The Prime Minister has made the following appointments to the Board of Trustees:
Elizabeth Cleaver to be Learning & Engagement Trustee for a term of four years from 28 November 2016.
Liz Cleaver is a highly experienced media professional with a long and distinguished career at the BBC. Whilst there she fulfilled a variety of roles; from radio and television production, to launching BBC Knowledge (the forerunner of BBC 4), to setting up the interactive capability for all factual and learning programmes. Between 2004 and 2010 she was the Controller of BBC Learning, where she was responsible for the BBC’s learning output and activity. Before moving to the BBC, Liz had originally worked as a History teacher. Since 2011, she has been a trustee at both the The Royal Free Charity, where she led the work on patient focused delivery, and at Historic Royal Palaces, where she was appointed the lead on learning. In 2014 she was one of the team who opened Wac Arts College, the country’s’ first performing arts Free School targeting excluded young people, having been Chair of Wac Arts since 2012. In addition to these roles, at present Liz is currently a Digital Consultant and Chair of The Reading Agency.
Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE, whose term is extended until 11 November 2017.
Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, DBE, is special adviser to Tishman Speyer and is a global Trustee of ULI (the Urban Land Institute). She is a senior adviser at Chatham House and co-chair of the British Dutch Dialogues, The Apeldoorn Conference. She originally trained, lectured and practised in law, at first in New Zealand and then in London, rising to become Special Adviser to the Chairman at Clifford Chance (2000-2003). Her career has also included many distinguished roles in public life. She was Leader of the City of London Corporation between 1996 and 2004, has served on the board of the London Development Agency, was Chair of The Independent Schools Council and Chair of the Council of Birkbeck College, the University of London. She is a Governor of Westminster School and Westminster Abbey Choir School and has previously been a Trustee of The Geffrye Museum, the Natural History Museum, and The British Museum Development Trust. Until 2008 she was Chair of The Royal Opera House. She has also been Chair of New West End Company and London & Partners and has been on the board of Merrill Lynch. Dame Judith was awarded DBE in 2002 for services to the City of London.
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC who is appointed for a second term of four years from 5 November 2016.
An international businessman, author and philanthropist, Lord Ashcroft has many, varied business interests in the United Kingdom, United States and the Caribbean. He supports a wide range of charities, notably crime prevention and education. He is the Founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers, Chairman of Trustees of the Ashcroft Technology Academy in south London and an ambassador of the educational charity SkillForce. In May 2011, he was appointed as lead advisor on a government review of military bases on Cyprus and in September 2012 was made the Government’s Special Representative for Veterans’ Transition, working on support for military personnel making the transition to civilian life. Lord Ashcroft’s collection of Victoria Cross medals – the largest in the world – has been on display in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes at IWM London since November 2010.