The SSW Board of Trustees are responsible for overseeing and safeguarding the legal, financial and strategic direction of SSW, as set out in the current and future business plans. The biographies of SSW’s current Board of Trustees are below.
Dr Jennifer Clarke is the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Jennifer is an anthropologist, artist and educator, currently Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies at Gray’s School of Art. Her research combines and explores the boundaries of art practice and anthropology. Her projects are grounded in socially engaged, trans-disciplinary ‘art-anthropology’, developed through residencies, workshops, and exhibition-making in Japan, Taiwan, and the UK, working with whatever media and modes seems appropriate. As part of the project “Knowing from the Inside: art anthropology, architecture and design” (2013-2018) with Prof. Tim Ingold, she responded to post-disaster Japan; producing a series of exhibitions, through printmaking, photography, installation work, and performance. Following the birth of her son in 2018, Jen continues to develop explicitly feminist approaches to artistic and curatorial work, often in collaboration.
Dr George Jaramillo is an Assistant Professor of Design for Heriot-Watt University at its Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels. As part of the School of Textiles and Design, his main focus is on cross-disciplinary design innovation and innovating on traditional design thinking processes. His research deals with the interplay between landscape, heritage, and sensory methods. In understanding these ideas, new creative industries and capacities can be developed to create the future heritage of the region. He was also Studio Lead of the MDES programme in Design Innovation at The Glasgow School of Art and completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in cultural geography. Prior to his academic career, he was an architectural and heritage practitioner with over eight years of experience in New York City and Yosemite National Park.