ROYAL ARMOURIES APPOINTS FIVE NEW TRUSTEES - Monday, 10 March 2014

Royal Armouries today announces the appointment of five new trustees – Dr Andrew Burnett, Professor Anne Curry, Jason Kingsley, Christine Mayer and Deborah Mills.

They will serve for four years on the Board of Royal Armouries – home to the national collection of arms and armour, and one of the oldest public museums in the world.

Royal Armouries is governed by a Board of Trustees, appointed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The current Board comprises Chairman Wesley Paul, General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE, Major General Sir Sebastian Roberts KCVO OBE, Christopher Case, Hemant Patel FCMA and Mark Urban.

Wesley Paul said, “We have spent a lot of time carefully selecting our new Trustees, with great help from the DCMS and ministers, a process where we met many outstanding candidates. We feel that with the addition of Andrew, Anne, Chris, Deborah and Jason that we have brought five outstanding professionals who each bring specialist skills, world-class expertise and powerful networks to the Board of the Armouries. Together with our existing Board Members, we feel we now have an outstanding multi-disciplinary resource for our Directorate and staff to work with which will allow the Royal Armouries to capture many new opportunities in the years ahead.

“As custodians of the national collection, we have a duty to excite and educate the public about arms and armour and their place in world history, culture, the arts, society, technology and science – from ancient times to the present day. We have a very exciting programme of planned events in the years ahead to mark major anniversaries, including the centenary of the First World War, the bicentenary of Waterloo and the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, and plans to collaborate with major museums in Europe on exhibitions that will showcase the strength of this national collection to a growing worldwide audience”.

Background detail:

DR ANDREW BURNETT CBE has recently retired from the role of Deputy Director of the British Museum. Prior to that, he worked in the museum’s Department of Coins and Medals (1992 – 2003). An Oxford University graduate, he also studied at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London, and has a particular interest in the coinage and history of the Roman Republic.

Andrew was appointed a CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for services to the British Museum and Numismatics. A published author, his books include Coinage in the Roman World and the first two volumes of Roman Provincial Coinage. He also serves as a trustee for Gresham College, London; the American Numismatic Society, New York; the Roman Society and the Royal Numismatic Society.

PROFESSOR ANNE CURRY is a Professor of Medieval History and currently Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton. She is passionate about historical research and is particularly committed to developing young scholars’ careers.

Anne was President of the Historical Association (2008-11) and a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society (2006-9). She is a member of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 History sub-panel and of the English Heritage Battlefields Panel and is already working with the Royal Armouries as co-chair of the Agincourt 600 Committee. Anne has presented many academic papers in the UK, Europe and USA and is a published author. Titles of her publications include: The Hundred Years War; The Battle of Agincourt. Sources and Interpretations; Essential Histories – The Hundred Years War; Agincourt. A New History; The Parliament Rolls of Medieval England Volumes X, XI and XII.

JASON KINGSLEY OBE is the co-founder, CEO and Creative Director of Rebellion, one of Europe’s leading games developers. Rebellion is an independent software company that creates computer games, publishes books (Abaddon, Solaris and Ravenstone imprints) and comics (2000 AD, Judge Dredd Megazine).

In 2012, Jason was awarded an OBE in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the economy.

An Oxford graduate, Jason is a keen sportsman, enjoying a variety of activities from windsurfing and scuba diving to competing in the modern pentathlon. His other interests include history, particularly medieval and equestrian, computer games, plus training, riding and breeding horses.

CHRISTINE MAYER CBE worked as Chief Executive of Her Majesty’s Courts Service, Ministry of Justice, from 2008 to 2010, managing a £1.4 billion operation with 20,000 employees. During this time, Christine was responsible for transformational and corporate leadership, driving cultural change, new ways of working, performance and delivery of efficiencies. She is committed to inspiring and achieving positive differences for service users and the workforce.

She currently holds a variety of roles including serving as Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Pennine Acute NHS Trust, as the “lead” for clinical quality and excellence and as a member of the Trust’s audit committee. She also holds posts at Fiona Macneill Associates, G4S and The Slynn Foundation.

DEBORAH MILLS is the EVP Global Business Leader for Proctor & Gamble brands at Saatchi & Saatchi and is an experienced and innovative creative brand leader and strategist.

Deborah has an MA in English Literature from Cambridge University, an MA from Birkbeck College and a degree in Psychology from London Metropolitan University. She has previously written features for the Evening Standard; The Independent; Campaign magazine; Marketing Review and founded the Account Planners Group of London’s magazine, Sharp Stick. Deborah has an interest in naval history, is an avid reader and has a particular focus on all aspects of contemporary culture.

For information about the current Trustees, the work of the Royal Armouries and the national collection, visit www.royalarmouries.org

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Please direct all media enquiries to the Royal Armouries’ Head of PR and Corporate Engagement, Andrea Long, at andrea.long@armouries.org.uk or call 020 3166 6671.

Notes to editors

Royal Armouries is home to the national collection of arms and armour, including artillery, and has three British sites – at the Tower of London; a purpose-built museum in Leeds; and at Fort Nelson in Hampshire.


The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds houses a major part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8,500 objects throughout its five themed galleries.

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