And here are few more of our friendly faces

Photo of  Will  Ramsay

Will Ramsay

Fair Founder
The founder and CEO of the Affordable Art Fairs worldwide. Raised in Scotland, he attended Eton College and Newcastle University. Prior to working in the art world, Will served in the British Army for 5 years, leaving as a Captain.
In addition to organising art fairs, multi-tasker extraordinaire Will has numerous projects on the go – Chairman of YPO’s Art Network, setting up a hydro-electric business, running a farm, author, bagpipe player, amateur jockey, the face of a Blackberry advertising campaign, a Creative Titan; as well as being married and father to 4 daughters. Who said you can’t do it all?!

Photo of  Rupert  Harding-Newman
Operations Director and MD - EU
Joining us in June 2011, Rups has been a very busy bee implementing various systems and structures in the last year to help the company through its planned growth. Prior to this he worked for a London based retailer, managing their supply chain and business analysis through a period of rapid growth.

Rups leapt at the chance to move to our HQ in the Scottish Borders, having spent most of his formative years north of the border and being a passionate rugby fan. When not at work he can be found in the great outdoors taking part in various adventurous challenges.

Rupert Harding-Newman

Photo of  Billy  Hodgins
Finance Director
As a Chartered Global Management Accountant, Billy has worked in many diverse industries since qualifying in 1995 and brings a great deal of financial and commercial management experience to the team. Having spent many years on the Board of numerous companies from childcare to technology, he is excited to be working in the art fair world and plans to introduce everyone he knows to the pleasures and rewards of owning art.

When he is not immersed in spreadsheets, Billy can be seen descending (sometimes uncontrollably!) down the hills in the Scottish Borders on his mountain bike.

Billy Hodgins

Photo of  Ellen  Jarlett
Marketing Director
Ellen started at the Affordable Art Fair in 2007 as the UK Marketing Manager. Before then, she was at Christie’s working in various international marketing roles. She has a professional diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and an MA in Politics.

With her uncanny knack of knowing exactly what people want, the first fair Ellen worked on saw thousands of additional visitors flocking through its doors, and the London record now stands at a whopping 25,000. These days, she is busy sprinkling that magic across all our fairs.

Ellen Jarlett

Photo of  Clemmie  Marshall
Development Manager
Clemmie graduated from St Andrews University in 2005 and first met the Affordable Art Fair team through a gallery she was working for at the time. Embarking on travels, she went away to ponder the meaning of life, and on returning to the UK, discovered that Affordable Art Fair was the answer (although we have always known this to be true!).

She started working at Will’s Art Warehouse before going full time for the Affordable Art Fair in 2009. As well as contemplating deep matters, Clemmie is also partial to a spot of ping-pong.

Clemmie Marshall

Photo of  Paul  Matthews
Director of Development and Global Partnerships
Paul studied at Kings College, London, before working in the City for 9 years and running an online gallery alongside for 3 of those.

Fortunately for us, he was lucky enough to meet Will and joined the team as Director of Development in January 2007. Since then, he has launched new fairs across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Aside from art, Paul loves adventure and travel (especially when it can include some hammock time).

Paul Matthews

Photo of  Laura  Peebles
Marketing Assistant
Graduating from Edinburgh University in 2010 with an English Literature and History degree, Laura joined the Affordable Art Fair as part of the international team in May 2012.

She spent the two years in-between undertaking various editorial internships, social media jobs, freelancing as a writer and travelling. A vivid dreamer (in every sense) she one day plans to document them in a series of short stories.

Laura Peebles

Photo of  Anne  Robinson
MD - US
Bringing over 30 years of experience in consumer retailing and marketing to the Affordable Art Fair, Anne began her career selling boxes of Girl Scout cookies at age 12. Many years later and her love of selling edible items lives on through her own business which sells gourmet Scottish foods in the US.

From 1999-2003, Anne was owner and CEO of Caswell-Massey Co. Ltd., Americas Oldest Chemists and Perfumers Since 1752, which she sold in 2003. She holds an A.B. by Harvard magna cum laude in Economics, and an MBA in Marketing from Harvard Business School. Anne joined us in 2010 as non-executive Director, and is currently a Managing Director on a part time basis.

 

Anne Robinson

Photo of  Hugh  Scrimgeour
Non-Executive Director
Hugh was appointed a Non-Executive Director in November 2011. Between 1993 and 1999 he was Chairman and Managing Director of Earls Court and Olympia, a major London events venue and exhibition organiser.

He is Vice Chairman of two exhibition centres in China and Director of exhibition organisers Tarsus Group. He has also been Chief Financial Officer of Princess Cruises and Chief Executive Officer of Expocentric plc, a leading provider of online services to the events industry. Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Mr. Scrimgeour brings with him a wealth of industry experience.

Hugh Scrimgeour

Photo of  Chris  Stone
Non-Executive Director
Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant many moons ago, Chris spent a year with PWC, then many years advising SME’s from a wide range of industrial sectors.

He left the profession in 1988 and spent the next 6 years as a Financial Director, before becoming a portfolio non-executive Director, interim Finance Director, mentor and consultant to a variety of SME’s, including of course, us. Spending his working days pulling companies up and over their mountains, Chris achieves balance as a ski enthusiast, whizzing down hills in his spare time.

Chris Stone

Photo of  Nicky  Wheeler
MD - UK and Brand Director
After spending her twenties travelling and discovering the secrets of the world, Nicky returned to the UK to find a ‘proper’ job. Several years followed working in marketing and design, both on the client and agency sides.

In 1999 she took a freelance role with the Affordable Art Fair, working with Will Ramsay on the very first fair. Thirteen years later, and she’s still here! A passionate promoter of the arts, Nicky has a particular penchant for original prints.

Nicky Wheeler