in Art, Helen designed and produced costume fabrics for West End theatre, major films and TV and fashion designers. She also worked for trend prediction companies and developed printed textile designs to sell internationally. After returning to Guernsey to raise her family, Helen worked as an Activities Coordinator at the Guernsey Cheshire Home. This experience, in addition to delivering arts projects to children and adults, has driven a passion for introducing creativity to the whole community. Working with Arts for Impact has seen Helen focus on facilitating and delivering creative workshops to build confidence, social connections and fresh interest in the benefits of art.
ART CONSERVATOR / CARE OF COLLECTIONS (CONDITION REPORTS, DISPLAY, STORAGE & LOGISTICS), EDUCATION, INTERNATIONAL LIAISON & CURATION
Sally has a background in art, having studied portraiture at London Fine Art Studios and Heatherleys School of Fine Art. She is the founder of Ede Conservation, a fine artconservation company based in Guernsey, restoring oil paintings for private collectors, auction houses and individuals. She also works for clients in London and participates in residential projects in India for the Archbishop of Goa. She is on the Editorial Committee of The Picture Restorer magazine, published in London.