Our Trustees

Our Trustees

The collective role of the trustees is to provide strategic direction and constructive challenge to ensure English Heritage delivers its goals and objectives and is managed effectively.

  • Sir Tim Laurence (KCVO, CB, ADC)

    Sir Tim Laurence is Chairman of the English Heritage Trust, having previously served for four years as a Commissioner of English Heritage prior to it becoming a charity. A career naval officer, his time in uniform ended after serving for three years as Chief Executive in charge of the Defence Estate, with responsibility for some 700 listed buildings, 1200 scheduled monuments and 170 SSSIs. Since then Tim has pursued his enthusiasm for regeneration, as Chairman of two regeneration companies; for major projects, as Chairman of the Major Projects Association; and for heritage through his involvement with English Heritage and the HMS Victory Preservation Company. He is also currently Deputy Chairman of RNLI and a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Tim is a member of English Heritage's Audit and Risk Committee and the Remuneration and Appointments Committee, and a Director of English Heritage Trading Ltd.

  • James Twining

    James Twining is Deputy Chairman of the English Heritage Trust. He is currently Chief Executive of the Kingsbridge Group, a leading provider of specialist Insurance services. Before that he was an Executive Director of Jardine Lloyd Thompson PLC, where he had responsibility for Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions and Communications and Marketing. With a background in investment banking, James has also worked for McKinsey & Co and as the finance director of a private equity backed start-up. Prior to becoming a Trustee, James was Chairman of the English Heritage Foundation. He is also a member of the English Heritage Audit and Risk Committee.

  • Alex Balfour

    Alex Balfour is CEO of Digital Brand Services UK Ltd, which helps some of the world's best known sports and entertainment brands grow their digital properties. He is also a senior consultant to TEAM which manages the commercial rights of the UEFA Champions League. Previously Alex was Head of New Media for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games where he built a team from scratch that delivered 77 digital channels to 150 million consumers. Alex has also served as Chief Digital Officer of the Engine Group, Chief Digital Officer of Haymon Boxing Management, and was a co-founder and Chairman of ESPN CricInfo. Alex is an assessor for Innovate UK, a Commissioner of Historic England and a director of several businesses in the financial services sector, including Credec and Datatracks (UK)

  • Vicky Barnsley (Howard) OBE

    Victoria Barnsley (Howard) OBE is Executive Chairman of Castle Howard Estate Ltd. Previously she was CEO and Publisher of HarperCollins UK and International, a role she took up after News Corp acquired her independent publishing house, Fourth Estate, in 2000. She has held many high profile roles in the sector including President of the Publishers' Association, Chair of World Book Day and publishing representative on the Creative Industries Council. In addition to heritage and literature, Victoria has an extensive interest in the visual arts. She is currently a Trustee of Art UK and formerly a Trustee of both Tate and the National Gallery. She is also a member of the Remuneration and Appointments Committee and a Director of English Heritage Trading Ltd.

  • Charles Gurassa

    Charles Gurassa has 40 year's experience in the travel and tourism industry. He is a former Chief Executive of Thomson Travel Group, Executive Chairman of TUI Northern Europe and Director of TUI AG, and prior to that a Senior Executive at Thomas Cook Airways. He is also a former Deputy Chairman of the National Trust and former Chairman of Genesis Housing Association. He is currently Chairman of Channel 4, Chairman of Great Rail Journeys, and the Senior Independent Director of Merlin Entertainments plc. Charles chairs English Heritage's Remuneration and Appointments Committee and is a Director of English Heritage Trading Limited.

  • Sukie Hemming

    Sukie Hemming was previously Director of Corporate Affairs at the British Museum; prior to that she was Director of Development at the Museum. She has worked for the National Trust in a variety of roles, including senior development and as a member of a National Trust regional committee.  Sukie is an experienced fundraiser and has worked as a consultant.  She is a Trustee of the Chelsea Physic Garden.

  • Professor Ronald Hutton

    Professor Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at the University of Bristol. Prior to this he was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, before serving as Lecturer and then Reader in History at Bristol University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the Learned Society of Wales and the British Academy. Ronald is a former Commissioner of English Heritage prior to it becoming a charity and a former Chairman of the Designation Review and Remuneration Committees. Ronald chairs the English Heritage Blue Plaques Panel.

  • Sir Laurie Magnus

    Sir Laurie Magnus is Chairman of Historic England, the public body that champions and protects England's built historic environment. He was Deputy Chairman of the National Trust from 2005 to 2013. Laurie is a Senior Advisor at Evercore Partners, the investment banking group, and holds a number of listed company non-executive directorships within the finance sector. He has over 40 years' experience in the corporate finance advisory business, including in South East Asia. In the not-for-profit sector, Laurie is Chairman of Windsor Leadership and a Trustee of the Allchurches Trust. He is also a Director of English Heritage Trading Ltd.

  • Ian McCaig

    Ian McCaig is a Board Member and Chair of the Operating Committee at M-Kopa Ltd, the largest provider of off-grid solar services in Africa.  He is a Board Member and Chair of Audit & Risk at Seedrs Ltd, a leading equity crowdfunding fintech business; a Board Member of the British Tourist Authority; and a Governor of The Leys and St Faith’s Schools Foundation. He was most recently CEO of First Utility (the UK’s largest independent energy retailer) from 2011 to 2017 and was previously CEO of lastminute.com, Europe’s largest independent online travel agent. Prior to that he was CEO at lastminute.com, where he spent eight years.  Previously, Ian had worked at Nokia across various international roles in Europe and Asia, having spent his early career in the IT and Telecoms industries. Ian chairs English Heritage’s Audit and Risk Committee.

  • Kunle Olulode

    Kunle Olulode is the Director of Voice4Change, an umbrella Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) organisation representing over 400 BME charity community groups across England. He is also a curatorial, programme and audience development advisor to a wide range of cultural institutions including the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Wellcome Collection, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Catalan Institute in London. Possessing a keen interest in film, he has been part of the British Film Institute’s African Odyssey programming team for several years. He was previously UK Creative Director and producer with the Catlan live entertainment company Mas I Mas in Barcelona. With wide-ranging experience of policy development in the equalities and policy field, Kunle is a valued member of the Cabinet Office’s Democracy Council, which is currently overseeing events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act.

  • Professor David Olusoga OBE

    Professor David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film maker, and Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester. His most recent TV series include Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2), A House Through Time (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2). He is also the author of Black & British: A Forgotten History which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. His other books include The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year in 2015. David was also a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Black British History and writes for The Guardian, The Observer and BBC History Magazine. He was one of the three presenters on the BBC's landmark Arts series Civilisations. David is also a member of the English Heritage Blue Plaques Panel.

  • Sarah Staniforth CBE

    Sarah Staniforth CBE was previously the Museums and Collections Director at the National Trust and before that their Historic Properties Director and Head Conservator. She is a Trustee of the  Landmark Trust, a Trustee of the Science Museum Group, a Trustee of the Pilgrim Trust and President Emeritus of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Sarah is also an observer on Historic England's Historic Estates Committee and a member of English Heritage's Audit and Risk Committee.

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