Senior Management

Caro Howell, Director

Caro Howell is Director of the Foundling Museum. Previously she was Head of Education & Public Events at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2005-11), where she oversaw the construction and programming of major new education spaces and project galleries as part of the Gallery’s expansion, including a series of artists’ commissions and residencies. She has worked as an independent museum education consultant in the UK and abroad, developing projects that explore issues of advocacy, interpretation and access to the arts. She was ten years at Tate, joining Tate Modern’s set-up team in 1997 where she formulated its access and audience development strategy, and developed Raw Canvas, London’s first peer-led museum programme for 15-23 year olds. She has developed a number of award-winning resources for disabled people including two for Tate: i-Map (2002), the UK’s first online art resource for blind and partially sighted people, which received a BAFTA, and i-Map: The Everyday Transformed (2006) which received a Jodi Award. Caro Co-Chairs the Women Leaders in Museums Network, sits on the Exhibition Advisory Groups of the Charterhouse and Two Temple Place, was a member of Art on the Underground’s Advisory Group (2006-2011) and was a trustee of the experimental theatre company Shunt (1998-2010). She has an MA, History of Art from Birkbeck College, University of London (1994) and a BA, Theatre Studies from Warwick University (1988).


Nigel Cudlipp, Finance Director

Nigel Cudlipp is the Foundling Museum’s Finance Director. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he spent two years working for Philips Industries, the Dutch electronics multi-national, before becoming Group Director of Finance & Development for Cunard Hotels (part of the FTSE 100 Trafalgar House Group). Based in Barbados, St Lucia, New York and London, he had responsibility for a number of hotels including The Ritz, Stafford and Dukes hotels in London. Nigel then became Group Finance Director and Managing Director for a number of recruitment companies, backing one into the London Stock Exchange.The subsequent five years were spent building his own international hotel-related business with offices in London, New York, Miami and Dubai before retiring to bring up his two children. Nigel returned to work in 2005 as Finance Director of Social Firms UK, a charity involved in building businesses to offer employment opportunities to disadvantaged people, during which time he also held the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees for SAdAS, a drug and alcohol addiction charity. He joined the Foundling Museum in May 2012 and has responsibility for Development, as well as all financial matters for the Museum charity and its trading subsidiary, of which he is Chairman.


Board of Trustees

The Foundling Museum is governed by an independent board of trustees who bring with them expertise in a range of fields, including the management and running of museums and galleries, together with experience in education, public relations, marketing and general management. The board is comprised of fifteen members, of whom eleven are elected by the Membership from among persons nominated by the existing trustees, and five are appointed by Coram. Trustees serve a maximum of three terms, each term being three years in length.

The board is supported in its work by the Investment Committee, the Finance & Audit Committee and the Development Committee.


Larissa Joy, Chairman

Larissa Joy is Chairman of the Foundling Museum. She is also Non-Executive Director of executive search firm Saxton Bampfylde, Non-Executive Director of international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Non-Executive Director of L&Q Group and Chair of Social Business Trust. In addition she is Chair of the Board and Investment Committee of SBT, a consortium of leading professional services firms and companies collaborating to invest time and capital to grow UK-based social enterprises. Her previous executive roles include Vice Chairman of WPP’s Ogilvy UK; European COO of Weber Shandwick and Partner & Global COO of Actis LLP, a leading private equity firm. She was Chairman of House of Illustration from 2009-2015. Larissa studied law at Cambridge University and holds an MBA from London Business School. In her spare time she plays clarinet with the London Lawyers Orchestra, and is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music and a Fellow of Trinity College of Music. She has three young children who love coming to the Foundling Museum.


Robert Aitken

Robert Aitken was a Government lawyer for 32 years specialising in community, child care, public health and public inquiries. He undertook governance reviews of major government projects and was a non-executive director of an NHS hospital and Community Care Trust for seven years. Robert is special advisor for the Care Quality Commission on hospital inspections, and is a trustee of Coram Children’s Legal Centre as well as a member of Coram’s board of trustees. In addition, he also sits on the board of trustees for The Poet in the City along with a community football initiative.


Anne Beckwith-Smith

Anne Beckwith-Smith LVO retired at the end of 2014 from Tate having worked as Head of Campaigns in the Development Office since 1991, with particular responsibility for Tate’s capital campaigns. After the opening of Tate Modern in May 2000, Anne undertook a part-time joint honours BA degree in History and History of Art at University College London. Prior to joining Tate, Anne was Assistant Private Secretary and Lady in Waiting to Diana, Princess of Wales from 1981-1990, but continuing in a part-time capacity until August 1997. She has also worked at Arts Council England (Exhibitions Department) and Sotheby’s (British Paintings Department). Anne is a Trustee of Salisbury Museum, City & Guilds of London Art School and is Chair of the Roche Court Educational Trust, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.


Alison Cole

Alison Cole is a strategic consultant, author and journalist, who specialises in high-level strategic communications and bringing the arts and digital together. She has worked as an Executive Director for some of the UK’s leading cultural organisations, including The Art Fund, Southbank Centre and Arts Council England, and is an expert in advocacy, arts and museum strategy, creative commissioning and brokering cultural partnerships. Alison is also an art historian and has written several books, including Italian Renaissance Courts: Art, Pleasure and Power (Laurence King, 2016).


Chris Cotton

Chris Cotton held the post of Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Albert Hall from 2009-2017. He also serves as Chair of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group; Chair of Jerwood Space; and a Director of Julie’s Bicycle, an environmental sustainability charity working with the arts and creative industries. As CEO of the Royal Albert Hall, Chris has led the organisation through a period of unprecedented growth, overseeing the development of a wide and ambitious musical and events programme. An area of particular focus has been education and outreach work, particularly with children and young people. An architect by training, Chris spearheaded several major development projects at the Hall, including infrastructure, expansion and improvement works to the Grade 1 listed building. After seven years overseeing the Hall’s development as a world-leading live events location, he retired from his role as CEO in March 2017.


Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller is a British artist. He won the Turner Prize in 2004 and represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 2013. Jeremy is known for his public artworks, including, The Battle of Orgreave, We’re here because we’re here (a national performance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first day of the battle of the Somme) and Sacrilege (a life-sized inflatable Stonehenge).


Bill Gore

Bill Gore has an industrial and private equity background in which he has led numerous successful transactions in the role of Chairman and CEO. He is a partner at Manfield Partners, an investment firm, and is a Founding Director of the Institute for Turnaround. Bill is also a Director of Coram and previously served as Chairman of the Governors and Pro Chancellor at Essex University. He is a dedicated choral singer with both the EC4 and Medici choirs, and still has time to chair a number of ethical investments.


Ronald Gould

Ronald Gould is currently Chairman of Compliance Science Europe (CSI); Non Executive Director of OneRe; Managing Principal, Warfleet Partners; Chairman of Think Alliance Group; Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit of JP Morgan Asia Investments PLC. He has extensive experience leading financial companies through periods of rapid global growth in complex regulatory and compliance environments. He has also served as a Senior Advisor to the UK regulator, the Financial Services Authority, lending his expertise to advise on a wide range of policy and regulatory matters. Prior to joining CSI, he held senior executive management positions at BZW/Barclays Asset Management, including Vice Chairman, CEO Barclays Stockbrokers and CEO Barclays Trust Japan. He was responsible for the first international operations of Barclays’ asset management business and creation of business strategy and development. He has additionally served as CEO of Chi-X Asia Pacific, CEO of ABG Sundal Collier ASA, Managing Director of AXA Investment Managers and Managing Director Asia, Promontory Financial Group.


Perdita Hunt

Perdita Hunt has worked in senior positions at the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, WWF-UK and most recently as Director of Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village.  Previously, Perdita served as Theatre Projects Co-ordinator at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Marketing and Development Director at the Aldeburgh Foundation in Suffolk and Press Advisor to Suffolk Crafts Society. As Director of Watts Gallery Trust, Perdita led the Hope Restoration Project to save the future of Watts Gallery and its collection.  This was followed by the Watts Studios project which restored the Studio wing of Limnerslease – establishing Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village as a unique campus promoting the Watts legacy of Art for All. Perdita is currently a member of the South East Committee of the Arts Council, a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund and an advisor on the Collections and Acquisition committee of the National Trust.  She is a Trustee of Baynards Zambia Trust which supports self-help projects in Zambia,  a consultant for Leadership Insight and Executive Director of The Recess College, an international leadership programme for senior professionals.


Spencer Hyman

Spencer Hyman is a co-founder of Cocoa He has held a number of positions within the digital media sector including General Manager at Amazon (launching its software, video games, electronics, and toy operations in the UK and heading these stores throughout Europe), COO of and co-Founder of Yoyo Games. He is also a board member/advisor to a number of other high tech startups including LinkedIn, Mendeley, Jingle Punks, Pointy, Lux-fix and The PigeonHole.


Claire Jeffers

Claire Jeffers joined Goldman Sachs in 2006. She is an Executive Director in the Consumer and Investment Management division in London. Prior to this, Claire worked in the Fashion and Luxury Goods industry in New York, holding positions with Conde Nast Publications and Kieselstein-Cord International. Claire previously served as the Chair of the Junior Committee of InMotion, a not-for-profit firm connecting women in need with pro bono legal services from New York’s top law firms. Claire holds a Masters in Business Administration from London Business School and studied the History of Art at Dartmouth College, USA where she received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude. She currently lives in London and continues to maintain her connection to her alma mater, serving as a Dartmouth College Admissions Ambassador.


Professor Geraldine Macdonald

Geraldine Macdonald is Professor of Social Work at the University of Bristol, where she specialises in ‘what works’ in improving outcomes for vulnerable children and adolescents, including those who have experienced maltreatment. She is a registered social worker, and began her social work career working in a residential care home for teenage girls in the London Borough of Barnet. She has worked as a social worker and senior social worker, and as a Business Director in the Commission for Social Care Inspection. Before joining the board of the Foundling Museum, Geraldine was a trustee of CORAM for over eight years, and continues her involvement with the charity as a Director of CORAM/BAAF.


Margaret Reynolds

Margaret Reynolds is Professor of English at Queen Mary University. She has taught at the University of Leeds, at King’s College, London, at Birmingham University and was a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge. She regularly reviews for The Times and writes comment for The Guardian. She worked for a year as a writer and presenter for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Adventures in Poetry. Margaret’s first degree was at Oxford and subsequently she wrote a PhD at London University; her thesis was a critical edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s verse novel Aurora Leigh which won the British Academy’s Rose Mary Crawshay Prize.


Lord Russell of Liverpool

Simon Russell spent 25 years as a partner at Spencer Stuart, an international executive search and leadership consulting firm. A hereditary peer, he entered the Lords on the cross-benches in 1982, leaving after the 1999 House of Lords Act, returning in 2014 as one of the 90 elected hereditary peers. He sits on the EU Internal Market Sub-Committee and is the cross-bench representative to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the continent’s leading human rights organisation. He is an officer of the APPG for Adoption and Permanence. He is a Governor of the children’s charity, Coram, having been a trustee from 2009-2018, and was the chair of Life Education Centres which he merged into Coram, from 1994-2018. He is a Patron of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust. He read history at Trinity College, Cambridge 1978-81 and business administration at INSEAD, Fontainebleau 1981-82.


Lemn Sissay MBE

Lemn Sissay MBE is an award-winning poet, playwright and author. His internationally acclaimed career as a writer began in 1988, when he published his first book of poetry aged 21. He was the first official poet of the 2012 London Olympics and his Landmark Poems are installed at sites across London and Manchester. Sissay was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2010, and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield, which runs the innovative Sissay Scholarship for Care Leavers, the first of its kind in the world. In 2014 he was appointed as a Foundling Fellow. For his Fellowship, he created a striking text-based work for the Museum’s Café, Superman was a Foundling, which explores the powerful role of orphaned, fostered and adopted children in our culture. His other current roles include Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Associate Artist at the Southbank Centre, Patron of the Letterbox Club supporting children in care, Ambassador for the Children’s Reading Fund and Trustee of Forward Arts Foundation.


Paul Zuckerman

Paul Zuckerman PhD is the Chair and CEO of Zuckerman & Associates LLC. His expertise is in finance and economics, having started his career at the World Bank as Senior Economist (1974-80) and then continuing as an investment banker in the City. In 1998 he retired from full time investment banking having been Managing Director and Founding Director of Caspian Securities, Ltd (1995-98); and before that Executive Director, S G Warburg & Co Ltd, London; Vice Chair, S G Warburg International; Chair S G Warburg Latin America Ltd (1981-95). Since 1998 he has sat on the board of a number of corporate and not-for-profit organisations and is now on the board of, amongst others, JM Financial Ltd and Great Eastern Energy Company Ltd in India. He was Treasurer of the Art Fund from 2004-2015 as well as Treasurer of the International Women’s Health Coalition, and is now Chair of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at UEA in Norwich.

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