As stipulated in the 1833 Act and the 1969 Charity Order, the Board of Trustees is made up of four Life Trustees, appointed by the Board of Trustees as a whole after wide consultation, and Representative Trustees from five organizations: the Royal Society, the Lord Mayor and the Court of Aldermen of the City of London, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Academy of Arts.



Mr Guy Elliott (Chairman) holds an MA in Modern History from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD, France.  He is Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of SAB Miller plc, and a Non Executive Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc. He has held these roles since 2013 and 2010 respectively. He is also a member of the Takeover Panel. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of Rio Tinto from 2002 until 2013, and a Non Executive Director of Cadbury plc from 2007 until 2010.  Guy was on the Development Board of the Art Fund (formerly NACF) from 1993-6, and since 2010 has been a member of the Development Committee for The Canterbury Trust.

Mrs Bridget Cherry OBE, FSA, Hon. FRIBA read History at Oxford and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. She began working for the Pevsner Architectural Guides as a research assistant in 1968 and was series editor from 1971 to 2002. Mrs Cherry is also the co-author of several Pevsner guides. She is Vice-President of the Heritage of London Trust and a Council member of the London Topographical Society.  She has served as a commissioner for both English Heritage and the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, and as a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces. She was elected a Life Trustee of the Museum in 1994. She serves on the Museum’s Buildings Committee.

Sir David Chipperfield CBE, RA, RDI, RIBA established David Chipperfield Architects in 1985.  He was Professor of Architecture at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, Stuttgart from 1995 to 2001 and Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University in 2011, and he has taught and lectured worldwide at schools of architecture. In 2012 David Chipperfield curated the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.  He is an honorary fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Bund Deutscher Architekten, and a past winner of the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal, the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, and the Grand DAI (Verband Deutscher Architekten- und Ingenieurvereine) Award for Building Culture. He was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. He has received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association, both given in recognition of a lifetime’s work.


Alderman Alison Gowman has been the Alderman for the Ward of Dowgate in the City of London since 2002. She is a solicitor and senior partner in DLA Piper UK LLP, specialising in real estate. She is a Trustee of Gresham College and of the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College as well as a Trustee of the Aldersgate Flame. Alderman Gowman is a Representative Trustee of the Museum nominated by the Court of Aldermen of the City of London. She is the Deputy Chairman of the Trustees and Chairman of the Museum’s Audit Committee.


Mrs Katrin Henkel is known professionally as Katrin Bellinger. In over 25 years of dealing in Old Master Drawings, Katrin has enriched major museum and private collections throughout the world.  She is based at Colnaghi in London and exhibits regularly there and in Paris, Maastricht, Munich and New York.  She is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.  She is a Trustee of the Prince's Drawing School.  Katrin has served on the International Council of the Wallace Collection, the Committee for the George Beaumont Group at the National Gallery in London.  Katrin is a Representative Trustee of the Museum nominated by the Royal Society of Arts.


Mr Niall Hobhouse is an art collector and writer on architectural and curatorial issues. He was a partner in Eyre and Hobhouse Ltd from 1978 to 1986 and later a partner in Hazlitt Gooden and Fox Ltd of St James’s, a leading dealer in Old Master paintings and drawings. He is a Trustee of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and a member of their Collection, Programme and Research Committee. Niall is a member of the Architecture Committee of the Royal Academy of Arts.  He served as a Trustee and Chairman of the Design and Development Committee of the Holburne Museum in Bath between 1999 and 2007 and as Chairman of their Executive Committee from 2003 to 2005. He was a Trustee of the Development Trust of the National Museums of Liverpool from 2004 to 2008 and a member of their Capital Projects Committee from 2005 to 2006. He was a Trustee of the Campaign for Museums until 2008, a Governor of the LSE from 2001, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Cities Programme, LSE from 1998-2008.  He was appointed a Life Trustee of Sir John Soane’s Museum in 2007.


Mrs Molly Lowell Borthwick has worked for UK charities for over 20 years. She is also a Trustee of the Brunel Museum and the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival and has previously managed the UK Education programme of The Prince’s Trust and served as Fundraising Director for the Inter-Action Social Enterprise Trust.  She is an active member of the Soane Development Board and is also a Director of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation in the USA.

Lady (Orna) Turner was a partner in the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company for many years and now chairs the consulting firm Eden McCallum. She is also a Non-Executive Director of HMV plc and of Royal Mail Group. Past Directorships include BUPA and Northern Foods plc. Since 2007 she has been Chair of the Soil Association which is a national charity campaigning for organic and sustainable food and farming; she is also a Trustee of Greenham Common Trust.

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