Our board

Collections Trust’s board members are directors of the company and also trustees of the charity.

Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker (Chair)

Hadrian Ellory-van DekkerHadrian is Director and Chief Executive of the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Trust, and also chairs Arts Council England’s Accreditation Committee for museums and galleries in the UK. He was previously Head of Collections at the Science Museum and a member of the Science Museum Executive Group.


Steve Crossan

Steve is Director of Research Partnerships at Google DeepMind. Until recently he was the Head of the Google Cultural Institute in Paris, an initiative that is bringing together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum. Steve was previously Product Manager of parts of Google Maps, Search, Gmail, Charts, and Speak2Tweet.

Sarah Levitt

Sarah LevittSarah is Head of Arts and Museums, Culture and Neighbourhood Services, Leicester City Council. She was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire and grew up in Leek, Staffordshire. A BA in Art History and an MA in the History of Dress were followed by work at Platt Hall Gallery of English Costume, Manchester City Art Galleries, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Gunnersbury Park Museum, West London. She came to Leicester in 1997 as Head of Museums, and became Head of Arts and Museums in 2006.

 Tonya Nelson

Tonya NelsonTonya Nelson is Head of Museums and Collections at University College London where she oversees the operations of three public museums – Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Grant Museum of Zoology and UCL Art Museum – and ten teaching and research collections.

Deborah Potter

Deborah Potter

Deborah is Head of Conservation  at Tate where she is responsible for directing and supporting the work of the Conservation department across the full range of its activities.  The remit is to care for Tate’s collections, deliver Tate’s programme and promote the development of conservation practice within a twenty first century museum environment.

Susan Raikes

Susan RaikesSusan is the Head of Learning and National Partnerships at the British Museum, to which she brings considerable experience in the museum learning field and a genuine passion for and ability to bring museum collections and audiences together nationwide.

Rachael Rogers

Rachael RogersRachael is Curator at Abergavenny Museum and Castle, Monmouthshire County Council, where she is responsible for site and staff management, and the management and care of collections. She manages the design and delivery of exhibitions, event and lifelong learning programmes, marketing and promotional activities. Rachael is also responsible for developing the museum’s services and facilities, its policies and plans.


Irene Walsh

 Irene WalshIrene Walsh is an experienced investment banker and financial advisor to governments and corporates in the development of infrastructure projects. Based in both New York and London over the last thirty years, she has held senior positions at J.P. Morgan, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), KPMG Corporate Finance, UBS, and Deloitte Corporate Finance, while engaging in the wider cultural sphere in both countries.