Staff and Trustees


Janet Anthony, Cafe Supervisor

Alistair Burtenshaw, Director

Carolyn Chinn, Head of Public Programmes and Learning

Darren Clarke, Head of Curatorial Services

Belinda Da Silva, Retail Manager

Mark Divall, Gardener

Clare Gauntlett, Operational Development Manager (Maternity cover)

Sarah Higson, Head of Finance

Rebecca Lewry, Visitor Manager (maternity leave until September 2014)

Katharine Majer, Assistant Visitor Manager

Melissa Perkins, Public Programmes and Learning Coordinator

Nick Rose, Capital Appeals Manager

Charles Rowney, Finance Manager

Kristina Sekyere, Operational Development Manager (maternity leave until February 2015)

Susie Tempest, Fundraising Manager

Maggy Tyhurst, Conservation Assistant






Nigel Newton, Chairman

Nigel Newton is the founder and Chief Executive of BloomsburyPublishing.  He was born and raised in San Francisco. He read English at Selwyn College,Cambridge.  After working at Macmillan Publishers, he joined Sidgwick & Jackson.  He left Sidgwick in 1986 to start Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury floated on The London Stock Exchange in 1994. Bloomsbury publishes 2000 books a year and employs 500 people. Bloomsbury authors include JK Rowling, David Guterson, Margaret Atwood, William Boyd, Daniel Goleman, Ben McIntyre, Kate Summerscale, Elizabeth Gilbert, Heston Blumenthal, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and Khaled Hosseini.

Nigel Newton serves as Chairman of The British Library Trust, President of Book Aid International, Chairman of The Charleston Trust, Member of the Man Booker Prize Advisory Committee, Trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Member of the Executive Committee of The Churchill Centre (UK) and Chair of Rescue The Cuckmere Valley.


Virginia Nicholson, Deputy Chairman

Virginia Nicholson is a writer and the daughter of Quentin and Anne Olivier Bell. She has chronicled the family in Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden. Her books include Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939, Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men after the First World War and Millions Like Us: Women’s Lives in War and Peace 1939-1949




Venetia Abergavenny

Venetia AbergavennyVenetia Abergavenny is a successful artist (working under the name Venetia Nevill) with exhibitions in New York, London and Sussex.  She is married to Christopher, the VI Marquess of Abergavenny and lives at Eridge Park where she is involved in running music festivals, decorative fairs and charity events.




Anne Olivier Bell

Anne Olivier Bell trained as an art historian (Courtauld, 1930s). She worked at the end of the war as part of a special international unit to repatriate works of art displaced by war.   In 1952 she married Quentin Bell and knew Charleston from this period onwards.  She is an acknowledged expert on Bloomsbury and on Charleston’s original collection and interiors. She has received honorary doctorates from Sussex and York Universities for her work editing the five volumes of Virginia Woolf’s diaries.



Dinah Casson

Dinah Casson is an award winning designer and a director of the interior design practice Casson Mann. Established in 1984 in partnership with Roger Mann, this innovative consultancy has set about transforming the world of museums and galleries with its fresh, creative and innovative approach to design. Recent projects have involved the design for the V&A’s Hollywood Costume exhibition and the refurbishment of the V&A’s British Galleries. Currently the studio is working on the World War 1 galleries for the Imperial War Museum and a museum at Lascaux, Montignac. She has many years of experience as a teacher and was course director of Architecture & Interior Design at the Royal College of Art where she is now an external examiner. She divides her time between London and her home in Sussex.


Mark Harwood, Chair of Finance

More details about Mark coming soon…



Hilary Newiss

Hilary Newiss is qualified as a Solicitor and was Head of Intellectual Property at a city law firm. She now sits on boards in the fields of public policy, science, health, IP and the arts. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Francis Crick Institute.




Charles Saumarez Smith

Charles Saumarez Smith is an art historian and museum director. He was Director of the National Portrait Gallery, then the National Gallery, and is now Chief Executive of the Royal Academy.  He is a former president of the Museums Association.




Simon Watney

Simon Watney is a published art historian, lecturer and writer on health. He is a former Senior Lecturer in the history and theory of photography at the Polytechnic of Central London and has published several books on art history. He left the academic world in 1986 to concentrate on practical efforts in fighting AIDS: he chaired the Policy Group and the Health Education Group of the Terrence Higgins Trust and is currently Director of the Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust.  In 1995, The Independent described him as one of the forty most influential gay men in Britain.




Gillian Wolfe

Gillian Wolfe CBE is Director of Learning and Public Affairs at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Gillian is the author of several art books for children. She is also a freelance education consultant and Specialist Adviser to the Clore Duffield Foundation Grants Programme and Historic House Association. She is Associate Director of The Georgian Theatre Royal, Trustee of Brighton Pavilion and Museums and Arts4Dementia.