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The Geffrye Museum became an independent charitable trust and a registered company limited by guarantee in April 1990, with full powers transferred in 1991. The Trust is supported financially by grant-aid from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, supplemented by earned income, donations and sponsorship.

The thirteen Trustees have responsibility for policy, financial accountability and the overall management of the museum. The Chairman and three Trustees are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture. The remainder of the Board is self-electing with Trustees serving a period of three years before standing for re-election.

The Director, who is appointed Accounting Officer by the DCMS, is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the development of the museum and its day-to-day management. The Director and Heads of Department form the Management Team, as shown on the Organisational Chart.

The Geffrye Team


Director, Strategy & Finance

Director, Development

Director, Capital Projects & Operations

Director, Collections, Learning & Engagement

Director, Communications & Commercial Development

As of April 2018 there are 43 staff (FTE: 33), of whom 27 are core, the remainder being project funded.

Trustees of the Geffrye Museum

Chair of the Geffrye Museum of the Home Trustees
Samir Shah, Chair (appointed in 2014)
Samir Shah was Deputy Chair of the V&A (2005-15) and has been a leading figure in broadcasting for over 30 years.
Since 2004 he has been Chief Executive of Juniper Communications which makes television and radio programmes
and specialises in factual content and dramatised documentaries. Before this he was at the BBC as Head of Political
Programmes (1994 - 1998) and Head of Current Affairs (1987 - 1994). 
Bernard Donoghue Bernard Donoghue (appointed in 2013)
Bernard Donoghue is Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. He is also Chairman of the London
International Festival of Theatre (LIFT); the Council of WWF-UK; The Tourism Alliance; Deputy Chair of Kids in Museums;
a Trustee of the Heritage Alliance; The Prince's Regeneration Trust; and is a Council Member of St Paul's Cathedral.
Jeremy Edge, Trustee, Geffrye Museum of the Home Jeremy Edge (appointed in 2011)
Jeremy is the founding partner of Edge Planning & Development LLP, prior to which he was UK Head of Planning at
Knight Frank LLP. He has over 35 years' experience advising land owners and developers in addition to public sector
clients on town planning and development projects in the UK and Europe. Jeremy appears as an expert witness at
planning inquiries and in the Upper Chamber and High Court in connection with compulsory purchase, planning and
other related litigation matters. He is also a neighbourhood plan examiner.
John Forrester, Trustee, Geffrye Museum of the Home  John Forrester (co-opted in 2015)
John is Cushman & Wakefield's Global President with direct operational and management oversight of the firm's four
global regions. He is a member of the Global Executive Committee and Global Management Board.
Prior to becoming Global President, John was Chief Executive, EMEA, a role he previously held at DTZ, prior to the
merger with Cushman & Wakefield. As Group Chief Executive of DTZ Holdings plc he led the formal
sale process to UGL in 2011. He joined the DTZ Group in September 1988, becoming a Director in 1992.
John specializes in the development, design and leasing of large commercial projects together with strategic advice to
major corporate occupiers. John has extensive knowledge of global real estate markets and strategies, and is a trusted
advisor to many substantial leading global organizations and property investors.
Jonathan Newby, Trustee, Geffrye Museum of the Home  Jonathan Newby (appointed in 2015)
Jonathan Newby is Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer of the Science Museum Group, which includes Science
Museum, the National Railway Museum, the National Media Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry. Jonathan
has group-wide responsibility for the management of all operations and resources including Learning, Digital, HR, ICT,
Finance, Procurement, Visitor Experience, and Security across all SMG sites. He also has overall responsibility for SMG
Enterprises through which SMG's commercial activities are delivered including Licensing, Retail, Catering and Events.
Prior to joining SMG, originally as MD of the Enterprises division in 2009, Jonathan had amassed over 20 years' experience
in the emdia and publishing sector.
Douglas Gilmore, Trustee, Geffrye Museum of the Home Douglas Gilmore (appointed in 2013)
Douglas is Trading Director, National Gallery Company Ltd, where he has executive responsibility for retail, online, image
licensing and catering. Previously his career was in retail and international franchising. He is an alumnus and member of
the association of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has been a Hackney
resident for more than 20 years.
Clare Gough, Trustee, Geffrye Museum of the Home  Clare Gough (appointed in 2014)
Clare Gough is Director of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, the country home of architect Sir John Soane in Ealing, West
London. Pitzhanger is currently undergoing a major HLF and Arts Council England-funded restoration project to restore
the Regency manor house to its former glory and upgrade the adjacent contemporary art gallery ready to re-open to the
public in 2018. Clare was formerly New Media Director at National Gallery Co Ltd, then Director of Communications at
the National Gallery before running her own arts consultancy business advising museums and art organisations on a
variety of projects. She started her career in the business world as a solicitor at international law firm Freshfields, and a
management consultant at McKinsey & Co.
Alexandra Morris Robson, Trustee, Geffrye Museum of the Home Alexandra Morris Robson (appointed in 2015)
Alexandra Morris Robson is the founder and CEO of Augustine Jewels, an award winning jewellery company, recently
shortlisted for Jewellery Designer of the Year. Alexandra worked at the Conservative Party Headquarters and as part of
the Campaign Team 2010 as well as being Head of Business Relations. She was an elected Councillor and the Cabinet
Member for Education in Hammersmith and Fulham. Previously, she was a Partner at Accenture where she was Global
Head of CRM for Consumer Goods Clients. She has a BA from Cambridge University and an MA from Stanford University.
Jeremy Newton, Trustee, Geffrye Museum of the Home Jeremy Newton (appointed in 2014)
Jeremy Newton trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He was Chief Executive of Children & the Arts and has
held senior positions at the Eastern Arts Association, the Arts Lottery Fund, the National Endowment for Science, Technology
and the Arts (NESTA), and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). He is currently Vice Principal and Director of
Advancement at Guildhall School.
Cynthia Polemis, Trustee, Geffrye Museum of the Home Cynthia Polemis (appointed in 2015)
Cynthia Polemis has had a longstanding career in broadcasting as a presenter for the BBC World Service coupled with
development and fundraising work in the independent theatre sector. Over the past eight years she has also been involved
with the setting up of six of London's leading independent cafe/wine bars [Fernandez and Wells] as well as completing a
Masters degree in History of Art at Birkbeck College, London University, in which she focused on French 18th century
portrayals of home and food. She is also currently a Tate Modern art guide.
Edwina Sassoon, Trustee, Geffrye Museum of the Home Edwina Sassoon (appointed in 2015)
Edwina Sassoon has had a career in the visual arts, working with museums and galleries. In 1990 she established her
own consultancy advising both sides of the arts and business partnership. Amongst other roles, she is currently a Director
of the Garden Project Board at the Hepworth Wakefield, and a Trustee of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. In 2010,
Edwina was awarded the Victoria & Albert Museum Knowledge and Inspiration Medal.
Marilyn Scott, Trustee, Geffrye Museum of the Home Marilyn Scott (appointed in 2014)
Marilyn Scott has spent all her career in the museums and galleries sector. She is currently Director of The Lightbox, an
award winning gallery which opened in September 2007. Marilyn managed the project from concept design to opening.
Abigail Williams, Trustee, Geffrye Museum of the Home Abigail Williams (appointed in 2015)
Abigail Williams is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Oxford. Her current research focuses on
eighteenth-century reading and domesticity (The Social Life of Books, Yale, 2016), and she is jointly supervising an AHRC
Collaborative Doctoral Award with the museum. Abigail has spoken about her work on radio, and in theatre and museum
settings. She has also led the knowledge exchange strategy in the Humanities for the University of Oxford.