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Natural History Museum Reappointments

The Prime Minister has reappointed Hilary Newiss and Simon Patterson as Trustees of the Natural History Museum each for a term of four years, commencing on 5 January 2019.


Hilary Newiss

Hilary Newiss is a lawyer and former partner in Denton Hall solicitors, now Dentons. She specialised in intellectual property law and, since retiring from full time legal practice, has served on several public bodies and charities in the science, innovation, health, and ethics fields. She is currently a Chair of National Voices (an umbrella group of 160 Health and Social Care charities), sits on the Accelerated Access Collaborative, and is a Director of the Cell and Gene Catapult UK. Previously, Hilary was a Non-Executive Director of the Francis Crick Institute and a trustee of Charleston, the artists house museum in Sussex. She has also served on the Human Genetics Commission, the National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care, the Advisory Panel for Public Sector Information and the Animals Procedures Committee. She is a former First Tier Tribunal Judge.

Simon Patterson

Simon Patterson joined Silver Lake in 2005 and is a Managing Director. He is currently a board member of Dell Technologies, ZPG and FlixBus, and previously served on the boards of Cegid, Intelsat, Skype, MultiPlan, and Gerson Lehrman Group. Prior to joining Silver Lake, he was a member of the founding management team of the logistics software company GF-X (acquired by Descartes) and worked in various management roles at the Financial Times. He is a Trustee of the Natural History Museum in London, a Trustee of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and a Non-Executive Director of Tesco plc. Mr. Patterson holds an M.A. from King’s College, Cambridge University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and received the Alexander Robichek Award for Finance.

These reappointments has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Hilary has declared no such activity. Simon has declared that he made a £25,000 donation the official remain campaign (Britain Stronger in Europe) during the 2016 referendum.

Published 14 January 2019