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 Balfour joined the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) as Head of New Media in 2006. He built a team from scratch that delivered 77 digital channels to 150m consumers. He is currently Chief Digital Officer of Haymon Boxing Management, a startup based in Las Vegas that has restored the sport of boxing to free-to-air television in the US and broadcasts on every major US television network. Alex is a Commissioner of Historic England and a director of several businesses in the financial services sector, including Credec and Datatracks (UK).

  • 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.

  • David Olusoga OBE

    David Olusoga OBE is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker. His most recent TV series include Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2), A House Through Time (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2). 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.

  • 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.

  • Sir Tim Laurence (KCVO, CB, ADC)

    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.

  • 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 Catlan 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sukie Hemming

    Sukie Hemming is Director of Corporate Affairs at the British Museum; prior to that she was Director of Development at the Museum. She has worked for the National Trust in a variety of roles, including senior development and as a member of a National Trust regional committee.  Sukie is an experienced fundraiser and has worked as a consultant.  She is a Trustee of the Chelsea Physic Garden.

  • 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.

  • 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 was previously 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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