About our trustees

Peter Roland

Human Resources

Peter Roland 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.

Oliver Pearcey

Chair of Trustees

Oliver Pearcey worked for the Department of the Environment for 13 years and then moved to English Heritage. There, he 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. Oliver is a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, and trustee of a number of charities, principally in the heritage sector. He has been a volunteer at the Museum for 40 years, and a trustee for more than 15.

George Houstoun

Projects Trustee

George Houstoun is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. After serving a traditional, indentured Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship, he worked in plant maintenance and project design and management in various process industries, and was Engineering Director for a major UK brewing group before running his own consultancy. George started volunteered at the Museum in 2001, managing project works such as the restoration works to the Boulton & Watt/Maudslay Engine House and Electric House and culminating in Project Aquarius. He has been a trustee since 2007.

Clare Grist Taylor


Clare Grist Taylor is a publishing consultant and literary agent following a career working in, and directing, small-medium sized publishing companies. This has stood her in good stead as a non-executive and she is also a member of the Sub-Committee of the University of Wales Press and a trustee of the Montgomeryshire Literary Festival. She supports the Museum in a range of areas, including governance and communications. 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

Ed Stannard runs 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. Before joining the heritage sector in 2015, he spent several years in sales and business development roles in the corporate sector. Ed has volunteered at the Museum since 2013, and became a trustee in 2014. He provides fundraising and income generation guidance and support

Anthony Coulls

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.

Olivia O’Leary

Marketing Trustee

Olivia O’Leary works for the British Museum’s international engagement team, responsible for marketing touring exhibitions and developing new partnerships with other museums internationally. She joined the BM from a business development career in the legal sector, where she worked in international relations and marketing for both UK and US law firms, as well as spending several years in legal publishing. Olivia joined the Museum board in 2017, helping the Museum in its marketing strategy to attract audiences to share in the Museum’s collection.

Freddie Hollom

Freddie Hollom 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

Ben Russell 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.

Liz Power, Museum Director

Liz Power has worked in Museums for over 20 years, starting her career at the Science Museum. Her love of working with schools families and young people has seen Liz led programmes at the Imperial War Museum and the London Transport Museum as Head of Learning. In addition Liz is also trustee of the Young Lewisham Project were she advises on young people and Safeguarding. Liz joined the Museum as Director in October 2018.