Our board

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

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.


Jennifer Jones

Jennifer is Collections Information Officer at the National Museum of Scotland. Born in Dunfermline in Fife, she studied first at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at Dundee University, followed by a master degree at the University of St Andrews. Jennifer previously worked at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and National Trust for Scotland.

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 and Storage Officer for Birmingham Museums Trust. She was previously the 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.


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.