Lorna Holder, Member of the Board of Governors

Lorna Holder

Member of the Board of Governors

Born in Jamaica but raised in Nottingham, Lorna has over 35 years' experience at Executive level in the fashion & retail industries, print journalism, cultural events and in visual and performing arts. Lorna graduated from Nottingham Trent with a BA Honours in Fashion & Textiles, in 1975. She worked in the Middle East as co-owner of a retail gift store where she personally sourced goods from India, Cyprus, Dubai, Hong Kong, New York and London. Returning to London she became Head of Fashion during the 1970s/80s for Davies & Fields, one of Britain's largest dress manufacturing companies.

Lorna owned the Lapaz Retail and Beauty shops in Camden and Notting Hill Gate during the 1980s/90s. Her range of skills and professionalism was evident as the Executive Producer for the first Black Film & Television Awards in 2002 held at Grosvenor House, Park Lane. She has delivered six Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) educational projects and has collaborated with the V&A, British Museum, Museum of London and the Theatre Royal Nottingham. In 2009, the "Living Under One Roof" exhibition and documentary was selected for the Bamako Encounters, African Photography Biennia.

Lorna produced the very successful 'Hanging Out' project, on the diversity of youth culture in the 1950s and 1960s, in 2010-2012, and in 2012-2015 produced and curated the Jamaica Hidden Histories project, about the cultural links between Jamaica and Britain.

Her business archives have been acquired by the London Metropolitan Archives and her British Caribbean photographic collection at Mary Evans Picture Agency.

Lorna is a Member of Board of Governors for Nottingham Trent University, New Art Exchange in Nottingham and Managing Director for Full Spectrum and Tuareg Productions.