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Trustees of National Museums Liverpool

Sir David Henshaw, Chair

David Henshaw

Born and educated in Liverpool, Sir David went on to obtain a degree in Public Administration and then a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham (INLOGOV).

He has had an extensive career in the public sector with Chief Executive roles at Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (1989-1999) and Liverpool City Council (1999-2006). During his time at Liverpool he was part of the core team which secured the successful bid to be European Capital of Culture 2008, managed the Council in developing Liverpool One, and saw Liverpool recognised as Council of the year. 

He led a major review of Child Support and the Child Support Agency for central government (2006-2007) and was also involved in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit Capability Review programme of central government departments. 

Sir David has also held a number of senior roles in the NHS.  He has held positions as Interim Chair at University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (2012-2013), at Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust (2013-2014), at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (since 2016). Sir David was Chair of the North West Strategic Health Authority (2006-2011) and has been Chair of Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust since 2010, leading the Board in the building of the new hospital.  He was knighted in 2004 and is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University, a Fellow of Liverpool University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Doctor at Sheffield Hallam University.


Carmel Booth

Carmel Booth

Carmel is a partner at Calderstones Consulting specialising in providing financial and management consultancy advice to corporate and public sector clients. With a focus on infrastructure, transport and regeneration projects, Carmel advises on funding, project viability, business planning, special purpose vehicles, due diligence, investment integration and investment strategy. She has advised on many high profile projects including the 2012 London Olympics, sports stadia and arenas, race courses, and transport schemes. 

Carmel is a chartered accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with audit consultancy and commercial transaction services experience at Deloitte and KPMG.

Carmel lives in South Liverpool with her husband, Iain, and two children, who are all regular visitors to the area’s museums and galleries.

Laura Carstensen

Laura Carstensen

Laura had a long and successful career in City law as a partner in Slaughter and May. Since leaving the firm in 2004 she has held a wide range of board roles both in business and in public service.

Currently she is Non-executive Chairman of Wirral-based Park Group PLC and a Non-executive Director of Manchester-based The Co-operative Bank plc, charged with leading its values & ethics work.

She is a former Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and a Non-executive Director of NHS Improvement.

James Chapman

James Chapman

James Chapman is a chartered Architect and Urban Designer with over 40 years’ experience as a consultant delivering a wide range of projects in many sectors.

He established an independent consultancy in 2006 and focuses on supporting and advising clients on the delivery of high quality projects. He acts as a panel member for the Royal Institute of British Architects competitions team, is a Built Environment Expert for the Design Council and a member of the design panel for Architecture+ Design Scotland.

James’s term as trustee starts on 1 April 2016 and ends on 31 March 2020.

Heather Lauder

Heather Lauder

Heather Lauder was born and raised in Liverpool and has spent the last 29 years working in a number of FTSE 100 banks.

She has sat on two Bank Executive Boards and is currently the Director of Retail Banking at the Co operative Bank. She is accountable for over 3000 colleagues across 8 businesses, including Digital, Customer Contact Centres, National Branch networks, Strategy & Planning and Customer Advocacy & Response.

Heather has latterly specialised in large scale bank transformations / turnarounds, with specific focus on cost reduction and revenue generation. 

Andrew McCluskey

Andy McCluskey is a founder member, lead singer and songwriter in the successful musical group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. He has achieved 60 global gold and platinum album and single awards and has three Ivor Novello Award nominations.  The group's music has been featured on several major film soundtrack recordings including Pretty in Pink and Waltz with Bashir.

Andy has performed with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool and at the Liverpool Night as part of the 2010 Shanghai Expo. OMD continue to play live at major global music festivals and concerts, recently headlining the UK/Mexican Dual Year festival in Guadalajara. His song Enola Gay was selected to feature in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. In February 2015 the band performed at the Dresden Peace Prize awards on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of that city where Andy delivered a speech outlining how music had helped to heal the wounds of history and build bonds of tolerance and understanding.

Andy is a frequent contributor to, and reviewer for, BBC Radio 4 Front Row Programme and regular interviewee and commentator for television documentaries, books, and radio programmes on musical history and culture.

Philip Price

Philip is a leading figure within the North West investment community.  He is an owner director of Dow Schofield Watts, a prominent corporate finance advisory business in the North of England.  

For over 15 years Philip has provided specialist corporate finance advice to growing businesses across a broad range of clients and sectors.  He has advised both private and public organisations on an array of transactions including significant fundraisings, corporate mergers and acquisitions together with the delivery of key strategic guidance; this extends to the management and development of investments held under an associated private equity fund, PHD Equity Partners. 

Philip is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) having trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in Liverpool.  He worked across KPMG’s Liverpool and Manchester offices for 10 years prior to joining Dow Schofield Watts.  He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. 

Philip has been based in Liverpool since 1990 when he came to study at John Moores University. He now lives in the Woolton area of Liverpool with his wife and three young children.

Ian Rosenblatt OBE

Ian Rosenblatt

Ian Rosenblatt is a solicitor. He is the Founder and Senior Partner of Rosenblatt, a Law Firm in the City of London as well as being the co-Founder of Redleaf Communications Ltd an award winning financial public relations agency.

Apart from his business interests, Ian is behind the Rosenblatt Recital Series, an internationally recognised vocal recital series based at the Wigmore Hall. Now in its 15th season, the Series has promoted some 200 concerts and introduced to British audiences some of the world’s greatest opera singers. In partnership with Opus Arte (the record label of the Royal Opera House), it has also released 12 recordings of singers from the Series on CD and Sky broadcasts a number of Rosenblatt Recitals on the Sky Arts platform.

Ian is also the promoter of the Branscombe Festival, a music Festival in Branscombe, Devon, which takes place across the last weekend of July and offers 7 concerts across a variety of musical genres, featuring international world class performers. Ian is a council member of the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Susan Chilcott Scholarship which gives bursaries to young Opera Singers and was the benefactor of the Rosenblatt Song prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Les Aldrich, the North London music shop famous for selling Ray Davies his first guitar, was rescued from closure by Ian some 4 years ago and thrives as an independent music store against the vast competition of the internet. 

Ian is a Patron of the Barbican Centre (where his wife is Chair of the Trustees), a benefactor to the South Bank and a Patron of the Wigmore Hall.

Outside music Ian supports a number of charities and is an Ambassador for the RNIB.

Virginia Tandy

Virginia Tandy
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Virginia Tandy OBE has a wealth of experience in strategic cultural development and delivery and has held Director level posts both in local government and in the independent sector.

Currently a postgraduate researcher in heritage policy and politics at the University of Manchester, she also works as an arts and heritage consultant and as an adviser to charitable foundations.

She is the chair of the NW creative and cultural education charity, Curious Minds, a member of the Fabric Advisory Committee for St Paul’s Cathedral and recently completed a term as a trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dr Nicola Thorp

Nicola Thorp

Nicola was appointed as consultant in clinical oncology at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in 2001 and Associate Medical Director in 2010. She specialises in breast cancer and paediatric radiotherapy with research interests in breast radiotherapy and paediatric brain tumours.

Nicola was the national chair of the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) Radiotherapy Group to 2013 and appointed to the executive of the CCLG in 2013. She is currently chair of the CCLG Brain Tumour Group. She is a member of the National Proton Panel and sits on the Faculty of the Royal College of Radiologists.

She was a member of the board of governors of the Belvedere Junior School between 2008 and 2010, holding the post of acting chair in the latter part of this period. Nicola now lives in Oxton with her husband and three children. 

 Declaration of interests