Tim Challans


Tim became chair of City Arts in 2011. He believes passionately in the power of the arts. In the course of his career Tim ran the Leisure and Cultural services for Nottinghamshire County Council, and the Leisure, Culture and Lifelong Learning services for Walsall Council. Tim is an art historian, works on the Ashbourne Arts Festivial, aspires to be an artist and is a member of the Academy of Urbanism.

Norman Randall


Norman joined the City Arts Board in 2006 and became Vice Chair in 2009. His background is in education, training and development. Once a semi-professional musician he is still active in the local traditional music scene. He teaches fencing and enjoys calligraphy as a hobby.

Tim Harris

Joining the board in 2005, Tim had previously been Head of Arts at Nottinghamshire County Council. Now a producer and project manager, he has worked for a number of councils, creative agencies, artists and festivals across the UK. His experience includes arts and health, evaluation, project management, strategic planning and organisational development for the independent arts sector.

Tony Wills

Tony, a Chartered Accountant, joined the CA Board in July 2014. Previously he was Chair of the Board of Nottingham Playhouse, and remains a Member. Prior to joining the Playhouse he held a senior position at Arts Council East Midlands contributing business and financial expertise to the organisation and its clients. After a career spent in the Public/Private and Health sectors he now uses his expertise to help Arts organisations such as CA, faced with the difficult challenges of the current economic climate, to ensure their sustainability and forge effective relations with stakeholders.

Michèle Taylor

Michèle joined the board in 2014 and brings particular expertise and experience in disabilty and equality issues. She is a performer (one half of comedy duo "Bitter and Twisted" who appeared at the Derby Comedy Festival in 2015) and is also a photographer and digital artist. Michèle also works in individual and organisational development and is a qualified psychotherapist and accredited coach.

Saira Lloyd

Saira is an artist, curator and Director of Synapse Arts. She began her career as a Scientist and now combines an artistic practice with a curatorial one. Saira frequently works in partnership with galleries, museums and universities; manages festivals; and has many links with arts organisations and artists across the region making her increasingly part of the artistic network involved in the provision of arts across the region.