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Prime Minister reappoints 4 Trustees to Victoria and Albert Museum

Mark Damazer CBE, Prof Margot Finn, Andrew Hochhauser QC and Sir John Sorrell have been reappointed as Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum for 4 years in each case.

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Mark Damazer CBE

Mark Damazer is Master of St.Peter’s College, Oxford. After studying history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, he was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard and Congressional Fellow in Washington D.C. He worked as a trainee broadcast journalist for ITN, and then at the BBC World Service, TV-am and BBC News. His roles at the BBC included Editor of the Nine O’Clock News, Editor of Television News, Head of Current Affairs, Head of Political Programmes and Deputy Head of the News Division. He was Controller of Radio 4 and Radio 7 (now Radio 4 Extra) from 2004 to 2010. He was awarded the CBE for services to broadcasting in 2011. He was International Vice Chairman of the International Press Institute and is a former board member of Mental Health Media. He is a Fellow of the Radio Academy.

His second term at the V&A will run until 27 November 2018.

Prof Margot Finn

Margot Finn is Professor of Modern British History at University College London. Prior to her appointment at UCL in 2012, she was a Professor of History and Pro Vice Chancellor at Warwick University. The author of After Chartism: Class and Nation in English Radical Politics and The Character of Credit: Personal Debt in English Culture (both published by CambridgeUniversity Press), Margot is a former editor of the Journal of British Studies and a co-editor of the Cambridge Social & Cultural Histories monograph series. From 2009-2012, she was a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society. Working together with an international group of academics, archivists, curators, and family and local historians, Margot is the Principal Investigator of a Leverhulme-Trust funded research project on British and South Asian material culture entitled The East India Company at Home, 1758-1857.

Her second term at the V&A will run until 25 November 2018.

Andrew Hochhauser QC

Andrew Hochhauser is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers, a Harmsworth scholar and Bencher of Middle Temple, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Deputy High Court Judge. He specialises in commercial and employment litigation, with a substantial court and advisory practice. Some recent high-profile work has included acting for the FSA in Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd v Abbey National; representing celebrity chef Gary Rhodes against his former agents; the Dresdner Kleinwort bonus claims and in the high-profile battle between inter-dealer brokers; Tullett Prebon v BGC. He is honorary Counsel to Westminster Abbey, and in 2011 obtained an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he specialised in British Modernism. He is also the Vice-Chairman of Paintings in Hospitals.

His second term at the V&A will run until 19 April 2019.

Sir John Sorrell

John Sorrell set up his first business when he was 19 and during his career of more than 40 years he founded and ran, with his wife Frances, one of Europe’s biggest and most successful design businesses, Newell and Sorrell, chaired both of the UK’s public design bodies (the Design Council and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), originated and developed the London Design Festival and, again with Frances, set up the Sorrell Foundation, which works with young people to inspire their creativity. John was appointed CBE in 1996 and was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medal in 1998. He holds four Honorary Design Doctorates, an Honorary Design Fellowship, is an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy, was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2002 and of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009. John was awarded a Knighthood in the 2008 New Year Honours List for services to the Creative Industries’. His book, Creative Island’ (2002), features inspired design from Great Britain. A new edition, `Creative Island II’, was published in October 2009.

His second term at the V&A will run until 19 April 2019.

Published 17 December 2014