David Curtis

Ian is an educationalist and lawyer. He started his career as a maths teacher and youth worker. He has extensive experience in the management and direction of education services gained as a local authority director of education, chief executive of a large  academy trust and an adviser, nationally and internationally, on education infrastructure and reform.

As a lawyer, he specialises in regulatory law and currently chairs professional conduct tribunals for a range of occupations including doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, and accountants.  In 2019, he was appointed by the HM Queen as a Commissioner for the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Alongside his professional practice, Ian is actively involved in direct work with children, young people and communities. He has been involved with Ebony Steelband for over 25 years  He chairs the Carnival Village Trust, a national portfolio organisation for the Arts Council responsible for the Tabernacle arts centre in Notting Hill and also the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival.

Ian Comfort

Dave Curtis is a former Arts & Events Manager and Service Group Manager for the London Borough of Newham (now retired).


Before that he was the Programme Manager at the Tabernacle in the heart of the Notting Hill Carnival neighbourhood. He has been involved with Ebony and carnival arts for over 40 years.

Ebony SteelBand Trust is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.

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