24 February 2005
The Prime Minister has today appointed Sir John Guinness and Mrs Gilly Drummond DL as Trustees of the National Maritime Museum. The term of each appointment will be for four years.
Sir John Guinness was Chairman of British Nuclear Fuels plc from 1992 to 1999 and Permanent Secretary at the Department of Energy from 1991 to 1992. Other previous appointments include Member of the Development Committee, National Portrait Gallery; Trustee of the Prince’s Youth Business Trust; and Chairman of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art. He is currently a trustee of the Royal Collection and a member of the British Libraries Development Committee. Sir John has a large collection of photographs, reproductions and engravings of historical portraits, which is consulted by scholars, galleries, collectors and the art trade.
Mrs Gilly Drummond is a Commissioner of English Heritage and chairs its Historic Parks and Gardens Panel. She was a Member of the Urban Green Spaces Taskforce and is President of the Association of Gardens Trusts and a Governor of Millbrook Community School. Mrs Drummond is a keen cruising sailor and took part in the 2003 commemorative cruise for the 100th Anniversary of the publication of Riddle of the Sands and has sailed in the Lofoten Islands north of the Arctic Circle and in the San Juan Islands, north to Vancouver Island in the wake of Captain Vancouver. She also owns a notable maritime art collection.
Notes for the Editors
The National Maritime Museum’s mission is to illustrate the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars, and their relationship with people. Its responsibilities are safeguarding and enhancing its assets which are the collections, expertise in the collections and subject area and the buildings. The Museum seeks to spread the benefits of those assets by maximising access and interpretation for users, satisfying stakeholders and through effective organisation and sound financial management. Trustees of the National Maritime Museum are not remunerated.
Appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.