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Professor Stephen Sparks, Simon Patterson and Hilary Newiss have been named as new Trustees for the Natural History Museum. Their appointments are for a four-year term from 1 January 2015.
Prof Stephen Sparks FRS CBE is appointed on recommendation of the President of the Royal Society. He is Professor of Geology in the School of Earth Sciences at Bristol University and his research has been highly influential in the field of volcanology and petrology. He became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1988 and was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to environmental sciences. He has served as president of numerous geological and volcanology societies in the UK and internationally.
Simon Patterson and Hilary Newiss have both been appointed by the Prime Minister.
Simon Patterson is a Managing Director at Silver Lake, a leading technology investment firm. Prior to Silver Lake he held various leadership roles in established and start-up digital media and software businesses, including the Financial Times. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of N Brown Group plc, a member of the Advisory Board of the Prince's Trust, and a Tech City advisor. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, preceded by undergraduate studies in anthropology at the University of Cambridge.
Hilary Newiss is a lawyer and former partner in Denton Hall solicitors, now Dentons. She specialises in intellectual property law and has served on several public bodies in the science, innovation and ethics fields. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Francis Crick Institute, Chair of National Voices, and Deputy Chair of the Somerville College Development Board.
“Stephen, Simon and Hilary will bring an impressive spectrum of expertise as well as a fresh perspective to our board. I am delighted to welcome them as Trustees and look forward to working with them to steer the future of the Museum,” said Lord Green, chair of the Trustees of the Natural History Museum.
The new appointees join the recently announced board member Anand Mahindra, the first international Trustee for the Museum.
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