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Watts Gallery Trustees

Richard Ormond CBE - Chairman of the Trustees

Richard Ormond was Assistant Keeper and later Deputy Director at the National Portrait Gallery. He was Head of Pictures at the National Maritime Museum from 1983 – 5 and was Director from 1986 – 2000. He was responsible for the following exhibitions: Armada 1988, Henry VIII, 1991, Pirates 1994, Titanic 1995 and Story of Time 2000. He completed the refurbishment of Queens House and Royal Observatory; and secured £23m lottery funding for the Neptune Court project (roofing the main courtyard of the National Maritime Museum and a complete renovation of the maritime galleries). Richard Ormond is currently director of John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonne project. He is a member of the Council of Goldsmiths College; trustee of Mariners Museum, Newport News Virginia and Chairman of the Friends of Leighton House.

Professor Rob Dickins CBE

Rob Dickins is a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Foundation for Youth Music and the Brit Trust (the British Phonographic Industry’s (BPI) charitable arm for youth music and education). He is Chairman of the National Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green. He was Chairman of the BPI for a record-breaking four terms. He has been a member of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Music Industry Forum 1999-2001. After a long career with Warner Bros he set up his own entertainment company, Instant Karma, in 1999. Rob Dickins was awarded a CBE in 2002 and was given an honorary Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) degree by Loughborough University in the same year. He was recipient of the annual Music Industry Trusts’ Award in 2003.

Richard Dorment PhD

Art critic, Daily Telegraph since 1986; Faculty Fellow, Columbia University, 1968-72; Assistant Curator, European Painting, Philadelphia Museum of Art 1973 – 76; Curator, Alfred Gilbert: Sculptor and Goldsmith, R.A, 1985 – 86; Art Critic, Country Life, 1986; Co-curator, James McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, 1994-95. Member: Judging Panel, Turner Prize, 1989; Advisory Committee Government Art Collection, 1996 -2004; Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art, 1996 – 2002; British Council Visual Arts Advisory Committee, 1997 -; Hawthornden Prize for art criticism in Britain, 1992; Critic of the Year, British Press Awards, 2000. Publications: (contributed) Victorian High Renaissance (exhibition catalogue), 1978; Alfred Gilbert, 1985; British Painting, 1750 – 1900: A Catalogue of the British Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1986; Alfred Gilbert Sculptor and Goldsmith, 1986; (with Margaret McDonald) James McNeill Whistler, 1994; reviews for NY Rev. of Books; has contributed to Burlington Magazine, TLS, Literary Review. Richard Dorment is Chairman of the Watts Gallery Trustees Collections Committee.

Christopher Forbes- Trustee Emeritus

Christopher Forbes is an Art History graduate of Princeton University and is internationally recognised as an art collector and historian with a particular interest in the Victorian era. He is Vice-Chairman of Forbes Inc. Forbes is a leading provider of business information for executives and affluent investors. The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, has been among the top five magazines in America in ad pages for the last ten years, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.

While still an undergraduate, Mr. Forbes worked as a Curator of The Forbes Magazine Collection. Further reflecting his interest in Art History, he has written several books and catalogues, including: Victorians in Togas, Paintings by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema from the Collection of Allen Funt, Metropolitan Museum, 1973; The Royal Academy (1836-1901) Revisited, Metropolitan Museum and others, 1975; Fabergé: Imperial Eggs and Other Fantasies (with Hermione Waterfield), Charles Scribner's Sons, 1978; and Fabergé Eggs (with Dr. Armand Hammer), Harry Abrams, 1980, now in its fourteenth printing. Mr. Forbes also edited Masterpieces from the House of Fabergé, published by Abrams in 1984. Most recently, Mr. Forbes co-authored with Robyn Tromeur Fabergé: The Forbes Collection, published by Hugh Lauter Levin in the Fall of 1999.
From 1976 through 1978, Mr. Forbes served as Publisher of Nineteenth Century, a quarterly magazine produced by Forbes Inc. on behalf of the Victorian Society in America.

Mr. Forbes is Chairman of the American Friends of the Louvre and he also sits on the boards of The Friends of New Jersey State Museum, The New York Academy of Art and the Prince of Wales Foundation. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of The Princeton University Art Museum. Mr. Forbes received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Princeton University in 1972. In 1986, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by New Hampshire College and in 2003 was appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French Government.

Antony Goldman CB

Tony Goldman is a retired senior civil servant. His time in the Civil Service included a period at the Treasury when he was responsible for public expenditure on the arts, and in the Department of Transport where he was Director General of Civil Aviation. A Cambridge graduate, Tony Goldman has been awarded the Hon Companion of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Companion of the Bath and is recipient of the European Regional Aviation Award. His current interests include serving as an adviser at the Citizens Advice Bureau. He is a keen amateur musician, Chairman of the Haslemere Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and acts as a tour leader to European music festivals.
Antony Goldman is Chairman of the Watts Gallery Trustees Finance and Buildings Committee

Isabel Goldsmith

Isabel Goldsmith has been a collector of G F Watts and other Victorian artists for over fifteen years. Isabel has supported an exhibition of Leighton’s work at the Royal Academy and is an avid patron of the arts in general. As well as managing her highly sought after hotel/retreat in Mexico, Isabel dedicates herself to artistic and environmental projects. Isabel Goldsmith is patron of the Watts Gallery Hope Appeal.

Perdita Hunt DL, Director , Watts Gallery

Perdita Hunt is a trained arts administrator. She has worked in senior positions at the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and WWF-UK. In addition Perdita served as theatre projects co-ordinator at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Marketing and Development Director at the Aldeburgh Foundation in Suffolk and Press Advisor to Suffolk Crafts Society. She is a Trustee of Baynards Zambia Trust ,a member of the Development Committee of Guildford Cathedral and a tutor on The Recess College which provides leadership development to senior executives in Europe. Perdita was appointed Director of Watts Gallery to lead the £10m Watts Gallery Hope Project to save the future of Watts Gallery and its collection. She is now leading the campaign to rescue Watts's house and studio for the nation. 

Robert Napier

Robert Napier is Chairman of English Partnerships and the Meteorological Office. He served as Chief Executive of WWF-UK from February 1999 to 2006. Formerly he was Chief Executive of Redland plc. Robert was educated at Sedbergh School, he studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge, leading to an MA, and also attended the Harvard Business School.

For over 10 years Robert Napier has been active in the charitable sector. From 1986-1988 he was a Trustee of World in Need, which led to his becoming a founding Trustee of ACET, the Aids Charity, in 1988. He was Chairman of the Trustees of the construction industry charity CRASH. In 1997 he established a charitable Trust to fund self-help projects in rural Zambia, many of which have conservation objectives.

Robert is a non-executive Director of Anglian Water Services. He is Chairman of Governors of Sedbergh School. His interests are hill walking, escaping to Scotland and the works of John Buchan. Robert Napier is Watts Gallery Trustees’ Treasurer.

Professor Leonée Ormond

Leonée Ormond is Professor Emerita of Victorian Studies at King's College, London and a Fellow of King's College. She has written widely on subjects associated with Victorian literature and painting, and is the author of books on George Du Maurier, Frederic, Lord Leighton (with Richard Ormond), J.M. Barrie and Tennyson. Her biography of the Punch artist Linley Sambourne was published in 2010. She was President of the International Dickens Fellowship from 2007-2009 and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tennyson Society and Vice Chairman of the Kipling Society. She was one of the curators of the Frederic Leighton centenary exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1996. She became a trustee of the Watts Gallery in 1995 and has published a study of Watts's relationship with Tennyson.

Emma Verey

Emma Verey is an Oxford graduate who spent her early career at Mander Portman and Woodward. She has a passion for art, opera and gardening and secured a diploma in plants and plantsmanship. Her voluntary work has included serving on the committee of the Friends of Moorfields Eye Hospital, being Central London representative of the National League of Hospital Friends, and serving on the committee of the Friends of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Emma Verey is a member of the development board of the Bodleian Library and a member of the Gala Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society. Together with her husband, David Verey, former Chairman of the Tate, Emma has hosted innumerable events for the Tate over the past six years.

Deborah Brice

Debby Brice is an art collector and patron of the Arts. She has supported many of the major art institutions in the UK and is a generous benefactor to Watts Gallery. A member of the International Council of MoMA, the vice chairman of the Tate International Council, The Chairman of the I Tatti Council and a Trustee of the Institute of Fine Arts in New York City, Debby Brice is enthusiastic to support organisations which show leadership and have an impact on people’s lives. A US citizen, Debby Brice is resident in the UK. Debby is a member of the Finance and Buildings Committee of Watts Gallery.

MaryAnne Stevens

MaryAnne Stevens was the Director of Academic Affairs at the Royal Academy of Arts, with overall responsibility for the Collections, Library and Archive, and the Learning and Architecture programmes. A specialist in nineteenth-century art, MaryAnne also curates major loan exhibitions at the RA and is co-curator of the current Manet: Portraying Life exhibition. MaryAnne has overseen the delivery of the £4.1 million on-line Cataloguing Project for the Royal Academy’s Collection, Library and Archive, and directed public education programmes that have established the Royal Academy as a national and international centre of excellence.

Sir Mark Jones

Sir Mark Jones was elected Master of St Cross College, Oxford in 2011. He was formerly Director of the V&A, where he led a ten-year £120million programme of renewal of the museum’s buildings and displays. Mark Jones is a former Director of the National Museums of Scotland, where during his tenure he oversaw the creation of the award-winning Museum of Scotland, the National War Museum of Scotland and the Museum of Scottish Country Life. Mark Jones has been a donor to Watts Gallery through adopting drawings in the Watts collection.

Watts Gallery Trust is deeply grateful to all its donors, Friends, Patrons, Adopters and volunteers who so generously give of their time. Watts Gallery is an independent charity and receives no regular government or council funding. Every gift is important to us. Special thanks to those listed here:

Major Supporters of the Hope Restoration Project 2005-2011:

Heritage Lottery Fund, The Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation, The Isabel Goldsmith Patiño Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, The George John & Sheilah Livanos Charitable Trust, Richard Ormond CBE, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, The Foyle Foundation, English Heritage, Christopher Forbes, J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, The Ingram Trust, The Linbury Trust, David Pike, The Foyle Foundation, The de Laszlo Foundation, Guildford Borough Council, The Robert Gavron Charitable Trust, Hamish Dewar Ltd, Peter Harrison Foundation, The John Ellerman Foundation, The Finnis Scott Foundation, John Beale, The Restoration Fund, The Wolfson Foundation, The Mercers’ Company, KPMG Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust, Surrey Hills LEADER, The Billmeir Charitable Trust, The Hazelhurst Trust, The Monument Trust, Surrey County Council, Man Charitable Trust, Wates Foundation, The Henry Moore Foundation, John Lewis OBE, The Rothschild Foundation, Oxford Exhibition Services, The Michael Varah Memorial Fund, The Michael Marks Charitable Trust, Spencer Wills Trust, The John S Cohen Charitable Trust, The Fenton Arts Trust, Nevill Keating Pictures, Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, The Golden Bottle Trust, Miklos and Sally Salamon, The Leche Trust, Lord Faringdon Charitable Trust, Welton Foundation, The Derek Hill Foundation, The Crescent Trust, The Rayne Foundation, John George, Ray Ayres, Christopher Wood and those who wish to remain anonymous.

Major Donors to Watts Gallery Trust, supporting the collection, learning, exhibitions, annual costs & projects.

The Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation, Arts Council England, The Isabel Goldsmith Patiño Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The de Laszlo Foundation, Art Fund, KPMG Foundation, Hazelhurst Trust, Jonathan & Sarah Bayliss, Emma Verey, The Billmeir Charitable Trust, Paul Mellon Centre, The Michael Varah Memorial Fund, National and Decorative Fine Art Societies (NADFAS), John Beale, AIM/Pilgrim Trust, Guildford Borough Council, Marc Fitch Fund, The Worshipful Company of Weavers, The Cabinet Office, Spencer Wills Trust, SEWS Development Service, Winsor & Newton, Chelsea Square 1994 Charitable Trust and those who wish to remain anonymous.

Major donors to The Cornerstone Bicentenary Appeal, supporting the endowment.

Heritage Lottery Fund, Richard Ormond CBE, John Lewis OBE, David Pike.

The Limnerslease Project

Patron HRH The Prince of Wales KG KT GCB OM
Arts Patron Sir Antony Gormley OBE RA

Watts Gallery Trust thanks generous lenders:

Matthew and Dr Helen Bowcock
Peter Harrison Foundation
George and Kirsty Anson
The de Laszlo Foundation
Founding Benefactors:
Sir Antony Gormley OBE RA
Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement
The George John and Sheila Livanos Charitable Trust
Garfield Weston Foundation
J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
The Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation
Peter Harrison Foundation
The Hazelhurst Trust
David Pike
James and Clare Kirkman
George and Kirsty Anson
Miklós and Sally Salamon
The Foyle Foundation
And those who wish to remain anonymous.
Watts Gallery Trust thanks these Generous Donors:
Wolfson Foundation
Andrea Brooks
The Borrows Charitable Trust
Geoffrey and Antoinette Traylen
Princess Nina Lobanov-Rostovsky
The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust
The Stevenson Family Trust
The Billmeir Charitable Trust
Loveday Charitable Trust
The Hon. Carole Lawson
Jonathan & Jane Clarke
The Hands Trust
And to all those who wish to remain anonymous.

Thank you to all our Patrons whose committed annual support allows us to plan our exhibitions and learning &outreach programmes. To find out more and contribute to the success of Watts Gallery Trust click here.