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In 1833 Soane negotiated an Act of Parliament (3° Gul.IV, Cap.iv) to settle and preserve the house and collection for the benefit of ‘amateurs and students’ in architecture, painting and sculpture. On his death in 1837 the Act came into force, vesting the Museum in a board of Trustees who were to continue to uphold Soane’s own aims and objectives.
The 1833 Act was superseded in 1969 by The Charities (Sir John Soane’s Museum) Order (1969 No.468), revised in 1996, 2003, 2011 and 2012.
As stipulated in the 1833 Act and the 1969 Charity Order, our Board of Trustees is made up of four Life Trustees and five Representative Trustees from five organisations: the Royal Society, 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. In 2011, following consultation with the Charity Commission and the DCMS, the order was amended to allow the Trustees to expand the Board by up to four at any one time.
Appointments are generally made for a term of five years, and may be renewed once for a further term of the same length.
Trustee vacancies are advertised externally in the media and on the government-sponsored Public Appointments website in order to reach as diverse an audience as possible.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a Trustee of Sir John Soane’s Museum, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Guy was formerly Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of SABMiller and of Cadbury. He was also a non executive director of Royal Dutch Shell, Chief Financial Officer at Rio Tinto and a member of the Takeover Panel. Guy’s experience additionally includes membership of the development boards at the Art Fund and the Canterbury Trust.
The Chairman is appointed by the Board.
Professor Jonathan Ashmore
Representative Trustee (The Royal Society)
Jonathan is Bernard Katz Professor of Biophysics at UCL and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has been a Trustee and a former President of the Physiological Society and was Chief Scientific Advisor to the charity Deafness Research UK and has chaired several committees of the Royal Society, including that of the Library and Archives.
Molly Lowell Borthwick
Molly has worked for charities for over 20 years, including the Prince’s Trust and the Inter-Action Social Enterprise Trust. She’s also a trustee of the Brunel Museum and the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival. Molly is also a Director of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation in the USA.
Professor David Ekserdjian
David Ekserdjian is Professor of History of Art and Film at the University of Leicester. A former trustee of both the National Gallery (2005-13) and of Tate (2008-13), he is currently also a trustee of Art UK. A specialist on the art of the Italian renaissance, he is the author of various books and exhibition catalogues, including Correggio (1997), Parmigianino (2006), Treasures from Budapest (2010), Bronze (2012), and Correggio and Parmigianino: Art in Parma during the Sixteenth Century (2016). In 2017-18, he will be the Slade Professor at the University of Oxford.
Nichola Johnson OBE FSA
Representative Trustee (Society of Antiquaries of London)
Nichola was Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, where she also developed and directed the Museum Leadership Programme. She has chaired both the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme and the University Museums Group, has been a Trustee of the National Trust and is currently a trustee of Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Clore Leadership Programme and the Ruskin Foundation.
Dr Thierry Morel
Art historian and curator, Thierry’s specialty has been researching the formation and provenance of historic art collections. He has also written and produced art documentaries and films and curated the award-winning Houghton Revisited exhibition at Houghton Hall and Francis Bacon and the Masters for the 250th Anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich.
Basil has worked at Cazenove, Citibank, Morgan Grenfell, Nomura and Credit Lyonnais. He ran his own fund until his retirement in 2009, when he became a Trustee of the London Library. Basil was elected a Life Trustee of the Soane in 2014.
Orna, Lady Turner
A former partner at McKinsey & Company, with experience at Bupa, Northern Foods, and HMV, Lady Turner now chairs the Advisory Board of consulting firm Eden McCallum. She’s also a Director of Royal Mail Group and Saga. As well as being one of our trustees, Lady Turner is Deputy Chair of the National Trust.
Alderman Vincent Keaveny
Representative Trustee (The Court of Aldermen of the City of London)
Vincent is a partner at international law firm DLA Piper UK LLP. He was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Farringdon Within in the City of London in 2013 and currently serves on the Finance Committee and City Bridge Trust Committee of the Corporation of London. He is a Director/Trustee of the contemporary music ensemble Exaudi, and the theatre company Actors Touring Company.