Trustee Profiles

Sir Francis Richards KCMG CVO

Appointed by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, April 2007, Reappointed April 2012
Elected Vice-President and Chairman by the Board with effect from December 2011
Sir Francis began his career with the Royal Green Jackets.   After being invalided he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1969.  Following his retirement in 2003 as Director of GCHQ, Sir Francis served until 2006 as Governor and CinC of Gibraltar. During his earlier diplomatic career he served in Russia and in India, then as High Commissioner in Windhoek, Minister in Moscow and as Deputy Under Secretary of State in the FCO. He has served on the trustees of Bletchley Park and retired as their chairman in 2011.  

Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely KCB MC DL
Deputy Chairman

Appointed by the Prime Minister August 2008
Reappointed August 2012
Sir John Kiszely has worked at the highest levels of the Armed Forces, both on overseas operations and in Whitehall.  He was Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff at the Ministry of Defence from 1998 until 2001, when he became Deputy Commander of NATO Forces in Bosnia.  From 2002 until 2005 General Kiszely was Commander of Regional Forces in the UK, and also Deputy Commander of Coalition Forces in Iraq from 2004-5.  He was Chief Executive of the UK Defence Academy until his retirement in May 2008, and is currently Visiting Professor in War Studies, Kings College London.

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC

Appointed by the Prime Minister, November 2012
An international businessman and investor both in the UK and the US, Lord Ashcroft 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.   He is a Trustee of the IWM Foundation and is Vice-Patron of the Intelligence Corps Museum in Bedfordshire.

Lord Black of Brentwood

Appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, July 2007
Reappointed, July 2011
Guy Black is Executive Director at the Telegraph Media Group.  He was previously Director of the Press Complaints Commission, Press Secretary to Rt Hon Michael Howard MP, and Director of Communications at Conservative Central Office.   He is a Council Member of the Royal College of Music, Trustee of the Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians, Chairman of the Press Standards Boards of Finance, and Chairman of the Commonwealth Press Union Training and Education Trust. He was awarded a peerage in 2010.

Professor Sir Miles Irving DSc FRCS

Appointed by the Prime Minister, December 2006
Reappointed, December 2010
Professor Sir Miles Irving was Chairman of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust until September 2006.  He is Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Manchester and was a Visiting Professor of Surgery at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne as well as a Trustee of the Newcastle Healthcare Charity.   Sir Miles is Chairman of Health Innovations  and Education Cluster (North);  Chairman of Council of St John (Northumbria, Tyne and Wear) and a former Honorary Consultant Surgeon to the Army.  He was also formerly a Member of Council, University of Newcastle upon Tyne; a medical advisor to the Committee for Imprisoned UK Citizens (Overseas), Foreign and Commonwealth Office; a founder member of Salford Health Authority Ethics Committee and founder Chairman of the Newcastle University and Northumbria University Ethics Committees.

Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE
Chair of the Regeneration : IWM London  Committee

Appointed by the Prime Minister, November 2008
Reappointed November 2012
Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas is Chair of The New West End Company and of London & Partners.  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 and was Chair of The Independent Schools Council .  She is a Governor of Wesminster 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.   Dame Judith was awarded DBE in 2002 for services to the City of London.   

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach KCB CBE BA MPhil DTech DLitt FRAes ADC RAF

Appointed by the Prime Minister December 2011
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach assumed his appointment as Commander of UK Joint Forces Command in December 2011. Having been commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1977, his staff tours include personal staff officer to the Deputy Commander and Commander-in-Chief in RAF Germany, Executive Officer to Commander Second Allied Tactical Air Force and Director Defence Studies Royal Air Force. Sir Stuart’s Operational Service has included UK Head Military Coordination Centre Zakho (Iraq), Detachment Commander in Saudi Arabia, Air Commander (Forward) in HQ KFOR in Kosovo and Deputy Senior British Military Adviser to US HQ Central Command 2001-02. He commanded the Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington 2000-2003, was Director-General Intelligence Collection in the Ministry of Defence 2003-2006 and Chief of Defence Intelligence. Sir Stuart was Deputy Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee in 2006-2009 and Chief of Joint Operations at PJHQ (UK) 2009-2011.

Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE
Chair of IWM Audit Committee

Appointed by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, December 2009
Reappointed December 2013
Sir John was, until 2009, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, a post which he held from 2004.   He is a Trustee of Bletchley Park and The Churchill Centre and a Member of Council of the Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College.

Professor Sir Hew Strachan

Appointed by the Prime Minister, February 2010
Professor Strachan is Chichele Professor of the History of War, Oxford University, and Fellow of All Souls. He was previously Research Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 1975-8; Senior Lecturer in War Studies, RMA Sandhurst 1978-79; Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 1979-1992 (Life Fellow 1992-date); Professor of Modern History, University of Glasgow 1992-2001.

Jonathan Watkins

Appointed by the Prime Minister, July 2011
Jonathan Watkins has been Director of Ikon Gallery since 1999.  Previously he worked as Curator of the Serpentine Gallery and Director of Chisenhale Gallery.  His tenure at the Chisenhale Gallery saw a rise in its international profile, with a number of its artists moving on to win the Turner Prize. He was Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney in 1998 and has worked internationally in Beijing, Venice, Turin, Milan, Shanghai, Sharjah and Palestine.  He was also on the curatorial team for Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art (Hayward Gallery, London 2001).  Jonathan Watkins is a prolific writer on contemporary art, his recent essays focusing on the work of artists such as Giuseppe Penone, Martin Creed, Yang Zhenzhong, and Noguchi Rika.  He was the author of the Phaidon monograph on Japanese artist On Kawara.

Sir Nick Williams

Appointed by the Prime Minister, March 2008
Nick Williams has been Principal of The Brit School, Croydon, since 2001. He was previously Head Teacher at Thomas Tallis School, Greenwich, and has 35 years’ experience in London state schools as a teacher of English and History.   Nick Williams was previously a registered Inspector for OFSTED and a Schools  Inspector in Southwark during the 1990s.  He has been an Education Adviser for the Department for Education since 2009, is a Trustee of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and a founder Governor of the Birmingham Ormiston Academy and The Crescent Primary School.

Peter Watkins CBE

Appointed by the Secretary of State for Defence, April 2014
Mr Watkins is an ex officio appointment by the Secretary of State.  He is Director General for Security Policy and Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence.

His Excellency The Hon Alexander Downer AC

Ex Officio appointment as Australian High Commissioner.
Mr Downer has been a Trustee since May 2014

His Excellency Mr Gordon Campbell

Ex Officio appointment as Canadian High Commissioner.
For biographical details please visit the Canadian High Commission website.

His Excellency Ranjan Mathai

Ex Officio appointment as Indian High Commissioner.
Ranjan Mathai has been a Trustee since January 2014. For biographical details please visit the Indian High Commission website.

His Excellency the Hon Sir Lockwood Smith KNZM PhD

Ex Officio appointment as High Commissioner for New Zealand.
Sir Lockwood Smith has been a Trustee since March 2013. For biographical details please visit the New Zealand High Commission website.

His Excellency Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan

Ex Officio appointment as High Commissioner for Pakistan.
Mr Hasan has been a Trustee since June 2008. For biographical details please visit the Pakistani High Commission website.

His Excellency Dr Chris Nonis

Ex Officio appointment as Sri Lankan High Commissioner.
For biographical details please visit the Sri Lankan High Commission website.