The board of trustees work in partnership with our PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP
David Glasser is Chair of the Trustees although he does not chair monthly Board meetings as he operates as Chief Executive of the museum until October 2020 when Sarah MacDougall takes up her appointment. Born in Glasgow, he built his corporate career at Marks and Spencer Plc where he pioneered the Food Only Store concept and then at Ward White Group Plc, where he was responsible for varying development and marketing functions, up to the acquisition of the company by Boots Plc. He formed Northgate Consultancy, which advised blue chip corporations on strategic development and was involved in, and led, a number of businesses between 1990 - 2000. He became involved in Ben Uri in the late 90s and agreed to lead the development of a new strategic plan to re-invigorate and re-establish the museum which had effectively been closed to the general public since losing its gallery. In October 2000 he was elected Executive Chair and has operated since in this role full time on a pro-bono basis. To avoid any personal or corporate conflicts of interest he withdrew from business in 2001 to focus on creating a new style of museum engagements addressing contemporary issues and social integration through the visual creative arts.
Addressing tomorrow's challenges today rather than today's challenges tomorrow.
He led the 2019 sustainability and public benefit strategy which reinvents the operating methodology of, at least this, small / medium sized museum, and jumps the curve by transforming this century old institution into a primarily digital engagement through an expansive, distinctive and public benefit focused virtual museum. This pioneering strategy to transform from the physical to the digital is in recognition of the future inevitably being an accelerated digital life-style adoption; the advances of technology allowing the representation of artworks to often exceed the capacity of the human eye when standing in front of them; the massive reduction in comparable capital and running costs when compared to a new build or refurbishment; 24/7 access; and perhaps most importantly the ability to reach and positively engage limitless numbers of visitors from anywhere in the world at any time of any day. It is the crucial redefinition of ‘visitor numbers’ from the physical to the virtual and the necessary transformation of mind-set from the established that is the driving force of Ben Uri’s forward strategy. Ben Uri is committed to ongoing investment to creates an ever more comprehensive and engaging virtual museum fit for the tomorrows to come rather than today.
David is on the Court of the London South Bank University, a member of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars and is a Freeman of the City of London.
Hilary Bauer OBE is Deputy Chair and a former head of the Cultural Property Unit at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. She is an independent adviser on Culture and Heritage and is member of the Board of Towner Gallery Eastbourne and of the Lord Mayor’s Cultural Scholarships programme (which arranges internships for sixth form members of various South London schools). She is also a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Records and Archives and a Trustee of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars Charity. Her special interest is in the preservation of the artistic and other forms of our unique heritage. Hilary chairs the monthly Board meetings.
Michael Posen read economics for his first degree at the London School of Economics and then did his post graduate studies in business management also at the LSE. After six years in industry Michael joined Chase Manhattan Bank specialising in property finance. He became Managing Director of the merchant banking arm of Continental Illinois Bank and was subsequently Senior Vice President and General Manager of First Interstate Bank in London. He was a Director of HDG Harbour Development Group from 1979 to 1987 and then founded his own company, Earl Estates Ltd,.
For the last twenty years Michael has served on a government tribunal, assessing claims for compensation by victims of Nazi persecution whose funds in the UK had been confiscated as belonging to enemy aliens during the last war.
Michael has been an executive director of Puma Heritage Ltd and Heritage Square Ltd. For the last five years and for the past two years he has been chairman of their Boards.
Michael has been a trustee of the Ben Uri for the past twenty five years and for the last ten years, a joint Deputy Chairman. Since becoming Deputy Chair, Michael has worked closely with the Chair, David Glasser, on the strategy of broadening the role of the museum to include the wider immigration experience. Michael substitutes for Hilary Bauer, if absent, in chairing monthly Board meetings.
A dynamic and flexible leader who is contributing to the future strategy and governance of Ben Uri during his second term as a Trustee.
As Chairman & Chief Executive of Blacks Leisure Group Plc, following a series of unrelated acquisitions led by the previous chairman, he stabilised the company's operations and built the management team into a settled force. He grew the operations, principally organically, to create one of the largest national sports retail chains in the UK, trading as 'First Sport', a thriving sports brand division owning, licensing and distributing a large variety and number of sports brands.
After a nearly fatal accident, he returned to Blacks to implement a recovery, following his absence, recovering from severe injuries.
Following his departure from Blacks, after First Sport was sold to JD Sports, he has chaired and been on the board of a large number of companies both listed and unlisted based principally in the UK. He was the Senior Independent Director of Sports Direct International plc for 11 years, and is currently an independent non executive director of Premier Foods Plc.
Simon established and has grown a successful niche mobile ATM operation with specialist vehicles which trades as ‘Cash on the Move’.
Alongside his commercial activities he has consistently been involved in charitable and educational organisations including; The Leadership Trust, Kisharon, JABE (Jewish Association for Business Ethics), Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, Yad Vashem UK Foundation, Saving Faces, and many others.
FUTURE TRUSTEE RECRUITMENT
The Trustees have asked Andrew Clyne and Partners to lead the recruitment process for senior, specific sector experienced, candidates to join the Board to expand this digitally committed charity / museum to deliver its strategic and charity objects.
Passionate professionals from across all cultural backgrounds and ethnicities are sought to actively lead the following portfolios.:
Creative digital and marketing; Fund raising / Development; Social and mental health; Academia; Communications; Finance and legal; Museums.
Please email Andrew Clyne at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to David Glasser at email@example.com with a brief note, resume and portfolio area of expertise and interest. The appointments will be advertised and interviews anticipated in early September. We are seeking to recruit a greatly engaged and cohesive body of leaders who are reprsentative and reflective of our two operating programmes.
The following film made in our centenary year of 2015 reflects the strategy employed by the new Board in 2001 and the principles are equally relevant to our reinvention as a digital institution.