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Professor Stuart Hall’s family, friends and colleagues established the Stuart Hall Foundation in November 2014 to continue his life’s work.

Claire Alexander
Claire Alexander
Claire Alexander is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. She has researched, written and published on issues of race, ethnicity, youth and migration in Britain for over 25 years. She is the author of The Art of Being black (1996), The Asian Gang (2000) and The Bengal Diaspora: Rethinking Muslim Migration (with Joya Chatterj and Annu Jalais, 2016).
Maria Amidu
Maria is a visual artist and producer of social projects. She has developed work at several organisations including at the Houses of Parliament, Turner Contemporary and PEER. She is also a programmer and writer for learning, and developed the Autograph ABP Archive Learning Resource and the National Maritime Museum’s Citizen Resource . Maria became a close colleague and friend of Stuart whilst working with him on the development of Rivington Place and the film The Unfinished Conversation (2012).
Ruth Borthwick
Ruth has twenty years’ experience of leading organisations in the charity arts sector. Prior to her role as the Foundation's Executive Director, she led the UK’s leading creative writing charity, Arvon, as their Chief Executive for ten years, and was Head of Literature Talks at the Southbank Centre where she worked with some of the world’s leading writers . She also co-founded Spread the Word with 2019 Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo.
David Bailey
David A Bailey is a writer, curator and cultural facilitator. He is Director of the International Curators Forum (ICF). David met Stuart at Goldsmiths in the 1980s where their conversation about the black visual arts began. Years later, this conversation led to Stuart becoming the Chair of Iniva (the Institute of International Visual Arts) and Autograph ABP.
Office and Projects Manager
Harriet Fleuriot
Harriet is an artist and producer. Her art involves film, performance and sculpture, most recently working with long term collaborator Sarah Cockings on their first UK solo show at Block 336, London. Harriet has worked with other artists and organisations such as The Stuart Croft Foundation, DACS, BFI, Tate, MOMA PS1, Flamin, Shooting People, ScreenSkills and LOCO, on the production of films, exhibitions, events, training and artists' opportunities. Harriet is SHF's Office and Projects Manager.
Becky Hall
Becky Hall is Stuart's daughter. She studied literature before training as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic and currently works in NHS mental health services for children and families. She is also training as a psychoanalyst.
Catherine Hall
Catherine Hall is Stuart’s widow. She is a historian and works on the impact of empire on Britain. For the last six years, she has led the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at University College London, which explores Britain’s long history in relation to the slavery business. She is now the Emerita Chair of the new Centre for the Study of British Slave-ownership at UCL. Catherine has published extensively on questions of race, gender and empire.
Jess Hall
Jess Hall is Stuart's son. He is a filmmaker and cinematographer. His feature film credits include Hot Fuzz , The Spectacular Now and Ghost in the Shell . In 2009 Jess was invited into the British Society of Cinematographers. In 2013 he was invited to become a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Based in California, Jess is a visiting lecturer at the American Film Institute.
Julian Henriques
Julian Henriques is a film writer-director, sound artist and Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London. Stuart was a close friend of the Henriques family over many years.
Paula Kahn
Paula Kahn worked with Stuart as a Trustee of Iniva eventually becoming Acting Chair. She then became Chair of Camden Arts Centre. She was Chief Executive of Longman, the international education and business publisher and subsequently MD of Phaidon. Currently Chair of Metropolitan Housing and Treasurer of Association of Charitable Foundations.
Gregor McLennan
Gregor McLennan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol. He was a student of Stuart's at the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in the 1970s, and they were close colleagues at the Open University through the 1980s. Greg is currently engaged in selecting, editing and introducing the planned Duke UP volume of Hall’s writings on ‘the question of Marxism’.
Michael Rustin
Michael Rustin is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, and a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Clinic. He first met Stuart at the Universities and Left Review Club in 1957 and worked with him on political projects over many years. Stuart, Doreen Massey and he were founding editors of Soundings in 1995 and edited the Kilburn Manifesto together in 2013-4. Michael is Stuart’s brother-in-law.
Susanna Rustin
Susanna Rustin is a journalist at the Guardian. Currently on the Opinion desk, she has also been a feature writer and deputy editor of the Saturday Review. She helped set up London's only parish council in Queen's Park, where she lives with her husband and daughters. Susanna is Catherine and Stuart’s niece.
Gilane Tawadros
Gilane Tawadros is the Chief Executive of DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists rights management organisation. She is a curator and writer and was the founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) which Stuart Hall chaired for over a decade. She was the first art historian to be appointed to the prestigious Blanche, Edith and Irving Laurie Chair in Women’s Studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Sue Woodford-Hollick
Sue Woodford-Hollick OBE (Lady Hollick) is a businesswoman, former television journalist, and founding commissioning editor of multicultural programmes at Channel 4 Television. Professor Stuart Hall was a close colleague and friend during her time in television. As Chair of Arts Council England-London, Sue worked with Stuart Hall on the development of Rivington Place.
Professor Angela Davis
Professor Angela Davis is an activist, a writer and Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests are feminism, African-American studies, critical theory, Marxism, popular music, social consciousness, and the philosophy and history of punishment and prisons. Professor Davis is the founder of the US anti-prisons campaigning organisation Critical Resistance. She first met Stuart at the 1991 Black Popular Culture Conference.
Isaac Julien
Isaac Julien is a leading international film and video artist, producing work for cinema, television and art galleries. His film projects include Playtime (2014), Ten Thousand Waves (2010), and Western Union: Small Boats (2007). Isaac worked on several film projects with Stuart over many years, including Kapital (2013).
Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr
Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is one of the leading scholars of African-American literature, a historian, a filmmaker and a public intellectual. Professor Gates currently serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Professor Gates was a friend and close colleague of Stuart’s over many years.
Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen is a Turner Prize-winning video artist and Oscar-winning producer, director and screenwriter whose films include Hunger (2008), Shame (2011), and 12 Years a Slave (2013), which won the Academy Award for best film in 2014. In 2016 Steve McQueen was honoured with the prestigious British Film Institute Fellowship. He worked with Stuart as a board member for Iniva.