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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum have statutory duties under the National Heritage Act 1983 for the general management and control of the Science Museum Group.

Within the framework of these statutory duties, the role of the Trustees is to establish the Science Museum Group’s policy, review performance, and endorse appointments to key management positions.

The Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dame Mary served as a Trustee of the Science Museum Group (then known as the NMSI), 1990–2000, and became chair in January 2015. She started her career as a physical chemist and has taught Chemistry in Oxford, Cambridge and London.

Her long-standing interest in solar photoconversion was kindled by post-doctoral work at The Royal Institution in the 1970s. During that time, she co-founded the UK section of the International Solar Energy Society, of which she is now president.

She was the founder chair of the UK’s National Energy Foundation, and is now its Patron. She is a Companion of the Energy Institute, and was awarded the Institute’s Melchett Medal in 2002, and the Eva Philbin award of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland in 2007.

Dame Mary has also had a long association with the NHS, serving as chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 2002–2012, and a founder director of Cambridge University Health Partners, 2009–2012. In 2012, she was appointed DBE for services to the NHS.

She was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biochemistry of Imperial College in the 1990s and is currently chair of the External Advisory Board of the Centre for Personalised Medicine, Oxford, and of Cambridge Early Music.

She is also a trustee of the Britten Sinfonia, a non-executive director of Hydrodec Group plc, an Honorary Liveryman of the Fuellers’ Company and an Honorary Member of the Salters’ Company.

Membership

  • Chair of the Science Museum Group
  • Fellowship Nominations Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

Declaration of interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • Hydrodec Group plc

Shareholdings:

  • No significant shareholdings

Other interests:

  • President, Guild of Church Musicians and Cambridge Global Health Partnerships
  • Chair, Cambridge Early Music and Oxford Centre for Personalised Medicine External Advisory Board
  • Non-Executive Director, Britten Sinfonia
  • Patron, National Energy Foundation, UK Solar Energy Society, Cambridge Summer Music, Camsight, Prostate Cancer UK, RAFT and the Cambridge Museum of Technology

Members of the Board of Trustees

Portrait photograph of Brian CantorBrian Cantor is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford. Before that he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, Professor of Materials and Head of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Oxford, and a research scientist and engineer at GE Corporate Research Labs in the USA.

He was Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was awarded a CBE for services to higher education in the 2013 New Year’s Honours.

He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Christ’s College, Cambridge University. He has worked at universities including Sussex, Northeastern, Banaras, Oxford, Washington State, York, and Bradford, and for companies including Alcan, Elsevier, General Electric, NASA and Rolls-Royce.

He has published over 300 books and papers and is on the ISI List of Most Cited Researchers.

He founded the Begbroke Science Park at Oxford and led the Heslington East Campus development at York. He has chaired and been on the board of many organisations, including the National Science Learning Centre, the UK Universities Pensions Forum and the Worldwide Universities Network.

Membership

  • National Science and Media Museum Advisory Board
  • Finance Committee
  • Masterplan and Estate Committee

Declaration of interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • None

Remunerated employment:

  • Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford
  • Editor, Progress in Materials Science Board

Shareholdings:

  • Small investments in a number of companies

Other interests:

  • Board Member, Bradford Economic Partnership
  • Board Member, Bradford Breakthrough
  • Board Member, Yorkshire Universities
  • Board Member, Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados – Materials (IMDEA)
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
  • Board Member, Marshall Aid Commemoration Committee
  • Emeritus Professorship, Oxford University

Judith Donovan founded her own marketing agency in 1982 after nine years as a graduate employee in marketing in both London and Yorkshire. She was one of the first female entrepreneurs in Yorkshire and was recognised as such with awards for “Yorkshire Business Woman of the Year” and “Yorkshire Woman of the Year”; her business was twice featured in the Independent’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies”.

In addition she chaired the Bradford Training and Enterprise Council, was the first ever female president of Bradford Chamber of Commerce and appeared on the panel of BBC’s “Question Time” twice.

In 2000 she sold JDA and embarked on a Public Sector and NED career and has served/is serving on 29 Boards and has chaired/is chairing nine of them.

Achievements include the bringing of the Bollywood Awards to Yorkshire; the establishment of HSE’s Small Business Trade Association Forum; the successful transfer of the residuary assets of the Millenium Commission into the BIG Lottery Fund; her recruitment by Royal Mail Group as a consultant on the demise of Postwatch; the building of an alliance of 92 charities and consumer groups to support “Keep me Posted” in just over 3 years; and last, but by no means least, receiving an Honorary Doctorate from her alma mater, Hull University, an Honorary Degree from Leeds Metropolitan University and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Health & Safety for her SME work.

Membership

  • National Science and Media Museum Advisory Board (Observer)
  • Income Advisory Board (Observer)

Declaration of interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • None

Remunerated employment:

  • Self-employed: consultancy

Shareholdings:

  • None

Other interests:

  • Secretary of State Member of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Sarah Dry is a writer and historian of science. She received a BA from Harvard University, an MSc from Imperial College London, and a PhD from Cambridge University, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

She has held research fellowships at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics, the Science Policy Research Unit and the Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex.

In 2015 she was awarded one of 36 inaugural Public Scholar grants from the US National Endowment for the Humanities to support the writing of popular scholarly books. She is the author of Curie: A Life and The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts.

Her research interests include the history of climate and meteorology, global health policy, and the public representation of science and scientists. She is currently writing a book on the history of water and the global climate system.

Membership

  • Collections and Research Committee (Chair)
  • National Science and Media Museum Advisory Board

Declaration of interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • None

Remunerated employment:

  • Writer and researcher, self-employed

Shareholdings:

  • None

Other interests:

  • None

Ms Sharon Flood

Sharon serves on the Board of Network rail as a Non-Executive Director of Network Rail, where she is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Treasury Committees.

She is also on the Board of Crest Nicholson, the FTSE 250 Housebuilder, where she chairs the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and serves on the Nomination and Remuneration committees.

Sharon has extensive financial experience in a number of senior finance and strategy roles, most recently as a Group Chief Financial Officer at Sun European Partners and prior to that as Finance Director of John Lewis Department Stores.

Membership

  • Finance Committee (Chair)
  • Income Advisory Board

Declaration of interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • Network Rail
  • Crest Nicholson
  • Pets at Home

Remunerated employment:

  • None

Shareholdings:

  • ST DuPont (small)
  • Phaistos Management Ltd
  • Herculean Management Ltd
  • Pets at Home (small)
  • Crest Nicholson (small)

Other interests:

  • Non-Executive Council Member, Cambridge University

Portrait photograph of Russell FosterRussell Foster is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience, Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi) at the University of Oxford. He holds a Fellowship at Brasenose College Oxford.

Russell’s research interests are focused upon the understanding of sleep and circadian rhythms, spanning the fundamental neuroscience of these systems to the application of this knowledge for the improvement of health across a broad spectrum of disease conditions.

He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2008 and the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013. His work has also been recognised with multiple awards and honours. In 2015 Russell was awarded a CBE for Services to Science; was honoured by a DSc from the University of Bristol; awarded the Feldberg Prize for Anglo-German scientific exchange; delivered the Theodore L. Sourkes Lecture (McGill University), The Anne Silk Lecture (Royal Society of Medicine), and Peter C. Farrell Prize in Sleep Medicine (Harvard Medical School).

In addition to his research activities, Russell is currently the Chair of the Cheltenham Science Festival and the Royal Society Public Engagement Committee.

Russell has contributed to multiple TV and radio programmes, written for newspapers and magazines, and is the co-author of three popular science books: Rhythms of Life, Seasons of Life and Sleep: A very short introduction. His TED talk delivered in 2013 has over 5.2 million views.

Membership

  • Science Museum Advisory Board
  • Collections and Research Committee

Declaration of interests

Remunerated employment:

  • Professor, University of Oxford

Remunerated Directorships:

  • None

Shareholdings:

  • None

Other interests:

  • None

Andreas GossMr Andreas J. Goss is Chief Executive of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG.

TK Steel Europe is one of the largest steel producers of Europe with a turnover of approximately €10 billion per annum, employing around 25,000 people. It is headquartered in Duisburg, Germany.

Before this, Andreas led as Chief Executive since 2008 Siemens in the UK and the regional Cluster North West Europe. Siemens UK is one of the largest of Siemens’ regional companies, with revenues of £4.2 billion and around 17,000 UK-based employees. The regional Cluster North West Europe extended across 11 countries with approx. €12 billion in revenues and more than 35,000 people.

Membership

  • Finance Committee

Declaration of interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • Supervisory Board, Huttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann GmbH

Remunerated employment:

  • None

Shareholdings:

  • None

Other interests:

  • Executive Board Member, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
  • Supervisory Board, ThyssenKrupp Rasselstein GmbH
  • Hoesch Hohenlimburg GmbH
  • ThyssenKrupp Electrical Steel GmbH
  • Eisen- und Huttenwerke AG Shareholdings

Lord Grade of YarmouthMichael Grade has had a long and distinguished career in broadcasting, encompassing London Weekend Television, the BBC, ITV, as well as over nine years as Chief Executive of Channel Four Television.

In May 2004 he was appointed Chair of the BBC, succeeding Gavyn Davies, resigning in November 2006 when his appointment as Executive Chair of ITV was announced, a post he relinquished in 2009.

He is non-executive Chair of Pinewood and Shepperton Film Studios, non-executive Chair of Infinity Creative Media and a non-executive Director of WRG, a creative communications company based in Manchester.

He is a non-executive Director of the Performing Rights Society.

He has also become an independent non-executive Director of Sir Ben Ainslie’s Americas Cup bid company.

In 2014, together with industry colleague Michael Linnit, he formed the GradeLinnit Company entering into a joint venture with the English National Opera to produce popular musicals at their London Coliseum home when the ENO is on hiatus. Their first production was a sell-out version of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel.

In January 2011 he became the Conservative Peer, Lord Grade of Yarmouth.

Membership

  • National Science and Media Museum Advisory Board (Chair)
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Income Advisory Board (Chair)

Declaration of interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • Chair, Infinity Creative Media
  • Chair, Gate Ventures PLC
  • Chair, Reach4Entertainment Enterprises plc
  • Chair, Ecotonian Sports Fund
  • Non-exec Director, One Media IP Group plc
  • Director, GradeLinnit Company Ltd

Remunerated employment:

  • Income from BBC for Radio and Television appearances
  • After-dinner/conference speaking

Shareholdings:

  • Hargreave Hale Brokers manage a small portfolio of different shareholdings
  • Ingenious Film Investment Scheme
  • GradeLinnit Company Ltd
  • One Media IP Group plc
  • AKL Research & Development Ltd
  • Ullix Ltd
  • Northern Lights Arena Company

Other interests:

  • Ambassador, RADA
  • Vice President, Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Gold Member, Royal National Theatre
  • Trustee, Band Aid
  • Tall Ships Youth Trust
  • Pensions – C4, BBC, ITV, First Leisure etc
  • Advisory Board of the Community Security Trust

Professor Ludmilla JordanovaLudmilla Jordanova is a historian of science and medicine who has a long-standing interest in visual culture and museums. She is an active teacher and researcher at Durham University, where she chairs the University’s Collections Committee and is a leading member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture.

She has been President of the British Society for the History of Science (1998–2000) and of the History of Science Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (2006).

Her 2000 exhibition Defining Features, which explored portraits of practitioners of science, medicine and technology, was at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich.

She served eight years as a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Her most recent book is The Look of the Past: Visual and Material Evidence in Historical Practice (2012).

Membership

  • National Railway Museum Advisory Board
  • Locomotion Advisory Board (Chair)

Declaration of interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • None

Remunerated employment:

  • Professor of History & Visual Culture, Durham University

Shareholdings:

  • None

Other interests:

  • None

Ajit is the Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Respiratory Infections and Director of the Tuberculosis Research Centre at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London.

He is also Honorary Consultant Physician at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Visiting Professor of Infectious Diseases in the Nuffield Department of Medicine at University of Oxford. His research programme focuses on translating scientific discoveries into innovative practical solutions to protect the health of the public through better screening, diagnosis and prevention of major infectious diseases, including flu and TB.

He is a non-executive director of Vitabiotics Ltd and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Bromley-by-Bow Centre where he supports the charity’s mission to improve social determinants of health and tackle health inequalities.

MEMBERSHIP

  • Science Museum Advisory Board
  • Collections and Research Committtee

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

Remunerated directorships:

  • Non-Executive Director, Vitabiotics Ltd

Remunerated employment:

  • Professor of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London

Shareholdings:

  • Meyer Organics Private Ltd, Mumbai, India (Nutraceutical and pharmaceuticals manufacture and distribution)
  • Montblanc Estates Private Ltd, Bangalore, India (real estate)
  • Very small holdings in a basket of listed companies through an investment portfolio

Other interests:

  • Chair, Clinical & Public Health Funding Committee, Government of India/Wellcome Trust India Alliance
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Bromley-by-Bow Centre
  • Governor, Board of Trustees, International Students House (ISH)
  • Elected Commissioner, Crown Estate Paving Commission (CEPC), Regent’s Park
  • Vice-Chair, Royal College Physicians Research and Academic Medicine Committee
  • Member, National Institute for Health Research Council Efficacy, Mechanisms and Evaluation (EME) Funding Board

 

Iain McIntoshFrom 2009 to 2015, Iain served as Chief Financial Officer for the educational IT services group, RM plc. Prior to this, he was Chief Financial Officer at the Axon Group plc and has held senior finance roles with a number of international organisations. Since 2016, he has been a member of the Science Museum Group’s Finance Committee.

Membership

  • Finance Committee
  • Audit & Risk Committee (Chair)
  • Digital Advisory Board

Declaration of Interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • None

Remunerated employment:

  • None

Shareholdings:

  • RM plc (former employer), which provides ICT products and services to the education sector. (IM is not aware of any commercial relationship between RM and SMG)

Other interests:

  • None

Lopa Patel is a digital entrepreneur with significant experience of creating start-ups and transforming businesses through technology.

The founder of two ventures in online media and a data-driven marketing consultancy, she is also skilled in working in a challenging cultural environment as a Non-Executive Director and as a Trustee.

She founded the South Asian diaspora website NewAsianPost.com, lifestyle portal Redhotcurry.com, ecommerce site TheRedhotshop.com and annually publishes both the Asian Power Couples Hot 100 list and The Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech list.

Lopa is an experienced marketing consultant who previously set up the direct marketing services company DMS Direct Ltd, where she worked with international companies in a broad range of industry sectors.

She is a Chartered Marketer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing (IDM) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA).

Lopa is also the Founder & CEO of equality and inclusion think tank Diversity UK, a Non-Executive Director of EMBG (Ethnic Minority Business Group), and a Trustee of educational charity Raha International. As a Technology Ambassador for STEMNET, she encourages girls to take up science careers.

Lopa was previously a Non-Executive Director of Becta (British Education Communications and Technology Agency), a Non-Departmental Public Body in the UK, Deputy Chair of global volunteering initiative Sewa Day, and a Board Member of social enterprise venture TSBC (The Small Business Consultancy).

She has also been a Board Member of Tamasha Theatre Company and a Mentor for Young Enterprise UK, assisting girls on the national entrepreneurship programme.

She is an inspirational leader and her outstanding record of achievement has been recognised through accolades including the Windrush Award in 2003 (Outstanding Champion for the Internet & Technology), Asian Woman of the Year in 2005 (Media), and an MBE for services to the creative industries in 2009. In 2015, she was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

Membership

  • Audit & Risk Committee
  • Science and Industry Museum Advisory Board
  • Digital Advisory Board

Declaration of interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • New Asian Post Ltd
  • Redhotcurry Ltd
  • DMS Direct Ltd

Remunerated employment:

  • Director, DMS Direct Ltd
  • Non-Executive Director, IPO

Shareholdings:

  • NewAsianPost Ltd
  • Redhotcurry Ltd
  • DMS Direct Ltd

Other interests:

  • Director & Trustee, Diversity UK
  • Non-Executive Director, EMBG
  • Non-Executive Director, Intellectual Property Office
  • Trustee, Raha International

Professor David PhoenixDavid is Vice Chancellor and CEO of London South Bank University and a member of the HEFCE Strategic Committee for Teaching Quality and the Student Experience.

He was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) for his contribution to medical research and education, made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to Science and Higher Education and elected to the prestigious role of Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences for his work in areas linked to educational policy.

The University of Bolton has awarded him with an honorary doctorate for his contribution to management and scholarship in the North West region and he was honoured by Vice Premier Liu Yandong for his individual achievements in China during 2014.

He is internationally recognised for his work in the field of biochemistry with over 200 publications and has held chairs in the UK, Canada, China and Russia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, The Society of Biology, The Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications and the Royal Society of Medicine and in 2015 was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.

Membership

  • Deputy Chair of the Science Museum Group
  • Audit & Risk Committee
  • Science and Industry Museum Advisory Board (Chair)
  • Remuneration Committee (Chair)

Declaration of interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • None

Remunerated employment:

  • Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive at London South Bank University

Shareholdings:

  • None

Other interests:

  • Executive member and Chair, Million+
  • Board Member, British University in Egypt
  • Member, Universities UK Board
  • Board Member, National Centre for Universities and Business
  • Member, South Bank Academics Ltd
  • Member and Accounting Officer, South Bank Colleges Ltd

Sarah StaniforthSarah Staniforth is President of IIC (International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) until January 2019.

She is currently a Trustee of English Heritage, the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, the Pilgrim Trust and the Landmark Trust, and a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West Committee, the Westminster Abbey Fabric Commission and the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee.

Sarah is also a Director of the Historic House Hotels of the National Trust.  She is a Fellow of IIC, the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society of Arts.

Sarah held a number of roles at the National Trust between 1985 and 2014 including Museums and Collections Director, Historic Properties Director and Head Conservator. Before that she worked in the Scientific Department of the National Gallery for five years.

Sarah was educated at Oxford University where she read Chemistry, and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London where she received a Diploma in Easel Paintings Conservation.

Memberships

  • Collections and Research Committee
  • Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board (Co-Chair)

Declaration of Interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • None

Remunerated employment:

  • None

Shareholdings:

  • None

Other interests:

  • None

Steven UnderwoodSteven is the Chief Executive of the Peel Group, one of the UK’s largest privately owned real estate, transport and infrastructure investors.

Before joining Peel as Corporate Development Director in 2007, Steven spent eight years in Investment Banking with Rothschild and before that qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand.

He represents the Peel Group on the Boards of a number of its investee companies, including Ports, Airports, Media and Land & Property.  Steven is also a Non-Executive Director of Harworth Group PLC and is the alternate Director for Peel’s Chair, John Whittaker, as Deputy Chair of Intu Properties Plc.

Memberships

  • Masterplan and Estate Committee
  • Science and Industry Museum Advisory Board

Declaration of Interests

Remunerated directorships:

Remunerated employment:

  • As above

Shareholdings:

  • Harworth Estates PLC – small shareholding
  • intu Properties PLC – small shareholding

Other interests:

  • None

Anton Valk

After an international career in new media and telecommunications, Anton Valk started Abellio, the second largest UK rail operator in 2001, retiring as its CEO and UK Chair in 2012.

Anton Valk served for many years on the ATOC board and was one of the co-founders of the Rail Delivery Group. Since stepping down, he has remained active in the rail industry helping out with the rail advisory group of UKTI and as a member of the British Transport Police Authority until September 2017.

Anton Valk was awarded a CBE in 2014 for his contribution to British business and his commitment to improving the public transport system in the UK.

Membership

  • National Railway Museum Advisory Board (Chair)
  • Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board
  • Masterplan and Estate Committee

Declaration of interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • Managing Director, Valk Management and Advice LTD
  • Chairman and Director, Foundation Eden Holland

Remunerated employment:

  • Non-executive Chair, Dual Inventive Ltd.

Shareholdings:

  • Valk Management and Advice Limited
  • Sycada BV

Other interests:

  • Chairman, Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC)
  • Trustee, Dutch Centre at Austin Friars
  • Member of the Steering Board, ‘Apeldoorn British-Dutch dialogue’ series of conferences
  • Board Member, National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam
  • Chairman, Dutch National Monument Organisation (NMO)
  • Chairman, Amsterdam Cello Biennale

Dame Fiona Woolf is an energy lawyer who has worked on electricity reforms and market implementation in over 40 countries.

She was the 686th Lord Mayor of London (for 2013–14), when she served as global ambassador for UK-based financial, business and energy services. During her mayoralty she promoted STEM subjects to young people and finance for the low carbon economy.

Woolf served as President of the Law Society of England and Wales (2006–2007) and was a member of the Competition Commission (2005–2013).

Membership

Masterplan and Estate Committee (Co-Chair)

Declaration of interests

Remunerated directorships:

  • None

Remunerated employment:

  • Consultant (called ‘Partner’), CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Shareholdings:

  • None

Other interests:

  • Hon President, Aldersgate Group
  • Member of 11 Livery Companies
  • President, Chelsea Opera Group
  • Trustee, Wexford Opera Festival UK Trust

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