The main role of the PHM Trustees is to assist Chair Bernard Donoghue in meeting the Board’s Charity Commission and Companies House responsibilities, as well as the funding requirements of Arts Council England, as a National Portfolio Organisation, and Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Bernard Donoghue has been the CEO of the UK’s Association for Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) since September 2011 following a career in advocacy, communications, and lobbying, latterly at VisitBritain. ALVA is the principal advocacy body for the most important and significant museums, galleries, palaces, stately homes, cathedrals, heritage sites, gardens, zoos, performance venues and visitor attractions.
In 2017, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, appointed Bernard to be the Mayor’s Ambassador for Cultural Tourism and a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Leadership Board. He is Co-Chair of the London Tourism Recovery Board, tasked with the sustainable recovery of London’ s visitor economy, created in February 2021.
He was Chair of LIFT, the award-winning London International Festival of Theatre between 2010 and 2021, and was a board member from 2005. He was appointed Chair of the Board of the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continually working theatre in the English-speaking world, in June 2021. In November 2021 he was elected Chair of People’s History Museum, the national museum of democracy, having been a Trustee since 2018.
In January 2022 he became Chair of the London and South East Regional Advisory Board of the National Trust, the Trust area with the most members and most properties, 1,300 staff and 11,000 volunteers.
He is a former trustee of The Museum of The Home, London; the Heritage Alliance; Kids in Museums; and Centrepoint, the youth homelessness charity. He was a founder trustee of the international LGBTQ Kaleidoscope Trust. He has been an appointed member of the Cathedral Council of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, since 2009.
He has been a member of the UK Government’s Tourism Industry Council, advising Ministers on all matters relating to domestic and inbound tourism, since 2016.
In 2020 Bernard was named by Blooloop as one of the world’s 50 most influential people in museums, and in July 2021 won the public vote for the COVID Special Recognition Award from the UK Museums and Heritage Awards for his service to, and leadership of the museums and heritage sector in the UK during the pandemic.
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.
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 board member of Transport for London, a director of TU Fund Managers, an alternate member of the Takeover Panel and an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford University.
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.
Councillor Douglas is nominated by Manchester City Council as a Trustee on PHM’s Board.
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 with Kay Johnson Gee in Manchester.
Steven is a lower league 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 Omega Research Foundation and Vice President at Forever Manchester charity.
Steven is Chair of PHM’s Audit and Risk Committee.
Head of Community Funding & Impact, The Co-operative Group
Dave leads development and delivery of community investment at the Co-op – one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with sales of £11bn+ and more than 4 million members.
He is responsible for £25m+ annual investment, ranging from more than 4,500 grants to local community organisations, to major community partnerships and fundraising for Co-op’s national charity partnership to support mental wellbeing with Mind, SAMH & Inspire.
Dave’s career spans the private sector, community sector and academic research and he has leadership experience in diverse fields including community investment, sustainability reporting, member and community engagement, and responsible business consultancy.
He was awarded a PhD in sustainable development and environmental taxation from Nottingham Trent University.
Dave is also a Director of PHM’s Trading Company.
Previously Head of Employment Rights (Client Relations), Thompsons Solicitors LLP now retired
In 1921, Harry Thompson stood with Poplar Councillors against unfair tax and launched a law firm dedicated to campaigning for social justice and reform. One hundred years later, Thompsons Solicitors still campaigns for social justice and acts for many of the major trade unions and their members.
Victoria worked for Thompsons from 1994 – 2022 specialising in trade union and employment law. She was involved in a number of leading cases involving the law of industrial action, working time and transfers of undertakings.
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.
Head of Management Services Administration, TUC
Matilda is Head of MSAD, the Department of the TUC responsible for support services and the Congress Centre.
Matilda worked in the Research Department of the GMB between 1993 and 2003, becoming Deputy Director of Research in 1997. She lobbied for improvements to employment rights and supported reps seeking to improve on the law in the workplace. Matilda then moved to the civil service, working in various departments as a senior civil servant.
She worked on the Women and Work Commission, Fuel Poverty and as PPS to the Leader of the House of Commons as well as in various corporate roles. She also spent a year working on secondment for British Gas.
Matilda moved to the Labour Party in 2013, working for the deputy leader of the party. She undertook some consultancy projects before coming to the TUC in 2015.
EY Partner, Financial Services People Advisory Services
Katherine has extensive experience creating effective reward and HR strategies across leading FS global organisations. A large proportion of her career having been spent within emerging markets and organisations in periods of unprecedented change/crisis management.
She has significant experience in working with Boards and Executive Committees, bringing deep expertise of understanding evolving regulatory expectations. 20+ years of leading in HR in Financial Services, managing Organisation Design, transformation, learning, regulatory alignment, reward and cost optimisation.
Currently her main focus is on the creation of Talent & Reward Strategies, building capability frameworks aligning to Work Reimagined and Future of Reward. Encompassing the need to better consider societal purpose and long term value creation. She enjoys leading and being a disruptive voice on Diversity & Inclusion, working with clients to accelerate their focus on developing a culture driven by inclusive leadership behaviours to leverage differences to achieve business results.
Salford City Council / Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)
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.
Councillor Sharpe is nominated by GMCA as a Trustee on PHM’s Board.
Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Liverpool
Suzie Thompson is Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the University of Liverpool having previously held that role at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester for seven years. Suzie has been a fundraiser for over fifteen years and is passionate about the role philanthropy can play in changing lives and widening access. At the RNCM she was a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Student Awards Committee and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum.
Her various volunteer roles include trustee of People’s History Museum and a volunteer coach for Queen Bee Coaching.
Suzie is a Fellow of the British American Project.
CEO & Co-Founder, Green Park
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.