Mat Lazenby appointed Master of the Guild of Media Arts

Mat Lazenby appointed Master of the Guild of Media Arts

The Guild of Media Arts appointed Mat Lazenby as their new Master on the 5th December, in addition to a new Assistant Master, Ann Gurnell, Court Member, Ben Pugh and Clerk, Chris Bailey. 

Each new member was the only candidate, having had only 1 nomination for each position. 

Charles Cecil has stepped down from the Guild Court and Nicola Ainscough remains as Treasurer. 

Our hugest thanks to Chris Bailey for being the first Master of the Guild! 


You can read their statements here:

Master - Mat Lazenby

During my time as Master of the Guild of Media Arts I will work to release the potential of the UNESCO designation for all in York and the wider region and to make 'Media Arts' part of the City's natural vocabulary. As the first City of Media Arts in the UK we have a once in a lifetime chance to progress our City's international cultural reputation to the benefit of its residents, its businesses and the entire creative community of the city and beyond.


Deputy Master - Ann Gurnell

Media arts in all their diversity are a cornerstone for both exciting cultural and business innovation and enriching day to day 21st century life. The Guild will develop, celebrate and communicate the City’s skills and reputation in this sector across the UK and beyond. As a marketer and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, I've worked in brands, marketing, communications and business leadership for more years than I care to admit and would be very happy to help lead the Guild to champion the media arts creativity, ideas, entrepreneurs and rich people resource in York in whatever ways I can.


Court Member - Ben Pugh

Since 1998 I have worked freelance as a producer providing management infrastructure for projects, festivals and events in the creative industries. I have been fortunate to work on great number of the city’s amazing cultural projects, including; The Mystery Plays, Illuminating York, Blood + Chocolate and SightSonic. Amongst my current roles I am Digital Producer at Pilot Theatre and part of the management team at the National Centre for Early Music. I am pleased to be one of the enormous (and often hidden) ‘behind the scenes’ team that help power the cultural sector in York.

As the Guild enters an exciting development phase for the Mediale I feel that my combination of practical delivery skills and direct experience, together with two decades of strategic development work in cultural sector organisations on boards, committees and as a trustee, stands me in good stead to help contribute to the next steps in the Guild’s life.


Clerk - Chris Bailey

The purpose of the Clerk to the Guild is to ensure effective communications between the members of the Guild and the Court, and between the Guild, its sister Guilds and external partners. The Clerk supports the Master and the Court and ensures that business is conducted efficiently.

The Guild will soon become incorporated, at which point it must have effective administrative and financial arrangements. Our responsibilities to our members and to the wider public require that we are open and transparent in our dealings. The Clerk will work with the Treasurer and the Master to ensure that the Guild communicates effectively with its audiences.

As the Guild’s first Past Master I have gained a good understanding of the role of the Guilds in York’s civic life and of the duties and responsibilities we are taking on. I will bring to the role my experience, gained over four decades, of establishing and developing a number of voluntary and charitable bodies in the cultural and academic sectors. 


Nicola Ainscough - Treasurer of the Guild

I am a chartered accountant, who trained and qualified with Deloitte before leaving in 2013 to start my own accountancy practice here in York. In addition to my skills with numbers, I am an artist and singer who loves the creative arts and supporting individuals who seek to turn their artistic talent into thriving businesses and be on the cutting edge of the increasing integration between technology and style.

As a Deloitte alumni and the current President of the York Society of Chartered Accountants, I am able to bring top quality accounting and financial oversight and support to the guild from the outset of its financial journey. My aim being to build a strong financial foundation for a guild that I hope will serve the local and national creative business community for many years to come.


Court Members


Fiona Thompson - Court Member

I am Dean of the Faculty of Arts at York St John University - which covers a wide range of the creative sector. I have worked in HE for over 20 years and also had a successful career as a television programme maker - I am Chair of the Royal Television Society Yorkshire Centre. I have a great passion for arts education: that provides students with the opportunities to engage effectively in cultural production; that is externally focussed and makes a positive impact on the City, regionally and globally. A particular focus is on inclusivity, challenging prejudice and celebrating 'otherness'.

I am full of ideas and energy whilst also being pragmatic. In my role I have to be strategic, horizon scanning continually, and also operational, ensuring the strategic can be achieved. In my role I can bring my knowledge skills and experience to the table; I can bring the University and all it has to offer in terms of students, knowledge transfer etc. I am a good team-worker as well as a good leader. I see huge potential within this group for the City and I want to do my bit to maximise potential.

Owen Turner - Court Member

Passionate about the city I live in (York) & the award winning business I own and run, United by Design also in York. Motivated about the sector we work in and fuelled by our ethos & approach of #Brandhappy®. Worked in the design industry for 20 years. Collaborate on projects with clients and nurture our amazing team and talent coming through education. Love to listen and create. Rugby for York RI RUFC, run 10k's, Surf & snowboard, slightly obsessed about real ale. Likes innovation & art. Co-founder of Anonymous Records.

I am full of ideas and energy whilst also being pragmatic. In my role I have to be strategic, horizon scanning continually, and also operational, ensuring the strategic can be achieved. In my role I can bring my knowledge skills and experience to the table; I can bring the University and all it has to offer in terms of students, knowledge transfer etc. I am a good team-worker as well as a good leader. I see huge potential within this group for the City and I want to do my bit to maximise potential.

Alan Gillott - Court Member

I am a member of the Plaisterers and Parish Clerks London Guilds. I was a designer, developer and product manager in the IT industry: including defining internet and database standards. I am also a poet, broadcaster and partner in a York based independent press which publishes the Dream Catcher literary arts magazine. I was closely involved in the early days of the York Literature Festival. I am also part of the Sounds Lyrical project to develop new classical song and the Ryedale Book Festival. With my partner we put on regular literary events in York.

I understand medieval trade guild in a modern world and can help build links with the London Companies. As an arts promoter in York I have links with arts organisations around and about the city and surrounding area. I have experience in the running of three literary festivals, a musical project which involves concerts and broadcasts and one theatrical festival that didn't quite make it. My business is also involved in two other York festivals. As a guild member I expect to build a strong guild and develop traditions that will serve the city for many years to come.

David Edmunds - Court Member

I'm the Director of Dep Arts and the Creative Director of the newly formed events wing of Dep Arts called The Departure Lounge. I've over 20 years experience working in arts and culture worldwide including working with Liverpool City Council in 2008 in their year as European Capital of Culture. I have significant experience of working on a strategic level having served on numerous arts boards.

Having recently relocated Dep Arts & The Departure Lounge to York, I'm eager to contribute to the cultural & creative life of the city, it feels like a really exciting time to be based in York right now and I'm eager to be a driving force in things as they grow and move forward. Having ran my own company for 10 years, I know how to get things done and would welcome the opportunity to contribute to the further development of the Guild & its members.

Patty Kraus - Court Member

I am an award-winning TV Producer Director who for the last 29 years, has worked all over the world for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and National Geographic. In 2015 I founded Klaxon Media, a company in York that specialises in the art of storytelling by producing attention-grabbing videos that raise public profiles and generate new business.

Currently I am developing the Klaxon Media Academy that aims to bring broadcasting expertise to businesses, organisations and student that want to learn how to make their own videos. Courses include how to script a business story, how to present to a camera, interview techniques, handling journalists, as well as getting the best out of the technical equipment they own.

I have a wealth of experience and contacts in the broadcasting and media industry. I would be able to drive a clear vision and focus for the Guild as well making sure it remains proactive and forward thinking.

I feel there is a gap in learning between Media Students and Industry requirements. I aim to use my experience to help train the next generation of film makers / designers and, where possible, make in roads to mainstream television companies and communications agencies.

Richard Bailey - Court Member

I am a young architect who has been based in Yorkshire since 2004, has worked specifically in York since 2007, and hope to remain in this beautiful area of the world. I am fascinated by the history of York and how this exists alongside both innovation and optimism for the future. I am a busy father of two, and in my rare bits of spare time I can usually be found mountain biking around Dalby forest, ambling around Castle Howard with the family, or shopping more than I ought in York city centre.

With my background in architecture I have a keen eye for design and a strong interest in arts and culture and with my work as a commercial architect I have a strong grasp on the production, display and visualization of information as well as the cost aspect of constructing and creating structures, interiors and installations and my day to day project management skills would be advantageous in assisting in the organisation of an arts event that is to be made up of multiple elements intended to be coordinated together to create a singular visually inspiring festival.

Pete Davis - Court Member

My name is Pete Davis, I'm 44 and the founder and MD of a company called Getmeinsight Ltd, who's main business is running the website. Endorsed by ISBA and the marketing society, the whole premise is to find marketing and media inspiration online via marketing, media and sponsorship ideas. I used to be the Media Controller for Nestle in York and Yorkie Marketing manager. I'm a judge for the MPA awards 2016, media week awards and previous M&M Global judge.

I'm looking to bring my national and international business reach to the York festival. I work very much in the Commercial areas of media and advertising, but in doing so have an extensive network of clients, agencies and media owners to speak with. I'm ideas driven and commercially minded, I can help bolster the festival and assist many of the new and exciting initiatives discussed at the guild meeting. I bring over 20 years commercial marketing and advertising experience across all media disciplines.


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