Cayman National Cultural Foundation Board of Directors
The Board comprises individuals from the public and private sector, who bring a diverse range of business skills and experience, as well as a passionate interest in the arts and culture, ensuring sound fiscal and cultural policy management.
Martyn C. W. Bould MBE
JA Roy Bodden
Deputy Chairman & Treasurer
Ministry of Culture Chief Officer
Susan A. Olde, OBE
Who’s Who at the Cayman National Cultural Foundation
Natalie Urquhart, BA (Hons) MA
Chief Executive Officer
Natalie Urquhart is CNCF’s Chief Executive Officer, currently on secondment from the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI). She holds a BA (Hons) in Art History, an MA in Arts Policy and Management and has over twenty years’ experience within the local and regional cultural sector. She specialises in developing creative strategies, institutional development, programming and exhibitions for cultural entities. She has joined the CNCF team to lead the organisation’s strategic redevelopment project, as well as provide interim executive oversight.
Urquhart is a leading authority on Caymanian art and culture, having worked as Director and Chief Curator at NGCI since 2009. She is the Immediate Past President of the Museums Association of the Caribbean (2017-2020); a former core committee member of the Tilting Axis – Caribbean art alliance (2016-2020); a member of the Cayman Islands National Cultural Policy Committee, representing the Visual Arts, Fashion and Creative Industries sectors; and a former member of the Visual Arts Society, the Cayman Islands Constitution Commission, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Highlights of her career include leading the National Gallery Capital Project, establishing the Cayman Islands Biennial – the country’s first multi-venue tri-island art project, creating the NGCI Creative Careers programme to help build capacity for the Caymanian creative sector, launching Cayman Art Week in response to the impact of the pandemic on the creative sector, and authoring the country’s first formal art history. She is the recipient of several national awards for her services to the cultural sector.
Amanda Brown BSc
Amanda Brown has a BSc in International Business and extensive management expertise through past leadership positions as Chief Operating Officer at Celebrations Ltd. and Green Tech. In her role as Director Designate, she is responsible for CNCF’s day-to-day operations, reporting and the financial management, annual audit exercise, IT, and HR management, in addition to serving as CNCF’s community, media and Cayman Islands Government liaison.
Since joining the organisation in 2021, Amanda has implemented initiatives to streamline operational processes, including new accounting software and procedures, in addition to implementing new HR strategies that promote coaching and professional development for staff. With her extensive events management experience and an early career in the performing arts, she is also provides support to CNCF’s programme and production teams.
Virginia Foster, MS
Education Officer (Part-Time)
A former school principal, teacher and librarian, Virginia Foster holds an MS degree in Educational Psychology and Statistics from State University of New York, a BA degree from Salve Regina College, Rhode Island (Major in English, Minor in Education), and holds a teacher certification from the State of Rhode Island. She joined CNCF in 2007.
As Education Officer, Virginia leads CNCF’s cultural and education tours at both the heritage site, Mind’s Eye—the Visionary World of Gladwyn K. Bush, and the FJ Harquail Cultural Centre. Virginia is responsible for developing school resources and educational materials, cataloguing materials in the CNCF Research Library, and she serves as the Secretary of the Grants and Awards Committee.
Melanie McField, MSc
Chief Cultural Officer
Melanie McField holds a MSc in Business Administration (2011) from Nova Southeastern University, Florida, and a BSc in Business Administration, with a specialisation in Management Information Systems, (2000) from the University of South Florida. As a marketing and event planning strategist with over 15 years experience, she is an expert in organising and executing large-and small-scale events, and related marketing and communications strategies.
Prior to joining CNCF as Chief Cultural Officer in 2019, Melanie was the Executive Director of the Pirates Week Office (2013-2019) where she was responsible for the overall execution of the Pirates Week Festival, the Cayman Islands largest and most long-standing national festival. She also worked previously with the Ministry of Financial Services in the Marketing and Communications Unit (MCU). In 2021, she was selected to join the Ministry of Investment, Innovation, and Social Development’s Dubai Expo 2020 Team, on secondment from CNCF, where she was responsible for assisting the Cayman Islands Expo Representative with the overall planning and execution of the Cayman Islands programme.
As CCO, Melanie is responsible for leading CNCF’s programming team and developing and executing CNCF’s festivals, events, and programmes.
Dexter Benliss, BSc
Dexter Benliss has a BSc in Travel Tourism and Hospitality Management, with a minor in Cruise Line Management. Before joining CNCF in 2017, he previously worked with Dart Realty Cayman and Morritt’s Tortuga Resort.
As Operations Coordinator, Dexter is responsible for the management and upkeep of both the F. J. Harquail Culture Centre and the Gladwyn ‘Miss Lassie’ Bush Mind’s Eye Centre. He oversees the facility rental of the Harquail Theatre and Studio Theatre, develops and maintains client relationships, and manages related business development and administration. During his tenure at CNCF, he has helped expand revenue through increased facility rentals, and supported the organisation’s wider cultural programme.
Theatre & Events Technician
With over thirty years’ experience in live sound engineering, lighting, stage and event productions, Barry Campbell is CNCF’s Theatre & Events Technician. He previously worked as Sound Engineer & Events Department Supervisor at AI Rentals, and has performed as musician, sound engineer, live event technician & DJ for many international and local acts such as The Juveniles, UBU, Tabia, Localmotion, MOJ, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGreggor, Beres Hammond, Third World, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Steel Pulse, Maxi Priest.
Since joining the organisation in 2017, Barry has provided technical expertise for CNCF’s wider programme schedule, including: Rundown, Gimistory, Red Sky at Night, the National Arts & Culture Awards, Cayman Islands Folk Singers, art exhibitions, summer camps, Young at Arts, and Young Image Makers. His responsibilities include managing the technical aspects of theatrical performances at the Harquail and Studio Theatres, along with lighting, sound, and stage management for productions and live events, such as theatrical performances, concerts, festivals, conferences, exhibitions & showcases.
George Dexton Powery
George Dexton ‘Deckie’ Powery is one of CNCF’s longest serving staff members, having been with the organisation for over a decade. Deckie is CNCF’s Ground Keeper, responsible for maintaining the extensive grounds at the Harquail Theatre and the Mind’s Eye Centre in South Sound. In addition to his primary role, he regularly assists CNCF’s Operations Coordinator and Theatre and Events Technician, as well as provides support for CNCF’s wider programming schedule.