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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 strategic, financial and commercial advice to a wide range of corporate and public sector clients. With a focus on large scale infrastructure, transport and regeneration projects, Carmel has advised on several high profile developments including the 2012 London Olympic Games, High Speed Rail, major transport and regeneration programmes across London and the North of England, major sports and events venues throughout the UK, the Northern Powerhouse and wider devolution agenda.

Carmel qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and was a partner at Amion Consulting and at KPMG, where she gained a breadth of experience in due diligence, corporate finance and consulting.  She has advised on major national and international transactions including post-merger integration and transformational change advice.  She regularly provides advice to Governments on transformational change,  infrastructure, strategic finance and the growth agenda. 

She lives in Liverpool with her husband and two children and is proud to have played a supporting role in some of the City Region’s major developments including the new Port of Liverpool, the Liverpool Echo Arena, the development of the waterfront including the new Museum of Liverpool, Sci-Tech Daresbury, and the Mersey Gateway Bridge.  Carmel is also a Board member of the University of Liverpool, Atlantic Gateway, and the Knowsley Place Board.

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 The Co-operative Bank and A J Bell, both based in Manchester. Previous roles include terms as a Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and as Deputy Chairman of the Competition Commission

James Chapman

James Chapman

James Chapman is a chartered architect and urban designer with more than 40 years experience working on a wide range of projects. He established an independent consultancy in 2006 and focuses on advising clients on the delivery of complex projects.

In Liverpool he advised the City on the design of Liverpool One and is currently working with The Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust on the design of the healthcare campus and is advising Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital on the design of the proposed new frontage building.

He is a visiting Professor at Manchester School of Architecture and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects for design competitions, a Built Environment Expert for the Design Council and the design panel for Architecture and Design Scotland.

Heather Lauder

Heather Lauder

Heather Lauder was born and raised in Liverpool and has spent the last 31 years working within Financial Services. She has sat on two Bank Executive Boards and is currently the Chief Operating Director at the Co operative Bank, accountable for over 2,400 colleagues across 15 businesses, including Digital, Customer Contact Centres, Branch Network, Operations, Fraud, Payments and Complaints

Heather has latterly specialised in large scale bank transformations / turnarounds, with specific focus on cost reduction and revenue generation. Heather cares deeply about delivering results for customers and developing her team.

Heather has been a member of the Board of Trustees of National Museums Liverpool since 2016, chairing the Audit committee and bringing considerable P&L experience. 

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 Ex Machina, Pretty in Pink and Waltz with Bashir. 

OMD continue to play live at major global music concerts, headlining the 2015 UK/Mexican Dual Year festival in Guadalajara, Rewind, Let's Rock, and Munich City festivals. The band completed a 70 date sell out tour of UK, Europe and North America in April this year. In February 2015 they 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.

OMD have sold in excess of 15 million albums and 25 million singles. The most recent Punishment of Luxury album reached number 4 in the UK chart.

Andy has also performed with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool, at the Liverpool Night as part of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and will again in October 2018 as part of OMD's 40th anniversary celebration.

He 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 popular culture.

His song Enola Gay was selected to feature in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. 

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 20 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 fundraising, 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 Fellow 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 founded the Rosenblatt Recital Series , an internationally recognised vocal recital series. After some 200 concerts, numerous Sky Arts broadcasts  and 12  CD recordings on the Royal Opera House label the Series finished in June 2017 after 18 years. Ian also promoted the Branscombe Festival, a music Festival in Devon. Ian is a Trustee of 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. He is also a former Trustee and Council member of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Les Aldrich, the North London music shop famous for selling Ray Davies his first guitar was rescued from closure by Ian some 5 years ago.

Ian is a Patron of the Barbican Centre ( where his wife is Chair of Trustees), a benefactor to the South Bank an RNIB Ambassador as well as a Trustee of the Ronson Family Foundation and the Community Security Trust

Ian was awarded an OBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours List for philanthropic services to music

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