A board of 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 The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and NAAFI Pension Trustees, a director of Capital and Regional PLC and the 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.

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.

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.

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Will Bax

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. He holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University and a Masters in Real Estate Finance from Cambridge University.  

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Nicola Briggs 

Nicola joined the National Trust as Regional Director for the London and South East region in 2014. Before then she had several senior leadership roles in the media, commercial and NGO world. She was Head of News at the Press Association before moving to be News Editor and then Deputy Editor at Express Newspapers. More recently, she worked at publishing company Lexis Nexis where she was on the senior executive team as Editorial and Publishing Director and latterly Content and Product Development Director, taking a lead role in the company's transformation into a leading digital content provider. Her most recent role was Senior Director at Amnesty International. She has lived and worked in London and the South East for over 20 years. 


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.

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.

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.

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.

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Laura Whyte 

Laura’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, a Non-Executive Director of the British Horseracing Authority and an Executive Trustee of Women in Retail.

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