Trustees

Ian Grosvenor (Chair)

Ian is Professor of Urban Educational History and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement at the University of Birmingham. Ian has a longstanding interest in history and has been actively involved in local history projects including curating the ‘Children’s Lives’ exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2012. He was also co-convenor of Black Pasts, Birmingham Futures 1999-2008.He is author of numerous articles and books on the history of education and childhood. He is the current chair of the Friends of Birmingham Archives and Heritage, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the West Midlands Regional Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Councillor Muhammad Afzal

Cllr Afzal was first elected to the City Council in 1982 and has held many senior roles in Birmingham City Council as Chair of Committees and has particularly concentrated on Human Resources and appointment systems.

Councillor Randal Brew

Randal Brew was born in Birmingham and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1968. He was a partner in Hill Vellacott, which eventually became Chantrey Vellacott, and in 1993 started his own practice, Randal Brew & Co., based in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. In 2008 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by West Midlands Society of Chartered Accountants. He was awarded an OBE in 1991 for public and political services. From 1987 to 1995 Randal served as a Councillor in Longbridge Ward. He then had a break from active politics until 2004 when he was elected as a Councillor to serve the residents of Northfield Ward. Randal served as Lord Mayor of Birmingham in 2007/08. He is currently a trustee of the CBSO, The Library of Birmingham and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; he is also a director of Acivico.

Deborah de Haes

Debby is an independent management consultant who set up her own business six years ago after nearly ten years in a global management consultancy firm. She specialises in two key areas: NHS Trust Board Governance issues (behaviour and process), and Museums’ skills evaluation and development. Her work is focused on helping organisations maintain and improve effectiveness in times of major transition. Debby is from Birmingham and studied History at Oxford. She worked in Birmingham for many years and was formerly Chair of the Friends of Birmingham Museums. She is also a Bishops’ Inspector for Theological Training in the Church of England, particularly in the areas of finance and governance.

David Lewis

David Lewis graduated from London University in 1959 and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1961. He formed his own firm of Chartered Surveyors in 1964 and has held a number of public company positions in the UK. He was Managing Director of Cavendish Land Company to 1973 and of Hampton Trust plc to 1987, and from 1989 to 1995 was Chairman of Molyneux Estates plc. He is Chairman of various privately controlled investment companies and his family interests include a wide-ranging collection of works of art of which a significant proportion is on loan to public bodies, museums and institutions in the UK and abroad. He was a founder Governor of the Harris City Technology College, Croydon 1990 to 2009. He is Deputy Chairman of the Board of the London Jewish Cultural Centre and he is also Co-chair of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe. He is a member of the Board of the Jewish Museum.

Eamon Mooney

Eamon is a partner in Kennedys, an international insurance law firm, and is responsible for running its insurance practice in Birmingham, splitting his time between Birmingham and London. Having studied law at Leicester, Eamon has worked in Yorkshire, London and, since 2002, has been based in Birmingham. A former Governor and Trustee for eight years of the Birmingham Blue Coat School, his roots are now firmly set in Birmingham where he enjoys good connections within the business community.

Eamon is passionate about the depth of history and culture to be found in Birmingham and the precious role that Birmingham Museums can play in developing and communicating that.

Mohammed Rahman

Mohammed is a Partner within KPMG’s Corporates Risk Consulting practice, responsible for IT Audit and Advisory services to a number of KPMG’s global clients. Mohammed is also the UK head of ENR (Energy and National Resources) for Risk Consulting. He has been working in Risk Consulting for 25 years with experience in both Europe and the US and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. His key skill is managing the IT risk faced by global organisations, especially around major ERP roll outs and when these systems de-stabilise a business. 

Tracey Stephenson

Tracey is Managing Director of Staying Cool, a boutique serviced apartment company she co-founded in 2008. 

After starting her career in the marketing departments of several London universities, Tracey worked in charity fundraising before moving to Salford Council’s Arts & Leisure Department. Here she developed the city’s tourism strategy and sought external investment and engagement for key projects. 

Tracey then set up her own marketing and sponsorship consultancy specialising in sporting events for clients including the Harlem Globetrotters and the Triathlon World Cup. It was this experience of working away from home coupled with her tourism background that prompted Tracey to co-found Staying Cool and plug the gap between boutique hotels and self-catering stays. Staying Cool, headquartered in Birmingham’s Rotunda, has gone on to win many tourism awards and accolades and was given Birmingham’s first five star rating in 2008. Staying Cool's second apartment hotel is opening in Manchester in 2019.

Jan Teo

Jan Teo is Chief Executive of Birmingham Royal Ballet. She studied history at Cambridge University, and worked at Deutsche Bank as a Director and Chief Operating Officer for Service Centre operations in Europe, based in Birmingham, before taking up her current role. Jan draws on extensive commercial experience of planning and executing strategy having been formally a senior leader at Legal and General, Barclays Bank, RAC Motoring Services, Lex Transfleet and the Fraikin Group, working in Service and Business Transformation Director roles. She is Chair of Birmingham Museums Trust’s Finance and Performance Committee, and is also a Director of Birmingham Museums Trading Limited. She played an important part in the annual Deutsche Bank Creative Awards, and the Women in European Business diversity group. At the invitation of Sir Albert Bore, Jan led a workshop at the 2012 Cultural Summit, and also sits on a steering group of Birmingham’s Creative Partnership Board looking at alternative funding models for arts and creative businesses.

Jonnie Turpie MBE

Jonnie produced and directed public service drama, documentary and digital media over the last 30 years from the west midlands. Following from his career as an artist his touchstone has been collaborative film, television and digital media.

Acknowledged across the industry as a forward thinker, he has applied new video, technology and digital techniques to create innovative styles and approaches to multi award winning television and digital media.

Over the past 25 years he has been a Director of Maverick Television, which he founded and has grown into one of the UK’s leading independent production companies. Maverick joined the UK’s largest Independent Production Company All3Media in 2007. The company has bases in Birmingham, Los Angeles and London employing a wide range of talent, which he supported, mentored and advocated for.

He is a director of Creative England, The Space, Creative City Partnership, founding trustee of the Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Trustee of Birmingham Museums Trust, Chair of MAC and was awarded an MBE for services to international trade in the Queens 2010 New Years honours List.

In 2015/16 he was the High Sheriff of the West Midlands with a theme of arts, creativity and young people. In 2017 he has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands.  Having retired from the wonderful Maverick he is returning to his first calling – art, which he followed through his MA in printmaking at the Royal College of Art and is embarking on his practice based phd: The Drawn Portrait in Contemporary Printmaking: A Journey Between Analogue and Digital.

Chrissie Twigg

Chrissie Twigg read history at London University and subsequently enjoyed immensely a portfolio career spanning politics, finance and publishing. An ESRC award to undertake an MBA at Warwick University brought Chrissie to the Midlands in 1986. She then returned to London and spent two years as an Investment Analyst with Citicorp Scrimgeour Vickers before moving permanently to Birmingham. After working for BMI Healthcare, Chrissie started her own company Healthier Weight Ltd to treat obesity, a complex and much misunderstood condition. She is Honorary Secretary of The Arts Society Birmingham and an English language volunteer for Refugee Action. Chrissie has a love of cycling and has completed many epic rides including a 3,400-mile journey across America. She is interested in the interplay between culture and sport and between healthcare and culture. She sees her principle task as raising funds by promoting awareness of heritage as a key part of vibrant city life.