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, Director of Finance and Operations
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 is Chair of the Foundling Museum and Chair of Social Business Trust. She has recently co-founded and co-chairs Thrive at Five, a new early years charity, and a member of the Board of Helpforce CIC. In her business life she is a Non-Executive Director of international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys and a Non-Executive Director of executive search firm Saxton Bampfylde. She chairs the employee ownership trust of architecture practice Hawkins\ Brown. Her previous roles include Vice Chairman of WPP’s Ogilvy Group UK; European COO Weber Shandwick; Partner of emerging markets private equity firm, Actis LLP; Founding Trustee of V Inspired, NED of London & Quadrant and Chairman of House of Illustration.
She read law at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, completed her solicitor’s finals at the College of Law, London and studied at London Business School, where she completed her MBA. She was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Years Honours list for services to social enterprise and charity. She has three children. She has played clarinet in the Lawyers Music Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years.
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 was special advisor for the Care Quality Commission on hospital inspections, and was a trustee of Coram Children’s Legal Centre as well as a member of Coram’s board of trustees. In addition, he also sat on the board of trustees for The Poet in the City along with a community football initiative. He currently chairs a community centre in North London and sits on a primary school board of governors.
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.
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 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 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 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 has worked in senior positions at the Arts Council, national Heritage Memorial 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 a Trustee of the National Lottery Heritage 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 Tutor of The Recess College, an international leadership programme for senior professionals.
Spencer Hyman is a co-founder of Cocoa Runners.com. 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 Last.fm 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 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.
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 OBE
Lemn Sissay is a BAFTA nominated award winning writer, international poet, performer playwright, artist and broadcaster. He has read on stage throughout the world: from The Library of Congress in The United States to The University of Addis Ababa, from Singapore to Sri Lanka, Bangalore to Dubai, from Bali to Greenland and Wigan library. He was awarded an OBE for services to literature and charity by The Queen of England. Along with Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie and Margaret Atwood, he won a Pen Pinter Prize in 2019. He is Chancellor of The University of Manchester and an Honorary Doctor from The Universities of Huddersfield, Manchester, Kent and Brunei. He is Dr Dr Dr Dr Lemn Sissay. He was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics and poet of the FA Cup.