The Victoria and Albert Museum is governed by a board of trustees appointed by the Prime Minister. The following trustees make up the current board.
Nicholas Coleridge CBE
Appointed 26 November 2012, appointed Chair November 2015
Nicholas Coleridge is President of Condé Nast International, and Managing Director of Condé Nast Britain. Condé Nast International is the overseas division of Condé Nast Inc. and publishes 126 magazines, close to 100 websites and over 200 tablet and Smartphone apps in 29 international markets. Key brands include Vogue, Architectural Digest, Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ), Vanity Fair, House & Garden, Tatler, Glamour, Condé Nast Traveller, Wired and Love.
Nicholas has been Chairman of the British Fashion Council and Chairman of the Professional Publishers Association. He was founding Chairman of Fashion Rocks which raised more than £3 million for The Prince's Trust charity and was on the Advisory Board for the Concert for Diana held at Wembley Stadium. He has been a member of the Council of the Royal College of Art, a member of the Trading Board of The Prince's Trust and a Director of PressBof, the parent organisation of the Press Complaints Commission. Nicholas is currently Chairman of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Campaign for Wool, an Ambassador for the Landmark Trust, and a Patron of the Elephant Family.
He was awarded the 1982 prize for the British Press Awards’ Young Journalist of the Year when he was a columnist at the Evening Standard, and the Mark Boxer Lifetime Achievement Award for magazine journalism in 2001. In 2013, he was awarded the Marcus Morris Lifetime Achievement Award for publishing by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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; 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; 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 1600-1815 galleries.
Appointed 1 July 2014
Mark Sebba was Chief Executive of The Net-a-Porter Group from 2003 to 2014 and retired from the Board in 2015.
In 2014 he was appointed Chair of Hyde Housing Association, one of the larger London Housing Associations. That year, he was also appointed to the Board of GP Bullhound, a European-wide boutique investment bank specialising in servicing the digital and tech industries.
In 2015, he joined the Board of MutualArt.com and became chairman of APT Global, its parent company, in 2016.
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.
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.
Appointed April 2016
Elaine Bedell has held various senior positions in the UK broadcasting industry, including most recently Director of Entertainment and Comedy at ITV, where she commissioned and managed all entertainment and comedy shows across the channels. Elaine was previously Controller of Entertainment at the BBC and was for many years a television and radio producer, before setting up and running her own production company, Watchmaker. After selling Watchmaker, she spent a year establishing and managing the commercial arm of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Elaine gained a First in English Literature from Leeds University and has won a BAFTA and a British Comedy award. She was for five years Executive Chair of The Edinburgh Television Festival.
Appointed September 2015
Robert Glick has held various senior positions in corporate communications and in public health – in New York, Paris, New Delhi and London. He currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Communications & Head of International Government Affairs at American Express. He is responsible for leading the government relations strategy for the company’s international businesses, and serves as the company’s senior public relations strategist in Europe.
Prior to joining American Express in 2000, Robert held various roles at the United Nations Development Programme, including Director of the Asian Regional Programme on HIV/AIDS, was Assistant Vice President for Corporate Affairs at L’Oréal, and Senior Financial Analyst at Arthur Andersen & Company.
A graduate of the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics, he is Chairman of the Board of Terrence Higgins Trust and a Trustee of Sadler’s Wells Theatre. His seminal book, Law, Ethics & HIV, was first published in 1993, and he has written two novels Closer East and The Darkening Sky. Robert is a citizen of both the UK and the US.
Appointed September 2015
Nick Hoffman is a Partner at McKinsey & Company, the management consulting firm, and leads McKinsey’s UK Insurance and Asset Management Practice. Previously he worked at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. Nick is a former Chairman of the Trustees of the Gilbert Collection in Somerset House, and has served on the V&A’s Investment Committee. Nick has an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University.
Minutes of the board of trustees