The Board of Trustees of GEM has overall responsibility for policy, annual budgets, and financial and professional probity. There are six elected and up to three co-opted trustees.
GEM Trustees are both trustees of the charity and directors of the company limited by guarantee.
Caroline Marcus, Chair
Caroline feels honoured to represent GEM and to work with the Board to influence advancing education through museums. She has over 20 years academic, practical and strategic experience as a museum producer, programmer and change maker. She is passionate about using museum learning to create inclusive environments to welcome all visitors. Caroline’s portfolio career combines her love of teaching and museums. She qualified and practised as a primary school teacher and is an experienced Chair of Governors. She is a Senior Teaching Fellow for the MA, Museums & Galleries in Education, UCL Institute of Education. She is also lead consultant for Kids in Museums, taking on roles including Takeover Day Project Director and Strategy & Project Development Consultant.
Caroline has wide experience of teaching and leading workshops in many museums, including 20 years working at the National Gallery as Lecturer, Take One Picture Curator, Access & Outreach Officer. As former Head of Education at the Jewish Museum, Caroline also worked for the Imperial War Museum and the British Library as a Holocaust Education Consultant. She is currently trustee of the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Judge for the Sandford Award for Heritage Education and Change Creation Programme Associate for organisational development consultancy, People Make it Work. She advises organisations such as Action for Children’s Arts on national initiatives championing children’s rights and is a graduate of the Clore Leadership Programme. She also directs diverse projects for her museum learning consultancy, Caroline Marcus Associates www.carolinemarcus.co.uk
Kathryn Moore, Deputy Chair
Kathryn has loved museums ever since visiting Lark Hill Place in Salford regularly as a child. She was a secondary school science teacher for over 12 years before a brief spell as a freelancer delivering learning events and an A level psychology conference for Norfolk Museums Service. She has worked for them ever since, for eight years as a learning officer and then as museum development project officer, for SHARE Museums East which provides museum development for the East of England.
She said, “I volunteered to be a trustee because I love museum learning but also in memory of my mentor Katrina Siliprandi, who introduced me to GEM, who was an amazing force in museum learning and who died much too soon, in 2017.”
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Richard Bruce, Treasurer
Richard Bruce graduated in Physics, before turning to a range of business activities. He is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in private companies, central government, and charities. He has a broad spectrum of experience in education, covering children and adults with special needs, adult education and colleges.
“I’m extremely interested in museums and the heritage sector, and am delighted to be part of this established, member-led organisation, with such an excellent reputation.”
Ben Pearce, Trustee
Ben is currently a freelance consultant and non-executive director. Until May 2020 he was the executive Director of Paintings in Hospitals, a national arts-in-health charity. Ben worked with the charity’s Board on vision and strategy, and with the team on developing new partnerships and initiatives. Ben was previously Project Director at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA), developing and leading the National Lottery-Heritage-Funded Reveal, Celebrate, Explore programme, and planning the first stage of the RA250redevelopment. Prior to this, Ben led a ‘London 2012’ Olympics host-boroughs project (High Street 2012), which included a historic buildings conservation scheme, and a heritage, culture and community grants programme that supported 18 organisations across Tower Hamlets.
Ben has a BA Hons from the University of Warwick and an MSc from LSE, where he won the 2004 Titmuss Prize for outstanding achievement in social policy. Ben was previously an Interim Board member of the Antwerp Arms Association, which saved a historic pub by creating ‘community shares’. Ben is a Trustee of the BGI who run the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield, and is on the Advocacy Committee for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). He is also on the Board of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA). As well as helping GEM thrive, Ben is proud to serve GEM to support museums and the wider heritage sector to bring more of their amazing work out into communities, working together to benefit wider health and wellbeing.
Sarah Cowie, Trustee
Sarah has worked in the sector since 2004 in a range of institutions including charities, independent museums, local authority museums and national museums. She has worked across a great variety of audiences and currently specialises in schools, as Learning Officer (Schools) at National Museums Scotland. Interests include making museums accessible (particularly to those in poverty), developing digital learning, evaluating impact, and bringing organisations together. Sarah was a Scotland GEM convenor for four years, has contributed to the GEM Journal and Case Studies, and has led sessions at four previous GEM conferences.
“As a Trustee, I would aim to support the vital work of GEM in bringing people together, across large geographical distances and at a time when learning is under threat from budget and staffing cuts. I also have an excellent knowledge of the heritage learning community in Scotland and both the unique and common issues we share with colleagues across the UK and believe it is important that devolved nations are represented at board level”
Essex Havard, Trustee
Essex has worked, in education and/or marketing for Museums Wales, Bath City Council Museums & Historic Buildings, and the Council for Museums in Wales (within the museum sector) and the RNLI and NIACE Dysgu Cymru (outside the museum sector) for almost 30 years. He is also a consultant in adult learning and museums. His passion, other than drumming and singing, is the creating of partnerships. Essex was the Wales Coordinator for the Museums and Galleries Disability Association (MAGDA) and has an interest in equality of access to museums. He is also the current Wales Coordinator for the Sporting Heritage Network.
“I have worked within and outside museums and I am convinced of the power of networking between sectors. I hope I can encourage/facilitate more of this during my tenure as a trustee, to show the wider public the transformative potential of museums”.