Trustees

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 Trustee November 2012, appointed Chair November 2015, reappointed Chair November 2019.

Nicholas Coleridge was for 30 years successively Editorial Director, Managing Director, President and Chairman of Conde Nast, the magazine company which publishes 140 titles in 30 markets including Vogue, Vanity Fair, House & Garden, Tatler, The World of Interiors, Condé Nast Traveller, Glamour, GQ, Brides, Wired and Love.

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. 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.

He was the 1982 British Press Awards Young Journalist of the Year, as a columnist at the Evening Standard, and was given the Mark Boxer Lifetime Achievement Award for magazine journalism by the British Society of Magazine Editors in 2001. In 2013, he was awarded the Marcus Morris Lifetime Achievement Award for publishing by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA). In June 2017, he was inducted into the Professional Publishers Association's Hall of Fame by Lord Heseltine. Nicholas was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.

Kavita Puri
Appointed 2 July 2018

Kavita Puri is an award-winning journalist and radio broadcaster. In her landmark three-part series Partition Voices for BBC Radio 4, she documented the untold stories of Colonial British and British Asians who lived through the Partition of India 70 years ago, and assessed its legacy in Britain today. The programmes won the Royal Historical Society's Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize. The testimonies are being archived by the British Library Sound Archive. Her book based on the BBC series is due out in 2019 (Bloomsbury). Her two critically-acclaimed Radio 4 series, Three Pounds in My Pocket, charted the migration of South Asians to post-war Britain, and she writes and lectures on these subjects. Kavita works for BBC Current Affairs as the editor of Our World, a foreign affairs documentary programme. Recent awards for its coverage include the Royal Television Society and the Foreign Press Association and she was named Journalist of the Year by the Asian Media Awards. Prior to this, Kavita worked at Newsnight as a political producer, film producer and assistant editor. She studied Law at Cambridge University.

Ben Elliot
Appointed 1 January 2017

Ben is the co-founder of the international group Quintessentially which he started in London in 2000, and Chairman and Founder of the Quintessentially Foundation, which works with different charities with a mission to improve the health, education and welfare of disadvantaged people, predominantly in the UK. Since he founded the Foundation it has raised in excess of £13m.

In 2018 Ben was appointed as the Government’s first Food Surplus and Waste Champion and in 2019 he was made Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party.

Ben is co-founder of Hawthorn Advisors, a trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Chairman of the Philanthropy Board of the Royal Albert Hall and a trustee of The Eranda Rothschild Foundation. Ben is also the Honorary Treasurer of the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) and is a UK partner of the world-renowned restaurant Din Tai Fung.

Ben graduated with a BSc in Politics from the University of Bristol. He is married with two children and lives in Gloucestershire.

Nigel Webb
Appointed 1 January 2017

Nigel is a Chartered Surveyor and Head of Development and a member of the Group Executive Committee at The British Land Company Plc.

British Land is one of Europe’s largest Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) and one of the country’s leading property developers.

Nigel has over 30 years of experience in property investment and development and has been responsible for over 11m sq ft of development including some of London's landmark buildings.His experience includes developing projects such as The Leadenhall Building (“Cheesegrater”), The Broadgate Tower, The Willis Building, the UBS headquarters at 5 Broadgate, Ropemaker Place and development of the Regents' Place campus.

Professor Lynda Nead
Appointed 1 January 2017

Professor Lynda Nead is Pevsner Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London. Trained in the history of decorative arts at the University of Leeds, she completed her PhD at University College London. She has published widely on the history of British art, including books on Victorian London, the relationship of art and early film and, most recently, art and culture in post-war Britain. She has continuing interests in the histories of design, dress, photography and film and was a founding director of the Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck. She has served on Advisory Boards at the Museum of London, Tate, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Foundling Museum and has been a member of the Leverhulme Trust Research Awards Advisory Council. She is currently also a member of English Heritage Blue Plaques Panel and an elected member of the Academia Europaea.

Steven Pleshette Murphy
Appointed 1 January 2017

Steven Murphy has 30 years’ experience in the world of arts and culture. Steven is the founder of Murphy and Partners, a highly specialised art advisory and business consultancy firm, with offices in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Prior to Murphy and Partners, Steven was CEO of Christie’s from 2010 until 2014. Prior to joining Christie’s, Steven was CEO from 2002 to 2009 at Rodale, the US publishing company. Steven has experience in leading global enterprises for companies in the fields of publishing, music and art including Disney Publishing Worldwide, EMI Music/Angel Records and Simon & Schuster.

Steven’s business achievements, at Christie’s and elsewhere, have earned him a reputation as an innovative leader and creative strategist. Steven also served on the Ralph Lauren’s Board of Directors from 2005 until 2015.

Dr Paul Thompson
Appointed 1 September 2009 (ex officio)

Paul Thompson is Vice Chancellor 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.

Caroline Silver

Appointed 1 July 2014, reappointed from 1 July 2018

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.

Nick Hoffman

Appointed 15 September 2015, reappointed from 15 September 2019. Senior Trustee from May 2019

Nick Hoffman is a Board member of The Heinz Endowments and Behaviour Lab. Most recently, he led McKinsey & Company's UK Insurance and Asset Management Practice. He was a Partner of McKinsey in London for 12 years, where he worked primarily in financial services and environmental sustainability. Nick was Chairman of the Trustees of the Gilbert Collection in Somerset House, and continues to be a Trustee. Previously he was the first foreigner to work at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. Nick grew up in London, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is married with two young children.

Marc St John
Appointed February 2019

Marc is a former partner and head of investor relations at CVC Capital Partners (1999 – 2018). He also worked for Citicorp in New York, Paris and London (1985 – 98) and The Colorado Springs School, Colorado (1980 – 82).

He serves or has served as chair of the board at Power2 (a leading youth charity), London (2013 – present); Trustee and Executive Committee Member of Colorado College (2015 – present); St Antony's College Financial Advisory Committee, Oxford (2009 – 18); the Corporate Advisory Group to the British Academy (2018-present); the European Venture Capital Association, Brussels (2002 – 08); and the American University of Paris, Paris (2000 – 05).

Marc has dual USA/UK citizenship, is married to Dr Julie Newton, a Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford University, and holds a Masters in International Relations from Columbia University and a BA from Colorado College.

Jonathan Anderson
Appointed February 2019

Jonathan Anderson is one of the leading fashion designers of his generation, earning both critical acclaim and commercial success with the collections he designs for his eponymous label, JW Anderson, and as creative director of the LVMH-owned Spanish luxury house LOEWE.

Anderson attended the London College of Fashion and launched his own menswear collection in 2008, under the JW Anderson label. In 2010, he expanded into womenswear and in 2013 was named the creative director of Loewe. Two years later, in 2015, he became the first fashion designer to be awarded both Men's and Womenswear Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council. Over the course of his career, Anderson has also collaborated on collections and products for brands including Converse, Coca-Cola, Topshop and Uniqlo, among others.

Outside the world of fashion, Anderson is a dedicated supporter of art and craft. In 2016, he founded the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize, the world's first international award for contemporary craft and, in 2017, he curated Disobedient Bodies, an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire.

Born in Northern Ireland in 1984 Jonathan is the son of Irish rugby player, Willie Anderson, and Heather Buckley, who worked as a secondary school teacher.

Dr Genevieve Davies
Appointed February 2019

Dr Genevieve Davies read French and Spanish at Bristol University. She went on to take her MPhil, followed by her DPhil in Psychoanalysis and Existentialism, at St John's College Oxford. Her thesis has since been published as part of Peter Lang's Modern French Identities series. Following the CPE in Law at City University she was awarded both the Inner Temple Princess Royal Scholarship and the Major Scholarship and was called to the Bar in 2000.

Her interests include ballet, having trained until the age of 16, historical architecture and conservation. She is a member of The Society of Jewellery Historians and a Founder of Opera Holland Park.

Dr Davies has sat on the Board of the Royal Opera House since 2013, where she has also served on the Open Up Advisory Committee. She is on the Board of the V&A Foundation, the Board of British Youth Opera and is also a Governor of the Royal Ballet School.

David Bomford

Appointed 1 April 2019

After studying chemistry at the University of Sussex, David Bomford went to the National Gallery, London, where he became Senior Restorer of paintings; during nearly four decades there he worked on many important paintings and organised an award-winning series of exhibitions and catalogues on the techniques of European painters, including early Italian artists, Rembrandt and the Impressionists.

In 2007, he moved to the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, as Director of Collections and then as acting Director of the museum. In 2012, he moved to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as Chair of Conservation and Head of European Art. While in Houston, he was in charge of the design and construction of a new state-of-the-art conservation building and curated exhibitions on subjects including Rubens, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Spanish Colonial painting, the Habsburgs and the British monarchy.

David Bomford has been the Secretary-General of the International Institute for Conservation; editor of the international journal Studies in Conservation; Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford; and has had visiting professorships in conservation and art history in Mexico City, in Sao Paolo, and at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery, Washington. He has many academic interests, including the study of unfinished art.

Martin Bartle

Martin is a seasoned Retail and Marketing professional with over 25 years Marketing and eCommerce experience. He has worked with some of the world's leading luxury and fashion retailers at key moments in their development including; Marketing Director at NET-A-PORTER; Matches Fashion and MyTheresa during their transition from boutiques into global online businesses; VP of Business Development at Lane Crawford leading an 18 month project to launch them online in China, Hong Kong and internationally. As a consultant Martin has worked with over 30 brands including Margaret Howell, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Alice Temperley, SpaceNK and Charlotte Olympia. He is also a mentor on the Walpole Brands of Tomorrow programme.

C. Allegra Berman

Allegra is Global Co-Head of HSBC’s Securities Services. With some USD8 trillion of assets under custody, HSBC has one of the largest Securities Services platforms across the financial industry. Previously, Allegra was Head of the Financial Institutions Group, EMEA and Global Head of the Public Sector Group. Prior to joining HSBC in 2013, Allegra spent 12 years at UBS, where she co-led UBS’s EMEA Debt Capital Markets business, was Global Head of Public Sector Fixed Income and Vice Chair of Global Capital Markets.

Allegra was a Non-Executive Director of HSBC Asset Management UK (2016 – 2018) and a Board Member of the International Capital Market Association (2011 – 2013). Allegra has won numerous industry awards including “Most influential woman in European Investment Banking” in 2011 and has been recognised in the annual “Top 100 women in European Finance” awards every year since 2008.

Allegra served on the Board of Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery (2011 – 2019) where she was Chair of both the Gallery’s Investment Committee and its Finance Committee. Allegra has an MA in Modern Languages from Magdalen College, Oxford, where she is also a Trustee of its Development Board.

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Amanda Levete CBE

Amanda Levete is a Stirling Prize winning architect, and founder and principal of AL_A, an international award-winning architecture studio. Recently completed projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter (2017) in London; MAAT (2016) a Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, commissioned by EDP; Central Embassy (2017), a 1.5 million sq ft luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok; a media campus and headquarters building for Sky (2016) in London. Ongoing commissions include the Paisley Museum in Scotland; a centre for the cancer care charity Maggie’s in Southampton; two buildings for Wadham College, Oxford; three hospital buildings in Cyprus; a headquarters building in Brussels; and a theatre in Barcelona. Amanda is a regular radio and TV broadcaster, writes for a number of publications and lectures throughout the world. In 2017 she was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list and made a CBE for services to architecture. In 2018 she was awarded the Jane Drew Prize and in 2019 she was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Amanda Spielman

Amanda Spielman is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector at Ofsted, responsible for the inspection of schools, colleges, apprenticeships, adult education, nurseries, childminders and children’s social care.

Before this she was chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator, and research and policy director at the academy chain Ark Schools. Her early career was in strategy consulting, finance and investment at KPMG, Kleinwort Benson, Mercer Management Consulting and Nomura International.

She has also been a council member at Brunel University London and the Institute of Education, a director of the Wales Millennium Centre, and a school governor.

Minutes of the board of trustees