Our Director reports to an independent board of trustees, who oversee the direction of the charity.

Senior Management


Emma Ridgway, Director

Emma Ridgway joined the Museum in 2023. Emma was previously Chief Curator, Head of Exhibitions and Learning at Modern Art Oxford, where she had led the artistic programme since 2015. As the curator of the British Pavilion for the 59th Venice Art Biennale, Emma collaborated with artist Sonia Boyce to create Feeling Her Way. The exhibition was awarded the international Golden Lion for Best National Participation 2022, a first for the UK. She co-selected John Akomfrah as the artist commissioned for the 2024 British Pavilion.

Previously Emma was a curator at the Barbican Centre, The Royal Society of Arts, Serpentine Gallery, London and Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi. She is a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow, and holds degrees in fine art, art history and curating from Goldsmiths and The Royal College of Art, London. Her recent publications include Sonia Boyce: Feeling Her Way (Yale University Press), Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe (Thames and Hudson), Anish Kapoor: Painting, and Marina Abramović: Gates and Portals (Koenig Books).


Board of Trustees

Sue Hoyle OBE, Chair

Sue Hoyle has held a range of executive, governance and advisory roles across the arts and public sector, including chairing Boards and leading organisations. At Clore Leadership, she was Director (2008 – 2017) and Deputy Director (2003 – 8). Prior to that she was Executive Director of The Place, Deputy Secretary-General of Arts Council England and Head of Arts for the British Council in France.

Sue Hoyle is a Trustee of the Royal Opera House and chairs its Learning and Participation Committee. She is also a Board member of Fuel Theatre, a Commissioner for the Judicial Appointments Commission and chairs the Rolls Building Art and Education Trust. Previous governance and advisory roles have included the British Council, DV8 Physical Theatre, King’s College London, Leeds Culture Trust, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, University of Hong Kong and the Wellcome Trust.

Michael Crossan

Michael Crossan is a solicitor who practiced for 30 years at global law firm Clifford Chance LLP specialising in all aspects of employment law. Michael was a partner of Clifford Chance LLP for 17 years and headed up their employment law group between 2019 and 2022. He has acted as an Investment Committee member and is currently a Trustee of Social Business Trust. Michael has two athletics-obsessed boys and is a member of Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletics Club where he enjoys supporting the coaches.

Shereka Dunbar

Shereka Dunbar is a social work student studying at Goldsmiths University in London. She works for Coram as a care-experienced consultant under their New Belongings programme designed to explore innovative ways to support care leavers in local authorities around the UK. She also works for Frontline as a care-experienced assessor, interviewing prospective social workers looking to join their two-year degree programme. 

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.

Edward Humphrey 

Edward Humphrey has nearly 20 years experience of digital innovation and leadership in the film, TV and cultural sector, including roles at British Film Institute, The Walt Disney Company, ITV and Virgin Media. He has also served as a non-executive director of The Space, a digital arts organisation founded by Arts Council England and the BBC.

Perdita Hunt

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.

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.

Andrew McIntyre

Andrew McIntyre was a partner at EY for 28 years, and was a board member and trustee of the firm’s pension schemes. He has also served on the boards of Southern Housing Group (Chair from 2004-2013), the National Bank of Greece and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He is currently a non-executive director of Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc, C. Hoare & Co., Target Group, and Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc. Andrew McIntyre plays the organ and is a fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

Grayson Perry CBE

Born in Chelmsford, Essex in 1960, Grayson Perry lives and works in London. Winner of the 2003 Turner Prize, Perry was elected a Royal Academician in 2012, and received a CBE in 2013. He has been awarded the prestigious appointments of Trustee of the British Museum and Chancellor of the University of the Arts London (both in 2015), and received a RIBA Honorary Fellowship in 2016. 

Work by Perry is held in museum collections worldwide, including Tate Collection, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Stedelijk Museum; Amsterdam; and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. Major institutional exhibitions include The Pre-Therapy Years at The Holbourne Museum, Bath, (2020-2021); Vanité, Identité, Sexualité at Monnaie de Paris (2019); plus The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! at the Serpentine Gallery (2017). On screen Perry led in the Bafta winning All In the Best Possible Taste (2013) and Who Are You? (2014), as well All Man (2016).

Perry delivered The Reith Lectures in 2013 and the artist’s A House for Essex (a permanent building designed in collaboration FAT Architecture) was constructed in the North Essex countryside in 2015. 

Lord Russell of Liverpool

Simon Russell spent 25 years as a partner at Spencer Stuart, an international executive search and leadership consulting firm. 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 is a Deputy Speaker 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 and of the APPG from Conception to Age Two. 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 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 was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics and poet of the FA Cup.

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