Jessica Stockford

Jess is a consultant with nearly 20 years of expertise in business partnerships, governance and fundraising across the cultural, social enterprise and not for profit sectors. Passionate about leadership, governance and building better boards through diversity, skill and creating strong networks. 

Her governance expertise includes devising and delivering training for trustees and whole boards; undertaking governance reviews and audits; facilitating Away Days and visioning exercises; fundraising strategies and training for boards; as well as making 100’s of chair and non-executive appointments.

Key business clients have included Deutsche Bank, Northern Trust Bank, Bloomberg and BSkyB. Successful board appointments include Arts Council England, The Almeida, The Whitechapel Gallery and RIBA.

Jess is a board member for 11:18, a theatre company and was a founding trustee/director of The Basement, a live arts venue in Brighton and is an associate tutor at Goldsmiths University. She frequently gives lectures and talks on the role of the Board and governance in the cultural sector.

Jess has been a member of the Prince of Wales’ ‘Good Governance Group’ and contributes to the NCVO’s ‘Governance and Leadership’ committee.

Jess has a BA (Hons) in Arts Management from De Montfort University, a diploma in Personnel and Development (University of Brighton) and is an accredited Action LearningSet facilitator.

Most recently, Jess is training for accreditation with ‘Living Well Dying Well’ - this work aims to provide support for people at the end of their lives.