Having supported BOM through an incredible nine years of transformation from a £5k project R&D grant to just under a £500k turnover organisation, expected to achieve 70% further income growth this year, our wonderful Chair of Board, Professor Jonathan Shaw, has decided it’s time to step down.

The news follows the announcement of BOM’s recent merger with Taran3D which, along with new roles added as a result of increased funding, has seen the team double in size.

Jonathan, who is currently Director, Educational Innovation and Technology at Coventry University and previously Trustee at the Photographers’ Gallery, London, says:

“As one of the founding directors, BOM holds a very special place in my heart. It has been an absolute pleasure supporting Karen and the BOM team over the last 9 years, through what can only be described as a phenomenal period of growth. As Chair for the past 5 years, it has been a true honour to have guided BOM to secure not only Arts Council England National Portfolio status in 2018, but this year seeing their funding double in recognition of the quality and impact of BOM’s work.  

With the most recent organisational transformation now complete, and BOM’s Immersive Studio business in place to futureproof the organisation, it’s time for me to step back and create a new opportunity for a new Chair to help guide BOM through their next exciting chapter and help realise a new Centre for Digital Inclusion capital project, here in Birmingham.”

Support & Guidance

With Jonathan’s support and guidance, we have forged ahead with our dynamic vision and growth to embed inclusive access to creative, immersive innovation across communities. BOM Founder and CEO Karen Newman says:

“Jonathan has been a remarkable Chair over the last 5 years, and a huge support to me personally from the very beginning. It was down to him that I had the support from the outset - leaving Liverpool in late 2012 to embark on establishing this new organisation, which took years of R&D’ing through business modelling to make BOM what it is today. He could not have been more supportive - a truly passionate - always diplomatic - Chair of Board, always open to (and encouraging of) innovation across everything we do, always with BOM’s best interests at heart. His time and dedication has been unending, and he can leave feeling incredibly proud about what he’s achieved in helping to create an extraordinary organisation with a very exciting future ahead. 

Peta Murphy, Lead Learning Architect for Enterprise and Innovation at Coventry University will be filling in as interim Chair while a search for a new Chair begins. Peta was previously Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, with a focus on creative and digital media. She has supported BOM’s journey from the outset, and we’re delighted to welcome her back as our Interim Chair of Board.

Chair of Board Opportunity

The callout for BOM’s new Chair of Board is now live, as we cast the net to find an experienced leader in capital project developments. This follows the recent announcement of BOM securing Community Ownership Funding to save, and bring back to life, the historically important Crown Pub as a dynamic venue for live music and immersive performance.

To apply for the Chair role, please download the BOM Chair of Board Recruitment Pack below, and send your expression of interest to our CEO, Karen Newman at karen@bom.org.uk.

BOM Chair of Board Recruitment Pack