People serving on the Executive Committee come from a wide range of backgrounds within the Heritage field, including interpretation and design, collections acquisition and management, education, law, administration and finance. Working as a team, they bring not only specific knowledge and skills, but also a wealth of experience. There are, however always new challenges to take up in the Heritage world, and National Heritage aims to keep abreast of the times by regularly reviewing its committee structure and inviting on board appropriate new talent, to ensure that the organisation maintains and enhances its broad and forward looking service for members.
Our present committee includes:
James Bishop (Chair)
A NH trustee since 1995, and chairman since 1998, he has held a number of posts on The Times. Moving successively from leader writer to foreign correspondent, and then on to foreign news editor and features editor. Jim followed this by taking up the post as editor of The Illustrated London News. Formerly chairman of the Association of British Editors 1987-96 and is currently chairman of the editorial advisory board of the Annual Register.
Liz Moore (Administrator)
Liz initially came on board when she organised the Museum of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Illustrated London News. Since then she has been managing director of two picture libraries and currently sources images for many exhibitions, educational publishers and the media. She has taught business studies to sixth form students.
Gail Bromley MBE
Starting life as a taxonomist, finding and naming new plants for Kew Gardens, Gail moved into education to help initiate Kew's major education programmes for schools, the visiting public and professionals on environmental, plant science and heritage topics. She currently serves Kew, now a World Heritage site, in the field of education development and as an international advisor on biodiversity education. Gail sits on a number of advisory boards for education including Defra's Education and Public Understanding group; she is passionate about sustainability, education and enabling access to heritage for all audiences.
Lord Montagu of Beaulieu
Lord Montagu of Beaulieu founded the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in 1952 and the Maritime Museum at Buckler's Hard in 1964; he was also President of the Museums' Association from 1982 to 1984, Founder President of the Historic Houses Association and Chairman English Heritage from 1984-1992. He is currently Patron of the Association of Independent Museums. Lord Montagu has travelled extensively, visiting museums all over the world and has applied many of the lessons learned to Beaulieu and his advisory work.
Pelham Ravenscroft (Treasurer)
A chartered accountant and honorary treasurer of National Heritage from it's inception, Pelham brings considerable financial experience to the group. He also has a wide-ranging experience of other cultures, having lived and worked in five countries across Europe and the Middle East. Living now near Selborne in Hampshire, Pelham is also director of two charities: the Earthworks Trust (a sustainability centre) near East Meon and Kingsley Village Centre, a charity helping young disabled people towards independent living.
Trained as an historian, Ray has worked as a specialist producer of history and archaeology programmes for the BBC. He was a founder member of the 'Chronicle' series and produced many other series including 'The Vikings' and 'Sutton Hoo'. A pioneer of marine archaeology on film, he devised and set up the major series 'Discoveries underwater', the culmination of a career of maritime historical films that include 'the Mary Rose'. Prior to leaving the BBC, he was senior producer on the 'Timewatch' series', amongst other things. He has held many representational positions on learned societies, and is currently a trustee of the Nautical Museums Trust; Ray is also an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Simon Tait is Editor of NH Museum News, a freelance journalist, writer and editor. Co-editor of the fortnightly magazine Arts Industry, he is the former arts correspondent of The Times, the museums correspondent for BBC History, arts policy columnist for The Times, a founder trustee of the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums and Galleries, columnist for the National Art Collections Fund's magazine Art Quarterly and freelance arts features writer for The Independent. He is the author of Palaces of Discovery, the changing world of Britain's museums.
Robin came to his eventual role as a renowned museum designer and creator, having served an initial apprenticeship as a maker of period reproduction furniture and architectural wood carving in Australia. Later in the UK, he graduated from the Royal College of Art, of which he is now a Senior Fellow. Following this has been a further 35 years of museum and exhibition development, in which period he has planned some 150 projects in the UK and abroad including: the Chinese Exhibition, major galleries at the British Museum and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.
George worked for BBC TV, and subsequently became an entrepreneur and corporate finance and development consultant. He has served on executive committees of the British Association of Friends of Museums, the Friends of Leighton House, the Kensington Society and the Poetry Society. He founded the National Poetry Competition, the Churchill and Sarsden Heritage Centre and co-produced poetry and music concerts at major festivals and for the South Bank. He co-translated 'Birds through a Ceiling of Alabaster; Three Abbasid Poets'. (Penguin Classic).
Dr Stuart Davies (Consultant)
Stuart's career in museums and galleries include curatorial and managerial positions at Gloucester Folk and Regimental Museum, Birmingham Museums and Kirklees Museums Service in West Yorkshire. In 1997 he became the Heritage Lottery Fund's Museums Adviser and in 2001 authored the Resource report, Renaissance in the Regions. He is President of the Museums Association, visiting professor at University College London and independent consultant for NH.
Lord Montagu of Beaulieu