The Tetley


The Tetley’s Board of Trustees is made up of dedicated individuals who come from many sectors, including the visual arts. We are grateful for our Trustees’ guidance and commitment to making The Tetley a success.

Gerald Jennings


Gerald Jennings is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has worked in the retail property sector for over 25 years. He is President of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce (leading the business case for Devolution and HS2) and a Non-Executive Director to the Board of Henry Boot PLC. Previously, Gerald was Land Securities’ Retail Portfolio Director and was instrumental in the development of Trinity Leeds which opened in 2013. He is an active member of the business community and is involved in a number of social enterprises and charities including Leeds City College, the Ahead Partnership, Leeds BID, Leeds Community Foundation.

Jean Dent

Deputy Chair

Jean Dent, OBE has recently retired after 40 years service at Leeds City Council. For the last nine of those years she was a director and the last three was the Director of City Development, with responsibility for the physical,economic and cultural development of the city. She is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has had an active role , during her career, in many regeneration and cultural schemes which have helped transform Leeds. She is now a governor at Leeds Metropolitan University; a governor at two primary schools which have federated and a consultant with the regeneration consultancy Eye. Jean was awarded an OBE in the 2011 New Year's Honours List for her services to local government.

Dawn Cameron


Dawn Cameron is a self-employed researcher, project manager and evaluator working primarily in the creative arts and cultural sectors. She has attained Masters of Arts degrees in Social and Public Policy and in Creative Writing and works to combine those areas of artistic and academic interest in her self-employed assignments. She is interested in working on projects which seek to deliver social change and which enable individuals to engage in creative practice. Over the past 10 years she has been engaged by clients to carry out several research and evaluation assignments, primarily in the areas of the arts, cultural policy and heritage.

In addition to her evaluation work, Dawn is an experienced project manager. She currently co-ordinates Extend – a national cultural leadership programme devised by engage (the National Association for Gallery Education). In recent years she has also coordinated Maximise across three regions (an ACE programme which enabled arts organisations to develop and test action research programmes designed to attract new audiences); conducted research projects for ACE, including Where’s the Vybe which sought to quantify the financial and artistic impact of black led arts in the Yorkshire region.

Adrian Friedli


Adrian came to Yorkshire in 1981 to study fine art in Leeds, and has subsequently lived, and worked in the cultural sector in Yorkshire for over twenty-five years, as an artist, in academia, as an independent producer, and as a Director in regional and national arts development agencies. As a creative consultant, Adrian was Programme Lead in the team that bid successfully for Hull to be UK City of Culture in 2017. He is currently Chair of Yorkshire and Humber Contemporary Visual Arts Network, and a non-executive Director of Forced Entertainment.

Deborah Green


Deborah Green is Director of Student Recruitment at the University of Hull where she is responsible for strategic leadership and direction of the university’s recruitment and admissions activity. Deborah took up this post in November 2016, having previously been Director of Marketing at Leeds Beckett University, where she played a pivotal role in rebranding the university and Chief Executive of Marketing Leeds, where she was responsible for the city’s strategic destination marketing, promoting Leeds as a world-class destination for business, leisure and education. She is a lawyer by profession and was previously an associate director at the College of Law and founder director of Leeds Legal. Deborah was recognised as Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year in 2006 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Bob Lewis


Bob Lewis is a Chartered Accountant and was in practice as a partner in Haines Watts until his retirement in 2007. During his career with the firm he was based in Leeds as the Northern Regional partner and then National Managing Partner as well as being a director of the firm's financial services company. Since his retirement he has served as a non-executive director of an AIM listed company, a magistrate, a school governor and as a member of the advisory board of the Safer Communities Fund of the West Yorkshire Crime Commissioner. He is currently a trustee of the Hunslet Club in Leeds, a trustee of number of other local charities, and past President of the of the Rotary Club of Leeds.

Rosi Lister


Rosi Lister has more than 20 years experience of working across the arts, heritage and learning sectors in Yorkshire, the North East and nationally. Having begun her career in art and design education, Rosi then moved into widening participation & sector skills project development culminating in a range of roles in arts & cultural organisational management. Rosi has subsequently developed a specialism in creating mixed model business strategies that combine public and private sector funding streams alongside strategic cross sector partnerships at local, regional and national levels. Rosi’s current role is that of CEO of CapeUK the Arts Council’s Yorkshire Bridge organisation. Rosi joined the Tetley board of trustees in 2016

Jonathan Straight


Jonathan Straight is an entrepreneur best known for founding and running Straight plc, the UK’s leading supplier of waste and recycling containers which he headed for 21 years before exiting in 2014. As well as starting the business from scratch he floated it on the London Stock Exchange and successfully made a transition from distributor to manufacturer. Jonathan is a trustee of the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, a local charity providing social care and is the founder of The Straight Charitable Trust, his own vehicle for helping good causes. He is an investor in start ups and sits as a non-executive director on a number of boards and social enterprises. In his spare time he is a street photographer. Recognised by his waxed moustache and ponytail, Jonathan also has a collection of around 350 pairs of eclectic spectacles.

Joe Hill


Joe Hill has been Director of Focal Point Gallery (FPG), an NPO gallery in Southend-on-Sea, since 2013. He oversaw the construction of, and relocation to, a new site in the centre of the town’s education quarter, as well as complete overhaul of the gallery’s approach to audiences, stakeholders and partnership work in south Essex. Over this period, the gallery has doubled its audience numbers and is now at the heart of key strategic planning in the South East. Hill grew up in Leeds and studied at Leeds College of Art.

Rehana Zaman


Rehana Zaman is London based artist, working with moving image and performance. She was commissioned by The Tetley and exhibited here in 2014. She also grew up in Leeds and went to Leeds College of Art. Zaman lives and works in London. She holds a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London and completed her MFA in Fine Art at the same place in 2011. She is a lecturer on the BA Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is frequently invited to devise and deliver workshops, talks and events for groups and organisations such as J4DW, Studio Voltaire’s The Syllabus, RCA, UCL, Birkbeck, London, Funen Academy, Denmark and Royal Institute of Art, Sweden. In 2017 Rehana won one of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists.