The main role of the PHM Trustees is to assist the co-Chairs, Lord Steve Bassam and Martin Carr, in meeting the Board’s overall responsibilities in accordance with Charity Commission and Companies House guidance, as well as the funding requirements of both Arts Council England (ACE) since PHM was given National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status, and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).
The current Board of Trustees have approved the museum’s Business Plan for 2018-2022.
House of Lords
Steve Bassam has spent most of his working life as a servant of the labour movement as a politician and official. He worked for Camden Council and then the Greater London Council (GLC) as a senior researcher from 1983 until 1986, he also worked at London’s Strategic Policy Unit. For ten years he worked for the AMA and then the Local Government Association (LGA) as an Assistant Secretary. He briefly worked for KPMG and Capita prior to joining the government in 1999.
From 1983 until 1999 he was a Councillor for Brighton and Brighton and Hove City Councils. For 13 years he was local political leader and led the creation of the successful unitary council in 1996. During his time as leader the city was transformed and Brighton and Hove regenerated into the vibrant city by the sea it now has a reputation for. He unsuccessfully contested Brighton Kemptown in 1987.
Steve was created a life peer in Tony Blair’s first peers list in 1997 and became a minister in 1999 and Labour’s Chief Whip in the Lords in 2008. He has been a member of the Shadow Cabinet since 2010 and has helped develop Labour’s effective use of the Lords in opposition.
Educated at Clacton Secondary Modern School, Colchester Technical College and Sussex and Kent Universities, Steve has a History degree and an MA in Social Work. He has a lifelong interest in labour history.
From 2001 to 2016 Martin led True North, a brand consultancy he had founded; steering the company’s development into a 25 strong team recognised for creating innovative, distinctive and robust brands and winning over 200 awards for creativity and effectiveness.
During that period he was also lead consultant on a number of complex, high profile projects, which included defining the vision and brand positioning of National Portrait Gallery, creating brands for global products for the British Council and rebranding Durham University, The Royal Collection, National Gallery of Ireland and the University of Oxford’s global £3 billion philanthropic giving campaign.
Martin is now a non-executive director of three creative businesses and an independent brand consultant.
He has been a board member of the Design Business Association, is a co-founder of Discuss, a forum for public debate and engagement with ideas in Manchester, and is also a Trustee of the Manchester Literature Festival.
Retired, Assistant General Secretary, Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Kay Carberry was Assistant General Secretary of the TUC until March 2016. During her career at the TUC Kay worked across a wide range of policy areas and served on a number of government advisory bodies and commissions on equality, education, training and employment. These included the Women and Work Commission, Equal Opportunities Commission, and Equality and Human Rights Commission. She is currently a Commissioner of the Low Pay Commission, a member of the Civil Justice Council, a board member of Transport for London and a director of TU Fund Managers.
Kay was awarded a CBE in 2007 for services to employment relations.
In the late 1980s, together with former TUC General Secretary John Monks, Kay was responsible for the TUC’s role in the process that led the People’s History Museum (then the National Museum of Labour History) moving from London to Manchester.
Director, Association of Leading Vistor Attractions (ALVA)
Bernard Donoghue is the Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), which represents the most important iconic and popular museums, galleries, cathedrals, palaces, castles, stately homes, historic houses, heritage sites, gardens, zoos and leisure attractions in the UK.
He was Chair of the Tourism Alliance between 2015 and 2017 and has been a board member of the Alliance since 2010. In May 2017 he was appointed to the Mayor of London‘s Cultural Leadership Board and is the Mayor’s Ambassador for Cultural Tourism. He has been a member of the Government’s Tourism Industry Council since 2015.
He is Chairman of the award-winning London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), and Chairman of the Ambassadors’ Council of WWF-UK. He is a Trustee of: The Geffrye Museum of the Home, London; the Peoples’ History Museum, Manchester; The Heritage Alliance; a judge of the Museum and Heritage Awards, and is a Council Member of St Paul’s Cathedral, London. He is a former Chairman of VisitManchester, the Manchester tourist board; a former Trustee of WWF-UK; Centrepoint; the National Funding Scheme; a former Deputy Chair and Trustee of Kids in Museums; and was a founder Trustee of the Kaleidoscope Equality Trust.
Head of Co-operative Relations, The Co-operative Group
Russell Gill is Head of Co-operative Relations for The Co-operative Group – one of the world’s largest consumer co-operative societies, with sales of over £10 billion and over five million members.
He has worked for the co-operative movement since 1992, fulfilling a variety of corporate roles and is currently responsible for the Group’s co-operative engagement and education activities. He was awarded a Masters in Management of Co-operatives & Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia.
He is the Chair of The Co-operative Academies Trust, Eurocoop’s Co-operative Identity Working Group and the Co-operative Group Northern Pension Fund.
He is married with two children and lives in the Pennines.
Russell is also a Director of PHM’s Trading Company.
Kay Johnson Gee
Steven is an adopted Mancunian originally from Glasgow. He is an accountant by training and a corporate finance advisor by profession, most recently as a partner with Kay Johnson Gee in Manchester.
Steven is a lapsed football fan, lapsing football player and ardent music gig attender. He has been involved in organising music based fundraising events for People’s History Museum, Salford Lads Club, Amnesty International, Musicians without Borders and Women’s Aid. He is also a Trustee at Contact Theatre and Vice President at Forever Manchester charity.
Head of Employment Rights (Client Relations), Thompsons Solicitors LLP
In 1921, Harry Thompson stood with Poplar Councillors against unfair tax and launched a law firm dedicated to campaigning for social justice and reform. Today, Thompsons Solicitors still campaigns for social justice and acts for many of the major trade unions and their members.
Victoria has worked for Thompsons since 1994 and specialises in trade union and employment law. She has been involved in a number of leading cases involving the law of industrial action.
She previously worked for the Labour Party as National Women’s Officer (1988-1993) and was President of the National Union of Students (1986-1988).
Victoria lives in North London and is a Trustee of the Park Theatre
Rob Sharpe is a Salford Councillor for Little Hulton who has enjoyed a wide range of functions as an elected member of Salford City Council, most notably in health and planning. He is a former student of The University of Salford with a First Class Honours Degree in Politics and a history of activism within the Trade Union and Labour Movements. He has 12 years experience working in the public sector working in housing, leisure, community engagement, and public health across four authorities in Greater Manchester. Bolton born, he now lives in Walkden and was educated at Walkden High School and Eccles College.
Rob is passionate about advancing equality and diversity across all protected characteristics but most notably for the BAME community.
In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching sport and jazz music.
Raj Tulsiani has become one of the UK’s leading figures in executive search, interim management, workforce planning and diversification. He has over 20 years of experience moving the dial on leadership, talent and diversity and is the author of ‘Diversity and Inclusion for Leaders: Making a Difference with the Diversity Headhunter.’
As one of the most respected and disruptive figures internationally in these fields, Raj advises boards and change agents across the public and private sectors on diversity and talent. He sits on a number of boards including the Met Police.
As the leader of one of the recruitment industry’s few minority-owned businesses, Raj is a passionate advocate of the power of diversity as a source of competitive advantage, leading a team that sets the benchmark for innovation and commitment to consistently attracting and retaining diverse groups of appointable leadership candidates.
Under his leadership, Green Park has become an award-winning consultancy at the forefront of client and candidate service and innovation. In 2019, Green Park featured in the Financial Times’ list of 1000 Fastest Growing Companies and was the only recruitment agency to feature within the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100, ranking Britain’s fastest-growing private companies.
Regarded as a champion for entrepreneurialism within the UK, in 2018 Raj was most awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by both the MSDUK Awards and Recruitment International Awards and named in The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List, presented by the FT. Other awards include Best Agency Recruitment Lead of the Year, a Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award and winning the Lord Noon Award at the Global Equality & Diversity Awards 2017.
Before co-founding Green Park, Raj was the first ethnic-minority manager at Michael Page, growing a start-up team to £10 million and was on the Executive Board at Penna, growing a start-up function to £14.5 million.