Sir Mark Jones – (Chairman)

Sir Mark Jones FRSE was Curator of Medals at the British Museum [1974-1992], Director of the National Museums of Scotland [1992-2001, Director of the V&A [2001-11] and Master of St Cross College, Oxford [2011-2016]. He has written extensively on the history of the medal, fakes and forgeries, collecting and museums, and restitution. He is a Visitor of the Ashmolean Museum and a trustee of Tullie House, the Corning Museum of Glass, Compton Verney, the Watts Museum, the Grimsthorpe and Drummond Trust and the Historic Environment Scotland Trust.

Professor Sir Colin Blakemore

Professor Sir Colin Blakemore of the University of Oxford and the School of Advanced Study, London, is an eminent neuroscientist and a former Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council. He was awarded the Royal Society’s Michael Faraday Prize for his outstanding work in public communication. As a presenter and writer of science programmes, he has contributed to many radio and television broadcasts, including “The Mind Machine” series on the BBC. His research includes work on vision, stroke, Huntington’s disease and the early development of the brain. He is a Commissioner of the UK Drug Policy Commission and is involved with the work of several medical charities.

Lady Riddell LVO

Sarah Riddell has a background in journalism and arts publishing. She has served as non-executive director and vice-chairman of the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust. For many years she was a lay member of both local and national research ethics committees, and was also on the expert medicine group advising the government on safety in clinical trials. She is currently chairman of the John Ellerman Foundation and trustee of the Sir James Knott and Castle Auckland Trusts.

Sarah Staniforth CBE

Sarah Staniforth CBE is President of IIC (International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works), and a Trustee of the new English Heritage charity, the Landmark Trust and the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. She is a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West Committee, Westminster Abbey Fabric Commission and Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee. She sits on the panel for the Pilgrim Trust – Association of Independent Museums conservation awards. She previously held a number of roles at the National Trust from 1985-2014, including Historic Properties Director, Museums and Collections Director, and Director of National Trust Enterprises and Historic House Hotels.

 Kevin Pakenham

Kevin Pakenham is co-founder and director of Pakenham Partners, the specialist corporate finance adviser. He is chairman of the trustees of the Longford Trust and was a trustee of the Ireland Fund of Great Britain between 1989 and 2009, serving as honorary treasurer during that time. He has worked in finance since 1972, as an international economist, investment manager and corporate financier. He has served on many investment boards and committees, including currently, The Pearson Group Pension Plan, Aberdeen Japan Investment Trust and St Antony’s College, Oxford University.

Caroline Butler

Caroline Butler is the founder of Walcot Partners Ltd, an FCA authorised investment adviser, CIO of a significant international family partnership and investment adviser to university endowments. During her career in banking based in London and New York, Caroline was Head of UK Private Wealth Management at DeutscheBank and the first woman elected to the Board of S.G.Warburg in 1984. Currently she is an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford and member of their Investment Committee, a Trustee of the ArtFund, an Advisory Board member of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions’ Forum, a member of the Investment Committee of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and Chair of the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund UK’s Advisory Council.

David Barrie CBE

David Barrie worked as a deck hand before serving in the Diplomatic Service and the Cabinet Office. He then moved into the arts, first as Director of The Japan Festival 1991 and then Director of the Art Fund. He has been a trustee of Butterfly Conservation, the Ruskin Foundation and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. He chaired Make Justice Work and has advised Chatham House on drug policy reform. An experienced sailor, he is the author of ‘Sextant, A Voyage Guided by the Stars and the Men Who Mapped the World’s Oceans’ a book about the history of celestial navigation.

Simon Antrobus

Simon Antrobus was appointed Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need from 1 November 2016. Previously he was the Chief Executive for Addaction, and before that was Chief Executive of Clubs for Young People – now called Ambition. He has worked in both the voluntary and public sector and has held senior positions in a number of organisations including Scope and Parkinson’s UK. He has chaired a national inquiry on behalf of the Centre for Social Justice, leading a commission which produced ‘Dying to Belong’ – a comprehensive report into street gangs in the UK. He also chaired the ACEVO sponsored Public Health Commission, acted as Chair of the National Council of Voluntary Youth Services and completed a term as a non-executive director of CAP – the Community Alcohol Partnerships programme.

Joan Winterkorn

Joan Winterkorn is an independent advisor on archives and manuscripts. She worked as an archivist in London and a rare book librarian in America before joining the booksellers Bernard Quaritch Ltd in 1979. There she handled the valuation and sale of a large number of literary, political, scientific, theatrical and historical archives. Currently a member of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel and the National Documents Working Party, she has served on the Council of the Friends of the National Libraries, the Friends of Cambridge University Library, and the Editorial Board of The Book Collector. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and in 2006 was awarded the Royal Society of Literature’s Benson Medal.

Atul Patel

Atul Patel’s career spanned 30 years of working in housing, regeneration, and the public sector. Latterly, he was an Independent Member of the Ealing Council Housing Forum and Trustee and Chair of Finance Committee for the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund 2011-2018. He became Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Unit from 1998-2001 and was also a Member of the Independent Selection Panel for Leicestershire Police Authority from 1998-2002. He was appointed the Chairman of the Race Equality Advisory Group at the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2001-2005, overlapping with his role as a Board and Planning Committee Member at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (2004-2009). He is currently also a trustee with the Royal College of Nursing Foundation.