Culture Secretary Maria Miller has appointed 5 new Trustees to the Board of the Royal Armouries, each for 4 years, from 3 March 2014.
Andrew Burnett CBE FBA
Andrew retired after 11 years as Deputy Director of the British Museum in 2013, having previously been Head of its Coins and Medals Department from 1992-2002. He has a particular interest in the coinage and history of the Roman Republic and Empire. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Professor at University College London, as well as a past President of the Roman Society and the current President of the Royal Numismatic Society.
Prof Anne Curry
Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Professor of Medieval History at the University of Southampton. She was President of the Historical Association (2008-11) and has also been a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society (2006-9). She is a member of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 History sub-panel, and of the English Heritage Battlefields Panel. She currently chairs the Agincourt 600 Committee in conjunction with the Royal Armouries, and has published extensively on medieval armies and battles.
Jason Kingsley OBE
Co-founder, Chief Executive and Creative Director of Rebellion, an independent software company producing games and publications, since 1992. He is passionate about mediaeval and equestrian history, and also co-owns Tournament Stud, which breeds and trains horses for the film, television and re-enactment industries. He has been chairman of TIGA, the Independent Games Developers Association, since 2006.
Christine Mayer CBE
From 2004-08 Chris was NW Regional Director for HM Courts Service, and then Chief Executive for HMCS until 2010. She was appointed Non-executive Vice Chairman of Pennine Acute NHS Trust in 2011. In 2011/12 she also worked for the Slynn Foundation as an adviser to the Serbian Government and Senior Judiciary, and in 2012/13 she worked for G4s as a consultant. Since 2012 she has additionally been involved in leadership development with Fiona MacNeill Associates.
A creative brand leader and strategist, currently Global Business Leader for Procter & Gamble brands at Saatchi & Saatchi. From 2008-2009 she was Chief Executive (Western Europe) at Hall & Partners market research, and previously held senior marketing roles with Saatchi & Saatchi and TBWA London.
About the Royal Armouries
Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour, including artillery. The Collection is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The ‘Armouries’ started its life in 1338 at the Tower of London, which it still maintains. In 1995, much of the Collection was moved out of the Tower and in 1996 the flagship museum opened in Leeds.
Royal Armouries also occupies 2 other sites, at Fort Nelson near Portsmouth and part of the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Taking all 4 locations together, Royal Armouries currently welcomes over 2 million visitors a year.