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Members of the Bronte Society Board
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Members of the Bronte Society Board

On this page you can learn more about the members of the Board of the Brontë Society - our trustees.  To contact the board, please contact the Museum's Executive Team here in the first instance. 

Members of Brontë Society Board

Shahidha Bari Shahidha is an academic, critic and broadcaster. She studied English at King’s College Cambridge and now reviews books for The Guardian and teaches at the University of the Arts London. Shahidha is also a presenter of BBC Radio 3's arts and ideas programme, Free Thinking. She has written a book about the poet Keats, and most recently, “Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes”. In 2016, Shahidha was awarded The Observer Anthony Burgess Arts Journalism Prize. She's been a judge for the Forward Prizes for Poetry and the Baillie Gifford Non-Fiction Prize. Previous trustee experience includes the educational charity, Arts Emergency.
Elina Eady Elina is a non-practising barrister and was admitted as a solicitor in 2003. Upon qualification she worked in private practice advising on Immigration, Asylum Law and Family Law. She has worked as a senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Leeds. She has also been a prosecutions solicitor for Calderdale Council and is currently employed as an Adult Health and Social Care solicitor. Elina is a co-author of Children and Same Sex Families: A Legal Hand Book. She is also a Stonewall Schools Role Model.
Jonathan Gration As an art & architectural historian and conservator of historic interiors Jonathan is passionate about the potential for house museums to engage the public with history and stories in an immersive way. In the past he has served on the board of the International Council of Museums and has worked with and for many prominent museums and historic houses. He has recently completed a research project based on 372 house museums around the world, focusing on how such places can use digital reconstructions to tell more stories and engage new audiences.
Penelope Jenkins Having worked as a BBC content producer and a web editor for various educational institutions for many years Penelope is now a novelist, with the thrillers 'My Perfect Sister' and 'Her New Best Friend' under her belt. Hailing from Yorkshire she is a huge Brontë fan and has an academic background in Victorian English literature Penelope brings her experience of being a Vice Chair of School Governors at a primary school, social media marketing and digital development to the board. Penelope is physically disabled and champions diversity. She writes a monthly column on disabilty and publishing issues for 'The Bookseller' magazine.
Julian Sladdin Julian is a solicitor and partner in an international law firm and has over 20 years’ experience of advising higher education and university institutions on their legal duties as public and charitable bodies. He brings valuable legal and business skills to the board as well as a long track record of holding governance roles including school governor, chair of a council standards committee and audit committee member. He is keen to contribute to the Board’s work in creating a strong, inclusive and forward-looking charity and preserving our Brontë heritage.