Andrew Smith - Chairman

Andrew Smith was a London based partner at PwC until 2009. During his 34 years at PwC he had a wide range of leadership roles as an auditor, consultant and HR practitioner. In particular, he led the UK firm’s banking and capital markets assurance practice, led its sustainability and climate change consulting practice and was HR partner for its 850 partners with a focus on partner development.

Since retiring from PwC, until 2015 he was a trustee for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the Climate Group and chaired their audit committees. He became a trustee of Tullie House Museum in 2010 and chairs its Trading Company Board. He is also a trustee for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and The London Transport Museum and chairs their audit committees and is a trustee for Lowther Castle and Gardens Trust in Penrith and an alumnus member of the audit committee for Clare College, Cambridge.

He lives in Penrith, Cumbria with his wife Diana and has four married children and a growing number of grandchildren.


Andrew Mackay - Director & Board Member

Andrew was appointed Director of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust in January 2016. He joined Tullie House in 2010 as Head of Collections and Programming and was instrumental in leading several gallery developments including the award winning Roman Frontier gallery and the development of Old Tullie House to redisplay the Pre-Raphaelite art collection. Andrew also managed the team that delivered many high-profile exhibitions such as the Artist Rooms exhibition of Anselm Kiefer in 2015. He also championed the learning team to win the Sanford Award for Heritage Education and led the fundraising campaign for the Crosby Garrett Helmet.

Andrew has developed the relationship with the British Museum so that Tullie House now benefits from loans, staff exchanges and education partnerships. He has also been responsible for creating a partnership with the Imperial Decree Museum in China.

Prior to working in Carlisle Andrew was Head of Cultural Services for Craven District Council in the Yorkshire Dales. Here he was responsible for creating a new department by combining museums, arts development and heritage services and for managing three volunteer-run museums.

Andrew started his career working on the natural history collections at Tyne & Wear Museum Service before moving to the Science Museum to work on the Wellcome medical collections. He became Keeper of the Boot & Shoe Collection at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery in 1988 and Curator/General Manager of the Norfolk Rural Life Museum in 1994. Whilst in Norfolk he managed the £4m capital redevelopment of the site which led a 40% increase in visitor numbers.

Andrew was born in South Shields and educated at the University of Leicester; he has post-graduate diplomas in Museum Studies and Management & Leadership. He is a Fellow of the Museums Association, Director of the Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust and was appointed a Director of the newly established Sunderland Culture in 2016 and is Chairman of Cumbria Museum Director’s Group.


Caroline Thomson - Trustee

Caroline Thomson has a mix of appointments in the arts and media worlds.   She is chair of Digital UK, the body which is responsible for digital terrestrial television and was a director of CN media group.  In the arts world, she is a Trustee of English National Ballet, deputy chair of the National Gallery until 2016. She is also a non-executive director of one of the National Health Service regulatory bodies, a non-executive director of UK Government Investments, and of UITEC PL and the CN group.

Caroline stepped down from her role as C.O.O at the BBC in September 2012 after serving twelve years as a member of the Executive Board. 

As C.O.O she was the deputy director general and was responsible for all the non-programme parts of the BBC except finance.  She managed technology, property, marketing, HR, legal, strategy, communications, health and safety, complaints, and outreach - with operating budgets of £800m, capital budgets of more than £1b and a staff of 3,000+.  

Caroline's initial training was as a broadcast journalist and in her twenties, she was a producer on Radio Four and for Panorama.  She spent eleven years at Channel Four, first in charge of science and business programmes and latterly as Head of Corporate Affairs.  She then returned to the BBC as deputy Chief executive of the World Service.


Eric Robson - Trustee

Eric Robson spent most of his early life in Carlisle and was educated at the city’s Grammar School. He began work at Border Television as a schedules clerk and has subsequently been a writer and broadcaster for more than thirty years working for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Radio 4.

He presented such prestigious current affairs programmes as Brass Tacks on BBC 2 and File on 4 on Radio 4. For many years he was a BBC outside broadcast commentator working on all the great State occasions – Remembrance Sunday, Trooping the Colour, Royal weddings and funerals and the handover of Hong Kong. For almost over 22 years he’s been chairman of the world’s longest running broadcast programme, Gardeners’ Question Time on Radio 4. His books include Great Railway Journeys of the World, The Border Line, a history of the Anglo/Scottish border and After Wainwright, a memoir of the years he filmed with Britain’s most famous fell walker.

He lives in the Wasdale Valley in the Lake District, is Chairman of Striding Edge Ltd, a director of the production company Arena Broadcast. He’s Chairman of Cumbria Tourism and a Deputy Lieutenant for Cumbria.


Julie Mennell - Trustee

Prior to becoming the Vice Chancellor at the University of Cumbria, Professor Julie Mennell was at the University of Sunderland spending time as Deputy Vice Chancellor where her recent role involved leading the university’s development activities, including international and transnational activities, student recruitment and product development.

She has also held senior positions at Northumbria and Teesside universities and is a former president and honorary member of the North East Association of Science Education and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, The Chartered Society for Forensic Sciences, Institute of Measurement & Control and the RSA.

Julie has an international reputation in the field of forensic and crime scene science, having made significant contributions to forensic science strategy, education and workforce development in the UK and overseas, including serving on the Home Office Forensic Science Advisory Council and the Skills for Justice Forensic Science Occupational Skills Committee.

A mathematics and physics graduate from the University of Leeds, Julie holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Teesside University, focused on the radiometric characterisation of pneumatic suspensions of particulate solids, and a PGC Learning & Teaching in HE.


Sir Mark Jones - Trustee

Mark Jones is Chair of the Pilgrim Trust and Hospitalfield and owns Golden Hare Books. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Worcester College, Oxford and gained an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He was subsequently Assistant Keeper of Coins and Medals, British Museum (1974-1990) and Keeper of Coins and Medals, British Museum (1990-1992). During his time at the British Museum he organised ‘The Art of the Medal’ (1979) and ‘Fake?: the Art of Deception’ (1988).

As Director of the National Museums of Scotland (1992-2001) he was responsible for the creation of the Museum of Scotland (opened 1998), the National War Museum of Scotland and the Museum of Scottish Country Life. From 2001-2011 he was Director of the Victoria & Albert. During his time at the V&A, 70% of the museum was renewed, V&A exhibitions travelled all around the globe and visit numbers increased threefold. From 2011-16 Mark Jones was Master of St Cross College where he initiated and oversaw the construction of a new ‘West Quad’ designed by Niall McLaughlin.

Mark Jones is an Honorary Professor at Edinburgh University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an honorary Fellow of Worcester and St Cross Colleges, Oxford. He has honorary doctorates from Royal Holloway College (University of London) and the universities of East Anglia, Dundee and Abertay. He was Chairman of the National Museum Directors’ Conference (2006-2009), a trustee of the National Trust (2005-12) and a member of the Council of the Royal College of Art (2001-12). He is a trustee of the Watts Gallery, Grimsthorpe and Drummond, the Historic Environment Scotland Trust and the Corning Museum of Glass and Honorary Chairman of the Sarikhani Collection of Persian Art.


Paul Croft - Trustee

Paul Croft has senior level Board and executive experience in the UK nuclear industry and in the management at Board level of SME companies in the private sector. He was Head of Corporate Purchasing (1993-2002), Director of Services (1994-99) and Deputy Head of Sellafield (1999-2003) for British Nuclear Fuels Limited. As Director of Services he oversaw the change programme within Services at Sellafield – a process involving 3600 employees and over 60 disparate functions, and producing very substantial service improvements and cost reductions. As part of this programme he saw the opportunity to spin out the internal provision of apprentice and other training activities at Sellafield and to create a new, locally-based company that could operate more freely and innovatively, and could grow and diversify its training and educational portfolio, seeking new customers whilst retaining its unique expertise in the nuclear sector. Accordingly, he initiated a make/buy project to examine the feasibility of this idea and to produce a business case. Out of this exercise came the company that is GEN II, which came into being in 2000, and which has grown and diversified significantly each year.

In August 2003 Paul Croft was asked by the GEN II Board to become the independent Chair of GEN II, serving in this capacity until 2010.

In addition to the foregoing, Paul Croft has been:

  • a member of the UKAEAC Police Authority (1999-2003)
  • Chairman and director of Fellside Heat and Power Limited (1998-2002)
  • Chairman of the North West Nuclear Supply Chain Project (2007-2010)
  • Director of West Cumbria Development Agency (1995-2003, 2005-2011)
  • Director of West Cumbria Development Fund (1995-2003, 2005-2011)
  • Chairman and Director of Westlakes Properties Limited (1999-2011)

and is currently:

  • Director of Nucleus Training Limited
  • Associate of Integrated Decision Management
  • Independent management consultant, in which capacity, amongst other things, he has supported successful tenders for the management of the Sellafield and Drigg sites.


Peter Strike - Trustee

Peter Strike was Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Cumbria until July 2016 and continues to teach at the University. Professor Strike previously held academic and executive posts at Liverpool University, Edinburgh Napier University, Northumbria University and the University of Sunderland. By background a research scientist with an international reputation in microbial genetics, he has considerable experience of knowledge transfer, of developing partnerships between universities and the business community, and developing spin-out companies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.


Marcia Elaine Reid Fotheringham   

Marcia was born in London but left as a child and raised in New York, USA. She attended Hofstra University, Long Island, NY, and earned degrees: BA – Sociology 1976; MA – Psychology 1978; and PD – Family Therapy 1979.

Following university, Marcia moved to Massachusetts and worked at Emerson College, AtlantiCare Medical Center, Efficacy Research Institute and The State of Massachusetts.  Worked as a clinical psychologist and family therapist, a clinical supervisor, a mental health Director and senior administrator, and a facilitator responsible for providing therapeutic services, administrative management, focus groups, the distribution of State funds for residential mental health facilities and became a quality management expert.  Marcia also had a successful clinical private practice in Salem, Massachusetts.

In 1996 Marcia Moved to Cumbria, UK and from 1999 – 2015 was an Owner and Director of two dental practices managing all administrative aspects including customer services, CQC, human resources and quality management.  

In 2001 she became a Magistrate – Adult Court (crime) and Family Court Panel and was an appraiser and Training & Development Committee Member. In 20014 to 2017: Carlisle Bench Deputy Chair; and, currently, 2017: Bench Chair of North & West Cumbria Bench. Also, North West Regional Representative to the National Bench Chair Forum and National Representative to the Probation Sentencing Board.  From 2010 to 2015 Marcia was a Board Member of Safety Net (agency providing mental health services and support to complex families with a history of sexual/physical abuse).

Marcia is currently an Owner and Director of one dental practice and became a Board Member of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust in 2016.

Throughout her career, Marcia has given many employee awards and recognitions and raised money for numerous charities.   In 2019/20 she will become High Sheriff of Cumbria.


Councillor Dr Les Tickner - Council Representative & Board Member

Les Tickner is Deputy Leader of Carlisle City Councillor and a City Councillor with executive portfolio responsibilities for Finance, Governance and Resources. He has spent most of his career with Carlisle City Council latterly as the Head of Environmental Services.

Les now works as a University Lecturer teaching International Business Management at both Newcastle University Business School and the University of Northumbria Business and Law School in Newcastle.  He also works for QA International Development Team in Newcastle teaching applied Maths, Physics and Engineering and undertakes business improvement commissions for the Association for Public Service Excellence as an Associate Consultant.  Originally trained as a Civil Engineer he now runs his own Ltd Company.

Les has identical twin sons and lives with his wife Elaine in Carlisle who he supports in her role as the North West Co-ordinator for the Dyspraxia Foundation.


David Gibson - Company Secretary & Board Member

David Gibson Is Company Secretary and Senior Finance manager at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust.

He was educated at Carlisle Grammar School, Ecole St Vincent de Paul Rennes, and Brasenose College Oxford. After working for four years in the City of London he returned to his native Cumbria where his family have farmed since at least 1660 and probably before that.

After qualifying as a chartered accountant, he was a partner in a local firm for many years with a varied portfolio of business and taxation clients.

He has two grown up sons and a baby grandson in London. He has always been interested in classical music and sung with the Abbey Singers for many years and has toured with them in Germany and the USA. Another major passion is European history and to this end has visited 38 of the constituent countries and hopes to complete the set.