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 – Finance Manager, Home Office
Chris is a qualified accountant and a former Finance Director of London Transport Museum where he was also on the Board of the museum trading company. Chris has led finance, facilities, IT and admin teams and currently provides financial and analytical support to an arm’s length body at the Home Office. Chris 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, as well as public engagement, marketing and communications. Kari previously held a number of posts at Historic Environment Scotland/Historic Scotland, most recently Head of Business Development & Enterprise, with responsibility for generating income at over 70 visitor attractions.
Zak Mensah – Co-CEO, Birmingham Museums Trust
Zak is Co-CEO at Birmingham Museums Trust and was previously Head of Transformation at Bristol City Council for the Culture & Creative Industries service. When not solving problems where people, culture and technology meet, Zak can be found spending time with his family or riding his motorcycle.
Anthony Misquitta – General Counsel, V&A
Anthony is the General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at the V&A, specialising in commercial contracts, intellectual property, information and technology law. Alongside his role at the V&A Anthony is a Consultant Solicitor at Keystone Law, a virtual full service law firm.
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 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 most recently Commercial Manager, overseeing the busy retail activity.
Rod Taylor – Chief Operating Officer, Royal Armouries Museum
Rod joined the Royal Armouries in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer, and is also Managing Director of its trading company. Soon after taking up the role he created ambitious new plans for the RA and led a major project to substantially improve its business model and financial sustainability, through new income streams across the group’s venues at the Tower of London, Fort Nelson in Portsmouth and the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Rod was previously Deputy Director at the Hepworth Wakefield, where he helped to form the charity from a standing start and launched the new-build gallery that achieved international and critical acclaim and won a number of prestigious awards.
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. Previously Laura spent eight years as CEO of Tate Enterprises, the revenue generating company belonging to Tate Galleries, 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 – Freelance Consultant & Researcher
Iain moved into the cultural sector after training as a teacher and was Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums from 2010-2021. He is a trustee of Amber Side Trust, a member of the Advisory Board of Art UK, a ‘Distinguished Friend’ of the Migration Museums Network and takes up the position of Visiting Professor of Practice at Newcastle University in October 2021. He 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, as well as an exhibition production company, and promoting a culture of income generation, enterprise and philanthropy.
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We are an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our staff and volunteer teams. All recruitment and employment is decided on the basis of experience, merit and organisational need.
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