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.

Sir Nicholas Coleridge CBE

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

Sir 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.

Sir 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. Sir 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. Sir Nicholas was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.

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Kavita Puri

Appointed 2 July 2018, reappointed 26 January 2022

Kavita Puri is an award-winning BBC journalist, executive producer and broadcaster. She presents documentaries on Radio 4 and the World Service including The Inquiry. She devised, wrote and presented the landmark three-part series Partition Voices for Radio 4, which won the Royal Historical Society's Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize. She wrote the critically-acclaimed book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories based on the series. It is being adapted for the stage by the Donmar Warehouse with Tara Theatre. She is the creator and presenter of the Radio 4 series Three Pounds in My Pocket, which charts the social history of British South Asians from the post-war years. It is on its fifth series. She writes and lectures on this subject. While editor of Our World, its foreign documentaries were recognised with awards including the Royal Television Society and the Foreign Press Association. Kavita was named Journalist of the Year by the Asian Media Awards. She worked for many years at Newsnight and studied Law at Cambridge University.

Ben Elliot

Appointed 1 January 2017, reappointed 1 January 2021

Ben Elliot is the co-founder of the international concierge group Quintessentially which he started in London in 2000. He is also the Founder of Quintessentially Foundation, which works with numerous 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 £14m.

In 2018, he was appointed as the Government's first Food Surplus and Waste Champion and from 2019 – 2022, was Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party.

Ben Elliot is the Chairman of the Philanthropy Board of the Royal Albert Hall and a Trustee of The Eranda Rothschild Foundation. He 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.

He graduated with a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol and is married with two children.

Nigel Webb

Appointed 1 January 2017, reappointed 1 January 2021

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.

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.

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.

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

Appointed March 2020

Martin is a seasoned Retail and Marketing professional with over 25 years experience, particularly in eCommerce. He is COO of Rainbowwave, a global fashion sales and communications agency. Martin 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 in Hong Kong. As a consultant Martin worked with over 30 brands including Margaret Howell, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Alice Temperley, SpaceNK and Charlotte Olympia. He is a mentor on the Walpole Brands of Tomorrow programme.

C. Allegra Berman

Appointed March 2020

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

Appointed March 2020

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

Appointed March 2020

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.

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Rusty Elvidge

Appointed 5 September 2022

Rusty has been a collector since he was at Bristol University and used to buy antique silver and jewellery at auction rooms and fairs in the West Country. He has also collected Regency furniture, English watercolours and, over the last 20 years, paintings by the Bloomsbury set, Modern British artists, as well as Contemporary Art and Pottery.

Rusty has worked in finance all his career: at Salomon Brothers on the trading floor, then at Credit Suisse heading the global foreign exchange business, and over the last decade has been on the Private Banking side as financial adviser to some of the most successful UK based entrepreneurs.

Rusty has worked in Japan, Switzerland and the US, though predominantly in the UK, where he is based full time, working for UBS.

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Professor Polly Blakesley

Appointed 5 September 2022

Rosalind Polly Blakesley was educated at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Moscow, and is now Professor of Russian and European Art and a Fellow of Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. A Syndic of the Fitzwilliam Museum and Trustee of the Samuel Courtauld Trust, she has also served on the boards of the National Portrait Gallery, the Hamilton Kerr Institute and Kettle's Yard.

Polly has published on issues of artistic dialogue and differentiation across Europe, with particular interest in the visual culture of imperial Russia and the Baltic region and recent focus on portraiture, women artists, and the history of artistic education and professionalisation. Her latest book, Women Artists in the Reign of Catherine the Great, forms part of the research project 'Russia, Empire and the Baltic Imagination', supported by a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. She has also worked on the exhibitions An Imperial Collection at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC; International Arts and Crafts at the V&A; and Russia and the Arts, which she curated at the National Portrait Gallery as part of a pioneering exchange with the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Awards include the Pushkin Medal and, for her book, The Russian Canvas, the Art Newspaper Russia Best Book Award and the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize.

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Zewditu Gebreyohanes

Appointed 5 September 2022

Zewditu Gebreyohanes is the Director of Restore Trust and Executive Editor of the online history publication History Reclaimed. She is a Young Ambassador of the International Churchill Society.

Between 2021 and 2022 Zewditu worked at the think tank Policy Exchange, where she was Head of the History Matters Project: a policy unit focussing on the preservation of British history and heritage. In 2020 she served on the government commission on housing and architecture 'Building Better, Building Beautiful' as an assistant to its late Chair, Professor Sir Roger Scruton. She sits on the board of the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation.

Zewditu has been passionate about art and design from a young age and enjoys drawing, painting and sewing. She is of British-Ethiopian descent and speaks Amharic and Tigrinya.

Minutes of the board of trustees