Migration Museum appoints new Trustees to help deliver major new cultural destination

The Migration Museum has appointed five new Trustees to its Board to help us build on the success of our current home in the heart of Lewisham and establish a highly relevant new cultural destination that puts migration at the heart of national stories, narratives and conversations.

Our new Trustees are:

  • Ayesha Hameed, a Community and Public Engagement Specialist who currently leads the Engaging Londoners in Recovery programme at the Greater London Authority.
  • Eric Langham, an internationally recognised planner of new museums and cultural projects and founding partner of cultural consultancy Barker Langham.
  • Kuljit Dhillon, an experienced senior leader in policy development and delivery across a range of sectors, who is currently Assistant Director of Strategy at the General Medical Council.
  • Margot Finn, Professor of Modern British History at UCL, whose current publications explore the history of the East India Company and its impact on British society, politics and culture.
  • Nilufar Fowler, an experienced marketing communications business leader, who is currently Global Chief Client Officer at Mindshare, a WPP company.

Ayesha, Eric, Kuljit, Margot and Nilufar will serve alongside existing Board members:

  • Charles Gurassa (Chair), who has a wealth of expertise in leadership roles across the corporate, charity and heritage sectors, including as Non-Executive Chair of Channel 4 and Oxfam GB.
  • David Olusoga OBE, historian, producer and presenter of series include Civilisations and A House Through Time and books including The World’s War and Black & British: A Forgotten History.
  • George Alagiah OBE, BBC News at Six presenter and author of books including the award-winning Passage to AfricaA Home from Home, a look at multicultural Britain; and critically acclaimed novel The Burning Land.
  • Mohan Mansigani OBE (Treasurer), a finance director with extensive private equity and charitable experience, including as financial trustee of St John’s Ambulance.
  • Robert Winder, journalist and best-selling author of Bloody Foreigners: The Story of Immigration to Britain, The Last Wolf: The Hidden Springs of Englishness, and Soft Power: The New Great Game.
  • Sarah Caplin, former TV executive for both the BBC and ITV and founder of children’s charity Childline and The Silver Line, a helpline for older people.

The appointments follow a wide-ranging recruitment process led by the Migration Museum’s Chair Charles Gurassa and CEO Sophie Henderson.

Charles Gurassa, Chair of the Migration Museum, says:
“I’m delighted to welcome Ayesha, Eric, Kuljit, Margot and Nilufar as new members of the Migration Museum’s Board. Each of our new Trustees brings a unique range of skills and experience that will complement our existing Board and Team.

“The recruitment of these new members to our new Board is another important step towards our goal of delivering a major national cultural institution which tells the story of migration and how it has shaped us all.”

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