The Prime Minister has reappointed Professor Lynda Nead, Ben Elliot and Nigel Webb as Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum


Professor Lynda Nead

Lynda is Pevsner Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London. She has published widely on the history of British art and culture, including studies of Victorian art and the city and, more recently, on the visual culture of post-war Britain.

She is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Historical Society, a Member of the Academia Europaea and sits on the academic advisory boards of a number of museums and galleries, including the Museum of London and the National Gallery, London. She has also been a member of the Leverhulme Trust Research Awards Advisory Council.

Ben Elliot

Ben is a British businessman, investor and philanthropist. He co-founded the Quintessentially Group in 2000 and has a number of commercial interests across hospitality, retail and tech sectors. In 2008, he founded the Quintessentially Foundation, which has raised over £14m for charities to improve the health, education and welfare of disadvantaged people and communities across the UK.

Ben was appointed as the Government’s first-ever Food Surplus and Waste Champion in 2018 – a role he still holds – and actively campaigns for the reduction of food waste by manufacturers, retailers and households. He has been Co-Chair of the Conservative Party since July 2019.

Ben is a Trustee of the Eranda Rothschild Foundation, Chair of the Philanthropy Board of the Royal Albert Hall and on the Board of the Centre for Policy Studies.

Nigel Webb

Nigel is a Chartered Surveyor and a member of the Group Executive Committee and Head of Development at The British Land Company Plc, one of Europe’s largest Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) and one of the country’s leading property developers.

Nigel has over 35 years of experience in property investment and development and has been responsible for over 12m sq ft of development including some of London’s landmark buildings. His experience includes developing projects such as The Leadenhall Building (“Cheesegrater”), The Broadgate Tower, The Willis Building, the UBS headquarters at 5 Broadgate, Ropemaker Place, Clarges Mayfair and development of the Regents’ Place campus. Nigel also Chairs the Be the Business Construction Productivity Taskforce.

These roles are not remunerated. These reappointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments, the process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Lynda Nead and Nigel Webb have not declared any activity. Ben Elliot has declared he is Co-Chair of the Conservative Party.


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