The museum is led by CEO Nat Edwards and governed by a board of trustees


  • Prof. Monty Losowsky

    Life President - Board of Trustees

    Born and brought up in London, Monty studied at Coopers’ Company School before studying medicine at the University of Leeds. He has worked in Leeds, London, Paris, University of Queensland, Australia and Harvard University, USA. Monty was Professor of Medicine, University of Leeds 1969-96 and Dean of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Leeds 1989-94. He is also an ex-member of the General Medical Council, ex-President of the British Society for Gastroenterology, ex-Chairman of the Leeds division of the BMA, ex-Governor of Coeliac UK, ex-Chairman of The Coeliac Trust, ex-Trustee of The British Liver Trust, ex Scientific Governor of the British Nutrition Foundation and a Governor of Leeds Grammar School.

    Monty has led the Museum since its opening in 1997 as Executive Chairman, only recently stepping down to become Life President.

  • Keith Ramsay

    Chairman - Board of Trustees

    A highly experienced commercial executive, Keith has considerable experience and knowledge of working in a number of sectors over the past 25 years, including retail, food and drink, housing and regeneration, business support and health to name a few. His real focus has been on strategic management, mentoring, coaching and business growth in the face of an ever-changing customer base. He has developed key skills around business and organisational transformation, cultural change, turnaround and efficiency programmes. He has experience at both Board and management levels of Operations, Organisational Development, Cultural Change, Business Support and Strategic Development in the public, private and the not-for-profit sectors

    Following successful careers in corporate organisations as diverse as Marks and Spencer, Space New Living (housing association) and latterly as Chief Executive of Customer First UK, Keith set up his own consultancy practice in 2007 building on his experience and knowledge. He offers specialist support services to organisations from all sectors and on a national basis. He has developed a substantial network of business contacts and has engaged with employers and providers alike in developing agendas to meet current and future needs.

  • Steven Clegg

    Board of Trustees

    Steven grew up in York and lives near Harrogate. He is a finance and business professional, experienced in a broad range of sectors and chairs Thackray’s Risk and Audit Committee. Currently he is the head of finance for a Leeds based I.T. company. He is a qualified accountant and expects to complete an MBA from Leeds University Business School in 2016. He is interested in organisational development.

  • Andrew Fotherby

    Board of Trustees

    Andrew studied Management with Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Leeds, and has 20 years experience in engineering, construction and project management of infrastructure and building projects in the UK and overseas. Andrew is a Director at WYG, a multidiscipline project management and technical consultancy for the built and natural environment with 1,500 staff in the UK. He is a Board Member for Management Services, responsible for Project & Cost Management in the Midlands, North of England and Scotland, overseeing more than £1bn of capital programmes and projects across Defence, Education, Residential, Culture, Healthcare, Energy and Local Government sectors. He is the corporate representative to the Major Projects Association is also the main representative for WYG’s Corporate Social Responsibility engagement with the Royal British Legion.

  • Mark Goldstone

    Board of Trustees

    Head of Business Representation & Policy
    Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

    Mark heads up the Chamber’s business representation activities advising local authorities, politicians, government departments and ministers on regional business issues and sentiment. He is responsible for the Chamber’s research function providing evidence and intelligence on issues as far afield as planning and infrastructure investment to overseas trade, education and skills. Mark is actively involved in economic development and policy issues within the Leeds City Region working with partners across the public and private sectors to help create the environment for business to grow and expand. He holds a Masters’ degree in Physics from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from Leeds Business School.

  • Isabel Hunt

    Board of Trustees

    Isabel currently works at the Health and Social Care Information Centre in Leeds where she is the Customer Relations Director. She previously worked at the University of Leeds where she was the Director of Communications and Public Relations.
    Before moving to Leeds in 2011, Isabel worked as a Director in the Strategy and International Affairs team at the Home Office in London and as Executive Director for Marketing and Business Development at the Identity and Passport Service. She was also a member of the National Identity Service Programme Board.

    Isabel has also worked for nearly 10 years in senior commercial and marketing roles at Royal Mail, including a spell as Commercial Director on the international board. She is a graduate of Birmingham University, has an MBA from Cranfield University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
    Isabel is a Council member of Leeds Minster, and for four years was a trustee of one of London’s larger Age UK charities.

  • Dean Jowett

    Board of Trustees

    Dean is a qualified solicitor with over 12 years post qualification experience specialising in commercial property matters, specifically in residential and commercial development projects and property finance. Dean acts for a range of clients including household names such as Persimmon Homes, Santander and RBS. He trained with Hammonds Solicitors in Leeds and spent over a decade with national practices before joining Schofield Sweeney in Leeds as a partner in 2014 where he is now an equity partner. Schofield Sweeney is a full service regional law firm with 3 offices in West Yorkshire which employs over 150 staff and has a turnover in excess of £10m

  • Annette Lyons

    Board of Trustees

    Annette has worked in the retail sector for 25 years and she is the Retail & Operations Director for Specsavers.

    Annette started out with Marks & Spencer, and then spent 10 years as a product selector in the Home Group before leaving London to head north to Ripon. There, she set up her own business as a restaurant owner for 7 years. Whilst studying for an MBA in 2012 Annette had a brief period in the not for profit sector with YMCA and Age Concern, looking at the cost base and aligning them with suitable collaboration partners within the private sector. In 2014 Annette was approached by Specsavers and has spent a very enjoyable albeit frantic two years in the crazy world of eyes and ears.

  • Phil Quirke

    Board of Trustees

    Phil is the Yorkshire Cancer Research Centenary Professor of Pathology at the University of Leeds and an honorary Consultant Pathologist at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

    He has a longstanding research interest in improving outcomes in bowel cancer, in supporting clinical trials and developing new molecular pathology diagnostic tests.

    He leads the pathology for the NHS bowel cancer screening programme and is currently President of the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

    Phil is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator, a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and an honorary fellow of 5 international surgical societies. He went to School at the Coopers Company Grammar School in Bow and Southampton University.

  • John Roles

    Board of Trustees

    John is an experienced museum professional having worked in the sector for over 30 years in many roles including education officer, curator and senior manager. Since 2004 he has been Head of Leeds Museums and Galleries- now the largest local authority run museum service in England and Wales. John has been responsible for overseeing many major museum redevelopments and exhibitions. He is currently Chair of the Yorkshire Museums Directors Conference, a member of the National Museums Directors Conference. He has lectured abroad for the British Council and has taken part in several Peer Reviews instigated by the Local Government Association/Arts Council as the senior museum professional.

  • Jane Walton

    Board of Trustees

    Jane is Director of Creative Minds, and works with charities and social enterprises in Yorkshire and the Humber to make a difference to their clients by ensuring that governance structures are fit for purpose and that trustees are able to undertake their roles effectively. She is also Chair of Young Enterprise UK (West Yorkshire), which provides inspiration and information to young people who are considering self-employment or starting up in business. Her skills include organisational review, governance, trustee development, policy and strategic direction; mentoring individuals to achieve their personal and professional goals; and advising the education sector on developing an enterprise culture. Jane was previously Head of Regional Development at Museums, Libraries, Archives Yorkshire, and also has a family connection to the Thackray Company through her father, who was a service engineer with the company.


  • Nat Edwards


    Nat has over 30 years’ experience working in Museums, Heritage and visitor attractions. His career has taken him from institutions such as the British Museum, National Library of Scotland, National Trust for Scotland and Glasgow Museums, through a number of award-winning developments – including the creation of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire, of which he was the founding Director – to a diverse array of business initiatives, exhibitions, community and educational projects, working with everyone from global brands and international NGOs to social enterprises and community health projects. He is fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and also author of Caledonia’s Last Stand: In search of the Lost Scots of Darien.