Trustees


Jonathan Ruffer Chair

Jonathan grew up in North Yorkshire, read English at Cambridge, trained as a barrister, and then moved into the investment world, setting up Ruffer LLP in 1994. His hope is to be an encouragement to those who work so hard for the good of others and for those who seek to work but have not had the opportunity.


John McDonnell QC Trustee

John read Greats at Balliol College Oxford (where he was President of the Union) and then went to Harvard Law School.  After that he worked in the United States Congress, the Conservative Research Department and HM Diplomatic Service. John is now a QC practising in the Chancery Division as the Head of Thirteen Old Square Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn and also in Hong Kong. He lives in a 14th century tower house in County Durham and has conducted much research on the development of Auckland Castle.  He has also served as a Trustee of the Bowes Museum and the Trireme Trust.


Dr Robert McManners O.B.E. Trustee

Bob has been GP to four Bishops of Durham and is a keen sportsman, artist and illustrator. Born in County Durham he has worked tirelessly as Chairman of the Bishop Auckland Civic Society to preserve the town’s gems including the viaduct, the Town Hall and the Zurbarán paintings at Auckland Castle.  Bob was awarded an OBE in 2013.


Lady Nicholson Trustee

Sarah Nicholson is heavily involved in several North East charities, including a trustee of the County Durham Community Foundation which provides grants to local initiatives.  Sarah has championed the region for many years alongside her husband, Sir Paul Nicholson, former Lord Lieutenant of County Durham.


Lady Riddell Trustee

Sarah Riddell has a background in journalism and arts publishing. She has been Vice Chairman of the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, served on research ethics committees and an advisory body on clinical trials. She is currently Chairman of the John Ellerman Foundation, and a Trustee of the Pilgrim Trust and of the Sir James Knott Trust, which gives grants to charities in the North. Her late husband, Sir John Riddell, was Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland.


Dr Malcolm Rogers CBE FSA Trustee

Malcolm was brought up in Yorkshire and Rutland.  He began his museum career at the National Portrait Gallery in 1974, where he specialized in early English portraiture, latterly serving as Keeper and Deputy Director.  In 1994 he was appointed Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, retiring in 2015 as the longest serving Director of the Museum and Director Emeritus.


Nick Turner Trustee

Nick read Economics at Cambridge and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross. Since 1989 he has been a private equity investor and was one of the founding partners of HgCapital on its buy-out from Mercury Asset Management plc in 2000. Nick also has a passion for youth work, including a role as mentor to vulnerable young people on the TurnAround project of Wilderness Foundation UK.


Jane Dean Trustee

Jane is Director of Jane Dean & Associates. She has extensive experience of the hospitality and catering industry across the public and private sector in corporate, education, retail, leisure and commercial markets. Prior to establishing her own consultancy, Jane was Business Development Director with Sodexo. Along with developing sales strategy, in this role she had responsibility for planning and implementing new retail shops, deli bars, restaurants and vending. Before Sodexo she spent nine years working for world leading foodservice and support services organisation, Compass Group.

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