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 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.

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer is Loans Officer for the National Trust for Scotland’s Project Reveal. 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. Prior moving to Stratford in 2014, Jennifer has worked as a social history curator and in National and International Partnerships at National Museums 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 is the National Gallery’s Digital Director.

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.



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 Storage Project Officer: WCEC Storage Moves 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.