The Holburne Museum (registered charity number 310288) is governed by a sole Trustee which is The Holburne Museum Trust Company, a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales (company number 04104120). The Directors of the Holburne Museum Trust Company are:  

Edward Bayntun-Coward DL (Chairman)

Owner of George Bayntun, the world-famous antiquarian book bindery and booksellers, Edward previously worked for Maggs Bros. Ltd, London.

In 2004 he was appointed a Trustee and later became Chairman of the Bath Preservation Trust for ten years.

Edward is currently a Trustee of the American Museum & Gardens and Focus Counselling.

He served as High Sheriff of Somerset from 2016 – 2017 and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset.

Francesca Beauman (Vice Chair)

Francesca Beauman works at Persephone Books, a publishing company and bookshop. Before that, she wrote seven books, including a history of the pineapple and a history of personal ads, as well as presented television shows for BBC1, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Francesca is originally from London, then spent a decade in Los Angeles, but now lives in Bath.

Angela Gillibrand (Hon. Treasurer & Company Secretary)

After graduating from Somerville College, Oxford, Angela worked as an investment analyst in the City before gaining an MBA at INSEAD, the International Business School in France. After working as a finance specialist for Burmah Oil, Angela led the finance team that delivered one of the first PFI’s for the Academic Contract with Cranfield University at is now the Defence Academy.

Since 2003 Angela has combined family property and farming interests with a portfolio of non-executive roles. Currently she is Vice-Chair of the Holborn Estate Charity and a non-executive director of the Rethink Trust Corporation, (a subsidiary of Rethink Mental Illness).

Dr Martin Clarke

Dr Martin Clarke was born in Lincolnshire and read History at Jesus College, Cambridge. He stayed on to do doctoral research into the family structure of 19th century East London gaining his PhD in 1985. His professional career was mostly spent in private equity, latterly as Partner and Global Head of Consumer at Permira LLP. He subsequently led a management buy-in of the Automobile Association. He served as Group Chief Financial Officer for five years before to leaving to concentrate on personal investing from his own family office.

Martin is a former trustee and director of the Handel House Museum in London and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where he remains a member of Council. He is currently a trustee for the York Minster Fund and Iford Arts. He is also the founder and a trustee of the Young Organ Scholar’s Trust which provides financial assistance and tuition for aspiring church organists. He retains a connection with Jesus College as a member of the Society of St Radegund that comprises the main personal donors to the College.

He lives in Bath and London with his wife and daughter.

Sandra Forbes

Sandra Forbes is a senior banking and corporate lawyer having been a partner at national law firm Burges Salmon LLP for 18 years until 2014. Her roles at Burges Salmon included serving as Head of the Corporate and Financial Institutions Department.  Sandra moved from Burges Salmon LLP to become the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of National Express Group plc. More recently Sandra has been the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Rotork plc.

Sandra also served as Deputy Chair of Governors at the University of the West of England having been a Governor at UWE from 2011 – 2019.

Jeremy Garfield-Davies

Jeremy has 30 years experience in the international art market. He advises historic houses, private collections and leading museums in Asia, Britain and USA.

Jeremy graduated from Reading University where he read Art History and Architectural History. He is a post graduate of Christie’s and a returning Attingham scholar.

He is the founder and Chief Executive of Duxbury Advisory Ltd advising existing clients of leading museums, historic houses and private collections.

Sukie Hemming

Sukie has many years’ experience in the arts and heritage sectors, principally with the National Trust and the British Museum.

Sukie is also a Trustee of Chelsea Physic Garden.

Caro Howell MBE

Caro is Director General of Imperial War Museums.

Formerly, Caro was Director of the Foundling Museum, London, the Head of Education and Public Events at the Whitechapel Gallery and part of the Tate Modern set up team 1997-2003.

Caro is currently the Co-chair of Women Leaders in Museums Network. As well as being an advisor for Two Temple Place and The Charterhouse in London, Caro is also a Mentor for Arts Emergency.

Steven Hyde

Steve has been the V&A’s Head of Estate for the past 12 years, responsible for maintaining, conserving and developing and growing the grade one listed estate of the world’s leading museum of art and design. During this time, Steve has overseen and supported the expansion of the museum into Scotland (V&A Dundee), and the extension of the estate in South Kensington with the Exhibition Road Quarter providing new gallery spaces and facilities for the key flagship London Site. This period has also seen the development and evolving design and construction of two new, key facilities in East London – the new V&A East museum in the Olympic Park and the nearby Collection Research Centre.  Steve has been at the forefront of the evolving estate operation plan on the these projects to ensure the new facilities provide the very best experience for the needs of the 21st Century.

With over 25 years of experience in the public-facing cultural sector, prior to the V&A Steve was Director of the Operations at Sadlers Wells Theatre and before that Head of Facilities & Operations at Vinopolis – City of Wine, preceded by Head of Technical Services (London) for the Tussauds’ Group.

He believes passionately in the importance and power of museum estates to enrich the visitor experience as well as the wellbeing of staff, whilst supporting the incredibly important role that museums play particularly in the areas of conservation and research, and Steve has contributed this viewpoint to some of the most important cultural capital projects of the last fifteen year.

Sharanjit Leyl

Sharanjit has spent twenty five in broadcasting, including eighteen years with BBC World News, covering business, finance and politics.

Prior to joining the BBC in 2003, Sharanjit worked for Bloomberg TV in Tokyo. She now regularly moderates high-level debates for the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank and other institutions while advising companies and educational institutions on media strategy.

Sharanjit is currently a Trustee at the Fashion Museum, Bath and The Necessary Stage in Singapore.

Lynda Nead FBA

Lynda is Pevsner Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London. She is also a fellow of the British Academy; Academia Europea; Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Art History.

Lynda is the author of several books on the history of British art including The Haunted Gallery: Painting, Photography, Film c.1900 (Yale, 2007); Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth- Century London (Yale, 2000) and The Tiger in the Smoke: Art and Culture in Post-War Britain (Yale, 2017).

Lynda has formerly served on several boards and councils of museums and art galleries including the V&A (until 2022) and Campaign for the Arts.

Andy Salmon (nominated by Bath Spa University)

Andy’s original background was philosophy and literature, particularly modern poetry. He has had a wide ranging academic career thereafter on the interface between education and the Creative Industries, including being a founder member of the National Skills Academy for the Performing Arts and a multiple collaborator with Universities in North America, China, Africa and throughout Europe and Scandinavia. Latterly he has become increasingly interested in trans-disciplinary creative application in University and industry, including the interrelationship between technology and experiences of human creativity in all spheres beyond tech. Formerly in Cambridge where he had been leading on a large EU project within ‘serious games’ applications, Andy is delighted to now be Pro Vice Chancellor for External Affairs for Bath Spa University.

Chris Stephens

Chris has been Director of the Holburne Museum since July 2017. Before that he worked at Tate in London for twenty-one years, for much of that time as Head of Displays at Tate Britain and Lead Curator of Modern British Art. His numerous exhibitions include some of the Tate’s most successful shows, such as ‘Barbara Hepworth: Centenary’ at Tate St Ives in 2003 and, in London, ‘Francis Bacon’ (2008), ‘Henry Moore’ (2010), ‘Picasso and British Art’ (2012) and ‘David Hockney’ (2017). As a leading expert on modern British art, he has published extensively and his book – St Ives The Art and the Artists was published in 2018.

Rohan Surana (nominated by University of Bath)

Rohan studied Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD, the International Business School in France.

In his professional life, Rohan has worked internationally in strategic and operational roles across Management Consulting (Deloitte), Banking (HSBC) and Financial technology (Revolut).

Rohan  relocated to Bath in October 2021 to work for the University of Bath as Director of Operations for School of Management.

Rohan is a member of the Council of the British School at Rome. He lives in Bath with his wife and a young son. In his spare time he enjoys cricket, running and tennis.