Emma Black


Emma brings a commitment to building sustainable futures with innovative solutions. She is skilled in strategic fundraising, capital transformations and compelling mission-led campaigns. She works closely with stakeholders, galvanising their commitment and creating consensus.

Previously, Emma has been a senior leader at the Science Museum Group, championing the needs of the visitor and turning them into advocates. Donations increased by 3000%, building audience engagement to six million nationally and reducing dependency on Grant in Aid.

She reviewed, re-imagined and re-positioned the Nottingham Castle Trust, transforming a £30m capital scheme into a city-wide public realm and placemaker of a new Cultural Quarter. Emma closed the outstanding funding, guided the stage two capital application and advised on the governance and transfer from City Council to Trust.

With a flair for special projects and high-profile events, Emma stepped in to produce the National Portrait Gallery’s Gala. Chaired by the Duchess of Cambridge and Edward Enninful OBE, the Gala exceeded financial targets and was showcased around the world.

Finally, as a Trustee of the Big Draw, Emma was pivotal to securing emergency Covid funding and transitioning operations and delivery fully online. In her board post at the Association for Art History, Emma has raised ambitions – scaling the A-level teaching programme five-fold and securing the largest donation to date.