The Board of Trustees | The Association for Cultural Enterprises

The Board of Trustees

Trustees are nominated by ACE’s Members and are often employed by their trading companies. They are experienced at senior level in one or more of these fields: business and finance (including planning, controls and budgets), administration, marketing, retailing, publishing, picture library & licensing, catering & venue hire and other income generating activities. Trustees have a unique opportunity to work closely with a diverse group of people across the entire cultural, museums and heritage sector. Whilst having an influential role in ACE’s work, the role also provides a further matchless opportunity for personal development and high profile networking, both of great benefit to the individual and supporting organisation. 



Caroline Brown - Head of Commercial Services, British Library

Caroline Brown

Caroline started her working life as a teacher specialising in history and outdoor education. This was followed by a 16 year stint in the wine business before joining the cultural sector in 2005. After 8 years as Head of Commerce at Royal Museums Greenwich and following the completion of a major redevelopment programme, she joined the British Library in 2012 as Head of Commercial Services.

Deputy Chair



Chris Needham - General Manager Cathedral Enterprises Ltd, Canterbury Cathedral

Chris Needham

Chris Needham has been General Manager at Cathedral Enterprises in Canterbury for 17 years. After graduating in English his professional life began at Russell & Bromley. He then worked for Alfred Dunhill at their shop in Harrods before becoming part of the menswear buying team. He headed up their retail operation in Singapore. Back in the UK he worked briefly for fashion designer Arabella Pollen, before moving over to develop a retail business for pottery designer Emma Bridgewater.





Chris Gilbert - Assistant Director, Business & Performance, London Transport Museum

Chris Gilbert

Chris joined London Transport Museum in 2005 after 15 years at London Underground.  Since then the Museum has undergone a major refurbishment, converted to charitable status, and seen visitor numbers and commercial income increase significantly.  As Assistant Director (Business & Performance), Chris is responsible for Finance, Facilities, IT and Design and is a director of the Museum’s trading company.


Kari Coghill - Director of Enterprise & Communication, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Kari Coghill

Kari has over 30 years’ experience working in Scottish tourism and heritage attractions. She joined Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in July 2018 as the Director of Enterprise & Communication, with responsibility for the trading subsidiary, Botanics Trading Company,   Public Engagement, and Marketing and Communications. Kari previously held a number of posts at Historic Environment Scotland/Historic Scotland. Most recently she was Head of Business Development & Enterprise, with responsibility for driving visitors to and generating income at over 70 historic visitor attractions across Scotland, including Edinburgh Castle. She also led on the setting up of the trading subsidiary, Historic Environment Scotland Enterprises (HESe) Ltd. Previous work experience includes 10 years at the Scottish Tourist Board (now Visit Scotland) in visitor services and international marketing.  


Anthony Misquitta - General Counsel, V&A

Anthony is the General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at the V&A. He is a specialist in commercial contracts, intellectual property, information and technology law and alongside his role at the V&A Anthony is a Consultant Solicitor at Keystone Law, a virtual full service law firm.


Julie Molloy - Managing Director, National Gallery Company

Julie Molloy

Julie became Managing Director of the National Gallery Company (NGC) in 2000, having previously been on the Board as Trading Director. NGC’s primary business purpose is to deliver significant financial contributions to the National Gallery Trust and payments to the National Gallery. Before joining NGC, Julie held previous roles in Arts and Business at the Royal Academy, The Royal Collection and C&A UK. She graduated from Reading University in History of Art and Architecture. In addition to her role at the Association for Cultural Enterprises, she is a Non-Executive Director of Battersea Arts Centre and a lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.


Matthew Bailey - Rights & Images Manager, National Portrait Gallery

Matthew manages the Rights & Images department at the National Portrait Gallery, licensing images as well as managing intellectual property rights and on-site location filming. He currently co-chairs the Museums Intellectual Property Network, appraising and disseminating information on IP practice relevant to the sector. Matthew is part of the National Portrait Gallery beekeeping team, and a member of the Gallery’s Green Group, encouraging environmental sustainability.


Duncan Smith – Head of Commercial Services, St Paul’s Cathedral

Duncan Smith

Duncan Smith is Head of Commercial Services for St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The Cathedral welcomes over one million people a year through its doors for a variety of different events, services and lectures. It receives no government grants to sustain its activities so relies on self-generated income through diverse commercial trading sources, from admissions, ticketing and catering to filming, corporate events and retail. With a background in catering, Duncan has had several roles within the cathedral including Corporate events, PR, Marketing and Travel Trade and latterly Commercial Manager overseeing the busy retail activity. Duncan has been a trustee for ACE since 2009


Rod Taylor - Chief Operating Officer, Royal Armouries Museum

Rod Taylor

After graduating in Human Resources Management at Huddersfield University, Rod joined the Science Museum Group in 2001, finishing as Operations Director, with responsibilities across the National Media Museum, Bradford and the National Railway Museum. After a period in the social care sector, Rod was appointed as Deputy Director to help form the charitable trust to operate The Hepworth Wakefield. During his five years there, the gallery achieved international and critical acclaim and won a number of prestigious awards. Rod’s current role at the Royal Armouries has involved him in helping to create ambitious new plans for the UK’s oldest museum group, operating from the Tower of London, Fort Nelson in Portsmouth and The Royal Armouries in Leeds. In addition to his trusteeship with ACE, Rod is also a Trustee of Sheffcare, a Sheffield-based charity providing residential and specialist care services across the City.

Lead Scotland Representative

Michael Wright 
Commercial Operations Manager
Glasgow Museums