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.
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. He is honorary Counsel to Westminster Abbey. In 2011 he obtained an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he specialised in British Modernism. He is also a Governor of the University of the Arts London, a Vice-Chairman of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy, and the Vice-Chairman of Paintings in Hospitals.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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