About Us

Under the RBS Council’s strategic guidance, the RBS team is responsible for the day to day management of the charity and the design and delivery of the programme of activities to advance and promote the art of sculpture.

Led by the Director, the team is a mix of full and part time employed and engaged staff and long term volunteers and is based at the RBS head offices in South Kensington, London.

Anne Rawcliffe-King, Director

Originally trained as a sculptor, Anne worked in a variety of roles in the creative industries for twenty five years, from BBC researcher to CEO of a music collecting society, before returning to the visual arts when she joined the RBS late in 2002. She works part time running the organisation and reports to the RBS Council.

Claire Mander, Deputy Director and Curator

Claire has a broad range of experience across the visual arts, most recently, as Head of Contemporary of a commercial gallery in London showing the work of emerging artists from around the world in all media. Prior to obtaining her MA(Distinction) from the Courtauld Institute in 2004, she obtained an MA(Hons) in French & History of Art from Edinburgh University.

Julie Beech, Head of Awards & Participation

Following a diverse career in the advertising industry, Julie founded Art in Education to deliver a range of creative projects for schools and cultural organisations. She first ran the Education Programme at the RBS in 2005, and now manages all of the awards (Brian Mercer, FIRST@108, Bursary) along with the education programme for primary and secondary schools.

Lorraine Blackman, Bursary Award/ Project Manager 

Lorraine has a background in commercial galleries, museums and arts membership organisations. Experience includes managing an art libraies society based at the National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum. As well as a BA (Hons) in History and Theory of Art, Lorraine holds a MA in Arts Policy and Management. 

Cynthia Scoville, Education Officer

After working for Christie’s in London, Cynthia came to the RBS in 2008 to volunteer on the schools programme. She now runs Three Dimensions, the RBS sculpture workshops for primary school children and usually works part time, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Louise Sanders, Communications and Development Officer

Louise studied for her BA Hons in Fine Art at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design prior to completing a CIM Professional Marketing Diploma in 2007. She comes with valuable experience from the RBSA in Birmingham and recent arts, publishing and communications roles. She is an artist who enjoys working with artists, and looks after the communications for the Society’s membership as well as the RBS' digital platforms including the website and social media.

Ella Hempsted, Membership Officer

Having completed a BA Hons degree in Fine Art Practice at Loughborough University, Ella joined the Society as the Membership and Communications Volunteer. She uses her skills in sculpture and ceramics to assist in education projects. Ella now works as the Membership Officer to look after the Society’s membership of around 650 sculptors.