Board of Trustees

Trustees are nominated by Association Members and are often employed by their trading companies. They are experienced at senior level in one or more of these fields: business and finance, administration, marketing, retail, publishing, picture libraries and licensing, catering and venue hire and other income generating activities. 

Trustees have a unique opportunity to work closely with a diverse group of people across the entire cultural sector. Whilst having an influential role in the Association’s work, the role also provides a matchless opportunity for personal development and high profile networking, both of great benefit to the individual and supporting organisation. 

Chair: Caroline Brown – Head of Commercial Services, British Library
Caroline started her working life as a teacher specialising in history and outdoor education. This was followed by a 16 year stint in the wine business before joining the cultural sector in 2005. After 8 years as Head of Commerce at Royal Museums Greenwich and following the completion of a major redevelopment programme, she joined the British Library in 2012 as Head of Commercial Services.
Chris Gilbert – Business Manager (Occupational Health), Transport for London
Chris joined London Transport Museum in 2005 after 15 years at London Underground.  During his tenure, the Museum underwent a major refurbishment, converted to charitable status, and saw visitor numbers and commercial income increase significantly.  Chris was responsible for Finance, Facilities, IT and Design and was a director of the Museum’s trading company. Chris is now responsible for the management of a cross-TFL Occupational Health team, and is Treasurer of the Association for Cultural Enterprises.
Kari Coghill – Director of Enterprise & Communication, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Kari has over 30 years’ experience working in Scottish tourism and heritage attractions. She joined Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in July 2018 as the Director of Enterprise & Communication, with responsibility for the trading subsidiary, Botanics Trading Company,   Public Engagement, and Marketing and Communications. Kari previously held a number of posts at Historic Environment Scotland/Historic Scotland. Most recently she was Head of Business Development & Enterprise, with responsibility for driving visitors to and generating income at over 70 historic visitor attractions across Scotland, including Edinburgh Castle. She also led on the setting up of the trading subsidiary, Historic Environment Scotland Enterprises (HESe) Ltd. Previous work experience includes 10 years at the Scottish Tourist Board (now Visit Scotland) in visitor services and international marketing.  
Anthony Misquitta – General Counsel, V&A
Anthony is the General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at the V&A. He is a specialist in commercial contracts, intellectual property, information and technology law and alongside his role at the V&A Anthony is a Consultant Solicitor at Keystone Law, a virtual full service law firm.
Julie Molloy – Managing Director, National Gallery Company
Julie became Managing Director of the National Gallery Company (NGC) in 2000, having previously been on the Board as Trading Director. NGC’s primary business purpose is to deliver significant financial contributions to the National Gallery Trust and payments to the National Gallery. Before joining NGC, Julie held previous roles in Arts and Business at the Royal Academy, The Royal Collection and C&A UK. She graduated from Reading University in History of Art and Architecture. In addition to her role at the Association for Cultural Enterprises, she is a Non-Executive Director of Battersea Arts Centre and a lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Matthew Bailey – Rights & Images Manager, National Portrait Gallery
Matthew manages the Rights & Images department at the National Portrait Gallery, licensing images as well as managing intellectual property rights and on-site location filming. He currently co-chairs the Museums Intellectual Property Network, appraising and disseminating information on IP practice relevant to the sector. Matthew is part of the National Portrait Gallery beekeeping team, and a member of the Gallery’s Green Group, encouraging environmental sustainability.
Duncan Smith – Head of Commercial Services, St Paul’s Cathedral
Duncan Smith is Head of Commercial Services for St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The Cathedral welcomes over one million people a year through its doors for a variety of different events, services and lectures. It receives no government grants to sustain its activities so relies on self-generated income through diverse commercial trading sources, from admissions, ticketing and catering to filming, corporate events and retail. With a background in catering, Duncan has had several roles within the cathedral including Corporate events, PR, Marketing and Travel Trade and latterly Commercial Manager overseeing the busy retail activity. Duncan has been a trustee for ACE since 2009
Rod Taylor – Chief Operating Officer, Royal Armouries Museum
After graduating in Human Resources Management at Huddersfield University, Rod joined the Science Museum Group in 2001, finishing as Operations Director, with responsibilities across the National Media Museum, Bradford and the National Railway Museum. After a period in the social care sector, Rod was appointed as Deputy Director to help form the charitable trust to operate The Hepworth Wakefield. During his five years there, the gallery achieved international and critical acclaim and won a number of prestigious awards. Rod’s current role at the Royal Armouries has involved him in helping to create ambitious new plans for the UK’s oldest museum group, operating from the Tower of London, Fort Nelson in Portsmouth and The Royal Armouries in Leeds. In addition to his trusteeship with ACE, Rod is also a Trustee of Sheffcare, a Sheffield-based charity providing residential and specialist care services across the City.
Laura Wright – CEO, Postal Museum
Laura has been CEO of The Postal Museum since June 2018. In this role she is responsible for ensuring that the museum fulfils its mission and is open to as wide an audience as possible while also remaining financially sustainable. Prior to being at The Postal Museum, Laura was CEO of Tate Enterprises, the revenue generating company belonging to Tate galleries, for 8 years, having originally joined Tate in 1999 prior to the opening of Tate Modern. In that role she oversaw publishing, retail, licensing and product development for all four Tate galleries.
Iain Watson – Director, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Iain’s initial career was in research in archaeological science. He moved into the cultural sector after training as a teacher and has been Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums since 2010. He is Vice Chair of the National Museum Directors’ Council, Chair of Newcastle Gateshead Cultural Venues, a member of the Advisory Board of Art UK, a member of the Steering Group for the English Civic Museums Network and a ‘Distinguished Friend’ of the Migration Museums Network. He has brought about major change within Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums creating a new Strategic Board, establishing the first trading company within a local authority museum or archive service, and promoting a culture of income generation, enterprise and philanthropy.
Zak Mensah – Head of Transformation, Bristol Museums
Zak is based in Bristol and works for Bristol Culture, part of Bristol City Council, as Head of Transformation, which means leading Conferencing & Events, digital, fundraising, Retail, Modern Records, Design and Marketing and filming in public places. Previously, Zak has been Head of Digital and Digital Manager at Bristol Museums, as a well as working as a freelance web designer for over ten years. When not solving problems where people and digital technology meet, Zak can be found playing with his kids and riding his motorcycle.

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