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 currently chairs the Project Board for the Museum’s capital development Programme, Project Tullie. 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.
Caroline Thomson - Deputy Chair
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. Until 2020 Caroline was also Chair of Oxfam International.
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. Caroline was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Cumbria in 2020.
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 was formerly Chair of Cumbria Museum Director’s Group.
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.
Peter Strike - Trustee
Peter Strike was Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Cumbria until July 2016. 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 - Trustee
Marcia was born in London but left as a child and was 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. Marcia retired from the Bench in 2021. 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). Throughout her career, Marcia has given many employee awards and recognitions and raised money for numerous charities.
Marcia became a Board Member of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust in 2016 and is currently an Owner and Director of one dental practice, was High Sheriff of Cumbria in 2019 and is now a Deputy Lieutenant for the county.
Lou Kneath - Trustee
Lou Kneath is a Character Animator, Creative Consultant and the CEO of Carlisle based animation studio Plus3k Ltd - an independent production company working with brands and businesses worldwide on high concept creative content.
After graduating from the University of Cumbria in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Digital Animation, she started her own business, providing animation for digital advertising within the local area working with some of the largest brands in the region. In 2011 she was accepted at a world renowned Character Animation Mentorship in San Francisco being trained by some of the best animation talent from Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.
After graduation she gained TV Credits as a character animator for Cbeebies and HIT Entertainment series whilst based in Manchester, UK.
Passionate about developing digital and creative industry opportunities for the future of Cumbria, Lou continued to focus on building her animation studio in Carlisle in order to create jobs and apprenticeships for local talent as well as opportunities for international artists.
In 2017 her studio organised an Animation Director from Pixar Animation Studios to provide a special 3-day masterclass in Carlisle, with attendance from student to industry level talent from across the country.
She speaks regularly at events in the North about animation, film and entrepreneurship.
She guest lectures at the University of Cumbria and speaks at local schools to push interest in the possibilities of animation and the digital arts. She is also a Governor for Kingmoor Infant School in Carlisle where her daughter attends.
The University of Cumbria honoured Lou as Alumni of the Year in 2017 for her work developing an animation industry for the region. In 2018 she became a mentor for the National Youth Film Academy educating students on the opportunities within the film and TV industry. Lou was listed in the “40 under Forty“ women to watch in March 2019‘s issue of Carlisle Living.
Chris Harrsion - Trustee
Chris Harrison is a businessman and entrepreneur leading a diverse business portfolio that operates locally, nationally and internationally.
Growing up in and later outside Carlisle, Chris combines a love of nature and cultural background with farming and construction; attending both art college and agricultural college before founding an innovative and highly successful development company that has grown into the diverse group it is today. Under Chris’s directorship and management, the group operates in a broad range of sectors on multi-million pound projects across: Development; design, construction and engineering; renewable energies; farming, forestry and land management.
Work across all sectors is driven by Chris’s passion for sustainability and regeneration, which often takes a grass roots approach. One of Chris’s initial successes was the development of a pioneering business village, which was one of the first of its kind in terms of community and live: work ethos. More recent work includes ground breaking developments in biogas renewable energy. Leading the group Chris has won a number of awards including Entrepreneur of the Year. Chris is also a key supporter of local charities and founder of the Pride of Cumbria.
Chris lives near Curthwaite with his wife and children. At home he farms organically and is a keen beekeeper. He and his family also enjoy sailing. Part of local community Chris also redeveloped and reopened the local pub following its closure, restoring and ensuring continuation of a key part of village life.
Chris’s passion for art and art history was inspired by his mother’s keen interest the subject. Chris is also a champion of local artists and supporter of #supportlivingartists movement.
Rebecca Foy - Trustee
Rebecca Foy is the Director of Public Engagement at Bletchley Park Trust near Milton Keynes, where, since 2015, she has been responsible for leading the teams that deliver all visitor-facing aspects of Bletchley Park. This covers pre-visit marketing and communications, day-to-day visitor operations, education and outreach programmes, through to the delivery and programming of exhibitions and access to the Collection. All her teams are committed to providing excellent service to Bletchley Park’s visitors and ensuring a high quality visit. Rebecca’s teams have the challenge of welcoming and accommodating more visitors than ever before as Bletchley Park experiences unprecedented numbers.
Rebecca is also involved in the local arts and culture network, sitting on the board of Pedalling Culture – an Arts Council funded initiative to encourage visitation to MK’s cultural attractions by green transport - and working on the Programming team for Milton Keynes’ submission for European Capital of Culture.
Prior to joining the Trust in January 2015, Rebecca worked for eight years for the National Trust, at both Tyntesfield (near Bristol) and Cliveden (nearr Maidenhead) in visitor experience and commercial and operations roles, and is very familiar with dealing with high numbers of visitors. Dedicated to inspiring and leading others in delivering great customer service, Rebecca was involved in the concept and delivery of the National Trust’s new Service Leadership programme. Before working in heritage, Rebecca was a retail manager for several years after completing a Medieval and Modern History degree at the University of Birmingham.
Cllr Colin Glover - Trustee
Colin Glover is a Carlisle City Councillor and is Chair of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership Creative and Cultural Sector Panel. Colin was Leader of Carlisle City Council from 2013 until 2019 and played a key role in securing the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. A ward councillor for Currock and Upperby, Colin previously served as the Deputy Leader of the Council and was Portfolio holder for Economy and Enterprise. He also represented the six Cumbrian District Councils on the Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board.
Colin’s career has included over 20 years in the rail industry, working in both marketing and finance roles for InterCity West Coast and Virgin Trains. He then went on to work for Cumbria County Council in Service Development, Commissioning and Contract Management for social care and support services for vulnerable adults with complex needs.
Colin is a Director and Trustee of Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life, based in Carlisle Castle. He is also Chair and Trustee of Currock Community Association and is a Trustee of Carlisle Society for the Blind.
Cllr Keith Meller – Council appointed Trustee
David Gibson - Company Secretary
David Gibson is Company Secretary 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.
Katie Proud - Head of Finance and Operations
Katie has been with Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery since 2005 when she started within the Finance team. She now heads up the Finance and Resources department, which means that in addition to finance she has responsibility for HR, property, IT, H&S, commercial venue hire and catering. She has significant experience of financial processes and procedures, contract management, procurement, HR and licencing.
Katie established the financial systems and procedures of the Trust in 2011, after the transfer from Carlisle City Council. She has provided financial support to capital development projects including the creation of the Roman Frontier Gallery in 2010/11 and the fundraising campaign for the Crosby Garrett Helmet in 2014. More recently, she has supported significant funding bids and is the finance lead for the Cumbria Museum Consortium’s £4m grant from Arts Council England. She has led on contract negotiations with partners such as the catering operator and other central service providers. Katie has an ILM Award in Leadership and Management and leads the Environmental team within the Museum. She manages the Trust’s Audit and Risk Committee and is also the designated supervisor on the Trust’s Premises Licence.
Born and raised on the family farm near Brampton, she now lives near Wigton with her husband and daughter. Katie is also a Trustee of a CIO which provides vital childcare and Early Years education in the local community.
Anna Smalley - Head of Collections and Engagement
Anna has been at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery since 2011 when she started as Learning Assistant. Since then, Anna has held various roles within the learning department and is now Head of Collections & Engagement. Anna has strategic responsibility for curatorial, learning, visitor experience, retail and volunteering. She is also the Museum’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. Anna has significant experience within learning and engagement and has been instrumental in designing and implementing the Trust’s innovative public programme. Thanks to this work, the Museum has won several high-profile national awards (Telegraph & Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award, Sandford Award) and become the first English museum to join the international engagement and organisational development programme OF / BY / FOR All.
Anna was born in Liverpool and attended the University of Manchester where she gained a First Class Honours in History and a Master’s in Modern British History. She is an Associate of the Museums Association and a graduate of the Engage Extend Leadership Programme. She has also been peer nominated to the National Women Leaders in Museums Network ‘Confidence, Choice, Connections’ programme for emerging female leaders in the museum sector. She is Chair of Borderlines, Carlisle’s literature festival and manages the city’s annual Chinese New Year festival. Prior to joining the Tullie House team, she took part in the Wordsworth Trust’s prestigious internship scheme in 2010/11.
Amy Walker - Head of Strategy and Development, and Programme Manager for Project Tullie
Amy has been with Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery since 2004 after graduating from the University of Cumbria with a Degree in Applied Arts. She has held several roles across the organisation and is currently Head of Strategy and Development with responsibility for the development team and Project Tullie: the museum’s major capital development programme.
Prior to her current role, Amy has managed a vast array of projects ranging from capital projects to events and including the Brampton Live Festival, which was the largest Folk & Roots festival in the North at the time. She has overseen exhibitions showcasing the work of icons such as JMW Turner and prize-winning artists (such as Anthony Gormley) and as a consequence has developed long-standing relationships with several major national institutions. Amy has also built strong international partnerships, most notably with China, where she developed a government agreement for the export of artefacts from private museums to the UK. In 2014, Amy was awarded the Carlisle Cultural City award for delivering high-profile exhibitions and innovative late night museum events.
As Programme Manager for Project Tullie, Amy has led on all stages of the major capital investment project from inception. She negotiates and manages external contracts, is responsible for internal and external consultation, fundraising and ongoing development. She also manages the Trust’s Development Committee, through which she recently launched a successful 125th anniversary programme and created a new, highly productive Patron’s Scheme.
Amy grew up in Caldbeck. She is now based in Carlisle and has a true passion for culture and making Carlisle a great place to live and work.