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The Trustee Board meets quarterly with the Museum’s Management Team to consider issues of strategic significance and to review progress against the Museum’s Plan.

Julie Caplin-Grey – Chair

Julie has been the Chief Operating and Finance Officer at Hall for Cornwall from 2017. She is currently part of the leadership team tasked with delivering the ambitious £20 million capital scheme.  Prior to this Julie was the Culture Programme Lead at Cornwall Council for 15 years with responsibility for arts, archives, creative industries, the Cornish language, museums and the World Heritage Site, raising over £30million for the sector. She was previously Executive Director of Creative Kernow and the General Manager at Kneehigh Theatre.

Nicholas Johnson, MBE, MA, BSc, FSA, MCIfA

Worked in Cornwall since 1975; County Archaeologist 1988-2010; led the team that achieved World Heritage Site status for Cornish Mining in 2006; awarded MBE in 2008 for services to archaeology in Cornwall; Member of the RIC since1977; RIC Council 1977-2004; RIC Trustee from 2013.

Philip Marsden

Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of nine books of travel, history and fiction, including The Bronski House, The Levelling Sea and Rising Ground. ‘He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in Cornwall with his family and a number of boats.

Martin Brooks

Martin was educated at Truro Cathedral School and Newquay Grammar School. After university and service in the 7th Gurkha Rifles, he was an executive at a national newspaper, thereafter chairing a quoted software company and the Cornwall Development Company until 2015. He currently chairs the Gurkha Museum Trust.

Ruth Gripper

Ruth Gripper is knowledge exchange officer for The Inclusivity Project at the University of Exeter, working to connect local businesses with academia. Ruth’s background is in the charity sector, where she has worked with grassroots community organisations and national charities and helped charities and funders with their strategy, impact and evaluation. She joined the board in 2019.

Ruth grew up in Cornwall before moving away for work and study. After a degree in International Studies and time teaching in English in France, she served as parliamentary researcher to the MP Norman Lamb in Westminster. Ruth subsequently worked in policy and public affairs roles in the charity sector before joining New Philanthropy Capital’s research and consulting team in 2015. She spent three years with NPC advising charities and funders before returning to Cornwall in 2018. She is currently supporting the Stone Family Foundation managing grants in the water and sanitation sector overseas.

Nerys Watts

Nerys is Director of External Affairs at SS Great Britain, responsible for strategy, partnerships, fundraising and development. She joined the Trust in October 2019, having worked previously at National Lottery Heritage Fund. There she was Head of HLF South West for seventeen years, leading the team responsible for engagement and investment work across the region. She was responsible for over 4,000 projects with a total investment of £700m and worked with key stakeholders and heritage organisations across the region.

Andrew Allen

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and Partner at PKF Francis Clark (Previously Winter Rule LLP in Truro). Andrew leads the firm’s specialist national legal sector team and personally advises in the region of 100 law firms across the UK; focusing primarily on law businesses within the UK Top 200.

Having advised law firms for the last 20 years, Andrew has developed a national reputation for his practical and specialist advice to the law sector. The range of advice he provides is diverse, including strategy, profit improvement, tax planning and business structuring, as well as the usual compliance in relation to audit and accounting matters.

Nationally Andrew is the immediate past chair of the ICAEW Solicitors’ Special Interest Group which works closely with national bodies and intermediaries that both represent and support the legal sector. Andrew is the current author of the annual Law Society Management Section’s South West benchmarking survey and LawNet’s annual financial benchmarking report.

At a management level Andrew has been member of PKF Francis Clark’s Management Board where he worked closely alongside the firms’ managing partner and finance partner in the day to day management of their business.

Andrew has previously taken non-executive roles including Governor and Chair of the Audit Committee at Falmouth University, and Cornwall Treasurer for Help the Aged.