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Associate trustees

Associate members are invited to serve on our various committees in an advisory capacity because of their expertise in an area relevant to our work.

Our associate members are:

Peter Bounds

Peter Bounds has had 37 years local government experience, of which 17 were as chief executive, first of Bolton and then of Liverpool. His service in Liverpool covered the period of recovery from the many difficulties of the 1980s, completely reshaping and reenergising the Authority and reestablishing its external relations and credibility. He was particularly involved in a wide range of regeneration initiatives and programmes, and he is currently chair of Renew North Staffordshire, one of the Government's housing market renewal pathfinders.

As a consultant, he has specialised in governance, conduct and relationship issues. He is also a Civil Service commissioner, responsible for appointments for senior appointments in the Civil Service, and a patron of the Centre for Tomorrow’s Company, a think-tank and catalyst for a new agenda for business with focus on employees, shareholders and society.

The Earl of Derby DL

Earl of Derby

The Earl of Derby spends the bulk of his time running ‘Knowsley’, a part commercial/part agricultural estate comprising Knowsley Safari Park, home to the largest herd of African elephants in Europe, and Knowsley Hall, a stately home which has become an established venue for private and corporate entertainment .

Appointed a deputy lieutenant of Merseyside in 1999, Lord Derby has increasingly become involved with some 100 organisations predominantly in the North West. He is president of the Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton Chambers of Commerce and is, additionally, president of the Liverpool Cathedral Centenary Fund, president of the Royal Philharmonic Society and local area patron of the Prince’s Trust among others.

It was his ancestor, 13th Earl of Derby, who lent his name to the original museum in Liverpool, ‘The Derby Museum|’ and who bequeathed his natural history collection to the people of Liverpool; it was this collection which, in 1853, was to form the basis of what is now known as World Museum’s collection.

Gareth Hitchmough

Gareth Hitchmough

Gareth works in Liverpool as a partner with international accountancy firm Mazars. He is a chartered accountant with experience in advising organisations in the public and private sector. Gareth began his career with Deloitte in Liverpool, and has worked extensively in the Liverpool city region, as well as both nationally and internationally.

He has worked across a range of sectors including education, leisure, health, real estate, retail, manufacturing and waste management. Specialising in financial advice, he also has worked closely with clients around the planning, implementation and execution of strategic, operational and organisational change.

Gareth is originally from Rainhill, and is married with two young daughters. He is a keen follower of sport including, cricket, football, golf and rugby league.

He became an Associate Trustee of the National Museums Liverpool in 2012.

Mark McNamee

Mark McNamee is a self-employed property developer and trades through his own company, Cityheart Ltd, which specializes in sustainable development and champions the environmental agenda . The majority of his work is done in partnership with the public sector in its various guises.

Mark has been involved with National Museums Liverpool for a number of years, primarily on the Development Trust|, but more latterly as an associate trustee. He includes amongst his hobbies skiing, golf, contemporary Irish history and meteorology.

Emeritus Professor John Tarn OBE, DL

Professor John Tarn was Roscoe professor of architecture in the University of Liverpool from 1973-1995. He was also sometimes pro and acting vice-chancellor as well.

Professor Tarn has been the chairman of the Art and Architecture Department of the Liturgy Commission of the Archdiocese of Liverpool since 1985, a member of the Historic Churches Committee for the four North West diocese of the Roman Catholic Church since 1994 and chairman of the Fabric Advisory Committee for the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral from 1996.

He is also the chairman of the Riverside Group, president of the Wirral Society, vice-president of the Peak District and South Yorkshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and has recently become vice-president of the Liverpool Civic Society.

Professor Tarn was a trustee of National Museums Liverpool from 1996-2006 and is now an associate trustee.