Team

Laura O’Hare

Laura O’Hare

Director

Laura is responsible for leading the artistic and business development at VAA. Laura has been working in the Fine Arts sector since 2012 and is a founder of the VAA. Presently, Director of the Visual Art Open Prize and Chester Arts Fair, Laura has a wealth of experience in managing relationships with artists and understanding their needs. Laura has an extensive network including arts organisations, galleries, publishers and commercial partners. Laura has helped hundreds of artists figure out how to thrive at all stages of their fine art careers. Prior to working in the arts industry, Laura was a solicitor specialising in Employment Law for over 15 years.

Shirley-Ann O’Neill

Shirley-Ann O’Neill

Director

Shirley-Ann is a founder at VAA and responsible marketing communications and online training at VAA. She has over 20 years’ experience in Marketing & Distribution, with full Chartership at CIM and holds an MA Marketing. She is experienced in digital content and live communications across the UK and internationally. Her background in Arts marketing and partnerships, leads her commitment to ensuring that artists can develop the essential business skills to succeed. Shirley-Ann has worked in senior positions for a wide range of organisations, including the University of South Wales, British Airways and Black Mango Art.

Barbar Hedley

Barbar Hedley

Membership Support

Barbar Hedley joined the company in January 2018 and manages the company’s membership administration activities (registrations, invoicing and general queries). She has a degree in the History of Art from Liverpool John Moores University and is experienced in working in the arts sector.
Jasmine Collins

Jasmine Collins

Membership Content & Events

Jasmine Collins has been working full time within the company for 20 months having been recruited as a graduate intern, with a Textile Design degree from the University of Leeds. Experienced at working in high volume arts events, she is responsible for coordinating the VAA’s events schedule and annual conference.

Advisors

Richard Burnett

Richard Burnett

Commercial Director / Partner, HM Group Services Limited

Neil Revill

Neil Revill

Managing Director, Red Insure

Jeremy Turner

Jeremy Turner

Head of Art & Design at the University of Chester

David Kereszteny-Lewis

David Kereszteny-Lewis

Director of Visual Arts at The Grange School