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Trustees reappointed to the Board of the British Museum

Baroness Patience Wheatcroft and Professor Clive Gamble are reappointed to the Board of Trustees of the British Museum.

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The Prime Minister reappoints Baroness Patience Wheatcroft to the Board of Trustees of the British Museum for a period of 4 years from 2 August 2014 to 1 August 2018.

In addition, the Secretary of State reappoints Professor Clive Gamble for 4 years from 2 August 2014 to 1 August 2018. His reappointment is on the nomination of the President of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Biographical Details

Baroness Patience Wheatcroft

Baroness Wheatcroft of Blackheath was made a deputy chairman of the British Museum in 2013 and has been a member of the House of Lords since January 2011. She is a non-executive director of Fiat SpA, and of St. James’s Place plc, a board director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, and a member of the UK/India Round Table. Her distinguished career in international business and media includes as Editor in Chief, Europe, of The Wall Street Journal, Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, and Business and City Editor of The Times. Baroness Wheatcroft is a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation, and has previously served as a non-executive director of Barclays plc and Shaftesbury plc.

Professor Clive Gamble

Clive Gamble is a Professor in the University of Southampton’s Faculty of Humanities where he leads interdisciplinary research projects and publishes widely on the archaeology of human origins. He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, and has held positions at Universities in the United States and Australia. Clive’s work includes research into the social life of our earliest ancestors and in particular investigates the timing of global colonisation. His research has led him into many parts of the world, some of them remote. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow and former Vice President and the Society of Antiquaries, and President of the Royal Anthropological Institute. His latest book written with John Gowlett and Robin Dunbar “Thinking Big: how the evolution of social life shaped the human mind” was published in 2014.

Published 17 July 2014