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Museum of London appoints leading names to Board of Governors

4 March 2019

Today, the Museum of London announces the appointment of four new Governors each bringing expertise from across the commercial, tech and youth sectors. Joining the Board will be:

Douglas Gilmore, an executive director at National Gallery Company Ltd. He is a trustee of The Geffrye Museum of the Home, a Fellow of the Royal Society and an alumnus and member of the Association of the National Youth Theatre.
Lindsay Herbert, Digital Transformation expert, Inventor, Senior Technology Leader at IBM.
Milyae Park, seasoned executive with extensive experience running and advising retail and consumer companies within FTSE 100s to start-ups in scale, both mass market and luxury.
Gail Tolley, Strategic Director, Children and Young People, and statutory Director of Children’s Services (DCS) for the London Borough of Brent, vice chair of the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS).

The four new Governors will take up post from 1 March 2019 onwards. The appointments follow an extensive search across all sectors, they are appointments to the Museum’s Board by the Greater London Authority (GLA). Chair of the appointing panel was Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries.

Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, said: “I’m delighted that Douglas, Lindsay, Milyae and Gail have been appointed as Governors for the Museum of London. They bring with them a wide range of experience and expertise that will be a real asset to the Board. It’s an incredibly exciting time to join the Museum of London and I’m sure they will help drive forward the team as they create a thriving cultural destination at the heart of West Smithfield.”

Clive Bannister, Chairperson of the Museum of London and CEO of Phoenix Group Holdings PLC, said: “This is the most exciting and ambitious time to join the Museum of London as we look ahead to our transformational new home at West Smithfield. To help get us there we will the need the very best people on our Board bringing in new skills and energy to our already strong group of members. Each of our four new Governors are experts in their respective fields and I look forward to working with them all on one of the biggest cultural projects happening anywhere in Europe.”

Douglas Gilmore, said:
“I am honoured to be joining the Museum of London board, particularly at this time. I look forward to working with my new colleagues and supporting Sharon Ament and her team in realising Stanton Williams and Asif Khan’s innovative design concept to create a great new museum for London. With the Culture Mile, as well as the Elizabeth Line coming to Farringdon, the location in West Smithfield is part of what will become one of London’s most significant public spaces.”

Lindsay Herbert said:
“This city is a vibrant kaleidoscope of cultures, demographics, and values. I can’t wait to help further success of the museum to represent Londoners of every borough, birthplace and background. I’m especially excited for the opportunities presented by the New Museum, and look forward to informing the Board’s discussions and reflections to help deliver a transformational experience for Londoners and visitors alike.”

Milyae Park said:
“Having been enriched by London myself and choosing it as my home, it is a great privilege to able to play a part in guiding the Museum of London as it enters its period of significant change. With its broad cultural and commercial appeal, alongside an impressive education agenda, I’m excited to be part of the team and help shape the way forward in the coming years.”

Gail Tolley said:
“I am passionate about enhancing the life chances and experiences of our young citizens and this chimes perfectly with what the museum is doing and will continue to do. To have the opportunity to help shape the strategy for the next five years would be a privilege and draw upon my expertise since my first, memorable visit to the museum as a newly qualified teacher.”

The Museum’s Board of Governors is made up of members appointed by both the Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation. Governor positions are unpaid and act as trustees of the Museum of London.


Governor biographies:

Douglas Gilmore is an executive director at National Gallery Company Ltd, where he is responsible for commercial activities that support the National Gallery. Previously his career has included retail operations, store format development and international franchising.

He is a trustee of The Geffrye Museum of the Home, where he chairs the subsidiary trading company, Geffrye Museum Enterprises Ltd.; a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and an alumnus and member of the Association of the National Youth Theatre. London has been his home for 35 years after being educated at schools in Hackney, Barnet and Bath, before graduating from the University of London. He is a member of the London Topographical Society.

Lindsay Herbert is Inventor and Senior Technical Leader at IBM. She is also the author of the book Digital Transformation, which published internationally with Bloomsbury in December 2017. At IBM, Lindsay uncovers new solutions to answer major industry challenges. This includes working with start-ups, launching pilots, trialling emerging technologies, as well as forging cross-sector collaborations.

Among Lindsay’s inventions is IBM Instant Checkout, a ground-breaking system that detects shop items without needing to individually scan them, and then enables rapid and secure payment. As an innovation expert, Lindsay’s core message is that ‘digital transformation’ really just means to be more adaptive to change itself – achieved by transforming an organisation’s culture and ways of working, than by imposing complex technical solutions.

Milyae Park is a seasoned executive with experience running and advising retail and consumer companies from FTSE 100 to start-up in scale. Her international and UK responsibilities have ranged across growth and turnaround situations in the luxury and mass markets.

Milyae began her career as an advisor at a variety of companies in the US and the UK, including Goldman Sachs and Accenture, where she latterly became a partner and the interim lead for EMEA in the M&A and Strategy group. Following her advisory work, she moved on to roles as a Commercial Director and as a Business Development Director at Tesco, before joining Marks and Spencer as the Director overseeing Europe.

She later turned to more entrepreneurial roles in the fashion industry, including being the CEO of L’Wren Scott and the CEO of a womenswear start-up. Currently, Milyae advises retail and consumer companies on transformation and growth strategies, with a focus on omnichannel/digital, brand, and product. Milyae holds an MBA from Wharton.

Gail Tolley is the Strategic Director, Children and Young People for the London Borough of Brent. Gail began her career in teaching and was a secondary school head teacher before moving into local government in 2004 as Assistant Director, Learning and School Effectiveness for the London Borough of Camden.

Following this, she spent five years as Director of Children’s Services for Milton Keynes Council before moving to Brent in 2014.
Gail is Vice Chair of the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services and leads for London on education and schools. She also chairs the national Association of Directors of Children’s Services Educational Achievement Committee.

Brent, the London Borough of Culture for 2020, has children and young people at the heart of both the bid and all preparations. The engagement of children and young people in local history and museums has been a priority for Gail ever since she led her first educational visit to…. the Museum of London.

About The Museum of London
The Museum of London tells the ever-changing story of this great world city and its people, from 450,000 BC to the present day. Our galleries, exhibitions, displays and activities seek to inspire a passion for London and provide a sense of the vibrancy that makes the city such a unique place.

The museum is open daily 10am – 6pm and is FREE to all, and you can explore the Museum of London with collections online – home to 90,000 objects with more being added.

Notes for editors
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