About our trustees

Peter Roland

Human Resources

I have been an active LMWS volunteer since 2011 and a trustee on the board of the museum since January 2014. As Human Resources Trustee, my role is to support and advise LMWS management and fellow Trustees in the area of people issues and employee relations.

Most of my career has been in the area of transport logistics. I was employed by DHL – formerly Exel Logistics – for twenty five years in the capacity of LGV development and training advisor supporting same with the technical authorship of bespoke specialist manuals and documentation. For twenty five years, I also represented my fellow workers within the work place as a Senior Shop Steward for Unite the Union at a number of DLH locations within the Greater London area.

I live in Kingston-upon-Thames in the company of two splendid cats, with leisure interests of steam engines, motorcycling, reading and music of all genres, but with a passion for American blues.

Oliver Pearcey

Chair of Trustees

I have been a volunteer at the Museum for 40 years, and a trustee for 15.

After obtaining a degree in biochemistry at the University of Sussex I worked for the Department of the Environment for 13 years and then moved to English Heritage a year after it was established. I worked in a number of areas finishing up as Director of Conservation responsible for all research, archaeology, designation and archiving carried out by the organisation, including the National Monuments Record.

I am a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. I currently carry out some consultancy work and am trustee of a number of charities principally in the heritage sector. I am also to be found cleaning exhibits for the Electric House when not involved in strategic planning and grant applications!

George Houstoun

Projects Trustee

I am a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, who after serving a traditional, indentured Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship worked in plant maintenance and project design and management in various process industries. This culminated in my becoming the Engineering Director for a major UK brewing group before running my own consultancy providing a client focused project management service for multi-disciplined capital investment projects.

I first volunteered at the Museum in 2001 and was immediately involved in managing project works starting with the restoration works to the Boulton & Watt/Maudslay Engine House and Electric House and culminating in Project Aquarius. I joined the Trustee Board in 200?   and can be found on a couple of days a week in the old Works Manager’s office managing current projects and dreaming and scheming about future ways of improving the Museum and its sustainability.

Clare Grist Taylor


Secretary to the board; member of the Commercial Committee.

I’ve been a trustee at the Museum since January 2014, and take pride in the contribution the board makes to the continuing development of such an important part of our industrial heritage. I joined the board because I’m passionate about the inspirational power of museums and the importance of the industrial past that has shaped the world we live in today. I also wanted to contribute to my local community in West London.

Professionally, I’m a publisher, and have particular experience of working in, and directing, small companies, which has stood me in good stead as a non-executive. I am interested in how organisations are managed and governed, and have undertaken of a range of board roles, including several years as Chair of Governors at a local primary school.

When my children were younger, our family spent many a happy hour at the Museum, and it’s great to see how energetically  and effectively the Museum is telling its story to a new generation of visitors and friends, while also retaining its prestige at the heart of steam engine conservation.

Edward Stannard

Commercial Committee

Fundraising and Sponsorship trustee; Member of the Commercial Committee

I have been involved with the Museum since 2013; first as volunteer driving engines, then as a trustee in 2014. Professionally I spent eight years in sales and business development roles in the corporate world before moving into the heritage sector full time in mid-2015.

Since early 2016 I have been running the Giving to Heritage programme, one of the Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst programmes, providing high-impact fundraising training and development to independent heritage organisations across England.

My remit as a trustee is to provide guidance and support when it comes to fundraising and income-generation, working closely with both the management team and the Commercial Committee.

Anthony Coulls


Collections, Library and Archive Committee

I have worked in museums since 1997 on a national, regional and local level – as staff and as an unpaid volunteer, allowing me an insight into both sides of the sector. I studied Industrial Archaeology at postgraduate level and have been interested in vintage machinery and industrial history since childhood. away from work, I am Chairman of the National Traction Engine Trust and a school governor.

My remit as a Trustee is towards the conservation, care and display of the museum’s rich collections – whether they be archive material or the engines themselves and we at LMWS are fortunate to have an experienced and talented team of both staff and volunteers who I greatly respect and enjoy working with.

Joining the Trustees in January 2014, I see my role as supporting the collections work and helping to maintain our accredited museum status, as well as developing the museum as a centre of excellence in displaying and interpreting industrial heritage with especial focus on stationary power and water supply.

Helen Ashby

Museum Mentor

Helen graduated in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) with Economics from Bradford University in 1981 and completed the Museums Association Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies in 1989.

She joined the National Railway Museum in July 1982 as a junior curator rising to Head of Knowledge & Collections in 2003, managing all collections activities at the museum, with a team divided between collections management and collections access.

In 2000 and 2001 she was seconded to mda (now Collections Trust) to work on the development SPECTRUM Knowledge, the UK Standard for Collections Information Management.  During that period she also published the Railway Object Names Thesaurus in association with colleagues across the railway heritage sector and mda.

She serves on the Heritage Committee of the Heritage Railways Association and is Chair of the Friends of Sierra Leone National Railway Museum.

She was awarded the OBE for services to railway heritage in the New Year Honours List, 2010.

Olivia O’Leary

Marketing trustee

I joined LMWS as a trustee in January 2017 and my role on the board is to help LMWS in its marketing strategy to attract audiences to share in the museum’s wonderful industrial heritage collection.

I currently work for the British Museum’s international engagement team, responsible for marketing touring exhibitions and developing new partnerships with other museums internationally. I joined the museum from a business development career in the legal sector, where I worked in international relations and marketing for both UK and US law firms, as well as spending several years in legal publishing.

I live locally and previously worked as a marketing volunteer for Keats House in Hampstead. I also volunteer as a mentor for The Girls’ Network.