The Trustees

Jodi Mattes Trustees

There are currently three Trustees …

Ross Parry

Photo of Ross ParryRoss Parry is Professor of Museum Technology in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. He is also one of the founding Trustees of the Jodi Mattes Trust.

Currently, Ross is leading a major £0.6mn national project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and working with a network of 17 institutional partners, to develop a digital literacy framework for the UK museum sector.

Previously, he was one of the team of nine academics whose submission to the national Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 produced the highest proportion of world-leading research in any subject in any UK university. In 2005 he was made a HIRF Innovations Fellow for his work on developing in-gallery digital media, and in 2009 was made a Tate Research Fellow. From 2008 to 2011 he was elected chair of the national Museums Computer Group, and from 2004 to 2010 co-convened the annual ‘UK Museums on the Web’ (UKMW) conferences. He has also and sat on the national JISC Content Advisory Group. He served on the International Scientific Advisory Board for ‘Learning 2.0’ managed by DREAM (the Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials) at the University of Southern Denmark, where in 2012 he was visiting professor.

Ross is the author of ‘Recoding the Museum: Digital Heritage and the Technologies of Change’ (Routledge 2007), the first major history of museum computing, and in 2010 published ‘Museums in a Digital Age’ (Routledge). He is currently working on a postdigital history of illusion and artificiality in the museum.

John Vincent

Photo of John VincentJohn Vincent has worked in the public sector since the 1960s, primarily for Hertfordshire, Lambeth and Enfield library services. In 1997, he was invited to become part of the team that produced the UK’s first review of public libraries and social exclusion, from which it was agreed to establish a network of libraries, archives and museums to tackle social exclusion.

Via The Network, John now runs courses and lectures, writes, produces regular newsletters and ebulletins, and lobbies for greater awareness of the role that libraries, archives, museums, and the cultural & heritage sector play in contributing to social justice.

He is particularly interested in supporting the work that libraries do with young people in care, with LGBT people, and with ‘new arrivals’ to the UK.

In September 2010, the book he co-authored with John Pateman, Public libraries and social justice, was published by Ashgate (now Routledge); and, in January 2014, he published LGBT people and the UK cultural sector … (also published by Ashgate, now Routledge).

In February 2014, John was given a CILIP CDEG Special Diversity Award, and, in September, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of CILIP.

Matthew Cock

Matthew is the Chief Executive of VocalEyes, a charity working to increase opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to experience and enjoy art and heritage. A graduate in Art History (Edinburgh) and Fine Art (Glasgow School of Art), he joined VocalEyes in 2015, having worked for many years at the British Museum, as an editor, digital content manager and then head of the web team, responsible for the museum’s websites and digital projects, including gallery and mobile technology projects. Prior to that he worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum as a curatorial assistant, working on documentation, gallery and other projects across many of the curatorial departments.