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Sir Richard Lambert

Sir Richard Lambert is the Chairman of the Trustees of the British Museum, and was formerly a Trustee between 2003 and 2011. He joined the Financial Times after reading history at Balliol College, Oxford. He was appointed deputy editor in 1983, and edited the paper between 1991 and 2001. After leaving the FT, Richard spent a semester at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and wrote the Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration. In 2003, he started a three-year term as an independent member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee. He was Director General of the CBI from 2006 to 2011. Richard was appointed Chancellor of the University of Warwick in 2008, and is the lead non-executive on the FCO Supervisory Board as well as an independent non-executive of EY and chair of Big Society Trust. He is now undertaking a review of banking standards in the UK on behalf of the country’s biggest banks and building society.


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Sir Mark Walport, FRS FMedSci

Sir Mark is the Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science. Previously, he was Director of the Wellcome Trust, and Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London. He is Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and has been a member of this since 2004. He has also been a member of the India UK CEO Forum, the UK India Round Table and the advisory board of Infrastructure UK and a non-executive member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research. He has undertaken independent reviews for the UK Government on the use and sharing of personal information in the public and private sectors, and secondary education. He received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to medical research and was elected as Fellow of The Royal Society in 2011.


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Amit Sood

Amit Sood is the founder of the Google Art Project and Director at the Cultural Institute. Prior to that he held senior roles in Google's Android team in mountain view, and spent time leading Google’s marketing efforts for its GEO products in EMEA. He continues to manage the expansion of the Art Project and other cultural initiatives at Google and is currently based in London working out of the Product & Engineering teams in EMEA. Prior to joining Google, he worked at Ericsson, DHL and in the non-profit sector in Europe and India. He received his MBA from INSEAD and Bachelor's in Commerce from Sydenham College in Mumbai.


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Sir David Chipperfield, CBE, RA, RDI, RIBA

David Chipperfield established David Chipperfield Architects in 1985. He was Professor of Architecture at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart from 1995 to 2001 and Norman R Foster Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University in 2011. He has taught and lectured worldwide at schools of architecture in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA. In 2012 he curated the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. He is an honorary fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Bund Deutscher Architekten, and a past winner of the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal, the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, and the Grand DAI (Verband Deutscher Architekten- und Ingenieurvereine) Award for Building Culture. He was appointed CBE in 2004, a Royal Designer for Industry in 2006, and elected to the Royal Academy in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2010 he was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. In 2011 he received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, and in 2013, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association.


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Sonita Alleyne

Sonita Alleyne, OBE, currently holds a number of non-executive board posts including the Archant media group, Cultural Capital Fund, London Legacy Development Corporation and the British Board of Film Classification. She is also a member of the BBC Trust. She is the founder of The Yes Programme, a new and unique internet-based service that aims to help school pupils make career decisions by giving them an insight into how classroom skills translate to the real world. Previous board roles include the London Skills and Employment Board, Chair of the Radio Sector Skills Council and non-executive director of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. She also founded the radio company Somethin' Else and led it as Chief Executive from 1991 until 2009, when she joined the board and served as a non-executive director until 2011. Brought up in East London, she won the Carlton Multicultural Achievement Award for TV and Radio in 2002 and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts and the Radio Academy. She is an Ambassador for Street Kids International and was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting in November 2003.


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Neil MacGregor

Neil MacGregor has been Director of the British Museum since August 2002. He studied at the University of Oxford, the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He was a lecturer at the University of Reading and a part-time lecturer at the Courtauld. In 1981 he became Editor of The Burlington Magazine. He was Director of the National Gallery between 1987 and 2002. In 2010 the British Museum and the BBC worked together on A History of the World in 100 objects, which included an acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series and book.

 

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