The Guild of Media Arts  is managed by the Court.

The Court plans and delivers the programme of work that enables the Guild to achieve its objectives.
Meetings of Guild Officers and Court Members take place every two months and are chaired by the
Master of the Guild. The other Officers of the Guild attending the Court are the Clerk and the
Treasurer. Past Masters are also eligible to serve on the Court as Members. We may sometimes
appoint a Deputy to support the Master. One place on the Court is reserved for a Guild member
currently studying at undergraduate level in York. Make It York is invited to nominate an Observer to
attend the Court. The Administrative Officer may also attend Court meetings.


The Master leads and represents the Guild. The Clerk is the administrator of the Guild. They
coordinate its work and manage communications with other organisations. The Treasurer is
responsible for management of the Guild’s finances. All Court Members contribute their expertise
and time to realise the plans of the Guild, especially through its education work, its events and
professional development activities for members, and the effective communication about the
creative sector to audiences in York, nationally and internationally. The Guild is registered as a
Community Interest Company, number 10826421.


Members of the Guild are eligible to join the Court and may do so by making an application at any
time. Appointments are made by the Court when there is a vacancy. Members may serve for two
years, after which they are eligible for re-appointment. The range of skills and experience
represented on the Court is reviewed every year. Vacancies may also be filled through co-option.

 

 OFFICERS 

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OLIVIA CHATTEN

Master

Olivia is Business Development Executive at York Science Park and manages Phase One Business Incubator.

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OWEN TURNER

Deputy Master

Owen is Managing Director of United by Design.

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CHRIS BAILEY

Clerk & Past Master of the Guild

 

Chris is a Director of Make It York, Chair of the Board of Pilot Theatre and Visiting Professor at York St John University.

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THOMAS MCCUSKER

Treasurer

Tom is an ACA Chartered Accountant at Hentons.

 

 MEMBERS 

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ANN GURNELL

Past Master of the Guild


Ann is Marketing Director at Ideas Group.

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MAT LAZENBY

Past Master of the Guild
 

Mat is Co-founder and Creative Director at LazenbyBrown.

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MIKE LEIGH COOPER

 

Mike is a partner at InkBlot Films.

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PATRICK KELLY

Patrick is a journalist, author and editor.

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JAMES AFSHAR DODSON

 

James is Director of Terra Bytes Pop Up VR.

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DAMIAN MURPHY

 

Damian is Professor of Sound and Music Computing at the University of York and Director of XR Stories.

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HELEN APSEY

 

Make It York Observer.