New board of trustees to lead the Royal Pavilion & Museums into the future

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The Royal Pavilion & Museums are pleased to announce today (2/3/2020) our new board of trustees who will lead the organisation into the future as a charitable trust.

The trustees, led by Michael Bedingfield, bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to support the organisation as it moves from the council to an independent charitable body. The Trust will look after the museums service from 1 April  2020.

The new trustees have expertise covering a broad range of skills spanning experience working in museums, legal and financial knowledge, education in museums and digital skills. Many live or work in Brighton and Hove. The board also includes three Brighton & Hove City Councillors from each of the major parties.

New Chair of the RPM Trust Michael Bedingfield who is already a trustee of Martlets Hospice and Three Score Dance in the city said: “Growing up in Brighton and Hove, I have vivid memories of visiting the Royal Pavilion and the museums with my family.  I am proud to be the new chairman of the RPM Trust.  From my time on the shadow board, I know many of the team and I am delighted to be joining such an inspiring professional group.”

Councillor Alan Robins, lead member for culture and tourism will be on the board. He said: “I am looking forward to working with all the new trustees as the Royal Pavilion & Museums moves into trust.

“Our much-loved and internationally famous Royal Pavilion and Museums are moving into an exciting new chapter of their colourful story. Becoming a Trust will protect the service and all the staff who welcome visitors and look after our collections and buildings for the long-term. It will be a busy few months and we’re committed to making sure our staff are fully involved in the transfer and ensuring the future success of all our museums for residents and visitors.”

Trustees of Royal Pavilion & Museum Trust

Michael Bedingfield (Chair)

Michael BedingfieldMichael was born in Brighton and lives in the city centre.  He has lifelong links with the area and went to Hove County Grammar School, before starting his career at American Express in Brighton.  His career focused on travel and tourism, as marketing director with leading brands including P&O Cruises and VisitBritain, and as chief executive of Tourism South East.

In recent years, Michael has been involved with numerous trusteeships and brings fifteen years’ experience in the arts, charity and museums sectors, including six years as a trustee of the Brighton Dome and Festival Limited, and with Brighton based digital agency Culture24.  He is a current trustee of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Martlets and Three Score Dance.



David AndersonDavid Anderson

David was a history teacher before he began his museum career as an educator at the Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton. He moved to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and then the V&A, where he was Director of Learning and Interpretation.  In 2010 he joined Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales as Director General.

David Anderson is a Board member of Creative and Cultural Skills and the UK Museums Association (of which he was President from 2013 to 2015), and a member of the Advisory Committee of British Council Wales. He has written many articles on museums and cultural policy, a UK government report on museums and learning, and two children’s books.



Tim AspinallTim Aspinall

Tim is the CEO of Aspinall Consultants Limited, a management consultancy business he founded in January 2015, which advises law firms, investors and new entrants on strategy, mergers, pricing, business development, and performance improvement.

Prior to setting up Aspinall Consultants, Tim was Managing Partner of DMH Stallard LLP.  He led its transformation into one of the UK’s most respected mid-market law firms winning many awards, including Best Managed Professional Services Firm in Europe and Corporate Law Firm of the Year.

Tim is passionate about the arts. Whilst at DMH Stallard he created an art gallery for up and coming artists to exhibit their work and was involved with Arts & Business, judging their national awards. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Brighton Dome & Festival. Tim lives in Brighton and is married to Polly. They have two daughters.

Lord BassamLord Bassam of Brighton

Steve Bassam, Lord Bassam of Brighton, is a British Labour and Co-operative politician and member of the House of Lords. Steve was elected a Brighton councillor and rose to become Leader of Brighton, then Brighton and Hove Council, from 1987 until 1999. He was promoted to the frontbenches as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Office in 1999 and in 2001 was appointed a Government whip in the Lords. In 2008, he was promoted to the role of Labour Chief Whip. When Labour moved into Opposition in 2010, he became Opposition Chief Whip.

Prior to his political career he has worked as a social worker and legal adviser for local authorities and in management consultancy. He is a keen cricketer and supporter of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and was instrumental in the campaign to get the club a new stadium. He supports the Brighton Festival has three children and lives in Brighton with his family.

Rebecca CrookRebecca Crook

Rebecca has a wealth of heritage and arts experience having sat on The National Trust Strategic Advisory Board for 4 years. She co-founded Saltdean Lido CIC sitting as Chair for 6 years, overseeing the country’s only Grade II* listed lido re-opening.

Rebecca is a NED with Transport for London Museum and a Trustee with The Martlets. In her day job she works in London as Chief Growth Officer for Somo, a digital transformation business working with some of the world’s best-known brand across digital products and experiences. She sits on the Board and has a global responsibility for growth, business development, marketing, brand and PR.

Davinder DhillonDavinder Dhillon

Davinder was born in Tanzania and travelled to England in 1967 when he was 14 years old. He came to Brighton in 1973 to study and has lived here since then. He is married with 2 children, a son and a daughter.

Davinder retired in 2012, having worked as a teacher in Special Education for over 30 years.

A major part of his voluntary work is taken up by organising the annual Chattri Service on a memorial build on the Downs in memory of the Indian soldiers who fought in the First World War but died whilst convalescing in Military Hospitals, including the Royal Pavilion, in Brighton.



Brad IrwinBrad Irwin

Brad is a museum professional with over 20 years’ experience of leading, devising and delivering programmes across a rich spectrum of cultural contexts in both the UK and abroad.

He is currently the Natural History Museum’s Head of International Partnerships where he is responsible for global advocacy, diplomacy and relationship building. Recent projects include working with the World Economic Forum and forming a new strategic partnership with the Museum Nacional Brazil. He previously oversaw all front facing education teams at the Natural History Museum, as well as working in cultural and educational organisations across Auckland, New Zealand.

He has a Masters of Education and is currently completing a Doctorate in Museology from Kings College London exploring the international work of UK national museums.

Jenni LloydJenni Lloyd

Jenni Lloyd specialises in participative change for connected and creative cultures. Via her company PurposeLab she works on client problems as a consultant, and also brings her own ideas to life through independent projects. Her belief is that business can and should be a force for positive change in the world – and that people connected together with a meaningful purpose can make anything happen.

Jenni lives in and is a fierce advocate for Brighton, the city where crazy ideas can be made real. She’s proud to be a trustee of Brighton’s RPM, seeing the Pavilion as a symbol of innovation and radical ideas; and to support Brighton’s creative and digital business community as a board member of Wired Sussex.



Shaun RomainShaun Romain

Shaun’s interests focus upon cultural consumption and how communities and populations engage with different cultural, creative and educational opportunities. Over the past 25 years he has been involved with over 200 projects from national government reviews to local community projects.

Shaun has extensive experience of working with the cultural heritage sector in Sussex, having started at Charleston (home of Bloomsbury) before moving onto SAM – an Arts Council funded audience development agency based in Brighton.

Since 2011 Shaun has run his own consultancy, Sedum Consulting and has been involved with numerous large-scale projects including the evaluation of Hull 2017 (UK City of Culture) alongside redeveloping learning and engagement at IWM and the Serpentine Galleries. He is currently one of two Creative Programme Directors at the National Trust focussed upon change management and greater public accessibility.

Anne SilleyAnne Silley

Anne Silley is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant with extensive experience in charities and local government.  Anne’s most recent role as a Head of Finance at Brighton and Hove City Council involved supporting Directors and Service Managers in the financial management, budget development, risk assessment, accounting and reporting on value for money for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Culture, including the Royal Pavilion and Museums service.

With 15 years’ experience in the charity sector as Director of Finance in large charities (Parkinson’s UK, NCVO and Preschool Learning Alliance) she was involved in the development of financial management and accounting practices for charities. In these roles she was responsible for the financial governance of the charities reporting through the Treasurer to the Board of Trustees.

After graduating from University of Reading with BSc. (Hons), Anne trained as an accountant at the Greater London Council.  Since retiring in 2016 she has enjoyed working on the South Downs National Park as a volunteer ranger. Anne lives in Seaford on the edge of the Downs.

Jane WeeksJane Weeks

Jane is a museums and heritage consultant. Clients include the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England, the Museums Association, University College London, and the British Institute for Archaeology in Ankara.

Jane began her career at the Museum of London, later joining the National Maritime Museum.  She has been a consultant since 1994 and acted as Museums and Heritage Adviser to the British Council from 2000-2017.

She is a former chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Committee for the South East, former Deputy Chair of the Churches Conservation Trust and is currently Deputy Chair of Pallant House Gallery.



Sue WilkinsonSue Wilkinson OBE

Sue Wilkinson read history at Cambridge before training as a teacher and undertaking the museum studies course at Leicester. After teaching in secondary schools she worked as education officer at the Tower of London and set up and ran the South Eastern Museums Education Unit.

In 1999 Sue joined the Museum, Library and Archive Council (MLA) as Director of Policy where she led and managed major development and investment programmes for the cultural sector. She left the MLA to join the scientific publisher Elsevier as the UK Director of Academic and Government Alliances.

In 2014 Sue became CEO of national charity The Reading Agency which runs programmes aimed at tackling life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. Sue retired from The Reading Agency in 2019 and was awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours for services to literature and public libraries.

Alan RobinsCouncillor Alan Robins, Elected Member for Culture, Brighton & Hove City Council (ex officio)

Alan was born in Portslade, went to school in Portslade and has lived there all his life. He considers himself a true Brightonian.  He left school at 16 years of age and worked in retail and sales for over 40 years.  In 2011 he was elected as Labour Councillor for Portslade – a rare occurrence for a Councillor to be serving the ward he was born in.

Alan is Chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture (TECC) Committee. He is currently Deputy Mayor of Brighton & Hove and is due to become Mayor in May 2020.

Since joining the Board of Trustees of the Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation in July 2015, as an Ex-Officio member, Alan has grown to appreciate the hard work, dedication and passion of everyone involved in delivering the Royal Pavilion and Museums Service.

Steve BellCllr Steve Bell CBE

Steve has been a Conservative Councillor since 2015 and was elected Leader of the Conservative Group in 2019. He is a councillor for Woodingdean Ward and has a strong active voice; both in the local area by sitting on village committees, and also inside the city council to ensure the voice of tenants and residents are represented in a fair but strong manner.  Steve is a member and group spokesperson on the City Council’s Policy and Resources Committee and is a local authority representative for Brighton & Hove Connected Local Strategic Partnership

Prior to becoming a councillor, Steve was a consultant to the construction industry and served in HM Armed Forces, serving in The Queen’s Regiment.  Outside of his role as a councillor, Steve is the Chairman of The Queen’s Regiment Association (Horsham Branch), Chairman of the Tory Society at Sussex University, Officer for the Royal Society of St George, and a patron of various charities.


Phelim MacCaffertyCouncillor Phélim MacCafferty

Phélim has been a Green Party Councillor since elected in 2011 and was named Green Group Convenor in May 2015.  He is a councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide Ward and is the Leader of the Opposition in Brighton and Hove City Council. He sits on the Greater Brighton Economic Board, is a member of the Planning Committee and is a member and opposition spokesperson on the Policy and Resources Committee.

Phélim is a local authority representative for Brighton & Hove Connected Local Strategic Partnership; he represents the Council on the Board of Trustees for Brighton Dome and Festival Ltd and is a member of the Local Government Association.





About the Royal Pavilion & Museums

Brighton & Hove’s museums service is highly regarded with internationally recognised collections and iconic buildings such as the Royal Pavilion. It includes the Royal Pavilion Garden, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Preston Manor, Hove Museum and the Booth Museum of Natural History.

The Royal Pavilion & Museums service will move to the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust (RPM Trust) from 1 April 2020. The new arrangements will ensure the current high standards will continue and safeguard the future of culture and heritage provided by the service. The professional teams that make the museums such a success will also transfer to the trust under their current terms and conditions.

As a charity the Trust will be able to apply for funding not open to councils and will be free from the constraints and impact of ongoing council budget savings.

The RPM Trust will manage the museums through a 25 year contract with the council which will still own the buildings.

The Trust was created from the long established and successful RPM Foundation. The foundation, set up as a charity in 1972, has supported the city’s museums for many years and has helped buy many important items for the collections, including King George IV’s only surviving grand piano and a watercolour by JMW Turner. More recently the Foundation helped fund the Elaine Evans Archaeology Gallery, which opened in Brighton Museum earlier this year.

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