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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 Principal of Somerville College Oxford.  Under the last Labour government she was Leader of the House of Lords and a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet.  She then served for five years as Leader of the Opposition in the Lords.  She was appointed to the Lords in 2004 and became a government whip with responsibility for health, international 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 still an active backbencher with an interest in education, young people, housing, health and social care, social justice, women, diversity and foreign affairs.  In addition to being Chair of Trustees for the People’s History Museum, she is 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 for the People’s History Museum in January 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 (OU) as well as studying with the OU.

Since 1979 he has been a member of Salford City Council and is currently Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development.  Derek was chair of the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (2010-2017) and is a member of the Greater Manchester Planning and Housing Commission.  He was a member of the Council of the University of Salford (2010-2017).

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
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 Greater London Council (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 Local Government Association (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 for Brighton and Brighton and Hove City Councils.  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.  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.  He has a lifelong interest in labour history.

Dr Mary Bousted
Joint General Secretary, National Education Union
Mary is Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union.  Combining the expertise and experience of both the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the National Education Union is the UK’s largest education union with over 450,000 members.

Mary represents the interests of members to the government and a wide variety of other stakeholders.  As the professional voice for education, the National Education Union leads the debate on key education issues, and will continue to fight for a fairly funded education system, with highly trained and qualified teachers and educational professionals who have manageable workloads, fair pay and good working conditions.

Mary contributes regular articles for newspapers and education journals, and appears frequently on national media.  She is currently president 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 the University of York, Edge Hill University and Kingston University where she was head of the School of Education.  Prior to this Mary was Head of English and an English teacher in comprehensive schools in north London.

Kay Carberry
Retired, Assistant General Secretary, Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Kay Carberry was Assistant General Secretary of the TUC until March 2016.  During her career at the TUC Kay worked across a wide range of policy areas and served on a number of government advisory bodies and commissions on equality, education, training and employment.  These included the Women and Work Commission, Equal Opportunities Commission, and Equality and Human Rights Commission.  She is currently a Commissioner of the Low Pay Commission, a member of the Civil Justice Council, a board member of Transport for London and a director of TU Fund Managers.

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

In the late 1980s, together with former TUC General Secretary John Monks, Kay was responsible for the TUC’s 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
From 2001 to 2016 Martin led True North, a brand consultancy he had founded; steering the company’s development into a 25 strong team recognised for creating innovative, distinctive and robust brands and winning over 200 awards for creativity and effectiveness.

During that period he was also lead consultant on a number of complex, high profile projects, which included defining the vision and brand positioning of National Portrait Gallery, creating brands for global products for the British Council and rebranding Durham University, The Royal Collection, National Gallery of Ireland and the University of Oxford’s global £3 billion philanthropic giving campaign.

Martin is now a non-executive director of three creative businesses and an independent brand consultant.

He has been a board member of the Design Business Association, is a co-founder of Discuss, a forum for public debate and engagement with ideas in Manchester, and is also a Trustee of the Manchester Literature Festival.

Wayne Garvie
President, Sony International Production, Sony Pictures Television
Wayne Garvie is the President of International Production at Sony Pictures Television.  He oversees 20 television production companies around the world, making content as varied as Netflix’s The Crown to ITV’s Bromans, from Colombia to Australia, via China, Russia and most of Western Europe.  He was previously Managing Director of International Production at All3Media and before that Managing Director of Content & Production at 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 Later.

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.

He now lives in London, but his time in Manchester left him with two daughters and two season tickets at Old Trafford.

Russell Gill
Head of Co-operative Relations, The Co-operative Group
Russell Gill is Head of 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 five 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 co-operative engagement and education 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 Usdaw 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 Usdaw’s Lifelong Learning agenda, John has represented the interests of members on the TUC Union Learn 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 Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Thompsons Solicitors, the main trade union law firm in the UK.  Tom leads on campaigns for the firm around access to justice and against law reform that favours employers over employees or insurers over injured people.  In his spare time he tries to keep fit and keep up with his three daughters.

Beth Knowles
Mayoral Lead for Homelessness and Rough Sleeping, Greater Manchester Mayor’s Office
Beth is responsible for the Greater Manchester Mayor’s commitments to end rough sleeping by 2020 and reduce and prevent homelessness in the longer term, working with the Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network and the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.  She is also Chair of With One Voice, the international movement that aims to strengthen the arts and homelessness sector through exchanges in practice and policy.

Beth has been an elected Councillor for Manchester city centre since May 2014.  She has worked for a variety of NGOs and trade unions on local, national and international issues.  Beth also sits on the board of Castlefield Art Gallery in Manchester.

Steven Lindsay
Kay Johnson Gee
Steven is an adopted Mancunian originally from Glasgow.  He is an accountant by training and a corporate finance advisor by profession, most recently as a partner with Kay Johnson Gee in Manchester.

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 People’s History Museum, Salford Lads Club, Amnesty International, Musicians without Borders and Women’s Aid.  He is also a Trustee at Contact Theatre and Vice President at Forever Manchester charity.

Alveena Malik
Co-Founder and Director of One Million Mentors
Alveena has 20 years’ experience of working on social justice issues, including equalities and human rights, community cohesion and also delivering social innovation projects.

Alveena is Co-Founder and Director of One Million Mentors which is a pioneering approach using the advantages of technology in order to transform the process of mentoring for all.  One Million Mentors’ purpose is to train, recruit and connect one million mentors to one million young people in the UK to help them maximise their talents and get into the world of work.

Formerly Alveena was CEO of UpRising, Britain’s premier leadership programme looking to support diverse young people aged 19 to 25 years old to access power and become leaders whilst remaining connected to their communities.

Previously Alveena was Principal Associate at the Institute for Community Cohesion (iCoCo) with lead responsibility on Education and Cohesion Policy and Intercultural Dialogue.  She liaised with national/local governments and schools on the role that education can play in bridging cultures, strengthening active citizenship and promoting community cohesion.

Alveena was also Head of Communities and Integration Policy at the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) where she led the development of CRE policy on issues of Migration, Segregation, Extremism, Interfaith Dialogue, and Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

Alveena was appointed as Special Adviser to the Communities and Local Government Committee on Migration and PREVENT.  In 2010 she was appointed as Faith Panel Adviser to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.  She was also an Advisor to the Law Society’s Equality and Diversity committee.

Paul Nowak
Deputy General Secretary, Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Paul was appointed Assistant General Secretary of the TUC in February 2013, and was subsequently confirmed as Deputy General Secretary by the TUC General Council in February 2016.

Over the past three years Paul has led on a number of key policy areas including public services, transport and industrial policy.  This has included the TUC’s work in support of key infrastructure projects such as HS2 and airport expansion in the South East and the TUC’s work to secure a positive future for the UK’s steel industry.

As well as responsibility for the TUC’s organisation in Wales and the English regions, annual Congress, union organising and inter-union relations, Paul formally deputises for TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady.

Paul was one of the first intake of the TUC’s ‘Organising Academy’ in 1998 – and prior to this had been an active member of unions including the GMB, UNISON and CWU, working as a hotel night porter, in a call centre and on a local bus helpline.  He first joined a union working in ASDA at the age of 17.

Paul has also served as the TUC’s Regional Secretary in the North East and Cumbria and as the TUC’s National Organiser, where he had responsibility for developing the TUC’s Organising Academy and supporting union efforts to reach out to the next generation of union members and activists.

Paul was appointed a member of the ACAS Council in November 2011.  He is also a Trustee of TUUT Charitable Trust.

Paul is married to Vicky, has three teenage children, and lives on Merseyside.  He supports Everton FC.

Lucy Powell MP
Member of Parliament, Manchester Central
Lucy is the 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 onto study Chemistry at the University of Oxford and King’s College London.  She lives in Manchester 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 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 (MA) National Council for a considerable number of years including being its Institutional Vice President twice.  He has just completed his term as President of the Yorkshire Federation of Museums and Galleries and is now one of their Vice Presidents.

He is still an individual member of the MA and of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).  Mike is an independent Trustee of a number of museums in Sheffield as well as a Trustee of the Yorkshire Film Archive.  He is 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, football, rugby (league and union).  His other interest is, of course politics.  He is married with two daughters and has recently become a grandfather with the birth of Rosie!