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The Victoria and Albert Museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and is a charity exempt from registration under the Charities Act of 2011. It operates at arm's length from the Government and is governed by a board of Trustees appointed by the Prime Minister. Trustees are appointed in the first instance for a term of up to five years and may be re-appointed at the end of their term.

The following Trustees make up the Board at present:

Sir Paul Ruddock

Sir Paul Ruddock

Appointed: 3 May 2002; re-appointed: 3 May 2006.

Appointed Chairman 2007; re-appointed 2011.

Sir Paul is the retired co-founder of Lansdowne Partners Limited, an investment management firm of which he was the chief executive from 1998-June 2013. Previously he held various senior positions with Schroders PLC and its American subsidiary Schroder and Co. Inc. Prior to this he had worked at Goldman Sachs. He has an MA and BA (1st class) in jurisprudence from Oxford University and is a fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford.

Sir Paul has been involved with the V&A since the mid 1990s. He has been a Trustee of the Museum since 2002 and was appointed Chairman of the V&A Board by the Prime Minister in 2007. He has served on a number of V&A committees including the British Galleries Committee and as Chair of the Trustees’ Finance and Development Committees. He is Chair of the Gilbert Trust for the Arts. He has been heavily involved in fundraising for the Museum and is himself a major donor having given personal donations of over £6 million over 15 years, including being the lead donor for the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries.

Sir Paul’s philanthropic activities also include giving generous donations to the following: Medieval Europe Gallery at the British Museum; Gothic Ivories Project at the Courtauld Institute; Donmar Warehouse; Mousetrap Theatre Projects; Mansfield College, Oxford; National Trust; a new Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s School, Birmingham; AfriKids.

Sir Paul is a Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Chairman of the Oxford University Endowment.

Sir Paul was awarded a knighthood for services to the arts and philanthropy in the New Year Honours List 2012.

Andrew Hochhauser QC


Appointed: 20 April 2011; re-appointed 20 April 2015

Andrew Hochhauser QC is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers, a Harmsworth scholar and Bencher of Middle Temple, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Deputy High Court Judge. He specialises in commercial and employment litigation, with a substantial court and advisory practice. Some recent high-profile work has included acting for the FSA in Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd v Abbey National; representing celebrity chef Gary Rhodes against his former agents; the Dresdner Kleinwort bonus claims and in the high-profile battle between inter-dealer brokers; Tullett Prebon v BGC. He is honorary Counsel to Westminster Abbey, and in 2011 obtained an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he specialised in British Modernism. He is also the Vice-Chairman of Paintings in Hospitals.

Stephen McGuckin


Appointed: 15 September 2008; re-appointed 15 September 2012

Steve McGuckin is a Chartered Architect and Surveyor. He joined global programme management consultants Turner and Townsend plc in April 2009 and was appointed UK Managing Director in 2010. He began his career with architectural practice Grimshaw, thereafter was Director of Consulting at Mace Group, before joining Land Securities plc as Development Director.

Steve is a development and project management specialist in the infrastructure and property sectors.  His experience includes projects such as Waterloo International Eurostar Terminal, Terminal 5 at Heathrow, The London Eye, 20 Fenchurch St (The Walkie Talkie), The Great Court at The British Museum and currently, Crossrail and The Shard.

Steve has been advisor to the Natural History Museum (Darwin Phase II Project) and a member of the CABE 2012 Olympics Panel.

Michelle Ogundehin


Appointed: 15 September 2008; re-appointed 15 September 2011

Michelle Ogundehin has contributed to publications all over the world and is internationally renowned as an authority on interiors, style and design. She was appointed Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration in May 2004, consolidating a relationship with the magazine that started in 1997. At the 2011 PPA Awards, ELLE Decoration was awarded Specialist Consumer Magazine of the Year and Michelle was Highly Commended as Editor of the Year. She was made an Ambassador for Diversity in Public Appointments by the Government Equalities Office in 2009, and a director of the South Coast Design Forum in 2008. Trained as an architect at London's celebrated Bartlett School, and having worked in architectural offices in both London and New York, she began her journalistic career on the launch of Tate Art Magazine, followed by Blueprint Magazine, before being head-hunted to join ELLE Decoration in 1997. She also directs her own creative consultancy, MO:Studio (, established in 2002.

Sir John Sorrell


Appointed: 20 April 2011; re-appointed 20 April 2015

John Sorrell set up his first business when he was 19 and during his career of more than 40 years he founded and ran, with his wife Frances, one of Europe’s biggest and most successful design businesses, Newell and Sorrell, chaired both of the UK’s public design bodies (the Design Council and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), originated and developed the London Design Festival and, again with Frances, set up the Sorrell Foundation, which works with young people to inspire their creativity. John was appointed CBE in 1996 and was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medal in 1998. He holds four Honorary Design Doctorates, an Honorary Design Fellowship, is an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy, was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2002 and of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009. John was awarded a Knighthood in the 2008 New Year Honours List `for services to the Creative Industries’. His book, `Creative Island’ (2002), features inspired design from Great Britain. A new edition, `Creative Island II’, was published in October 2009.

Bob Stefanowski


Appointed: 15 September 2008; re-appointed 15 September 2011

Bob Stefanowski is a senior financial leader with over 25 years' experience in Corporate Finance and Private Equity. He is currently Chief Financial Officer of UBS Investment Bank. He joined UBS in December 2011 from 3i Group PLC where he was most recently Chairman and Managing Partner, Asia and the Americas. He was a member of 3i's senior leadership team responsible for the development of 3i's investment strategy across Asia and the Americas while sitting on 3i's Group Risk and Investment Committees. Previously, Bob was President and CEO of General Electric Corporate Finance Europe. Bob was appointed a Company Officer by the GE Board of Directors in 2006.  Bob has an MBA in Finance from Cornell University and is a visiting lecturer in Finance at Cambridge University, Imperial College and London Business School.

Dr Paul Thompson


Appointed: 1 September 2009 (ex officio)

Paul Thompson is Rector of the RCA. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Bristol, as well as master's and doctoral degrees from the University of East Anglia. Prior to his appointment at the RCA, Paul was Director of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Prior to his position at the Cooper-Hewitt, Paul was Director of the Design Museum in London, from 1992 to 2001, and before that, he was Curator of Contemporary Design there, from 1988 to 1992. From 1987 to 1988, Paul worked at the Design Council. Outside the world of galleries and museums, he has worked diligently to heighten awareness of the role design plays within an increasingly global society. In 2000 Paul Thompson was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Art for services to art and design education.

João Baptista


Appointed: 28 November 2011

João Baptista has 30 years of international experience in IT, telecommunications, media and engineering, and has worked in most of the EU, the US, Brazil, China, Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. João is currently President Nordics, Southern Europe & South America and a member of the Executive Committee at CGI Group, the global IT services company. João joined CGI in 2008 from Portugal Telecom, where he was Board Director, Chairman and CEO of its international operations. Previously, João was Vice-President at Booz Allen Hamilton and, before that, Global Leader for Technology, Information, Communications and Entertainment at Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., and Managing Director and Head of the Media and Telecommunications Practice at Oliver Wyman. João has an MBA from Stanford University, having previously graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, and Energy Management. João has written numerous articles and conference papers on the communications industry and co-authored the book Grow to be Great, focusing on growth strategies (Free Press).

Mark Damazer CBE

Appointed 28 November 2011; re-appointed 28 November 2014

Mark Damazer CBE is Master of St.Peter's College, Oxford. After studying history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, he was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard and Congressional Fellow in Washington D.C. He worked as a trainee broadcast journalist for ITN, and then at the BBC World Service, TV-am and BBC News. His roles at the BBC included Editor of the Nine O’Clock News, Editor of Television News, Head of Current Affairs, Head of Political Programmes and Deputy Head of the News Division. He was Controller of Radio 4 and Radio 7 (now Radio 4 Extra) from 2004 to 2010. He was awarded the CBE for services to broadcasting in 2011. He was International Vice Chairman of the International Press Institute and is a former board member of Mental Health Media. He is a Fellow of the Radio Academy.

Edmund de Waal OBE

Appointed: 28 November 2011

Edmund de Waal is a potter and writer. He was apprenticed in Canterbury and read English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Edmund's porcelain is in the collections of over thirty international museums and he has had numerous solo exhibitions. He has also written extensively on art and design, and his recent memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes has won several prizes. Edmund is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall and was appointed an OBE for services to art this summer.

Dame Theresa Sackler


Photograph by Joth Shakerley

Appointed: 28 November 2011

Dame Theresa Sackler was a primary school teacher for seven years. She married Dr Mortimer D Sackler, KBE (who died in 2010) with whom she had three children. Theresa serves on the boards of several family pharmaceutical companies and devotes much of her time to various philanthropic activities including serving as a Trustee for a number of institutions. She travels extensively overseas and has an active interest in education and the arts/cultural sectors. Having studied horticulture, she also has a passion for gardens, nature and the environment.

Nicholas Coleridge CBE

Nicholas Coleridge

Appointed 26 November 2012; appointed Chair Designate 26 March 2015

Nicholas Coleridge is President of Condé Nast International, publisher of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, House & Garden, The World of Interiors, Condé Nast Traveller, Tatler, Glamour among other titles, and Managing Director of Condé Nast Britain, having joined the magazine house in 1989 as Editorial Director. Prior to Condé Nast, he was Editor of Harpers & Queen magazine in the mid 80s.

He is the author of 12 books, both fiction and non-fiction, including The Fashion Conspiracy, Paper Tigers, Godchildren, A Much Married Man, Deadly Sins and The Adventuress.

Nicholas has been Chairman of the British Fashion Council and Chairman of the PPA, the magazine publishers' association.  He was founding Chairman of Fashion Rocks, the fashion and rock music extravaganza, which raised more than £3 million for the Prince's Trust charity. He was on the Advisory Board for the Concert for Diana, Wembley Stadium 2007. He has been a member of the Council of the Royal College of Art, and a member of the Trading Board of the Prince's Trust, and is Deputy Chairman of The Campaign for Wool, 2009-. He is a Director of PressBof, the parent organisation of the Press Complaints Commission.

He was awarded the Young Journalist of the Year prize at the 1982 British Press Awards, and the Mark Boxer Lifetime Achievement Award for magazine journalism in 2001.  In 2009 he was awarded the CBE.     

Professor Margot Finn

Appointed 26 November 2012; re-appointed 26 November 2014

Margot Finn is Professor of Modern British History at University College London. Prior to her appointment at UCL in 2012, she was a Professor of History and Pro Vice Chancellor at Warwick University. The author of After Chartism: Class and Nation in English Radical Politics and The Character of Credit: Personal Debt in English Culture (both published by CambridgeUniversity Press), Margot is a former editor of the Journal of British Studies and a co-editor of the Cambridge Social & Cultural Histories monograph series. From 2009-2012, she was a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society. Working together with an international group of academics, archivists, curators, and family and local historians, Margot is the Principal Investigator of a Leverhulme-Trust funded research project on British and South Asian material culture entitled The East India Company at Home, 1758-1857.

Professor Evelyn Welch

Evelyn Welch

Appointed: 26 November 2012

Evelyn Welch studied Renaissance History and Literature at Harvard University and then went on to gain a PhD from The Warburg Institute.  She has held positions at the Universities of Essex, the Warburg Institute, Birkbeck, Sussex and Queen Mary, University of London and is now Vice-Principal for Arts & Sciences at King’s College London.  

Evelyn’s main areas of interest are: Renaissance and Early Modern Material Culture, Consumption in Early Modern Europe, Dress and Fashion in Early Modern Europe and Smell and the Senses in Early Modern Europe. She has published widely and amongst her most significant publications are: 
‘Scented Gloves and Perfumed Buttons: Smelling Things in Renaissance Italy’, in Ornamentalism: Accessories in Renaissance Europe, ed. Bella Mirabella, University of Michigan Press, 2012.
with James Shaw, Making and Marketing Renaissance Medicine: the Speziale al Giglio in Florence, 1493-1494, Wellcome Trust History of Medicine Clio Medica series, Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2011.
Shopping in the Renaissance. Consumer Cultures in Italy, 1350-1600, Yale University Press, 2005.
Art in Renaissance Italy, 1350-1500, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000.
Art and Authority in Renaissance Milan, Yale University Press, London,1995.
with Michelle O’Malley, eds, The Material Renaissance, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2007.

Evelyn is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Royal Historical Society.  Among many distinguished affiliations, she holds an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship at the Victoria and Albert Museum and has been involved in the development of the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries and the Europe, 1600-1800 galleries.  


Mark Sebba

Mark Sebba

Appointed: 1 July 2014

Mark Sebba has been Chief Executive of The Net-a-Porter Group since 2003. The group, which has operations in Europe, the US and Asia, comprises, the world’s leading fashion website and publisher of PORTER Magazine; MRPORTER.COM, the style destination for men and THEOUTNET.COM, a discount fashion website.

He has been chair of the V&A Enterprises Board since 2013 and was an independent non-executive Director of LMS Capital between 2010 and 2013. He was non-executive Chairman of the Adjutant General’s Audit Committee from 2003 to 2008. He is a chartered accountant and worked as an investment banker in London and New York for some twenty years before moving into early stage media and new technology businesses.

Since 1993, he has been a Trustee of the JCA Charitable Foundation.

Caroline Silver

Caroline Silver

Appointed: 1 July 2014

Caroline Silver is a Managing Director at Moelis & Company, a leading global independent investment bank. She has been a Non-Executive Director of PZ Cussons plc since 2014, and was a Non-Executive Director at The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust from 2006 to 2014.

She has been in the investment banking industry for over 25 years and was most recently Vice Chairman of EMEA Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to this, she spent 14 years at Morgan Stanley, where she was Global Vice Chairman of Investment Banking.

She started her career as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.


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