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The People’s History Museum has a maximum of 20 Trustees.

The current Board of Trustees have approved the museum’s Business Plan for 2016-2020.

Chair of Trustees

Baroness Jan Royall
Jan Royall is the former Leader of the House of Lords and the Labour benches.  Her government responsibilities included health, development, Foreign Affairs, Equality and Northern Ireland.  She previously worked in the European Commission, for Neil Kinnock and for the Labour Group in the European Parliament.

Jan is now an active backbencher with an interest in housing, health and social care, social justice, young people, women, diversity and foreign affairs.  In addition to being Chair of Trustees for the museum, she is Pro Chancellor of the University of Bath, Vice President of the Party of European Socialists, a member of the Fabian Executive and is associated with many charities and voluntary organisations.

Jan became Chair of Trustees in 2016.


Derek Antrobus
Association of Greater Manchester Authorities
Derek Antrobus was born in Salford in 1954 and attended local schools before working as a journalist on newspapers in the city between 1973 and 1984.

Between 1984 and 1990 he studied at the University of Manchester, Bolton Institute of Higher Education and the University of Salford.  He currently lectures in social science with the Open University as well as studying with the OU.

Since 1979 he has been a member of Salford City Council and is currently Assistant Mayor for Strategic Planning.  Derek also chairs the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and is a member of the Greater Manchester Planning and Housing Commission.  He is a member of the Council of the University of Salford.

In 1997 he published A Guiltless Feast – a book which charts the early history of the modern vegetarian movement and its links with Salford.

Lord Steve Bassam
Opposition Chief Whip of the House of Lords
Steve Bassam has spent most of his working life as a servant of the Labour movement as a politician and official.  He worked for Camden Council and then the GLC as a senior researcher from 1983 until 1986, he also worked at London’s Strategic Policy Unit.  For ten years he worked for the AMA and then the LGA as an Assistant Secretary.  He briefly worked for KPMG and Capita prior to joining the government in 1999.

From 1983 until 1999 he was a councillor on Brighton and Brighton and Hove City Council.  For for 13 years he was local political leader and led the creation of the successful unitary council in 1996.  During his time as leader the city was transformed and Brighton and Hove regenerated into the vibrant city by the sea it now has a reputation for.  He unsuccessfully contested Brighton Kemptown in 1987.

Steve was created a life peer in Tony Blair’s first peers list in 1997 and became a minister in 1999 and Labour’s Chief Whip in the Lords in 2008, a post he has held since.  He has been a member of the Shadow Cabinet since 2010 and has helped develop Labour’s effective use of the Lords in opposition.

Educated at Clacton Secondary Modern School, Colchester Technical College and Sussex and Kent Universities, Steve has a History degree and an MA in Social Work.  His has a lifelong interest in labour history.

Dr Mary Bousted
General Secretary, ATL and AMiE
Mary represents the interests of her members to the government, and to a wide variety of other stakeholders.  As the education union, ATL leads the debate on key educational issues with strong policy positions on, for example, assessment and curriculum changes, school accountability and school structures.

Mary contributes regular articles for newspapers and education journals, and appears frequently on national media.  She sits on the executive committee of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and is a member of the ACAS board.  Mary is also an accomplished public speaker and has debated at the Oxford Union.

Mary previously worked in higher education at York University, Edge Hill University and at Kingston University where she was Head of the School of Education.  Prior to this Mary was a Head of English, and English teacher in comprehensive schools in North London.

Kay Carberry
Assistant General Secretary, Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Kay Carberry is Assistant General Secretary of the TUC, responsible for the TUC’s internal management, including finance, human resources and planning.  She also oversees work on a number of public policy issues, including pensions, skills and equality.

During her career at the TUC Kay has worked across a range of policy areas and has served on a number of government advisory bodies on equality, education, training and employment.  She was a member of the Work and Parents Task Group that designed the right to request flexible working; and of the Women and Work Commission.  She was a Commissioner of the Equal Opportunities Commission and of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  She is currently a Commissioner of the Low Pay Commission.

Kay was awarded a CBE in 2007 for services to employment relations.

In the late 1980s, together with John Monks, Kay was responsible for the TUC role in the process that led the People’s History Museum (then the National Museum of Labour History) moving from London to Manchester.

Martin Carr
Managing Director, True North
Martin is Managing Director of True North, branding design consultancy in Manchester.

As well as working with corporate clients including Royal Mail, Bank of Scotland and Lego, True North have extensive experience in the arts and cultural sector.  Martin has advised national organisations including Tate, National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Collection, British Library and Imperial War Museum, as well as regional institutions and venues including Bristol Museums Galleries & Archives, Holburne Museum of Art, National Museums Liverpool, Bridgewater Hall, The Lowry and Liverpool Culture Company.

Prior to founding True North in 2001, Martin worked for 15 years in advertising and branding agencies as well as in marketing roles clientside.

Martin is on the board of Manchester Literature Festival and is a co-founder of Discuss, an events and debating initiative stimulating Manchester’s intellectual curiosity.

Martin grew up in Manchester, attending Manchester Grammar School and going on to study at Birmingham University.  He is married with two children.

Wayne Garvie
Chief Creative Officer, Sony International Production
Wayne Garvie is the Chief Creative Officer at Sony International Production.  He was previously Managing Director of International Production at All3Media and before that MD Content & Production BBC Worldwide where he established a network of international production companies and oversaw the global success of programmes such as Dancing with the Stars and Top Gear. 

Previously, he had been Head of Entertainment at the BBC, where his teams created such shows as Dragons’ Den, Strictly Come Dancing and Honey, We’re Killing the Kids.

Wayne started his television career as a sports researcher at Granada Television in Manchester, where he worked for a decade, his final role being Director of Broadcasting.  He joined Granada after completing a PhD in Economic and Social History at the University of Sheffield.

His time in Manchester left him with two daughters and two season tickets at Old Trafford

Russell Gill
Head of Membership, The Co-operative Group
Russell Gill is Head of Membership & Co-operative Relations for The Co-operative Group – one of the world’s largest consumer co-operative societies, with sales of over £10 billion and over 8 million members.

He has worked for the co-operative movement since 1992 fulfilling a variety of corporate roles and is currently responsible for the Group’s membership, social goals and co-operative engagement activities.  He was awarded a Masters in Management of Co-operatives & Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia.

He is the Chair of The Co-operative Academies Trust, Eurocoop’s Co-operative Identity Working Group and the Co-operative Group Northern Pension Fund.

He is married with two children and lives in the Pennines.

John Hannett
General Secretary, Usdaw
John Hannett is the General Secretary of the UK’s fourth largest Union, Usdaw.  He was first elected General Secretary of the 433,000 strong union in May 2004 and was re-elected in September 2008.

John sits on both the Executive Committee and the General Council of the TUC and represents the interests of Usdaw members on a number of government commissions.

Most recently, he has been appointed as President of UNI-Europa Commerce and will serve for a three year term.  Union Network International (UNI) is a global Union to which Usdaw is affiliated.  The UNI Commerce Global Union team works to improve working conditions in the retail and wholesale sector by creating networks and building capacity among affiliated Unions and by committing multinational companies to signing Global Framework Agreements.

In May 2007, John was appointed to sit on the Low Pay Commission which was established following the National Minimum Wage Act to advise the government on the level of the National Minimum Wage and is made up of representatives from all sides of the industry.

He was appointed as an ACAS Council Member in May 2010 and served as a Commissioner on the Good Work Commission – an initiative which was designed to shape future thinking and provide insights and understanding about how relationships between people and business are changing.

He has also served on the Women and Work Commission which was set up to look at tackling the gender pay gap and the Independent Advisory Group to the Russell Commission; the focus of the commission being to develop a national framework for youth action and engagement.

John also sat on the Standing Commission on Carers which reflects the government’s recognition of the campaigning work the union has been doing around Supporting Parents and Carers.

He has been a Labour Party member for more than 30 years and sat on the National Executive Committee (NEC) from 1998 to 2005.  He represents Usdaw on the National Policy Forum and is assigned to the Education and Skills Commission.

Under the union’s Lifelong Learning agenda, John has represented the interests of members on the TUC UnionLearn Board and is a Skills for Life advocate.

John has a wide range of experience working with senior government Ministers, chief executives and company directors to advance the working lives of Usdaw members and promotes the value of trade union membership at all levels.

Maziar Jamnejad
Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Maziar is a lawyer specialising in investigating allegations of misconduct in multinational businesses, including particularly banks.

A former government official, at HM Treasury he co-ordinated the policy process for Autumn Statement 2012 and Budget 2013, and led the project to reform the regulatory environment for national museums.

Maziar is a former elected branch secretary for the FDA civil service union, and sits on the advisory board of Growing Against Violence, a charity providing outreach and safeguarding in schools on issues related to inner-city gangs.  He is a former Trustee of the Asylum Support Appeals Project, and a former volunteer courtroom lawyer for destitute asylum seekers seeking emergency accommodation.

He is also interested in workplace diversity and sits on the committee of his firm’s LGBT network, with responsibility for bisexuality and transgender policy.

Tom Jones
Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Thompsons Solicitors
Tom is a senior partner at national trade union law firm Thompsons Solicitors, where he holds the brief of Head of Policy and Public Affairs.  As a matter of principle, Thompsons only acts for claimants in personal injury cases and trade union members in employment disputes.

Tom’s early career as a personal injury lawyer saw him specialising in repetitive strain injury and then stress related injury.  Tom has for many years worked closely with MPs generally and the Trade Union Group of MPs in particular on issues of mutual interest.  He has led Thompsons’ activities to combat the persistent myth of a UK ‘compensation culture’.

He is a regular speaker and writer on trade union legal issues.  Tom was proud to participate in the successful campaign in 2006 to persuade the government to amend the Compensation Act to reverse the effect of a House of Lords ruling and restore the right to compensation for those dying from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma, and their families.

Cllr Beth Knowles
Councillor, Manchester City Council
Beth is a ward councillor for Manchester city centre after being elected in May 2014.  She has worked for a variety of NGOs and trade unions on local, national and international issues and is now a Director for Symmetry Creative, a social action design studio, which uses creativity and design as a tool for social change.

Beth is also a co-founder of the charity A New Leaf, which brings the community together to create, expand and explore greenery and public space in Manchester city centre.  She also sits on the board of directors at the Castlefield Art Gallery.

Steven Lindsay
CLB Coopers
Steven is an adopted Mancunian originally from Glasgow.  He is an accountant by training and a corporate finance advisor by profession, most recently at CLB Coopers where he has been a partner since 2000.

Steven is a lapsed football fan, lapsing football player and ardent music gig attender.  He has been involved in organising music based fundraising events for PHM, Salford Lads Club, Amnesty International and Musicians without Borders.

Malcolm McVicar
Group Chief Executive Officer for University of Central Lancashire
Malcolm ceased to be Vice Chancellor of UCLan in June 2013 and took up the post of Group Chief Executive Officer in August 2013.

Previously, he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Portsmouth.  He was educated at the Universities of Exeter and London.

Malcolm’s academic interests are in the areas of higher education policy, education management and health policy and he is currently a member of the Lancashire Economic Partnership.

Lord John Monks
John Monks was General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) from 1993-2003 and then General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation from 2003 – 2011. He entered the House of Lords in 2010.

His current public duties include President of the British Airline Pilots Association, non – executive director of Thompsons Solicitors and NOW: Pensions, visiting professor at Manchester Business School, President, Involvement and Participation Association and Vice President of Justice for Colombia.

John was born in Manchester in 1945. Married with three children and five grandchildren, his interests include music, hiking, Manchester United, rugby league and cricket.

John became Chair of Trustees in 2003 after Jack Jones stepped down, aged 90. John stepped down in 2016.

Lucy Powell MP
Member of Parliament for Manchester Central
Lucy was elected in a by-election on 15 November 2012 and is the first female Labour MP to represent a Manchester constituency.

Lucy was born and brought up in Manchester, where she attended Parrs Wood High School and Xaverian Sixth Form College, before going on to study Chemistry at Oxford University and King’s College London.  She lives in the city with her husband James, an A+E Doctor, their children Katie and Tom and her step son Joe.

Mike Pye
Former Councillor,
Sheffield City Council
Mike spent over 30 years in the civil service before taking early retirement in 1991.  Most of this time was spent in Employment Exchanges helping people with disabilities to find employment.  The last five years he spent as a Senior Executive Officer controlling the outputs on the Community Programme and Employment Training Programmes and providing answers to Parliamentary Questions on employment issues.

He was a member of the Sheffield City Council for 27 years retiring in 2010 and during his time on the Council was the lead member on issues relating to Culture and also served as a Deputy Chair of Planning and Economic Development taking a particular responsibility for the development of public arts and the cultural industries quarter in Sheffield.  He was the Chairman of the Regional Museums, Libraries and Archives Yorkshire Regional Council for ten years and has served on the Museums Association National Council for a considerable number of years including being its Institutional Vice-President twice.  He is currently the President of the Yorkshire Federation of Museums and Galleries.

He is still an individual member of the MA and of ICOM (the International Council of Museums).  Mike is an Independent Trustee of a number of museums in Sheffield as well as a Trustee of the Yorkshire Film Archive.  He is also a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce and served as the Deputy Chairman of the Yorkshire Region.

His interests include reading and walking, when time permits, but also going to the theatre and listening to music.  His sporting interests are definitely non-participative but he enjoys watching sporting events such as athletics, rugby football (league and union).  His other interest is, of course politics.  He is married with two daughters and one granddaughter.

Tom Sherratt
Retired Parliamentary Agent
Formerly councillor on Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council, Tom was Deputy Leader from 1986 to 2002.  For a total of 26 years he has represented the people of Golborne and Lowton, a community where he was born and bred.  Wigan Council conferred to him the title of Hon Alderman in 2004.

He was a Parliamentary Agent since 1969 and at retirement was agent for Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP for Leigh.  As agent his constituencies included Conway, Newton, West Lancashire, Warrington South, Warrington North and Leigh.  In European Parliamentary terms, Lancashire Central and Cheshire East.  His further political interests include elections in Ireland and the Isle of Man as well as having an interest in candidate’s election addresses/manifestos.

He is a lifelong Member of Cor Mebion y Flint – Flint Male Voice Choir.  Author of books on Isle of Man Parliamentary Results 1919- 1996 (a reprint was published in 2011).  He has put together a full colour book on the Isle of Man Railway Part 1 and Part 2 was published in 2011.  The colour images are from the work done by a first class photographer the late Keith R Pirt.

He is also Director/Trustee of Wigan Metropolitan Development Company and its subsidiaries.

Keith Whitmore
Former Councillor, Manchester City Council

Keith Whitmore began his career as a Civil Servant for the Inland Revenue in 1974.  He was elected to Manchester City Council in 1979 as the youngest ever city councillor.  In 1981 he was elected Liberal Group Leader, a position he held until the group’s abolition in 1986.  From 1980 to 1985 he worked as a Solicitor’s Clerk for Hall Brydon & Co. Solicitors.

From 1988 to 1997 he was the Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Manchester City Council.  He was also Chair of Local Government Association Management Executive and appointed as a member of the North West Regional Association European Key Priority Group.

In 2001 he was appointed Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (Clare) Transport Rapporteur and is also Chair of the Local Government Association Liberal Democrat Group.