The Museum is managed by the Museum Director and the Executive Board.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the management of the Museum.
The Museum Director, Doug Gurr, reports to the Board of Trustees.
The Executive Board is responsible for running the Museum under the leadership of the Museum Director.
The Board of Trustees
The board is composed of 12 members: eight are selected by the Prime Minister, one (Royal Society Trustee) is nominated by the DCMS and three are chosen by the board itself.
Trustees are appointed for four years, and may serve a second consecutive four-year term before standing down.
The Board of Trustees meets four times a year.
The members of the Board of Trustees are:
- Chair - Sir Patrick Vallance KCB FRS FMedSci FRCP HonFREng
- Dame Frances Cairncross DBE FRSE FAcSS
- Robert Noel
- Prof Dame Jane Francis DCMG FRS
- Prof Dame Janet Thornton DBE FRS FMedSci FRSC
- Prof Yadvinder Malhi CBE FRS
- Harris Bokhari OBE
- Dr Sarah Thomas (co-opted)
- Mark Read, CEO, WPP
- Shahpur Kabraji
The Executive Board
The Executive Board is the Museum's primary decision making body and is responsible for reporting upwards to the chief governing body, The Board of Trustees.
The Executive Board approves the Natural History Museum's policies, procedures, programmes and projects. It formulates and monitors our corporate plan, and has collective responsibility for the organisation as a whole.
The attendees of Executive Board are:
- Doug Gurr - Museum Director
- Helen Whitehouse - Chief Operating Officer
- Dr Tim Littlewood - Executive Director of Science
- Keith Jennings - Director of Estates, Projects and Masterplanning
- Alison Lodge - Director of HR
- Prof Ken Norris - Deputy Director of Science
- Dan Phelan - Director of Communications, Digital and Marketing
- Rich Hinton - Head of TS and Enterprise Architecture Planning
- Dr Alex Burch - Director of Public Programmes
- Adam Farrar - Director of Commercial and Visitor Experience
- Beth Parry - Director of Strategy and Innovation
The expenses and hospitality information for the Executive Board of Directors at the Museum is published annually, following the publication of our annual reports and accounts. Read it on the UK Government website.
The Audit and Risk Committee
The Audit and Risk Committee is a committee of the Board of Trustees.
It provides the board with assurance that adequate corporate governance, risk management and internal control processes are in place and working effectively. It also reviews the board's code of practice, register of interests and code of conduct for staff.
The current members of the Audit and Risk Committee are:
- Chair - Harris Bokhari OBE
- Professor Dame Jane Francis FRS
- Luke Fairless (independent member)
- Colin Hudson (independent member)
There is one vacant post.
Those who attend the committee’s meetings include:
- Sir Patrick Vallance - Chair of Trustees
- Dr Doug Gurr - Museum Director
- Mr Neil Greenwood - Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services
- Internal and external audit representatives
The Museum maintains a register of gifts and hospitality which is reviewed by the Audit and Risk Committee. This is posted annually on data.gov.uk and can be made available upon request.
The Committee also reviews information on Trustees' and Directors' allowances and expenses each April / May. These are posted annually on data.gov.uk and can be made available upon request.
A list of transactions worth over £25k, published monthly, can also be found on data.gov.uk.
Policies and procedures
The Museum operates according to a series of policies and procedures that are regularly reviewed.
- Code of ethics
- Principles for understanding and sharing the Museum collection.
- Intellectual property policy
- Data protection policy
- Privacy notice
- Health and safety policy
- Annual operating plan 2022/23 - Director's foreword
- Governance principles and procedures
Finance and procurement policies
- Procurement policy
- Responsible procurement policy
- Gifts and hospitality policy
- Business expense policy
- Standard conditions for the purchase of goods and services
Collections policies (PDFs)
- Collections care
- Collections governance
- Collections access
- Collections development
- Human remains policy