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 26 November 2012, appointed Chair November 2015
Nicholas Coleridge is Chairman of Condé Nast Britain, which publishes numerous titles including Vogue, Vanity Fair, House & Garden, Tatler, The World of Interiors, Condé Nast Traveller, Glamour, GQ, Brides, Wired and Love. From 1989-2017, he was successively Editorial Director of Condé Nast Britain, Managing Director, Condé Nast Britain (1991-2017), Vice President, Condé Nast International (2000-2012) and President, Condé Nast International, the division of Condé Nast which publishes 139 magazines in 27 international markets, and over 100 websites.
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.
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.
Appointed 1 January 2017
Ben Elliot is the Co-Founder of Quintessentially, the global luxury lifestyle company started in December 2000. Quintessentially now has 60 offices around the world, with over 3,000 employees. Ben is the Chairman of the Quintessentially Foundation for which he organises and participates in a number of events annually. Since 2008, the Foundation has raised over £9m from corporate and private contributions.
Ben is also non-executive director of YouGov Plc and Partner in Hawthorn, a successful corporate communications business. He regularly contributes to the Financial Times, New York Times and other publications. Ben acts as a Trustee for The Eranda Rothschild Foundation and has sat on the Development Board of the V&A Museum since 2015. Ben is also a Patron of Elephant Family; the charity founded by his uncle, Mark Shand.
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.
Edmund de Waal OBE
Appointed 28 November 2011, reappointed 28 November 2015
Edmund de Waal is an artist and writer. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and ceramics in both England and Japan. He is best known for his large scale installations of porcelain vessels, which have been exhibited throughout the UK and internationally. His bestselling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, has been published in almost thirty languages and won the Costa Biography Award and the RSL Ondaatje Prize. De Waal was recently awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell prize for non-fiction, given annually by Yale University. His latest book, The White Road was published in September by Chatto & Windus.
Since 2012 he has been a member of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee and in 2015 joined the Board of Trustees for the National Art & Design Saturday Club.
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.
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.
Appointed 15 September 2015, reappointed from 15 September 2019
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.
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); St Antony's College Financial Advisory Committee, Oxford (2009 – 18); on 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.
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.
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.