Matthew Westerman
Chairman

Appointed by the Prime Minister, April 2015. Reappointed April 2019

Elected Vice-President and Chairman by the Board with effect from 14 December 2019, Matthew Westerman is a Director of MW&L Capital Partners, a private investment vehicle. Prior to the establishment of MW&L Capital Partners, Matthew had been a banker throughout his career most recently at HSBC where he was co-head of Global Banking and at Goldman Sachs where he led its investment banking business in Australasia ex-Japan and in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is a Foundation Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.

Sherin Aminossehe

Appointed by the Secretary of State for Defence, March 2022

Sherin’s most recent role is the Ministry of Defence's first Director of Infrastructure, responsible for the strategic oversight for both global and domestic infrastructure and the SRO for Defence Estate Optimisation Portfolio worth over £5bn. She is also the MoD Race Champion. Previously she was Head of Commercial Office business at Lendlease, she was responsible for a range of regeneration projects, including the £2.4bn International Quarter London in Stratford, Silvertown and Euston, with a gross development value of over £5bn. She also led the company’s social impact strategy. Also in Whitehall, she held the dual role of Executive Director of Government Property Unit and Head of Property Profession and Function for the Civil Service. She led, devised and executed the property strategy for government, looking at how they could use their portfolios effectively to create growth as well as saving over £1bn in running costs and £3.6bn in capital receipts. Through the creation of the One Public Estate programme, she also been a strong part of the Government’s social change agenda with a particular focus on creating more homes and jobs. Until recently, Sherin was also a trustee of the Design Council and has won the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in the inaugural Real Estate, Infrastructure and Construction Category. She has been in the Property Week Power 100, 40 under 40 and Bisnow’s 51 Most Influential Women in UK Real Estate. In 2019, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from UCEM for her contributions to the built environment. 
 

Desmond Bowen CB CMG

Appointed by The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, January 2018

Desmond Bowen was a career civil servant until 2008 when he retired from the position of Director General for Security Policy at the Ministry of Defence. During his career he served as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Paris, as Defence Counsellor in the UK delegation to the negotiation on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, as Director of the cabinet of the NATO Secretary General in Brussels, as Director General in the Cabinet Office running the overseas and defence secretariat. As an officer in the Parachute Regiment between 1970 and 1973 Mr Bowen served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and West Germany. Since his retirement, he has been a member and Chair of the UN Secretary-General’s advisory board on disarmament matters; a visiting Professor at Reading University School of Politics and International Relations and Staff Counsellor of the UK intelligence and security agencies. He is currently a mentor for the Royal College of Defence Studies’ twice yearly strategic exercises and a consulting member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and team leader for their workshops on nuclear doctrine with India and Pakistan. In 2008 he was awarded the US Secretary of Defense medal for outstanding public service.

Hugh Bullock

Appointed by the Prime Minister, February 2018. Reappointed June 2022

Hugh Bullock was Chairman of Gerald Eve LLP until 2020 with a career in real estate over 35 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He currently serves as a Member of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster, as a Trustee of the Imperial War Museums (including as Chair of the Estates Advisory Committee) and as a Trustee of the William Robinson Gravetye Charity. Other activities include supporting the University of Crete. His former external appointments include:  Member of the Mayor of London’s Homes for Londoners Board; Advisor to the Westminster Property Association; Member of the Cambridge University Land Economy Advisory Board; Member of the Board of Trustees of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA); Member of the Property Advisory Group of The Passage; Commissioner on the Mayor of London’s West End Commission; Chairman of London First’s Planning and Development Advisory Forum; Member of the Mayor of London’s London Electricity High-Level Working Group; Member of the London Regional Council of the CBI; and Visiting Lecturer to the University of Reading. Hugh Bullock chairs IWM's Estates Advisory Committee. 

Lieutenant General Andrew Figgures CB CBE

Appointed by the Prime Minister, February 2018. Reappointed June 2022

Lt General Andrew Figgures was educated at Loughborough Grammar School, Welbeck College and St Catharine’s College Cambridge where he read Engineering. He was commissioned from Sandhurst into the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He has served in Germany and the United Kingdom and on operations in Northern Ireland, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia and Iraq in 2003-4 where he was Senior British Military Representative and deputy to the US Commander. He has been on the directing staff at the Royal Military College of Science responsible for the instruction of  Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Aerial Vehicles’ Guided Weapons and Emerging Technology. In 2004 he became Technical Director of the Defence Procurement Agency and Defence Logistic Organisation, Master-General of the Ordnance and a member of the Army Board. On promotion to Lieutenant General in 2006 he became Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff responsible for the Defence Equipment Plan for all three services. In 2010 on leaving the Army he was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the British Transport Police Authority with the responsibility for policing the railways in Great Britain until 2016. General Figgures chairs IWM’s Audit Committee.

Margaret MacMillan CC CH DPhil

Appointed by the Prime Minister, February 2019

Margaret is an historian and academic administrator. She was a member of Ryerson University’s History Department for 25 years, Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto from 2002 to 2007 and Warden of St Antony’s College and Professor of International History, University of Oxford from 2007 to 2017. She is an emeritus professor at Oxford and a professor of History at the University of Toronto. Her research specialises in British imperial history and the international history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her publications include Peacemakers: The Paris Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War (2001); Seize the Hour: when Nixon met Mao (2006); The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War (2013) and History’s People: Personalities and the Past (2015). In 2015 she gave the CBC’s Massey Lectures and in 2018 the BBC’s Reith Lectures. She comments frequently in the media on international affairs.  Awards include the Duff Cooper Prize 2002, the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction, 2002 and the Governor-General’s Award for Non-Fiction, 2003.

Tim Marlow OBE

Appointed by the Prime Minister, March 2016. Reappointed 2020
Deputy Chair of Trustees with effect from December 2019

Tim Marlow took up the role of Chief Executive and Director of the Design Museum, London in January 2020.   Prior to that he spent five years as Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts.  He was Director of Exhibitions at White Cube from 2003-2014. Before this he had been active in a number of roles including Head of Adult Education at Tate, Editor of Tate Magazine, Visiting Lecturer at Winchester School of Art, and Creative Director of Sculpture at Goodwood. Tim is a Trustee of Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Art on the Underground Advisory Board and Cultureshock Media.. He has published numerous catalogue essays as well as newspaper and magazine articles and reviews, and has chaired or participated in a variety of judging panels including the Royal Television Society Awards, the John Moores Painting Prize and the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction. He has been an award-winning arts broadcaster on radio and television for the past twenty five years, and he continues to lecture widely.  Tim Marlow is chair of IWM's Art Commissions Committee.

Suzanne Raine

Appointed by The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, January 2018

Suzanne Raine was in service with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1995 to 2018, finishing in the role of Director for Counter Terrorism.  Her previous roles  included Head of the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and Head of Counter Terrorism policy.  Between 2009 and 2012  Suzanne led teams responsible for delivery against national security objectives, including in preparation for the Olympic Games in London.   Prior to this she ran a research project for the British High Commission in Islamabad, presenting findings to the Home Office and FCO and spent a period of time in Jerusalem as Associate Producer of a BBC TV series on the Arab Israeli conflict.  

Air Marshal Edward Stringer CB CBE

Appointed by The Prime Minister, November 2020

Air Marshal Edward Stringer is the Director General of Joint Force Development, and DG Defence Academy, within Joint Forces Command. In this capacity, he owns the conceptual element of UK fighting power: concepts & doctrine, training & education, exercise & experimentation, lessons learned & innovation. Before that he was Assistant CDS (Operations) in the MOD in Whitehall, essentially the MOD’s operations director – from UK flood-relief to the Deterrent. Previously he had been ACAS, the RAF’s Assistant Chief, responsible for all policy interaction with MOD and for the RAF Board’s business. He arrived there from seeing the inside of the Pentagon as CDS’ Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. A previous Commandant Air Warfare Centre and head of RAF Intelligence he has had operational commands in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans. A one time Jaguar pilot and weapons instructor (QWI) he first saw action in the Gulf War in ’91 and in the no-fly zone (NFZ) operations that followed. 

Tamsin Todd

Appointed by the Prime Minister, April 2015. Reappointed April 2019

Tamsin Todd is CEO of Findmypast and has worked in digital roles and growth businesses for 20 years. She spent the early part of her career at Amazon and then Microsoft, where she led the introduction of ecommerce and search products into UK and Europe. This was followed by stints as Head of Ecommerce at Betfair, Managing Director of TUI-owned Crystal Ski Holidays, and Chief Customer Officer at Addison Lee. She has held several senior volunteer leadership positions for Princeton University, and she founded the Fulham chapter of TEDxWomen. Tamsin Todd is a Director, and previously chair, of the IWM Trading Company Ltd.

Mark Urban

Appointed by The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, March 2018. Reappointed June 2022

Mark Urban is the Diplomatic Editor and occasional presenter of the BBC’s Newsnight programme for whom he has covered many of the key international events of the past 30 years. He is also a prolific military historian, writing about conflicts involving the British Army from the 18th Century to the present day. He served on the board of the Royal Armouries 2012-2018. Mark held a short service limited commission (1979) and territorial commission in the Royal Tank Regiment (1980-1983).

Rear Admiral Mike Utley CB OBE

Appointed by The Prime Minister, November 2020

Rear Admiral Utley joined the Royal Navy in 1988 as a Warfare Officer, spending his early years on global operations at sea. Commands at various ranks include a Patrol Boat, two Offshore Patrol Vessels, the Type 23 frigate HMS PORTLAND and the amphibious aircraft carrier HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, during which he was awarded an Operational OBE for service in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines. He commanded NATO’s at sea high readiness Task Group in the Mediterranean then assumed command of the UK’s Carrier Strike Group, driving the operational training programme and integration between HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and the F35-B. As Commander UK Strike Force, he is the Royal Navy’s deployable 2* operational commander at five days’ notice to command operations. He is a graduate of Advanced and Higher Command and Staff Courses and a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies. Shore appointments have focussed on the MOD, including Deputy Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff, maritime staff officer within Defence Operational Capability and Deputy Head of the NATO and European Policy Team. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Companies of Shipwrights and Lightmongers.  

Sir Guy Weston

Appointed by the Prime Minister, 4 November 2019

Guy Weston is Chairman of the Garfield Weston Foundation.   A grandson of Garfield Weston and son of the late Garry Weston, he studied at Oxford University and INSEAD.  Guy’s career began in investment banking with Morgan Grenfell & Co Ltd, before he moved to Associated British Foods plc where he became the Managing Director of Jacksons of Piccadilly and The Ryvita Co Ltd.   He is Chairman of the Garfield Weston Trust for Westminster Abbey and is a trustee of the Thrombosis Research Institute. Guy Weston is a Director and Chair of the IWM Trading Company Ltd.

Ex Officio appointment as Australian High Commissioner (vacant)

Ms Lynette Wood is currently serving as Acting High Commissioner. For biographical details please visit the Australian High Commission website.

His Excellency Ralph Goodale 

Ex Officio appointment as Canadian High Commissioner.

Mr Goodale has been a Trustee since April 2021. For biographical details please visit the Canadian High Commission website.

Her Excellency Gaitri Issar Kumar

Ex Officio appointment as Indian High Commissioner.

For biographical details please visit the Indian High Commission website.

His Excellency Bede Corry

Ex Officio appointment as High Commissioner for New Zealand.

Mr Corey has been a Trustee since September 2020.  For biographical details please visit the New Zealand High Commission website.

His Excellency Moazzam Ahmed Khan

Ex Officio appointment as High Commissioner for Pakistan.

For biographical details please visit the Pakistani High Commission website.

Her Exellency Ms Nomatemba Tambo 

Ex Officio appointment as High Commissioner for South Africa.

Ms Tambo previously served as the South African High Commissioner in Rome and is the daughter of the anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo.

Her Excellency Saroja Sirisena

Ex Officio appointment as Sri Lankan High Commissioner.