The UAL Development Council is a group of distinguished UAL alumni and friends who share in the University’s vision and goals.

As the highest-level volunteer circle at the University, the Council aims to provide fundraising support for the University through strategic introductions, networking with individuals and foundations and facilitating events.

Council members:

Aisha Caan

Aisha Caan is a member of the University's Court of Governors and Chair of the UAL Development Council. Double alumna of LCF (BA equiv. Fashion Design, 1981) and CSM (MA Fine Art, 2008), Aisha was also a lecturer at LCF. Beginning her career as a fashion designer running her own boutiques, the House of Aisha, Caan has now established herself as an artist. 

Her abstract works are influenced by faith and science, and her first solo show was in the House of Lords in 2007. Caan donates all the profits from the sales of her work to the Aisha Caan Foundation, set up in 2008. She is an Ambassador for Muslim Hands UK, and has recently set up an orphanage for girls in Pakistan through them. 

Caan was awarded Best Artist of the Year by the Pakistani Achievements Awards in 2010 and Best International Artist by Arts for India 2011. Caan gave a series of lectures for the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation in November 2011.

Nigel Carrington

Nigel Carrington is the Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London. Before joining the University in September 2008, Nigel's career was in the private sector, including 21 years with Baker & McKenzie, the international law firm, where he was Managing Partner of the London Office and Chairman of the Firm's European Region, and seven years with the McLaren Group where he was Managing Director and Deputy Chairman. 

He studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute between 2005-2007 and holds a number of non-executive positions in the public, private and charitable sectors, including Chairman of The English Concert, the internationally-renowned chamber orchestra.

Peter Dart

Peter Dart is a global marketing professional with 35 years marketing experience, having worked on many of the world’s most recognisable brands. Through his career Peter has spent roughly equal amounts of time as a Marketing Director of Unilever plc, as an Entrepreneur/Founder and Chairman of Added Value marketing consultancy, and then, for the past 10 years, as a direct report to Sir Martin Sorrell in the WPP parent company in London.

Peter is an accomplished musician and a former Organ Scholar of Hertford College, Oxford, where he read Physics. He is Trustee of The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Director of Music at St Mary's Parish Church, Wargrave. He is also on the Marketing Advisory Board of the British Museum, a Trustee of the Prince's Foundation for Building Community, a Trustee of the Education and Employers' Taskforce and also a Trustee of the United Westminster/Greycoat Foundation.

Peter lives in Stanlake Park Wine Estate in Berkshire. Stanlake has a large Vineyard, Winery and Cellar Shop selling around a dozen different types of award-winning Stanlake wines.

Clara Freeman, OBE

Clara Freeman is Deputy Chairman of the Court of Governors and Chairman of the University's Personnel Committee. Clara was formerly Director of Stores and Personnel at Marks & Spencer plc, where she was the first woman appointed to the executive board in the history of the Company. She is a trustee of The Girls Day School Trust, an honorary fellow of Somerville College, Oxford and chairs the College’s Development board.

She is a trustee, together with her husband, of the Michael and Clara Freeman Charitable Trust. Clara sat on the board of BITC for several years and chaired the equality campaign, Opportunity Now. She was awarded the OBE for services to women in the workforce in 2001.

Yassmin Ghandehari

Yassmin Ghandehari studied Fine Art, before completing a degree in French literature and postgraduate courses in Art and Interior Architecture at Central Saint Martins and Inchbald School of Design. 

Yassmin has over 11 years experience as an interior designer, working on high end projects across the commercial and residential sectors, she is also a practising artist and an established art collector, with a passion for modern and contemporary art. Yassmin is a member of the Sotheby’s advisory board and a founding member of the British Fashion Council Trust.

Michael Goedhuis

Trained as an economist, Michael Goedhuis started his career as an investment banker with First Boston Corporation in New York and London. He subsequently took a degree in Art History under Anthony Blunt at the Courtauld Institute in London. 

Michael then joined Jacob Rothschild working with the Rothschild art investment companies and was later instrumental in establishing the Oriental Department at Colnaghi.  By 1982 he had established his own company, Michael Goedhuis Ltd, dealing in Islamic and Chinese works of art.  During this period he also wrote for the Economist on art and the art world.

Michael's career in the art world has been based on a policy of identifying commercially neglected areas, which are of investment potential and are therefore appropriate for market development. Over the last 20 years, he has established himself as a pioneer in the field of modern and contemporary Chinese art. 

Deidre Hopkins

Deirdre Hopkins is an Honorary Fellow (2006), alumna of the College of Distributive Trades and former staff of London College of Fashion and London College of Communication as well as being a trustee of the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation. Deirdre is a leadership donor to LCF and the University, endowing the Chair of Fashion in 2001, and the cross-college Chair of Drawing in 2002. Her late husband, Rick Hopkins, founded the grantmaking Rootstein Hopkins Foundation. 

The Foundation is a leadership donor to the University, funding a wide range of projects across the Colleges including; the Rootstein Hopkins Space at LCF, the refurbishment of the theatre at Wimbledon College of Art and the landscaping and redevelopment of the Parade Ground at Millbank.

Nigel Hurst

Nigel Hurst is Chief Executive of the Saatchi Gallery in London. He graduated from Goldsmith's College, London University in 1986 and since then has curated numerous international exhibitions. 

He joined the Saatchi Gallery as a curator in 1995, working on, Sensation at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Nationalgalerie at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. More recent exhibitions have focused on Asian contemporary art. Nigel was appointed member of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Public Art Advisory Board in 2009.

Harold Tillman, CBE

Harold Tillman is an alumnus of London College of Fashion (1965) and a major donor of MA Scholarships to the College. With an established reputation as a successful entrepreneur in fashion, retail and leisure, Harold is an ambassador and champion of British fashion and served as Chairman of the British Fashion Council from 2008-2012. Harold is a Trustee of the V&A and a Director of the New West End Company. Tillman was appointed CBE in the 2010 for his services to the fashion industry.

Roxane Zand

Harvard and Oxford educated, Roxane Zand began a career in museum and arts administration after three years in UNESCO. She left Iran after the Revolution to resume professional activities in London in the field of education, and as one of the founding members of the Harvard Club of London. She was an officer of the Iran Heritage Foundation before moving to Asia House, and worked variously as arts editor of the Encyclopaedia Islamica and freelance consultant for numerous projects for the British Museum and elsewhere in the art world before joining Sotheby's in 2006. 

Roxane is Deputy Chairman for Sotheby's Middle East and Gulf Region and now also takes charity auctions. Currently she sits on the Advisory Council of the Pictet Art Prize, acts as Global Ambassador for SOAS and is recognised by the Asian Women of Achievement Awards for her services to Middle East arts and culture. More recently she has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London.