Graduation 2022: Five New Honorary Fellowships Awarded

6 Jul 2022

The Courtauld is delighted to announce its latest Honorary Fellowships, awarded to people who have made an outstanding contribution to The Courtauld.  

Linda Karshan, Peter Rogers CBE, Natalie Shipton, Sophia Weston and Tim Whalen have now been inducted into The Courtauld’s elite group of Honorary Fellows. The honours were conferred in a ceremony marking The Courtauld’s Class of 2022. 

Linda Karshan was educated at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; the Sorbonne, Paris; and the Slade School of Art, London. Her drawings, prints and artist’s books are held in public and private collections, including at The British Library, The British Museum and The Courtauld amongst others. Linda has long been a supporter of the Courtauld Gallery, and more recently, the Public Programmes department. In November 2021, the opening display in the Gallery’s temporary exhibition space showcased the gift of 24 important modern and post-war drawings presented by Linda in memory of her late husband, Howard. 

Peter Rogers CBE received his BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Portsmouth. Co-founder of Stanhope and Lipton Rogers, Peter became involved with The Courtauld in 2014 and joined the Buildings and Estates Committee of the Governing Board, under the Chairmanship of Sir Angus Stirling. He has played a key role in the evolution, management, and success of Courtauld Connects Phase 1. Founder Chairman of the UKGBC as well as chairman of the Strategic Forum Olympics task group, Rogers was awarded a CBE for services to construction and sustainable development in 2007. 

Natalie Shipton received her business degree from Copenhagen Business School. She is Co-Vice Chairperson for the Oak Foundation. The Foundation addresses issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Natalie has acted as a champion of The Courtauld, directing significant philanthropy to support various initiatives including long-standing support for young people and schools programming, as well as Courtauld Connects. 

Educated at Durham University, Sophia Weston has worked in publishing and journalism in addition to over 25 years’ experience in transformational grant making. Sophia managed The Garfield Weston Foundation during the latter years of her father Garry Weston’s chairmanship before becoming a Trustee in 1994. The Foundation has been recognised for its longstanding and transformational support of The Courtauld, with Sophia playing a vital role as a powerful advocate and champion. Sophia is also a Trustee of the Mary Rose Trust and is a member of the Development Board for the National Portrait Gallery. 

Tim Whalen holds a BA in art history and an MA in museum studies and art history from the University of Southern California. The John E. and Louise Bryson Director of the Getty Conservation Institute, Whalen joined the Getty in 1983. In December 1998 he was named the Institute’s third director. The GCI has been and continues to be a longtime partner of The Courtauld and our conservation activities globally. Whalen is a member of the international advisory board of studies for the Courtauld Institute of Art’s MA program in the conservation of wall paintings.  

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