About our trustees

Clare Grist Taylor

Co-Chair and chair of the Compliance Committee

Clare is a literary agent and freelance publisher following a career working in, and directing, publishing companies of all types and sizes. She also provides fellow publishers with management and leadership support as co-founder of the training organisation, Management in Publishing. This has stood her in good stead as a non-executive and advisor for both businesses and not-for-profits: she is also an Advisory Board Member at the University of Wales Press and a trustee of the Montgomeryshire Literary Festival. She was a trustee at the Museum from 2014-2017 and, after a stint as Interim Director, re-joined the board in 2018. 

Edward Stannard

Edward Stannard


Ed is a business development, fundraising and project management professional with experience in both charity and commercial sectors. Ed ran the Giving to Heritage programme at the Institute of Fundraising delivering high-impact fundraising training and development to independent heritage organisations across England. He is currently supporting charity Parks for London transition into a Centre for Excellence for London’s parks and green spaces. Ed has volunteered at the Museum since 2013, and as well as being Co-Chair provides fundraising and income generation guidance and support. 

Peter Roland

Peter Roland

Human Resources

Peter works in the area of transport logistics. He was employed by DHL as a development and training advisor and author of bespoke specialist manuals and documentation. He also represented his fellow workers as a Senior Shop Steward for Unite the Union at a number of locations within the Greater London area. Peter has been an active Museum volunteer since 2011 and a trustee since 2014. He supports and advises the Museum on people issues and employee relations.

Freddie Hollom

Chair of the Income Committee

Freddie is a tax adviser at Chartered Accountants, Warrener Stewart. He has been a volunteer engine driver at the museum since 2013 and joined the board in 2019. As treasurer and company secretary, he is responsible for overseeing the Museum’s financial management, systems and processes and compliance with HMRC, Companies House, and the Charity Commission.

Ben Russell

Chair of the Collections Committee

Ben is Curator of Mechanical Engineering at the Science Museum, London. He has curated five permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions at the museum, including Robots (2017) and James Watt’s Workshop (2011), as well as Cosmonauts (2015). He is the author of James Watt: Making the World Anew, (Reaktion Books, 2014), and editor of Robots (Scala, 2017). Ben joined the trustees in 2019, bringing his expertise and experience of working with a number of UK museums to support the management of the Museum’s collection.

Georgie Salzedo

Georgie is an archivist and currently works as Sector Development Manager for London and business archives at The National Archives, supporting a wide range of archives. She previously worked as an archivist at De La Rue, having volunteered and worked in a number of museums big and small.

Susie Batchelor

Susie is a museums and heritage professional with broad experience in learning and engagement, visitor experience, collections, marketing and retail. At Gunnersbury Park Museum she led the recent transformation of the museum displays and programmes.

Susie was Head of Education for Historic Royal Palaces from 2002 to 2013, leading the transformation of the service at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace – and development of inspiring programmes for schools, families and adult learners reaching over 300,000 learners each year. She has also worked at Watts Gallery and the National Trust, as a freelance consultant and as a primary teacher.

Susie is particularly interested in arts based approaches to learning through built heritage and museum collections, and in the preservation and development of traditional craft skills. She enjoys gardening and textile crafts in her spare time.

Tom OLeary

Tom is currently Director of Public Engagement for Historic Royal Palaces which includes the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace. He has worked in the cultural/heritage sector for over 25 years, focusing on public engagement and learning, with roles at The Science Museum Group, Houses of Parliament and the National Archives. Prior to this he was a history teacher. Tom has also held a number of voluntary roles including running TEDxHousesofParliament and TEDxLondon, and presently advises the School of Humanities at Royal Holloway University.

Heather Thomas

Heather is the Head of Learning & Engagement at The Lightbox, Museum and Gallery; where she has been for the past ten years, working with and for communities. She has a specialism in working with people living with dementia and those who are socially isolated, alongside working with children and families to enjoy learning through play. Heather has also been an Education Consultant and mentors emerging and mid-career professionals in the museums sector. Previously she has been a trustee of a disability arts centre and worked in theatres and events management giving her a wealth of experience in heritage and the arts.

Fabio Rosso

Fabio is an Associate Director at Skelly & Couch, a Building Services Design Engineering Practice that champions the Sustainability and the Zero Carbon Agenda in the Building Environment.

Over the years he has been contributing into the redevelopment of Victorian Grade II-listed The Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell and of Grade I-listed The British Academy. For the new build projects of New College in Oxford and Emmanuel College in Cambridge Fabio designed energy centres with ground source heat pumps that contribute towards the reduction of the present carbon emissions. He also worked on the Special Exhibitions Gallery project for the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester.

He is joining the Board of Trustees with the idea of setting out a vision and a programme for the Museum’s Sustainability and its related Zero Carbon Transition.

Museum Mentor

Elisabeth Chard-Cooper

Lis is a museum professional with over 20 years experience working with industrial, steam and transport collections across the country. She loves working with volunteers, learning and community colleagues to inspire the next generation helping connect them to their heritage.

Having started her career as a volunteer, Lis is passionate about giving back and enabling others and in her spare time works with air cadets helping young people develop new skills and experiences.

As a museum mentor, Lis is helping LMWS looking after the collections and raise standards of care by providing a friendly ear and practical advice. She’s particularly looking forward to helping with the Accredited Museum application submission which will recognise all the hard work the volunteers, trustees and staff have put into the museum over the past few years.