A board of 10 trustees governs the Greenwich Foundation, a registered charity, and are responsible for overseeing the management of the Old Royal Naval College, its overarching strategy and the appointment of the Chief Executive.

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Tony Hales CBE, Chairman

Tony is currently Chair of NAAFI Pension Trustees, Chair elect of ABRSM, a director of Capital and Regional PLC and IPF Group PLC, and a Trustee of Welsh National Opera and Services, Sound and Vision Corporation. He was previously Chief Executive of Allied Domecq, Chair of NAAFI, British Waterways, Canal and River Trust, and Workspace plc and a non-exec director of Aston Villa and HSBC Bank. He was awarded a CBE for services to the armed forces. Tony is married to Linda and has four children.

Rear Admiral Brian Perowne CB, DL

Brian Perowne spent his working life until 2001 in the Royal Navy as a warfare officer, during which time he had 3 major commands and attended the Royal Naval Staff College at Greenwich in 1977/8. He completed his career as a Rear Admiral responsible for the operation of all 3 Naval Bases in Portsmouth, Devonport and Scotland and was also the logistics member of the Navy Board. On leaving the Navy he became CE of Hft, a national provider of services for people with learning disabilities from which he retired in 2011. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Taunton Hospital, Vice Chairman of Somerset Sight and has been a trustee at Bletchley Park.

Sue Wilkinson

Sue Wilkinson joined the Foundation as a Trustee at the end of 2010. She was an executive director at the National Trust until the end of 2016 and her experience includes brand development, marketing and visitor experience. Her executive board responsibilities were for the Trust’s 4.8m members, the charity’s £80m fundraising p.a and for championing volunteering and participation. Sue has previously served on the Visit England Board and as a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising. She is currently a board director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) and a trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust, the Canal & River Trust and the Medical Research Foundation.

John Barnes

John is a conservation and visitor attraction specialist. He is the Chief Executive of Historic Royal Palaces, having previously been Director of Conservation and Learning since 2001. Earlier in his career he was ten years in private practice with a succession of leading architectural conservation companies before joining English Heritage in 1994 as Head of Architecture and Survey. In 1995 he became English Heritage Director of Professional Services responsible for advice on property conservation and development. From 1998, he was Director of Major Projects, responsible for English Heritage’s largest projects and the national projects programme for their 420 sites.

Dr Rupert Evenett FCA

Rupert Evenett is a social entrepreneur. After a career in investment management and corporate finance in which he advised corporate clients from growth start-ups to multinationals on fundraisings, strategy and other financial transactions, he was a director in the UK civil service and has since then been occupied mostly with the charity, social enterprise and social investment sectors, in parallel with research in political philosophy on citizenship and social justice.

He was Chair of The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), a director of The Social Investment Business, and on the council of Goldsmiths, University of London, is a Trustee of Alzheimer’s Research UK and has served on a number of other boards in the social and educational sectors. He is a chartered accountant and has a PhD from the London School of Economics.

Peter Shanks

Peter has over 35 years experience in the Travel Industry and is the Managing Director UK & Ireland for Silversea Cruises - a leading Luxury cruise and Expedition operator. In his early career Peter was Commercial Director of Thomas Cook and then Managing Director of travel retailer Going Places. Peter then spent 12 years with Carnival Corporation and was President and Managing Director of Cunard Line for 5 years until 2014 through a period where they introduced Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. Peter has sound experience in understanding the needs of today’s international travelers and a good sense of the value of Maritime Heritage and its appeal.

Rosemarie MacQueen MBE, Bsc Soc, Dip Arch Hons,AA PG Dip Urb&RegPlan, AAPG Dip Build Cons, DMS, MRTPI, IHBC, FRICS, FRSA

Rosemarie 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 20+ years 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

Desmond Shawe-Taylor studied English Literature at Oxford and took an MA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. He taught for many years at the University of Nottingham. He was Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery from 1996 until 2005, when he was appointed Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures. He has written extensively on English eighteenth-century portraiture and other subjects. Recently he has curated a series of exhibitions at the Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh and London, dealing with Dutch and Flemish 17th-century art, including Bruegel to Rubens (2008 also at the Royal Fine Art Museum in Brussels); the Conversation Piece; Scenes of Fashionable Life (2009); Dutch Landscapes (2010, also at the Bowes Museum) and Masters of the Everyday; Dutch artists in the Age of Vermeer (opening October 2015, also at the Mauritshuis in 2016). He was also lead curator of an exhibition at the Queen's Gallery mounted in 2014 to celebrate the tercentenary of the arrival of the Hanoverian dynasty in 1714: The First Georgians; Art and Monarchy 1714-60. His most recent project has been co-curating Charles I: King and Collector, at the Royal Academy, the first collaboration of its kind for Royal Collection Trust.

Jamaria Kong

Jamaria 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

Andrew 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.

Vice-Admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB CBE DL

Adrian Johns 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.

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