The Prime Minister has appointed four new Trustees of the National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI) for a period of four years from 8 August 2011.
The four new Trustees are Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS, Professor of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics at University of Cambridge; Andreas Goss, Chief Executive of Siemens plc, Lord Grade of Yarmouth, Chairman of Pinewood Shepperton plc and Professor Ludmilla Jordanova, Professor of Modern History, Kings College.
Douglas Gurr, Chair of the Trustees, said; “I am delighted to welcome four outstanding new trustees. They are all world leaders in their fields and will play a huge part in helping our audiences make sense of the science that shapes their lives."
NMSI comprises the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon, and the National Media Museum in Bradford. Collectively, the museums attract over four million visitors a year and care for around six million artefacts covering science, technology, engineering, medicine, transport, design, visual media and related arts.
New Trustee Biography
Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS
Professor of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge.
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Gender Equality Champion (2010)
Fellow of Robinson College
Professor Dame Athene Donald is one of the leading scientists in the UK and has been widely recognised for her outstanding contributions to scientific research and to public engagement with science. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999 and in 2010 was elected a Fellow of the Academia Europaea. Professor Donald has held – and continues to hold – a range of very senior responsibilities at Cambridge University, Chairs the Royal Society’s Education Committee and serves on national and international committees for research and professional matters.
Chief Executive, Siemens plc
Mr Andreas Goss has led the Siemens UK and North West Europe business UK & Cluster North West Europe since his appointment in June 2008. Siemens UK is one of the largest of Siemens’ regional companies, with revenues of £4.2 billion and around 17,000 UK-based employees. The Cluster North West Europe has approximately €12 billion in revenues and employs more than 35,000 people. Mr Goss was previously the Chief Financial Officer for Siemens in the UK and held various finance posts within Siemens in Germany and the US prior to his move to the UK in 2006.
[Note: Siemens plc is a sponsor of the Science Museum.]
Lord Grade of Yarmouth
Chairman, Pinewood Shepperton plc
Chairman, Ocado plc
Chairman, James Grant Group
Partner, Grade Linnit Company
Lord Grade has had a long and distinguished career in the media. At the BBC he was Controller of BBC1, then Director of Television and Managing Director Designate (1985-1987), and has also been Chairman of the BBC Governors and Chairman designate of the BBC Trust. Lord Grade has been Chief Executive of Channel 4 Television Corporation (1988-1997) and Executive Chairman of ITV plc. He is a Fellow of BAFTA and of the Royal Television Society.
Professor Ludmilla Jordanova
Professor of Modern History, King’s College, London
Professor Jordanova is a pre-eminent historian of science and medicine, active in research and teaching. She has been President of the leading body in the field, the British Society for the History of Science (1998-2000) and of the History of Science Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (2006). She was Director of the University of Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (2003-2005). Professor Jordanova has curated exhibitions and served eight years as a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.
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For 100 years the Science Museum has been world-renowned for its historic collection, remarkable galleries and inspirational exhibitions. The Science Museum’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change from the past few centuries. Aiming to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum makes sense of the science that shapes our lives, sparking curiosity, releasing creativity and changing the future by engaging people of all generations and backgrounds in science, engineering, medicine, technology, design and enterprise. In 2008/09 the Science Museum was proud to have been awarded the Gold Award for Visitor Attraction of the Year by Visit London and a Silver Award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year by Enjoy England.