Professor Evelyn Welch MBE (Chair of Trustees)
Professor Evelyn Welch is an art historian, author, and senior public leader. Since 2013 she has been Vice-Principal (Arts and Sciences) at King’s College, University of London. She studied Renaissance History and Literature at Harvard University and then went on to gain her PhD from The Warburg Institute. She has held positions at the Universities of Essex, the Warburg Institute, Birkbeck, Sussex and Queen Mary, University of London, and has been involved in the development of the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries and the Europe, 1600-1800 galleries. Prof Welch is currently Chair of the Warburg Institute Advisory Council and sits on the British Library Advisory Board.
Evelyn lives in South East London and is mother to three children including singer and song-writer Florence Welch, frontwoman of the English rock band Florence and the Machine.
Mark Andrews is a solicitor with a degree from The College of Law at Oxford University. Until 2011, he was the head of the Restructuring & Insolvency Group in the UK at SNR Denton, a position he held for 20 years. He worked for 35 years at the firm, during which time he handled a number of large scale, high profile restructurings, including that of the Federal Mogul Group of Companies. He was Chairman of Wilde Sapte from 1995 until 2000 and sat on the Firm's board for most of his last eighteen years in professional practice. Mark has consistently been ranked as one of the leading specialists on restructuring law in the world. He has also, at various times, been a renowned lecturer, moderator, and conference chairman on aspects of restructuring and insolvency. Since his retirement from the SNR Denton partnership, Mark accepts non-executive board appointments.
Mark is a performing singer and French horn player, a keen historian and an ornithologist. A peaceful walk in the countryside is Mark’s idea of bliss. He is chairman of the Trustees of Pimlico Opera and the Endowment Trustees of Grange Park Opera and sits on the board of Dentons Ukmea LLP Charitable Trust and The Crescent Support Group. He is married to Janie Andrews.
Jim Close OBE
Jim was formerly Deputy Director of the V&A where he was employed for more than 19 years having initially been appointed Chief Administrator in 1984 when the V&A became a Trustee museum. Whilst at the V&A he was also a founding Trustee of Sheffield Museums and Galleries Trust. Prior to joining the museum Jim was in the Cabinet Office.
Since retirement he has been a Trustee of Handel House and The Foundling Museum ( Chair 2014 - 2016) as well as being a Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery Enterprises. He is also an external member of the Audit Committee at the Wallace Collection.
Stefan co-founded Urban Evolution Ltd in 1996, a residential and commercial property development business, focused on Central London. In 2005, he set up Cubitt House Ltd, a successful hospitality business. The business has grown and now employs over 250 staff across four award-winning public houses in Central London. Stefan sold a majority stake to a group of Private Investors in December 2015 but remains an active Director and Shareholder. He has a number of other significant investments across the Technology, Property and Hospitality sectors.
Stefan lives in Dulwich with his wife, Gosia, and their three children.
Johnny Van Haeften
Johnny Van Haeften is the owner and founder of Johnny Van Haeften Ltd. and the Van Haeften Gallery. The Van Haeften Gallery, located at 13 Duke Street, St. James’s, is the only gallery in London to specialise and deal exclusively in Dutch and Flemish Old Masters Paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries. Johnny was educated at Eton and formerly worked at Christies in the Press Office and Stamp Department from 1969-1977.
Johnny Van Haeften is currently an Executive Committee member of The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) and is a member of the Reviewing Committee for the Export of Works of Art. He was formerly Vice-Chairman of the Society of London Art Dealers, Council Member of the British Antique Dealers Association, and Member of the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair Executive Committee. He is married to Sarah Van Haeften.
Crispin Southgate is one of the founding directors of Institutional Investment Advisors Limited, advising on and arranging investments for insurers, banks and pension funds, Crispin is also a member of the Basel FSB’s Enhanced Disclosure Task Force and the Corporate Reporting Users Forum.
He has also served on the Risk Working Group of the FRC/Board for Actuarial Standards and the Employee Benefits Working Group of the IASB. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1980, he spent over 20 years in investment banking with Charterhouse, SG Warburg and latterly as a managing director and European Credit Strategist of Merrill Lynch.
Benedict Brogan is currently Group Public Affairs Director at Lloyds Banking Group. He had a long-standing career in political journalism, holding several senior positions, most recently as Deputy Editor and Chief Political Commentator for The Daily Telegraph and previously as Political Editor for the Daily Mail.
Sian Williams is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the museum sector. She previously held the position of Director of Finance and Resources at both Tate and the V&A as well as a non-executive role as a Trustee of Global Giving Ltd. Sian is currently Programme Director for The Science Museum Group’s large capital programme, the One Collection project.
Janet has worked in museums for 40 years at both national and local level. She has been CEO of the Horniman Museum and Gardens since 1998.
As CEO she has led a series of successful capital developments and fundraising campaigns at the Horniman, resulting in the transformation of its galleries, buildings and Gardens. Underpinned by collections development and audience engagement, this has led to a 300% increase in visitor numbers. The Horniman Trust is both a charity and a Non Departmental Public Body, core funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Janet reviews capital projects for various organisations. She has chaired the Wellcome Trust Culture and Society Capital Awards Committee and the Women Leaders in Museums Network. She has served on expert panels and has wide experience of museum boards including: Visitor University of Oxford (Pitt Rivers); Trustee London Transport Museum; Trustee Collections Trust; HLF Expert Panel; Project Board for Wellcome Collection. She is currently a trustee of the Hunterian Collection at the Royal College of Surgeons London, and the Florence Nightingale Museum.