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The Natural History Museum appoints a new Chairman of Trustees

The Trustees of the Natural History Museum have chosen Oliver Stocken as their new Chairman.

Oliver will take over from the current Chairman, Professor Sir Keith O'Nions, on 1 January 2006. The appointment has been endorsed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Oliver Stocken became a Trustee of the Natural History Museum in February 1999. Oliver's term of office as Chairman will last four years, from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2009.

'I am delighted to have been invited to be Chairman of Trustees at such an exciting time for the Museum,' said Oliver. 'One of the highlights of my Chairmanship will be overseeing the development and opening of Darwin Centre Phase Two in the winter of 2008. I'm so pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Museum's Director, Dr Michael Dixon, and his team.'

As well as being Trustee of the Natural History Museum, Oliver is also a council member and Treasurer of The Royal College of Art, Treasurer of the MCC and a Trustee of the River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames. In his professional career he was Finance Director of the Barclays Group from 1993-99 and holds several non-executive directorships, including Standard Chartered plc and Deputy Chairman of 3i Group plc.

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Winner of the 2004 Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award, the Natural History Museum is also a world-leading science research centre. Through its collections and scientific expertise, the Museum is helping to conserve the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world with groundbreaking projects in 68 countries. The Museum is committed to encouraging public engagement with science. This has been greatly enhanced by the Darwin Centre, a major new initiative, which offers visitors unique access behind the scenes of the Museum. Phase One of the project opened to the public in 2002 and Phase Two is scheduled to open in 2008.

For further information please telephone +44 (0)20 7942 5654 or email press@nhm.ac.uk