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 chairs Arts Council England’s Accreditation Committee for museums and galleries in the UK. He was previously Director and Chief Executive of the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Trust, and Head of Collections at the Science Museum.

 


Rob Avann

Rob AvannRob is the General Manager of the Open University Students Association. He was born and raised in Stone, Staffordshire and before working in the charity sector he previously worked in local government managing community safety partnerships. He has a deep passion for history and heritage and lives in Milton Keynes with his wife and three young children.

 


Katie Childs

Katie is Head of Partnerships and Stakeholder Relations at the Imperial War Museums.


Camilla Hampshire

Camilla is the Museums Manager and Cultural Lead at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery.


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.


Chris Michaels

Chris is the National Gallery’s Digital Director.


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.


Jennifer Reid

Jennifer is the Collections Development Officer at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


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.

 


Taniah Simpson

Taniah is the Assistant Collections Manager in the Registrar’s Office at the British Museum.


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.