The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College is pleased to announce the appointment of four new trustees; Rosemarie MacQueen (MBE), Desmond Shaw-Taylor, Jamaria Kong and Andrew Clark.

Rosemarie MacQueen (MBE, Bsc Soc, Dip Arch Hons,AA PG Dip Urb&RegPlan, AAPG Dip Build Cons, DMS, MRTPI, IHBC, FRICS, FRSA) has over 44 years’ experience of urban planning, conservation, heritage management and regeneration, having worked in both the private and public sectors. Until recently the Strategic Director Built Environment of a central London council, she is now a consultant on general planning matters and a lecturer on heritage and planning topics.

Rosemarie has provided expert evidence on conservation issues to parliamentary select committees and serves on various professional committees and industry sounding boards. Her voluntary roles have included previous service on the Georgian Group Executive Committee and 20+ years as London Chairman of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. She is a Commissioner of Historic England, a Trustee of the Georgian Group and a member of the Westminster Abbey Fabric Committee.

Rosemarie was awarded the MBE for services to Heritage in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Desmond Shawe-Taylor is an art historian and museum professional. After teaching art history for many years at the University of Nottingham, he served as Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery from 1996 until 2005, when he was appointed Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures. He has written extensively on a range of subjects and curated many exhibitions, especially at the Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh and London. His most recent project Masters of the Everyday; Dutch artists in the Age of Vermeer opened in London in October 2015.

Jamaria Kong is an independent management consultant. She advises mainly corporate clients in Mergers & Acquisitions, business transformations and operational improvements. Jamaria has previously been Associate Director with Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services and then Strategist / Partner at Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Advisory and Consulting Services. She is currently a Trustee of Bede House in Southwark.

Andrew Clark BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA is Chairman of Purcell, a practice of architects, designers and heritage leaders. He has spent most of his professional life working on historic buildings and their settings – repairing, conserving, adapting, and extending places of historic significance. He is currently working on some of the most important historic buildings in London, from Battersea Power Station to the Palace of Westminster.  Andrew has worked for a very wide range of clients including private individuals, museum and galleries, charitable organisations and Central Government advising on how they can transform the buildings in their care.

The trustees join the Old Royal Naval College at an important time for the organisation; it is currently undergoing its biggest ever fundraising project to raise £7m for the conservation of the Painted Hall. The major conservation project will start late 2016 and will take three years, conserving over 40,000 sq ft of the magnificent Painted Hall wall and ceiling paintings.

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About the Old Royal Naval College:

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) in Greenwich was established as the Royal Hospital for Seamen by King William III and Queen Mary II in 1694.

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, it is one of the most important ensembles in European baroque architecture. From 1705, the Royal Hospital provided modest, wood-lined cabins as accommodation for retired sailors, housing as many as 2,700 residents at its peak in 1814. The last naval pensioners left in 1869, when the site became home to the Royal Naval College, an officers’ training academy, until 1997. When the Navy left, an independent charity was established to conserve the site for present and future generations, and create enjoyment, learning and unique cultural experiences for everyone.

Today this historic landmark is open to the public and is the home of three unique and free to visit attractions; the Painted Hall, the Chapel, and the Discover Greenwich visitor centre.

The Painted Hall is the greatest piece of decorative painting in England and has been described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’. The walls and ceilings were painted by Sir James Thornhill between 1708 and 1727.

The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul is a neo-classical masterpiece by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart and William Newton. Featuring a Samuel Green organ and an altarpiece painted by Benjamin West, it is one of the finest eighteenth century interiors in existence.

The ORNC is free to all visitors and is open daily from 10.00-17.00.

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