Martin Roth, Director
Martin Roth has been Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum since September 2011.
Before joining the V&A, he was Director General of the Dresden State Art Collections (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), overseeing 12 museums and galleries. From 1996 to 2001 Martin Roth was a member of the senior management of the Expo 2000 in Hanover and Director of Thematic Exhibitions. He was President of the German Museums Association from 1995 to 2003, and a member of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Advisory Board in Berlin until his relocation to London in 2011. From 1991 to 2000 he was Director of the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden, the first German science museum, and prior to that he was Curator at the Deutsche Historische Museum (1989-2001). He remains a personal member of the German Olympic Sports Federation.
Martin Roth is a Trustee of the British Council and of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. He is a member of both the Council of the Royal College of Art and the Court of Imperial College in London.
After completing his PhD on the History of Museums and Cultural Politics in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich at the Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen in 1987, Martin Roth became a researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, E.H.E.S.S. in Paris. Following this, in 1992, he became a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.
Beth McKillop, Deputy Director & Director of Collections
Beth McKillop was appointed Deputy Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in November 2010. She joined the Asia Department as Keeper in 2004, later becoming Director of Collections.
She was a curator in the British Library’s Asian Collections, specialising in the books and manuscripts of China and Korea, additionally assuming responsibility for exhibitions and loans of Asian manuscripts. She was founding curator of the V&A’s Samsung Gallery of Korean Art, and she continues to take an active interest in Korean art and design. She has contributed to recent V&A galleries of ceramics and of Buddhist sculpture, and has published on a range of Korean subjects ranging from art and museums in North Korea to books and manuscripts in traditional Korean society. She supports a number of organisations that work towards greater and deeper engagement between Britain and Asia.
Beth studied at the Universities of Glasgow, Cambridge and at the University College London. She was a British Council scholar at Peking University.
Tim Reeve, Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer
Tim Reeve became the Chief Operating Officer of the Victoria and Albert Museum in August 2013. As well as Chairing the Senior Management Team, Tim has overall responsibility for the effective and efficient operation of the Museum, and the delivery of a coherent visitor experience strategy, with a particular focus on South Kensington. He directly manages the divisions responsible for Commercial & Digital Development, Finance & Resources, Design, Exhibitions & FuturePlan, and Learning & Visitor Experience.
Before joining the V&A, Tim was Director of Historic Properties at English Heritage, responsible for the 420 historic properties which make up the National Heritage Collection. His remit covered all aspects of the visitor experience, EH’s long-term capital programme, and maintenance and conservation of the historic estate. During Tim’s tenure the turnover of the NHC grew to over £50m a year, with an operational deficit of nearly £10m pa becoming an operational surplus of nearly £5m, with visitor numbers in excess of 5m a year, and with the number of EH members growing towards 1m a year.
Tim is a graduate in Ancient History from Royal Holloway, University of London, and studied at the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) and INSEAD, on its International Executive Programme. He has served as a Trustee of the Hadrian’s Wall Trust and of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), and is a member of the board of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
David Bickle, Director of Design, Exhibitions and FuturePlan
David was appointed Director of Design, Exhibitions and FuturePlan in May 2015. He is responsible for the V&A ‘brand’ in its many forms, ranging from exhibition posters to the new V&A East project in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Prior to joining the V&A, David was a Senior Partner at Hawkins\Brown Architects. He has more than 20 years’ experience of leading award-winning projects within the education, commercial, arts and regeneration sectors. Alongside developers Urban Splash, David was responsible for the regeneration of the Grade 2* listed Park Hill estate in Sheffield, which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2013. A recent project was Here East - the repurposing of the former Olympic Press, Media and Broadcast Centres within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
David has chaired a number of competition and jury panels including Forgotten Spaces Sheffield, Regional RIBA Awards and advised the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale. He lectures at a number of universities and is an external examiner at the University of the Creative Arts. David sits on the boards of Oily Cart, S1 Artspace, Tannery Arts and the Drawing Room.
Alex Stitt, Director of Commercial & Digital Development
Alex Stitt joined the V&A in April 2014 to lead the newly formed Commercial and Digital Development Department.
He has a track record as a successful entrepreneur in the publishing and digital industries. In 2007 he founded iAnnounce, which went on to lead a digital revolution in family notices throughout the European local and regional press. He sold this business in 2013. Prior to that he held senior management positions at Telegraph Media Group, News UK Ltd and Bertelsmann.
He has an MBA from INSEAD, an English Literature degree from Oxford University and an Arsenal season ticket.
Heather Francis, Director of Finance and Resources
Heather Francis was appointed as Director of Finance and Resources at the V&A in February 2014, responsible for the finance, HR, IT, legal and procurement functions.
Before joining the V&A, Heather worked for Save the Children in a number of different roles, both in the UK and overseas. Latterly, her role as Director of International Programs Finance for Save the Children International involved recruiting, developing and leading a professional global finance team to support the $1bn organisation.
Heather studied Economics at Southampton University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Emmajane Avery, Director of Learning and Visitor ExperienceEmmajane Avery joined the V&A in March 2011 as Head of the Department of Learning, overseeing learning activities for schools, families, young people, university students and adults, including an innovative digital learning programme, reaching over 200,000 participants per year. She has particular interest in activities which inspire new generations of designers as well as programmes which add to enjoyment and well-being. She became Director of Learning and Visitor Experience in June 2011 and has responsibility for learning, interpretation and visitor experience.
She started her museum career at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, running learning activities for all audiences, before holding the post of Curator: School and Teacher Programmes at Tate Modern. She was then Head of Education at the Wallace Collection for eight years where she oversaw the development of innovative school, public and community programmes, with one in six of all museum visitors taking part in a learning activity in 2009-10.
Emmajane studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, followed by an MA in Museology at the University of East Anglia.
Jane Lawson, Director of Development
Jane Lawson, who was appointed Director of Development of the V&A in 2005, joined the museum in 2002, shortly after which she became the Deputy Director of Development. Jane’s department fundraises on behalf of the Museum raising funds for capital projects, acquisitions, exhibitions, conservation and learning programmes. The department also runs the Membership programme on behalf of the Friends of the V&A, the Director’s Circle, Museum Events and Corporate Partnerships.
After completing her early education in Ireland, Jane gained a degree in History from the University of Newcastle- upon-Tyne. She began her career in book publishing, working in editorial roles on non-fiction titles at both Methuen and Penguin Books before moving to a Public Affairs role at Shell UK Limited.
Jane is a past Trustee of the Fashion Arts Foundation, a British Fashion Council initiative for the Cultural Olympiad in 2012 and is currently a trustee of Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity.