Our Trustees

Our Trustees

The collective role of the trustees is to provide strategic direction and constructive challenge to ensure English Heritage delivers its goals and objectives and is managed effectively.

Alex Balfour

Alex is Chief Executive Officer of Digital Brand Services UK Ltd, which helps some of the world's best known sports and entertainment brands grow their digital properties. He is also a senior consultant to TEAM which manages the commercial rights of the UEFA Champions League. 

Previously Alex was Head of New Media for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) where he built a team from scratch that delivered 77 digital channels to 150m consumers. Alex has also served as Chief Digital Officer of the Engine Group, Chief Digital Officer of Haymon Boxing Management, and was a co-founder and Chairman of ESPN CricInfo.

Alex is an assessor for Innovate UK, a Commissioner of Historic England and a director of several businesses in the financial services sector including Credec and Datatracks (UK). 



Vicky Barnsley (Howard) OBE

Victoria Barnsley (Howard) OBE is Executive Chairman of Castle Howard Estate Ltd. Previously she was CEO and Publisher of HarperCollins UK and International, a role she took up after News Corp acquired her independent publishing house, Fourth Estate, in 2000. She has held many high profile roles in the sector including President of the Publishers' Association, Chair of World Book Day and publishing representative on the Creative Industries Council. In addition to heritage and literature, Victoria has an extensive interest in the visual arts and is a former Trustee of both Tate and the National Gallery. She is also a member of the Remuneration and Appointments Committee and a Director of English Heritage Trading Ltd.


Charles Gurassa

Charles Gurassa has 40 years' experience in the travel and tourism industry. A former Chief Executive of Thomson Travel Group and Senior Executive at Thomas Cook and British Airways, he is also a former Deputy Chairman of the National Trust. He is currently Chairman of Channel 4 and of Genesis Housing Association, Deputy Chairman at easyJet plc and the Senior Independent Director of Merlin Entertainments plc. Charles chairs English Heritage's Remuneration and Appointments Committee and is a Director of English Heritage Trading Limited.



Sukie Hemming

Sukie Hemming has had a long career in the arts and heritage sectors. She has been Director of Development at the National Trust and the British Museum. Her most recent appointment was as Director of Corporate Affairs at the British Museum. She is a Trustee of the Chelsea Physic Garden.


Professor Ronald Hutton

Professor Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at the University of Bristol. Prior to this he was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, before serving as Lecturer and then Reader in History at Bristol University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the Learned Society of Wales and the British Academy. Ronald is a former Commissioner of English Heritage prior to it becoming a charity and a former Chairman of the Designation Review and Remuneration Committees. Ronald chairs the English Heritage Blue Plaques Panel.


Kate James-Weed

Kate James-Weed is an artist. Kate also restores upholstery of antique furniture and has previous experience in design, magazine publishing and conservation in museums. She has studied in watercolour and ceramics and is an
art history graduate.


Sir Tim Laurence


Sir Tim Laurence is Chairman of the English Heritage Trust, having previously served for four years as a Commissioner of English Heritage prior to it becoming a charity. A career naval officer, his time in uniform ended after serving for three years as Chief Executive in charge of the Defence Estate, with responsibility for some 700 listed buildings, 1200 scheduled monuments and 170 SSSIs. Since then Tim has pursued his enthusiasm for regeneration, as Chairman of two regeneration companies; for major projects, as Chairman of the Major Projects Association; and for heritage through his involvement with English Heritage and the HMS Victory Preservation Company. He is also a Trustee of RNLI and a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Tim is a member of English Heritage's Audit and Risk Committee and the Remuneration and Appointments Committee. He is also a Director of English Heritage Trading Ltd.


Sir Laurie Magnus

Sir Laurie Magnus is Chairman of Historic England, the public body that champions and protects England's built historic environment. He was Deputy Chairman of the National Trust from 2005 to 2013. Sir Laurie is Deputy Chairman (Europe) of Evercore Partners and holds a number of non-executive directorships within the finance sector. He has over 40 years' experience in the corporate finance advisory business, including in South East Asia. In the not-for-profit sector, Sir Laurie is Chairman of Windsor Leadership and a Trustee of the Allchurches Trust. Laurie is also a Director of English Heritage Trading Ltd.


Ian McCaig

Ian McCaig was Chief Executive of First Utility, the UK's largest independent energy company, from 2011 to 2017. Prior to that he was Chief Executive at lastminute.com where he spent eight years.  Previously Ian had worked at Nokia across various international roles in Europe and Asia, having spent his early career in the IT and Telecoms industries. He is a member of the Board of the British Tourist Authority and of the NSPCC's National Fundraising Committee. Ian chairs English Heritage's Audit and Risk Committee.


Kunle Olulode

Kunle Olulode is the Director of Voice4Change, an umbrella Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) organisation representing over 400 BME charity community groups across England. He is also a curatorial, programme and audience development advisor to a wide range of cultural institutions including the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Wellcome Collection, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Catalan Institute in London. Possessing a keen interest in film, he has been part of the British Film Institute’s African Odyssey programming team for several years. He was previously UK Creative Director and producer with the Catalan live entertainment company Mas i Mas in Barcelona. With wide-ranging experience of policy development in the equalities and policy field, Kunle is a valued member of the Cabinet Office’s Democracy Council, which is currently overseeing events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act.

Kunle Olulode

David Olusoga

David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker. His most recent TV series include Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC Two), The World’s War (BBC Two), A House Through Time (BBC Two) and the BAFTA-winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC Two). He is also the author of Black & British: A Forgotten History which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. His other books include The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year in 2015. David was also a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Black British History and writes for The Guardian, The Observer and BBC History Magazine. He is one of the three presenters on the BBC's landmark Arts series Civilizations.

David Olusoga

Malcolm Reading

Malcolm Reading is the founder of Malcolm Reading Consultants, the leading independent organiser of architectural competitions in the UK.  An architect and an advocate for design excellence, Malcolm is widely recognised within the profession. He is a member of the Sovereign Grant Audit Committee, is the Chairman of the Tower of London World Heritage Site Consultative Committee, a former Trustee to Edinburgh World Heritage, and, having previously served as a Trustee for ten years, continues to advise Historic Royal Palaces.  He has been a judge for World Architecture News' Education Award and 21 for 21 Award, the American Institute of Architects' UK Excellence in Design Award, the Stone Awards and the Prix W architectural prize. Malcolm is also an observer on Historic England's Historic Estates Committee.


Sarah Staniforth CBE

Sarah Staniforth CBE was previously the Museums and Collections Director at the National Trust and before that their Historic Properties Director and Head Conservator. She is a Trustee at the Landmark Trust, President of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, a Trustee of the Pilgrim Trust and a member of the HLF south west committee. Sarah is also an observer on Historic England's Historic Estates Committee and a member of English Heritage's Audit and Risk Committee.



James Twining

James Twining is Chief Executive of the Kingsbridge Group, a leading provider of specialist insurance services.  Prior to that he was an Executive Director of Jardine Lloyd Thompson PLC, where he had responsibility for Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions and Communications and Marketing. With a background in investment banking, James has also worked for McKinsey & Co and as the finance director of a private equity backed start-up. Prior to becoming a Trustee, James was Chairman of the English Heritage Foundation. James is also a member of the English Heritage Audit and Risk Committee.


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