New trustees appointed

New trustees appointed

The Foundling Museum is delighted to announce that Simon Russell and Claire Jeffers have been appointed to the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Their combined expertise includes both commercial and business strategy, with their experience covering both public and private sectors.

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.

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.

Larissa Joy, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: ‘I am thrilled to welcome Simon Russell and Claire Jeffers to the Board of Trustees of the Foundling Museum. Simon’s extensive political and consulting experience combined with his many years experience on the board of children’s charity Coram will be of enormous benefit to the Museum in the years ahead. Claire’s extensive commercial and financial experience gained over many years in the UK and internationally will be a huge asset to the Museum in the years to come.’

Simon Russell said: ‘As a long term admirer of the Foundling Museum and its work, I am pleased and honoured to have been asked to join the Board of Trustees’

Claire Jeffers said: ‘The Foundling Museum brings together two of my great passions, art and the welfare of children, and I am thrilled to be involved with such a worthwhile organization.’