Our Trustees


William Sieghart, CBE, Chair

William Sieghart is an entrepreneur, writer, broadcaster and philanthropist. He is founder and chairman of Forward Thinking, Streetsmart-Action for the Homeless and the Civic Libraries Initiative. 

William started Forward Publishing in 1986 which he grew into an international magazine and book publishing company. He is also the founder of the Forward Prizes for Poetry and National Poetry Day. He is the former chairman of the Arts Foundation, the Arts Council Lottery Board and the Forward Arts Foundation. He has also been a trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Arts Council, the Royal Society of Arts, Reprieve, Index on Censorship, DocSociety, the British Institute of Human Rights and the Grenfell Foundation. 

William’s two most recent books are The Poetry Pharmacy and The Poetry Pharmacy Returns. 

William is Chair of the Somerset House Trustees, and a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee. He also sits on the Development Advisory Board. 

Judy Gibbons, Deputy Chair

Judy Gibbons is Chairman of Which? Ltd., non-executive director on the boards of NYSE listed Capri Holdings (Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo & Versace) and LSE listed property company Hammerson plc. She is also a trustee of Nesta and the House of Illustration.

Judy has over 25 years’ experience in digital technology in Europe, the US and Asia as Venture Partner at Accel, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft and in senior roles at Apple and Hewlett Packard.

Judy is Deputy Chair of the Somerset House Trustees and Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee.  

Alix Burge

Alix Burge is an experienced telecoms executive that has worked within the mobile industry for 20 years for both operators and vendors including Vodafone, Ericsson, EE, 3 and BT before moving to Ori Industries as VP for Telco and simultaneously providing consultancy services.

Alix began her career in telecoms engineering and holds a BA in telecoms engineering.

Alix is a strong advocate of women in STEM, and is involved in supporting female colleagues to develop into management positions and actively promote STEM careers amongst young women by providing careers advice and mentoring to schoolgirls.

Alix is a member of the Somerset House Audit and Risk Committee. 

Martine d'Anglejan-Chatillon

Martine d'Anglejan-Chatillon is a leading figure in international cultural production. She has worked to pioneer new models of large-scale private and corporate philanthropy in the UK, as founding member of the National Gallery Trust Office, London abroad, via her work managing monumental projects with the Rothschild Foundation in the UK, Albania and Israel. She has served as Head of Development at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and has served on the board for the Felix Trust for Art, and the Film & Video Umbrella, and the development boards of The Showroom London and The ICA.

D’Anglejan-Chatillon co-founded Thomas Dane Gallery, London, where as Partner for 14 years she collaborated with celebrated international artists, museums, collectors and biennales working to cement the gallery as one of Europe's most respected. She later served as the Executive Producer at Phenomen Films UK to oversee the release of DAU, one of the most ambitious projects in film ever undertaken. Today, d’Anglejan-Chatillon is founder and CEO of MDAC Productions, which is proposing a new agency model to engineer the production of world class works in hybrid media and to enable artists’ meaningful participation in activities beyond the parameters of the traditional art world. 

Brian Eno

Brian Eno is a musician, producer, visual artist and activist. He first came to international prominence in the early seventies as a founding member of British band, Roxy Music, followed by a series of solo albums and collaborations. His work as producer includes albums with Talking Heads, Devo, U2, Laurie Anderson, James, Jane Siberry and Coldplay, while his long list of collaborations include recordings with David Bowie, Jon Hassell, Harold Budd, John Cale, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Karl Hyde, James Blake and most recently with his brother, Roger on Mixing Colours. His visual experiments with light and video continue to parallel his musical career, with exhibitions and installations all over the globe. To date he has released over forty albums of his own music and exhibited extensively, as far afield as the Venice Biennale, St. Petersburg’s Marble Palace, Ritan Park in Beijing, Arcos de Lapa in Rio de Janiero and the sails of the Sydney Opera House. He is a founding member of the Long Now Foundation, a trustee of Client Earth and patron of Videre est Credere. His latest album, ‘Film Music 1976 – 2020’ was released in November 2020.

Brian is Chair of the Somerset House Creative Ambassadors. 

 

Carol Fairweather

Carol Fairweather is the former CFO of Burberry Group plc. Prior to joining Burberry in 2006, Carol was Director of Finance at News International Ltd and Shandwick plc. Carol currently serves as a non-executive Director of Segro plc and Smurfit Kappa Group plc. Carol's experience spans finance, retail and publishing.

Carol is Chair of the Somerset House Audit and Risk Committee. 

Paul Goswell

Paul Goswell is the Managing Director of Delancey, a real estate business specialising in investing in, developing and managing commercial and residential properties in London and the rest of the UK and investing in, establishing and growing real estate related businesses. He has also advised a diverse range of other organisations on a non-executive basis including King’s College London where he is a member of the Council, chairs the Estates Strategy Committee and sits on various other committees, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (“Chatham House”) where he sat on their Buildings Advisory Committee and the Royal Albert Hall where he sat on the Development Board. 

Melanie Hall, QC

Melanie Hall has been a barrister since 1982, becoming a QC (Queen’s Counsel) in 2002 when she rapidly rose to the top of the senior Tax Bar, her chosen specialism. Prior to specialising in tax, Melanie acted in a broad range of high profile litigation such as the seminal case of Factortame, the first case in which the European Court declared that Parliament had acted unlawfully.  She is consulted by both the Government and the private sector on the most high profile and complex cases which shape laws affecting millions of citizens. She regularly appears before our highest domestic courts and the European Court of Justice where she is well known as an advocate for both the United Kingdom and for taxpayers. Melanie frequently gives talks and chairs seminars and writes articles for specialist journals. She has been on the editorial board of the Tax Journal for many years.

Melanie is a founder member of The Circle, a charity founded by Annie Lennox which seeks to help disempowered women and girls in the developing world. Melanie’s input focuses on leading a large team of lawyers who carry out research and advocacy concerning gender-based legal rights.

Melanie is a member of the Somerset House Audit and Risk Committee. 

Wol Kolade

Wol Kolade is Managing Partner of Livingbridge, leading the business since 1998. His role encompasses overall responsibility for the leadership and strategic development of Livingbridge.

Wol initially trained as an engineer, having studied civil and structural engineering at King’s College, London. After obtaining an MBA from Exeter University, he spent three years with Barclays before joining Livingbridge. Wol takes an active role in private equity industry initiatives and issues. He was previously a Chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association in 2007/2008, a Council Member from 2002 - 2009 and Chairman of the Responsible Investment Advisory Board from 2009 - 2010.

Wol is Chairman of the Guy’s and St Thomas' Charity. In 2018 he was also appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the NHS Improvement Board.

Wol received an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in 2014.

Wol is a member of the Somerset House Nominations and Governance Committee. 

James Lambert, OBE

James Lambert is a founder, shareholder and Deputy Chairman of Value Retail PLC, which developed and operates Bicester Village and its ten sister Villages in Europe and China. Bicester Village currently has the highest sales densities of any shopping centre in the world.

James’ pro bono activities are focused on education and the arts.

James is a founder Trustee of Into University, a local charity which has successfully scaled into a national charity with 31 centres. James recently retired as Chair and Trustee and sits on the Advisory Panel.

James serves on the Advisory Board of the New College of the Humanities.

James is a member of the Somerset House Audit and Risk Committee.

Monica Monajem

Monica Monajem is the founder and CEO of Amitis Partners, which manages and oversees its own investments and assets as well as those of its clients. The firm provides bespoke financial, legal, tax and lifestyle advisory services to individuals and families. It covers their routine family office requirements through to long-term wealth planning and succession, investment management, corporate services, investment origination and due diligence, tax efficient structuring, property advisory, art management & philanthropy. The firm acts as trustee, nominee or legal representative for its clients and manages holding company structures and overseeing the operation of companies servicing their lifestyle assets. The firm is committed to a sustainable, ethical and green approach across all aspects of its business.

Monica was the CEO and founder of London Tonnage a privately owned family office for which she oversaw all activities and investments across the Middle East. Prior to this, she was Head of Finance at Celador, an international entertainment company.

Monica is passionate about supporting young entrepreneurs and is an investor in a number of early stage tech companies. She is a patron of The Centre for Entrepreneurs.

Monica started as an M&A and restructuring specialist and holds degrees in Law and Statistics & Economics, a dual Masters in Corporate Law and Corporate Finance and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Monica is Chair of the Somerset House Development Advisory Board.

Lord Myners

Lord Myners is Chancellor of the University of Exeter, former Chair of Council of the London School of Economics & Political Science and a continuing member of the Court of Governors. His previous experience in property includes chairing Land Securities, the largest commercial real estate company in the UK at the time, managing the property part of the NatWest pension fund and membership of the investment board of GIC, sovereign wealth fund. His previous roles in the arts sector include chairing Tate and membership of trustee bodies of the National Gallery, Royal Academy, Glyndebourne and London Symphony Orchestra. He has spent most of his career to date in the financial sector but has held a number of other positions including chairing Guardian Media Group and M&S.

Lord Myners is a cross bench member of the House of Lords consequent on his appointment as Treasury Minister in 2008.  Prior to that he was a member of the Court of the Bank of England.

Lord Myners's current directorships include Cevian, Nomad Foods, Rockefeller and Windmill Hill.

Lord Myners is a member of the Somerset House Audit and Risk, and Nominations and Governance Committee. 

Jonathan Newhouse

Jonathan Newhouse is the Chairman of the Board of Condé Nast, a global media company which publishes ​Vogue, Vanity Fair, Gentlemen's Quarterly, The New Yorker ​ and many other magazines around the world in addition to producing more than 100 websites.

Jonathan was appointed Condé Nast Chairman of the Board in April 2019 following a career of nearly 30 years as Chairman and Chief Executive of Condé Nast International, the arm of the media company responsible for its activities outside the US. He grew Condé Nast's footprint from 7 markets, centered in Western Europe, to 31 markets around the globe.

Jonathan was decorated as an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters of France in 2008.

Julien Sevaux

Julien Sevaux is the CEO and founder of the investment management firm Eighteen48 Partners.  He previously founded Stanhope Capital and worked at Lehman Brothers and Ernst & Young.

Julien chairs the development board of the Voltaire Foundation at Oxford University.

Julien received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, his BA from Brown University and is an alumnus of Oxford University.

Julien is a member of the Somerset House Development Advisory Board.