Press release

PM appoints trustees to the Board of the National Museum of Science and Industry

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

Lord Faulkner, James Smith and Simon Linnett have been appointed as trustees to the Board of the National Museum of Science and Industry.

The Prime Minister has appointed Lord Faulkner, James Smith and Simon Linnett as trustees to the Board of the National Museum of Science and Industry for a period of 4 years from 5 January 2011.

Biographical Details

Lord Faulkner

Richard, Lord Faulkner of Worcester is a parliamentarian who has extensive experience in and knowledge of railways. He served as a trustee of the National Museum for Science and Industry from 2007 until June 2009 when he was appointed a minister in the Government Whips’ Office in the House of Lords, where his principal responsibility was as spokesperson on transport until the change of government in May 2010. He was also Chairman of the Railway Heritage Committee from 2004 to 2009, and was, for over 20 years, an adviser to successive chairmen of the British Railways Board. He has a background in fundraising, and prior to joining the House of Lords in 1999 was joint managing director and co-owner of a communications consultancy.  

James Smith

James Smith was appointed Chairman of Shell UK in 2004, having joined Shell in 1983. James is President of the Energy Institute and chairs the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. He is on the boards of Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity, the employer groups supporting gender and racial diversity in the workplace.

Simon Linnett

Simon Linnett is executive vice chairman of Investment Banking at Rothschild in London. He has devoted the largest part of his professional life to working at the public/private interface having worked on the majority of the major privatisations and is responsible for the bank’s relationship with the UK government. He also co-ordinates the relations the bank holds with other governments as well as taking an oversight role in its transport practice and its offices in India, Japan and South East Asia.

Notes to Editors

1. NMSI is the world’s pre-eminent museum group holding the national collections of science, technology, medicine, transport and media. It comprises: Science Museum, London, National Railway Museum, York, National Media Museum, Bradford, Locomotion, Shildon.

2. The posts are not remunerated. Reasonable expenses can be claimed.

3. The appointments have been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice.  Appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. Lord Faulkner obtained office and an MP, was a Government Minister under the previous government and has canvassed on behalf and helped at elections for the Labour party. James Smith and Simon Linnett have not undertaken any significant political activity during the past 5 years.