Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust is an independent charitable trust, and was formed in 2012 by Ealing Council to oversee the conservation project alongside the Council, and run Pitzhanger following its reopening to the public.
Pitzhanger’s Trustees have expertise in heritage, architecture, strategic planning, fundraising, communications and business:
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO, Chair
Sherard is the Group Head of Public Affairs at HSBC Holdings plc and the Vice President of the Financial Inclusion Commission. He also holds the posts of President of the Jane Austen Society and Ambassador for both the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and Money Advice Trust. Sherard was formerly the ambassador to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.
Georgina Nayler MBE, Deputy Chair
Until Spring 2020, Georgina was Director of The Pilgrim Trust, a grant making foundation established in 1930. She has worked in grant giving throughout her career, including the National Heritage Memorial Fund, and onthe Historic Buildings Council for Scotland and the Advisory Board to the Faculty of Arts at the University of Warwick. She is currently Chair of the Charlotte Bonham Carter Charitable Trust, and sits on the Society for the Protection of Ancient Building’s Finance, Audit and Strategy Committee and the Development Board for the Royal Society of Sculptors.
Councillor Julian Bell
Leader of Ealing Council, Julian Bell is Leader of Ealing Council, a local authority that serves one of the largest boroughs in London, and one of the most diverse communities in the whole country. Julian’s cabinet portfolio includes regeneration and he also represents the borough on other organisations; chairing the West London Alliance and the Local Strategic Partnership and being a member of the London Councils Executive and Chair of the Transport and Environment Committee. Julian was elected as an Ealing Councillor in 2002 and is now serving his fourth term of office.
Harbinder Singh Birdi FRIBA FICE
Harbinder is a partner at Hawkins\Brown Architects. He is a chartered architect and Fellow member of the RIBA and ICE, which recognises his ongoing mentorship of architects joining the profession. Harbinder is currently delivering architectural designs for two of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects: the central section of Thames Tideway and three new stations for Crossrail 1 The Elizabeth Line.
Vivienne began her career in international banking before becoming Sales Director for a large global management consultancy. Since retiring, she has been involved with a great deal of volunteer work, both individually and as group leader of a number of different groups including as Chair of Walpole Friends andChair of the Pitzhanger Members Advisory Panel. Vivienne is also the beekeeper responsible for our unique PItzhanger honey and a garden volunteer.
Rosita has been involved in education as a teacher, adviser and local authority officer throughout her working life and currently works for Ealing Council in special educational needs. As a volunteer she has been a school governor for over 20 years as well as giving her time to become part of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery’s team of volunteers.
Lorraine Heggessey has a portfolio of interests which include her role as the Independent Advisor to Channel 4’s Growth Fund, providing strategic advice to the board and the production companies it supports. She is also a keynote speaker, and Chair of The Grierson Trust. She has extensive experience of television production and broadcasting and was the first woman to be appointed as Controller of BBC One.
As English Heritage’s Properties Curator for London, Kristian is part of the specialist team responsible for the conservation and presentation of the charity’s collection of historic buildings, ancient monuments and gardens within London. Kristian trained as an architectural historian, and has previously worked at the Victorian Society and the London Borough of Islington. He is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) and a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), a Built Environment Expert for the Design Council / Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and sits on the Committee of SAVE Britain’s Heritage.
Rachel Mackay is the Manager of Historic Royal Palaces at Kew, the former residence of King George III and his family. Prior to working HRP, she spent 8 years leading the visitor operations team at the Natural History Museum. In 2020, Rachel created The Recovery Room, a digital space to support museum and heritage professionals and share crisis management resources and research following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Councillor David Millican
David represents Northfield Ward as a Councillor on Ealing Council. As well as being a founder trustee of Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery Trust, David chairs the board of Cultivate London, a start-up charitable social enterprise, is a governor of Fielding Primary School and Ealing Fields High School and a director of the Grand Union Multi Academy Trust, founded by Featherstone High School in Southall. David’s professional background is a career in marketing, sales and corporate communications.
John is a retired Solicitor. He previously worked as General Counsel at C. Hoare & Co and a partner in CMS Cameron McKenna, during which time he was also a legal advisor to various charities. John is currently Company Secretary of St George’s House Trust, Windsor Castle.
David divides his time between his working roles as a Non-Executive Director at the law firm Simmons & Simmons and his own consulting business with his passions of ancient art and astrophotography. He previously spent 33 years working as an auditor and business advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the last 16 of these as a partner.
Caroline has worked with artists throughout her career as a curator. She brings a wealth of experience gained while leading two independent, non-profit organisations. As Chief Executive of Bexley Heritage Trust for six years, she ran two historic houses and introduced a contemporary art programme, featuring the work of artists including Gavin Turk, Laura Ford, and Joana Vasconcelos among others. Prior to that she was the Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum on London’s South Bank, where she raised funds and oversaw a complete redesign and re-launch in 2010. Caroline was appointed Director of the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2017 and became Vice Chair of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) in 2020.
Rosemary Yallop is an architectural historian specialising in the later Georgian period, and writes and lectures on the topic for a variety of institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum; she has been a Trustee of the Georgian Group, the national heritage conservation charity, for six years and Vice-chairman since 2017. Prior to that she had a career in the City of London in merchant banking and venture capital.
We are immensely grateful to our experienced team of voluntary advisors who provide invaluable expertise, support and guidance on Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust’s subcommittees.
Hatta Byng, Fundraising
Molly Bretton, Learning and Outreach
Alice Crossman, Fundraising
Jean Faulkner, Communications
Tracey Grace, Fundraising
Emma Griffin, Building & Landscaping
Lorraine Heggessey, Fundraising, Chair
Andrea Miller, Communications
Eleanor Pinfield, Exhibitions
Joanna Plant, Fundraising
Jane Rosier, Communications
Leo Ryan, Pitzhanger Trading Ltd, Chair
Jo Stella-Sawicka, Exhibitions
Nadine Thompson, Communications
Pitzhanger is run by a small and dedicated team of arts and heritage professionals.More info
Volunteers are integral and valued members of our team, whose roles vary from welcoming visitors to gallery invigilation, sharing their knowledge of Pitzhanger and helping in our shop.More info