An important part of the project development is gaining the support and advice of other experienced professionals as we develop the exhibition to its full potential. These individuals will provide their specialist experience and expertise throughout the duration of the project.


Bristol-born Marti Burgess is well known in Bristol as chair of St Pauls Carnival CIC and the Black South West Network and for owning, with her family, the city’s iconic Lakota nightclub. She also sits on the board of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Marti is a trustee of the Bristol Music Trust which manages operations and programming at the Colston Hall and is driving music forward across the city to create a world-class music scene in Bristol. She is also a trustee of the Queen’s Square Association and the Company Secretary for Bristol Food Network which organises Bristol Food Connections


Laura Marshall is the CEO of Icon Films, the independent UK TV production company she co-founded in 1990 with Harry Marshall. Icon Films is an internationally established production company creating a broad range of unscripted content for the global market. As CEO, Laura is responsible for the overall strategy of the company, overseeing a staff of over one hundred and forging the company’s creative identity and vision. She Executive Produces much of Icon Films’ productions; credits include the Emmy Award- nominated The Flood and Savage Kingdom, River Monsters and Primal Survivor.

Laura is vocal in her advocacy for more regional and diverse representation in television and sits on the Pact Council (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television) where she actively participates in various working groups. She is Chair of Wildscreen, the charity that brings the world’s wildlife and environmental filmmakers to Bristol on a biennial basis. Alongside these roles, Laura is a Governor of Merchants’ Academy and a member of The Society of Merchant Venturers. Icon Films has made films for many charities at home and abroad as part of its engagement with and responsibility for the world we live in, including the Whitley Fund for Nature, Bristol Old Vic and St. Peter’s Hospice.


Olivette Otele is an historian and academic, who is currently Professor of History of Slavery at Bristol University and Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society. Previously she was a Professor of History at Bath Spa University. She is an expert on the links between history, memory and geopolitics in relation to French and British colonial pasts. She is the first Black woman to be appointed to a Professorial Chair in History in the United Kingdom. She is the author of Histoire de l’esclavage transatlantique britannique and Afro-Europeans: A Short History. She believes the most important thing that history has ever taught her is kindness.


Clare joined Watershed in 2004 and is now CEO, working with industry, academic and creative partners from around the world to support talent and champion new ideas. Clare was Watershed’s Creative Director, Executive Producer of REAC, a Visiting Professor at University of the West of England. She is chair of Emma Rice’s Wise Children, and on the boards of RSC and Theatre Bristol.

Clare will oversee the projects from a creative and development perspective using her wealth of expertise to ensure the project gets delivered to the best possible standard.