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Meet the speakers

Here you can see the speakers who from our annual meeting this year.   

Assemble Studio CIC

Assemble Studio CIC

Winners of last year’s Turner Prize, Assemble Studio, are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They began working together in 2010 and are comprised of 18 members. Assemble’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realization of the work.

Anna Harding, Chief Executive at SPACE

Anna Harding, Chief Executive at SPACE

Since 2005 Anna has been Chief Executive at SPACE, a non-profit artist support organization founded in 1968 www.spacestudios.org.uk.  Prior to this she was Programme Director, MA Creative Curating, Goldsmiths, University of London from 1995-2003; Curator/Director of Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge 1989-92 where she delivered the exhibitions programme and managed the unique art collection. Exhibitions Organiser, Camerawork, 1986-9, also freelance work for Whitechapel Art Gallery and Hayward Gallery, Arts Council England and London Arts Board. She has edited several books including Curating: The Contemporary Art Museum and Beyond , Academy Editions 1997, and Magic Moments: Collaboration Between Artists and Young People , Black Dog 2006 and has published articles widely.

Eric Holterhues, Head of Arts and Culture

Eric Holterhues joined Triodos Bank (NL) in 2000 as a senior account manager working with arts and culture clients and helped set up Triodos Bank’s Culture Fund. In September 2010, Eric became Head of Arts and Culture for Triodos Investment Management and now manages the Triodos Culture Fund. Alongside this position, Eric is also Head of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and is the fund manager of the Triodos SRI Funds.

With a passion for both the visual and performing arts, Eric holds several Board positions with Cultural organisations. He is a member of the Circle of Permanent Advisors to the Dutch Council for Culture and member of the Expert Group of the Program Access to Finance of the European Commission.  

Eric spent time in New York researching the relationship and financial management of cultural institutions, such as the Metropolitan Opera, Museum of Modern Arts and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In 2009 he advised the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York on their exhibition Why Design Now? In 2011 he received the Certificate in Arts Administration of New York University.

Peter Blom, CEO, Triodos Bank N.V.

Peter Blom is the CEO of Triodos Bank and the Chair of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values

After studying economics, and helping to run one of the first organic food centres in the Netherlands, Peter Blom joined Triodos in 1980, the year we first opened for business. Having been with us since the start, he was appointed Managing Director in 1989, and has been CEO since 1997. He is Chair of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values and also a member of the Board of the Dutch Banking Association. He maintains an interest in food and farming, chairing the Organic Food and Agricultural Council of the Netherlands.

Charles Middleton, Managing Director, Triodos Bank UK

Charles Middleton

Charles joined Triodos Bank in 2003 as Managing Director of the UK business, bringing with him 21 years’ banking experience of which 11 were spent overseas in India, Africa and the Caribbean. Moving to Triodos provided a great opportunity for Charles to combine his banking expertise with his desire to work for an organisation that was focused on making a difference to people and the environment.

Charles is a former Chairman of the Haller Foundation who work with rural communities in Kenya and has recently become a Trustee of ChildHope who are a charity securing social justice for children and young people in Africa, Asia and South America.