Our board

Collections Trust’s board members are directors of the company and also trustees of the charity. The board meets quarterly. In addition, an audit committee comprising a sub-group of trustees with an external chair meets twice a year to monitor and review all aspects of the organisation’s financial management.

Camilla Hampshire (Chair)

Camilla is Museums Manager and Cultural Lead at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery. In this role she oversaw the refurbishment, extension and redisplay of the museum, which led to its recognition as the Art Fund Prize Museum of the Year 2012. Starting her museum working life as a sixteen year old volunteer, Camilla has taken up various curatorial roles across the country. These have included at Whitehaven Museum and Art Gallery; the City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Rotherham Museums and Art Gallery; and as Project Manager for Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries.


Rob Avann

Rob AvannRob is Chief Executive 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 Chief Executive of Chawton House. She is the former Head of Partnerships and Stakeholder Relations at Imperial War Museum, where she was responsible for IWM’s public affairs, and overseeing the organisation’s international relationships and national partnerships programme. Katie has also been Director of the First World War Centenary Partnership, an IWM-led network of 4,000 not-for-profit organisations. Before taking up this post, she was one of the two-strong team running the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) where she led the museum sector’s joint response to the Culture White Paper, as well as all policy and advocacy relating to collections and sector development.

Shona Elliott

Shona Elliott is Lead Curator (Collections Access) for Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, Aberdeen City Council.  During her time in this post, Shona has been heavily involved with the establishment and running of Aberdeen Treasure Hub, a publicly accessible museum storage facility.  She has also been preparing collections for the Art Gallery’s multi-million pound redevelopment.  Prior to this job, Shona worked for the University of Aberdeen Museums in a variety of collections management roles and completed the University of Leicester MA in Museum Studies plus BMus and MMus music degrees.


Amisha Karia

Amisha is the Head of Collection, Loans & Programming for Paintings in Hospitals, a national charity that uses its art collection to inspire better health and wellbeing. Amisha develops the charity’s vision for the art collection, projects and commissions whilst overseeing the delivery of its art loans programme to over 170 care partners across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Previously, Amisha worked for University of Hertfordshire, managing the university’s art collection and contemporary art exhibitions programme. Prior to that, Amisha worked for Bexley Heritage Trust, Derby Museums and 198 Gallery.


Sarah Levitt

Sarah LevittUntil her recent retirement, Sarah was 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 joined Leicester as Head of Museums in 1997.


Chris Michaels

Chris Michaels is Director of Digital, Communications and Technology at the National Gallery, responsible for digital services, membership and ticketing, creative, IT and marketing, press and public affairs. Before that he was Head of Digital and Publishing at the British Museum, founding its digital department and creating its digital strategy. He acts as an advisor to the Humboldt Forum, a new institution being built in Berlin, and has also advised museums in Qatar and Singapore. Before entering the museum sector, he was CEO of educational start-up Mindshapes. He has led digital functions in TV, publishing and advertising. He has a PHD from the University of Bristol.

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 Director of Learning at the Science Museum Group, 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.


Taniah Simpson

Taniah is currently Collections Services Manager in the Collections Care Department at National Museums Liverpool. She was previously Collections and Storage Officer for Birmingham Museums Trust, and Storage Project Officer: WCEC Storage Moves at the British Museum, where she spent several years working with their collections following a Masters in Art Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of Leicester.


Paul Stevenson

Paul is an employed barrister and senior lawyer, with experience of working in the private, public and third sectors. He currently provides senior in-house legal counsel and support to several national bodies, including a substantial institutional investor, and a legislative assembly. He is an experienced charity trustee, having served as the vice chair and director of an academy trust from 2012 to 2018. Paul has a long-standing interest in cultural heritage and art law. He is a member of the Institute of Art and Law and regularly speaks and writes on art law and heritage matters

Louise Turner

Louise is a marketing and management consultant who brings over 20 years of international corporate public relations experience to the arts, culture and heritage sector.  Working with blue-chip clients in both New York and London, Louise has extensive expertise in new business development, marketing communications, events management, strategic partnerships and multi-stakeholder engagement. Louise has been involved with The Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern and the V&A.  She holds a Masters in Gallery & Museum Studies.


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.