We are delighted to announce that Perdita Hunt OBE, DL and Ronald Gould have been appointed to the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Their combined expertise includes financial regulation, business strategy and development, leadership, museum collections management and arts funding, with their experience covering both public and private sectors.
Perdita Hunt OBE, DL
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.
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.
Ronald has extensive experience leading financial companies through periods of rapid global growth in complex regulatory and compliance environments. He has 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.
The past few years have been the busiest ever for the Museum, with national media coverage and positive reviews. For the first time in its history in 2016 the Museum received over 50,000 visitors, a 16% increase on the previous year. The 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. These new appointments take membership of the board to a total of fifteen.