MARIELLA FROSTRUP is the first patron of Kids in Museums. Mariella has firmly established herself at the top end of opinion forming journalists and TV presenters. Defying any attempt to pigeonhole her skills and talents, Mariella has made her mark on a wide variety of programmes.
On television in a fifteen-year career she has continued to impress both audiences and critics with her friendly, accessible and intelligent screen presence. Her projects run the gamut from current affairs (Panorama, Question Time and Backlash) to movies and the arts, presenting Open Book and the recent Memory Season on BBC Radio 4.
Mariella is also a respected arts critic and has sat on the judging panels of many awards including the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Evening Standard Film Awards, the Amnesty International Media Awards, the Whitbread Book Of The Year, the London Film Festival and the RIBA Stirling Prize Awards 2006. Mariella lives in London with her husband and two children.
DAN SNOW is also a patron of Kids in Museums. He is a well-known historian, broadcaster and television presenter. He was born and raised in London, and remembers spending every weekend of his childhood being taken to castles, battlefields, country houses and churches. He developed a great love of history which he went on to pursue at Oxford University. While there he also rowed in the Boat Race three times. He left Oxford and immediately started presenting military history programmes with his father, Peter Snow. Their series, Battlefield Britain, won a BAFTA award. It told the story of 8 of the decisive clashes in British history from Boudicca to the Battle of Britain.
He has a regular slot on the ONE show on BBC1 and is also part of the BBC Events team, presenting anniversary programmes commemorating the end of World War Two in July 2005, Trafalgar in October 2005 and the Falklands War in 2007. His longer documentary work on BBC2 includes programmes on Hadrian, Montezuma, Dunkirk, the Royal Navy and World War Two archaeology. In the summer of 2011 Dan started presenting a regular BBC1 history show, ‘National Treasures Live.’ He has written or contributed to several books including ‘Death or Victory;’ the story of the siege of Quebec in 1759 and ‘Confusion of Command’ in which he published his great grandfather’s war diaries.
The Kids in Museums trustees are an interesting bunch, bringing a wide range of experience and outlooks to the board. The trustees oversee the vision and aims of the organisation and the implementation of the projects.
DR. ELIZABETH MACKENZIE is a member of the Ship’s Advisory Council, ss Great Britain Trust, and Vice-Chairman for the British Association of Friends of Museums (BAFM).
From 1998-2004 she was Chairman of BAFM having served as a Vice-Chairman and Regional Representative for the South West. She was also co-chair of Museums and Galleries Month in 2007, and has been on the Museums Association Governing Bodies Forum. In 2005 and 2006, she was a judge for the Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year. Before retiring, Liz was a Consultant Cytopathologist in Bristol and President of the British Society for Clinical Cytology.
JULIE TAYLOR is Director of Marketing and Communications, Arts Educational Schools, London (ArtsEd).
From 2001 until 2010 Julie Taylor was the Head of Public Relations for Guardian News and Media (GNM), publisher of the award-winning Guardian and Observer newspapers and Guardian.co.uk Previously Julie was Director of Communications at the Museums and Galleries Commission, responsible for the organisation’s publishing programme, public affairs and marketing as well as internal and external communications. She has managed PR for the National Magazine Company, promoting a range of flagship titles including Esquire, Harpers & Queen and Country Living. In addition she has worked for a range of arts organisations including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Opera North, the National Theatre, and the Arts Council. Prior to joining ArtsEd Julie worked on a freelance basis offering strategic communications advice to a range of private and public sector clients.
Julie is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a trustee of Museums Sheffield, http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/ and a judge of the Daily Telegraph’s Family Friendly Museum Award.
ANRA KENNEDY is Head of Programmes at Culture24. Her role at C24 encompasses writing, research, editorial and educational development, and the production of e-learning resources. Show Me is all about encouraging children to enjoy museums and galleries and attracts several million visitors each year.
Anra’s worked on many different e-learning projects over the last few years, including games and resources for the National Portrait Gallery, the Natural History Museum and Access Art. Her most recent and ongoing project is the Parliament and the British Slave Trade 1600-1807 website, created for the Parliamentary Archives. Her writing and e-learning consultancy clients include MLA, Becta, Norfolk Museums, TES, The Open University and the Anglo-Sikh Heritage Trail.
PHILIP MOULD OBE (Acting Chair) is one of the country’s foremost authorities on British art, and is widely consulted by galleries, private collectors and the media. He is regarded as the leading specialist in British portraiture, including Tudor and Jacobean, seventeenth and eighteenth century, and even contemporary commissions. He is also well known for his numerous discoveries in the area of early British art.
Philip is an expert valuer for the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme and since 1998 has been official art adviser to the House of Commons and to the House of Lords. In recognition of his art world expertise and contribution to portrait heritage he was created OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the January 2005 New Year’s Honours list.
Philip has published on art related subjects and is the author of the acclaimed book Sleepers: In Search of Lost Old Masters (published in paperback as The Trail of Lot 163 by 4th Estate, London). He is also a regular broadcaster, reviewer and writer for the national press. His television work includes writing and presenting the Channel 4 series, Changing Faces, co-presenting BBC2′s Antiques Show, and as an expert on the Antiques Road Show.
VICTORIA DAVISON is the COO of Marsh UK. She is an expert in financial strategy and planning, and has worked on projects in many of the world’s financial centers. Previously she spent 18 years working at UBS, where she co-founded an organization to support and promote families and was an active board member of their various women’s organizations. Victoria lives in London with her husband and four children.
HELEN WILLETT is a partner in City law firm SJ Berwin specialising in commercial real estate. Before becoming a lawyer Helen did a degree in Chemistry and Philosophy of Science at Kings College, University of London and then taught English at a language school in Paris.
Helen lives in South London and is mum to six and a half year old twins Edith and Lois who along with their friends, twins, Catherine and Lucy were judges for the Horniman Museum which was short listed in the Guardian’s 2006 Kids in Museums Award.
TONY BUTLER is the Director of Museum of Anglian Life (MEAL). Apart from its regular function as an open-air museum, MEAL’s work focuses on training and skills development for vulnerable people, therapeutic care for those with mental health difficulties and heritage apprenticeships. He is also leading the Happy Museum project which aims to establish a community of museum practice based on well-being and sustainability.
Tony was a the Museums fellow on the Clore Leadership programme in 2007-08 and is also trustee of the Poetry Trust and Aldeburgh Museum. He lives in rural Suffolk with his partner Rachel and their two girls.
BERNARD DONOGHUE is the Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. He was Head of Government and Public Affairs for VisitBritain, the national tourist board between 1997 and 2010. He was a Board Director of Marketing Manchester, 2001 – 2010, and Chairman of VisitManchester, the Manchester tourist board, 2008 – 2010. He was Co-Chair of British Tourism Week, 2008 – 2010. He is an appointed member of the Cathedral Council of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and is a Trustee and Fellow of the Tourism Society.
He is a founder Trustee and Director of the Kaleidoscope Trust; a Trustee of Centrepoint, the youth homelessness charity and Chair of Centrepoint’s Marketing, Communications and Policy Committee; a Fellow and Trustee of the World-Wide Fund for Nature UK, Chair of WWF-UK’s 50th Anniversary Taskforce 2010 – 2012 and Chair of WWF-UK’s Council of Ambassadors since 2011. He is Chairman of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), having been a Board member since 2005 and Deputy Chair since 2007.
Prior to VisitBritain Bernard held lobbying, policy, campaigning and communications roles for the National AIDS Trust; Sense – the National Deafblind and Rubella organisation; and Disability Daily, a national campaigning consortium of disability and carers’ organisations, which he founded. Bernard has worked as a policy and communications advisor in the House of Lords and Commons for various MPs and Peers; for the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg; and for the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He was a member of the Prime Minister’s Communications Advisory Group between 2007 – 2009. He is the author of the ‘British Tourism Framework Review’, published in 2009 and commissioned by the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
VICTORIA BROAKES works in the V&A’s Department of Theatre & Performance as Head of Exhibitions, planning and implementing the department’s outward facing work including publications, digital projects for the V&A Channel, exhibitions, displays and theUKtouring programme as well as curating popular culture exhibitions. Vicky was also appointed Head of London Design Festival at the V&A in 2009. Vicky has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from theUniversityofYorkand a Masters degree in History of Design from the Royal College of Art inLondon. She has also worked at the Musee du Louvre inParisin the 1990s. Published work includes contributions to The Encyclopaedia of Interior Design, Connaissance des Arts and The Museums Journal. She has written for Telegraph on line and is Editor of and contributor to the catalogue on David Bowie – the first to be authorised by and to permit full access to his archive. Victoria has appeared on panels discussing museological subjects ranging from the importance of design to the cultural relevance of Popular Culture.
Victoria has four daughters and is a Trustee of Working Families, a charitable organisation (www.workingfamilies.org.uk) dedicated to promoting work/life balance.