Press release

National Maritime Museum appointments

Appointment of Eleanor Boddington and Professor Geoffrey Crossick as Trustees of the National Maritime Museum.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Eleanor Boddington and Professor Geoffrey Crossick have been appointed as Trustees of the National Maritime Museum for a period of four years from 8 April 2010.     

Biographical notes

Eleanor Boddington has been Senior Solicitor at the Wellcome Trust, the UK’s largest charity, where she advises on all aspects of general commercial law and charity law since 2003. She was Executive Assistant to the Wellcome Trust’s Director with responsibility for liaising with the Trust’s Executive Board members and it’s Board of Governors (trustees) of Wellcome, as well as speech writing and policy work from 2002 to 2003.  Prior to joining the Wellcome Trust as Solicitor in 2000, she was a solicitor in the commercial litigation department of Ashurst Solicitors, advising on a wide range of general commercial contentious issues from 1996 to 2000.  Currently, she chairs the Legal and Tax Committee of the European Foundation Centre in Brussels and co-chairs the In-House Charity Lawyers Group in London. She has not undertaken any party political activity in the last five years

Professor Geoffrey Crossick is Warden of Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he has responsibility for academic leadership, strategic direction, and good management of one of the 1994 group of smaller research-intensive universities. In September of this year he will move to become Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. He is a Council member of the Royal College of Music, where he also serves as a member of its Audit Committee, as well as serving on the Governing Board of the Courtauld Institute.  Prior to joining Goldsmiths, he served as Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board, where he led the organisation through its successful transformation into a full Arts and Humanities Research Council (ARHC). His main area of research is the urban social history of 19th and 20th century Britain and continental Europe (particularly France). He has published and/or edited seven books and produced over 40 articles which have appeared in journals and edited collections. He is a member of the British Library’s Advisory Council. He has not undertaken any party political activity in the last five years

Notes for Editors

The National Maritime Museum is the largest maritime museum in the world. It is open 362 days a year, and in 2009/10, it welcomed over 2.35 million visitors from across the world; its website attracted some 10 million users; 8 thousand collections related and subject enquiries were answered, and it provided for some 300 thousand learners. The Museum is an exempt charity and an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) with an annual expenditure of some £20 million Trustees of the National Maritime Museum give their services on an honorary basis but reasonable expenses are reimbursed. These Appointments have been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice, and are made on merit. Political activity plays no part in the selection process.

Published 18 May 2010