The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College is pleased to announce the appointment of three new trustees, Vice Admiral Adrian Johns KCB CBE DL, Laura Whyte and Will Bax. These appointments are in line with the Foundation’s new “Living History’ strategic plan and reflect the Board’s commitment to strategy, people, talent and heritage regeneration.

Vice-Admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB CBE DL, served for 35 years in the Royal Navy specialising as a helicopter pilot and flying instructor but also commanding five times at sea, ranging from a minesweeper to HMS OCEAN, then Britain’s largest warship. He was Head of the Fleet Air Arm for 5 years and retired from the Navy as Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command in 2008. He was subsequently appointed Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar from 2009 to 2013. Following his second retirement, he is now a member of the Senior Salaries Review Body and a non–executive member of the Civil Service Pensions Board.  He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and, amongst a variety of charitable interests, is a trustee and Deputy Chairman of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Patron of a number of Veterans’ Associations.

Adrian has been appointed a trustee and Deputy Chairman of the Board for an initial term of 4 years.

Laura Whyte’s executive career was spent with John Lewis where she served on the Management Board for over ten years, firstly as Registrar and latterly as HR Director. She also founded and, for a number of years, chaired the John Lewis Foundation and was a Trustee of the Ebony Horse Club. Laura is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Defence People and Training Board of the Ministry of Defence, where she is also a member of the People Committee.  She is also a Non-Executive Director of the British Horseracing Authority and an Executive Trustee of Women in Retail.

Will Bax is an experienced property investor, developer and urbanist with a track record of leading large urban estates. Most recently Will was Executive Director responsible for Grosvenor's London estate in Mayfair and Belgravia. Prior to this he was a fund manager in Paris, working across a number of European markets. Will has a passion for cities and devising creative approaches to how buildings and neighbourhoods can deliver positive social outcomes.

These new trustees are joining at a very exciting time in the Foundation’s development. Tony Hales, Chair of The Greenwich Foundation said, “we are delighted to welcome the varied experiences and skills that Sir Adrian, Laura and Will bring to the Board. This is a very exciting time for the Foundation as we look forward to welcoming visitors from the local community, the country and internationally to the reopened Painted Hall next year.  We have great plans to reinvigorate the rich heritage of this gateway to Greenwich, famous for its Tudor Palace, Royal Hospital for Seamen and Royal Naval College and in taking our ambition forward building on our heritage to create a major cultural destination”.

Notes to editors

The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College was established in 1997 as a charity to conserve the magnificent Baroque buildings and grounds for present and future generations and to provide opportunities for wide and diverse audiences to enjoy and share its significance.

The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College  is currently in the final stages of a major £8.5m Heritage Lottery funded conservation programme of the Painted Hall on the estate. Additionally, the Foundation promotes a popular public programme of concerts, festivals, talks, tours and events. Its award-winning learning programme, volunteer and community engagement programmes ensure that it holds a central place within the local community. Today, The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College relies on philanthropic support to achieve its goals of conserving the buildings to the highest possible standard and making the site accessible to the widest possible audience.

A board of 10 trustees governs The Greenwich Foundation, alongside Chairman Tony Hales. The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College is a registered charity, and the trustees are responsible for overseeing the management of the Old Royal Naval College its overarching strategy and the appointment of the Chief Executive, Angela McConville.