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The Council of the Royal Albert Hall is ultimately responsible for the charity, its assets and activities.

Originally created in 1866, even before the Hall was opened, the Council of Trustees is the governing body of the Corporation for the Hall of Arts and Sciences (to give the Royal Albert Hall its formal title).

There are up to 18 Elected Members and five Appointed Members, plus an elected President.

The President and the Elected Members are themselves seatholders – this gives them a unique perspective and a personal link to the Hall.

The 5 Appointed Members come from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport; and from the Albertopolis institutions with very close links to the Hall.

None of the Trustees receives payment for their services to the Hall. All Trustees are members of at least one Committee, as well as Council. Further information on Council Committees is published every year in our Annual Report and Accounts, the latest version of which can be found here.

President

Jon Moynihan

Mr Jon Moynihan OBE MA MSc SM

Jon Moynihan is the former Executive Chairman of PA Consulting, which he joined as CEO in 1992.

Prior to PA, Jon worked at Track Records (the management company for The Who); for War on Want and Save the Children in India and Bangladesh; for Roche; and for McKinsey, Strategic Planning Associates and First Manhattan Consulting Group. He is currently Chairman and co-Principal at Ipex Capital; Chairman of Plaquetec Ltd and Semblant Ltd; and on the Board of Aegate Ltd: he was founder Chairman of all four of these companies. He is a graduate of Oxford University, North London Polytechnic, and MIT. He is a Foundation Fellow of Balliol College; a Distinguished Friend of Oxford University; a member of the Court of Imperial College; and on the Dean’s Board at the Sloan School, MIT. Jon chairs the Royal Albert Hall Trust; and the Development Funding, Oversight and Appointments, Publicity and Public Response and Remuneration Committees.

Elected Trustees

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Leon Baroukh MA CFA (Vice President)
Leon is a Private Investor, mostly in UK commercial property and small cap listed shares. An English graduate and CFA charterholder, he has been involved with the Hall from 2001, when his family acquired seats; and more actively so since becoming a Trustee in 2008. Leon was appointed as a Vice-President in 2015. He has served on a number of committees and working groups – currently, Finance; Programming & Marketing; Publicity & Public Response; Oversight & Appointments; the RAH Trust, and, as chairman, Royal Albert Hall Developments Limited, (the Charity’s trading subsidiary).

Dr Monica Bloch

Dr Monica Bloch PhD
Dr Monica Bloch joined the Council of the Royal Albert Hall in 2012 and is currently chairman of the Programming and Marketing Committee and serves on the Members’ Liaison Committee. She brings many years of international business experience and people management skills to the role – she is chairman of Zeon Ltd. Monica has been a member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University since 2008. She obtained a BA and a Ph.D. in Art History from Tel Aviv University, where she later also taught. Prior to her studies in Tel Aviv, Monica attained a diploma in Chinese language from the University of Hong Kong and studied law at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

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Stephen Brandon
Stephen is a retired corporate executive and was elected a Trustee in 2017. He studied chemical engineering at Cambridge and qualified as a chartered engineer before taking an MBA at Cranfield. He worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co, later joining GE where he coordinated major new business developments in Europe, India and Southeast Asia, before becoming an executive director of British Gas/BG Group responsible primarily for international investment projects. After retiring from BG Group, he invested in and advised several start-up companies, while expanding his interests in the arts and international affairs. In 2015, he was co-opted to the Members’ Liaison Committee, a sub-committee of the RAH Council.

Mrs Lin Craig

Mrs Ken (Lin) Craig JP (Vice President)
A director of a family company, Lin is a qualified drama teacher and has managed property for Legal and General. A magistrate for 22 years, she was Chair of the Family Panel before being elected as Chair of her Bench. Lin was also the Vice Chair of governors of the local primary school which her sons attended, where she chaired the appointments panel. She is also a trustee of a family charity. A seat holder since 1991, and a Trustee since 2010, Lin was appointed as a Vice President in 2015. Lin chairs the Members Liaison Committee and is a member of the RAH Trust as well as the Oversights and Appointments; Publicity and Public Response; and Remuneration Committees.

Jonathan Crystal

Jonathan Crystal LLB
Jonathan Crystal was elected as a Trustee in 2012. He has practised as a barrister since 1972 and has a wealth of experience in dealing with the diverse issues affecting the Charity and the RAH. He is committed to securing the future of the Hall for the public and the Members. He has a particular interest in the arts and sciences and is also a Trustee of London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprise Trust and ArtsCity Nights Trust. Satya and Jonathan Crystal live locally with their children.

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John Cooper FCA CTA
John was elected on to Council in 2017 having served as a co-opted member of the Members’ Liaison Committee since 2015. He is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Taxation. His career has been on the training side of the profession, for many years as a director of BPP the professional education company. His interests centre on allowing young people to develop to their full potential. He is a governor of a large secondary school, and a vice president of a national youth organisation. He has been a volunteer project manager for a leading gap year charity and chairman of an international student hostel. John also volunteers for English Heritage at Kenwood House near his home in North London.

David Elyan

David Elyan MA FCIS FRSA
David has been a Trustee since 1996. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin University (MA and BComm), qualified as a Chartered Secretary and worked in book publishing and market research as Company Secretary and Administration Director of two London-listed public companies. David is an Hon Member of the Royal Watercolour Society (Hon RWS); an Hon Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon ARAM); an Hon Fellow of the University of Malta, and an Hon Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire. David has been a member of the Finance Committee since 1997 and a Director of the Royal Albert Hall Developments Limited since 1999.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson MA FCA (Hon Treasurer and Vice President)
Michael studied law at Cambridge and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC). Michael’s background is an experienced venture capitalist investing in a wide variety of companies, through his company Elderstreet Investments Limited, which he founded in 1990. He was an early investor in FTSE 100 Company The Sage Group Plc and was Chairman from 1996-2006. Michael Jackson became a Trustee in 2012, and was elected Treasurer and appointed as a Vice President in 2015. He chairs the Finance Committee, is a Director of Royal Albert Hall Developments Limited and sits on the RAH Trust and the Remuneration, Oversight and Appointments, and Fabric Committees.

Peter Lim

Peter Lim FCA MBA
Peter was appointed as a Trustee in 2015. He serves on the Finance Committee and is a Director of Royal Albert Hall Developments Limited. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England & Wales), Peter holds a Masters In Business Administration from Cranfield School of Management. He has held senior positions in the Standard Chartered Group, including Directorships in Group companies and was also with Bank of America, London in their International Treasury Services Group. Other engagements have included being an Advisor to the UK Know How Fund and the Treasury supervision adviser for the Building Societies Commission. He is a Festival member at the Glyndebourne Festival and a benefactor supporter of Glyndebourne on Tour.

Robert Lipson

Robert Lipson
Robert was appointed as a Trustee in 2015 and is a member of the Programming and Marketing; and Publicity and Public Response Committees. With a varied background in music as well as in business, Robert has been involved in clothing businesses ranging from large companies such as Ben Sherman, to much smaller ventures. He brings to the Hall his knowledge and personal contacts both in the music and film industry as well as in business.

Ian McCulloch

Ian McCulloch
Ian is a solicitor and Parliamentary Agent with a central London law firm. His specialisms include Parliamentary procedure, statutory consents, planning for transport infrastructure, wills, tax and trusts for private clients, public body constitutions and charity law. Ian became a seatholder in 2014 and was elected to Council in the same year. Ian is leading the review of the Hall’s constitution. He is also a trustee of three grant-making charities. He is a member of the Oversight and Appointments Committee, the Publicity and Public Response Committee, the Remuneration Committee, the RAH Trust and chairs the Conflicts of Interest Committee. Ian was appointed as a Vice President in 2016.

James Max

James Max BSc (Hons) MRICS
James was elected as a Trustee in February 2012 and is a member of the Development Funding Committee; Programming & Marketing; and PR and Public Response Committees. An Executive Director and on the UK Board of BNP Paribas Real Estate, he also acts as an advisor to the developer, Stanhope. He trained as a chartered surveyor at Cushman & Wakefield (formerly known as DTZ), was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and subsequently head of UK activities for the Doughty Hanson & Co Real Estate Fund. Subsequently James launched into a media career and regularly presents topical phone-in shows on TalkRadio, having presented on LBC, TalkSPORT and BBC Radio London.

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Stuart Newey
Stuart was elected a Trustee in April 2017 and is a member of the Finance Committee. He is a chartered banker with over 30 years’ experience in financial services across retail, commercial and private banking. Stuart is a Managing Director of Coutts & Co, which has been a corporate seat holder since 1870. Stuart has previously been a trustee and deputy chair of Cockpit Arts, an award winning social enterprise which provides business incubation to creative maker designers in London. Stuart holds an MBA from Warwick Business School. Stuart sits on the Finance and Business Development Committee, and is a Director of Royal Albert Hall Developments Limited, the commercial arm of the charity.

Anthony Ratcliffe

Anthony Ratcliffe FRICS FRSA
Anthony has been a Trustee of the Royal Albert Hall since 2012 and is a member of the Fabric Committee.. He is a Chartered Surveyor and the founding partner of his firm, Ratcliffes, which celebrated its 45th anniversary last year. One of the firm’s specialisms is the restoration of historic and listed commercial buildings. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and a Trustee of the London Playing Fields Foundation, which works to protect and preserve the playing fields of London, providing pitches for some 300,000 young Londoners to play football, cricket, rugby and hockey.

Mark Schnebli

Mark Schnebli
Mark has been a Trustee of the Royal Albert Hall for 16 years and also sits on the Member’s Liaison Committee and the Programming and Marketing Committee. For 18 years a Trustee of the London Academy for Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), Mark was the Director of the Hayward Foundation; a Member of the Foundations Forum and is the Founder and CEO of the Living Land Company in Laos, where he has run a local Arts Festival for a number of years. He was also Chairman of the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain, and is Director of the Galatea Foundation, a private fund supporting the visual arts. Mark is originally from Switzerland and holds a degree in economics.

Charles Swan

Charles Swan
A Trustee since 2015, and a member of the Programming and Marketing Committee, Charles Swan is a solicitor specialising in media and intellectual property. He is a founding partner of the law firm Swan Turton LLP, Honorary President of the Adlaw International global marketing law network and was the first independent director of the Association of Photographers, a leading trade association for professional photographers. Charles has been attending concerts at the Royal Albert Hall since around 1970 and has a long standing connection with the Hall through his family who have had seats since the nineteenth century.

Richard Waterbury

Richard Waterbury MA
Richard is the Director of AkzoNobel Pensions UK Ltd and is Chairman of Trustees there. He joined Council in April 2009, is a member of the Finance Committee; a Director of Royal Albert Hall Developments Limited; and is a Trustee of the RAH Pension Scheme.

Appointed Members

Appointing Body: Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Gerald Bowden

Gerald Bowden TD MA FRICS
Gerald Bowden is appointed as a Trustee by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. He is by profession a barrister, chartered surveyor and also a university lecturer. He served in Parliament as the MP for Dulwich, previously having served on the Greater London Council and the Inner London Education Authority. At the Hall he serves on a number of Committees: Oversight and Appointments, Fabric, Conflict of Interest, and Seat Rate.

Appointing Body: the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Stuart Corbyn

Stuart Corbyn FRICS
Stuart Corbyn is a Member of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. A Chartered Surveyor and Past President of the British Property Federation, he has spent his career in the real estate industry, including 23 years as Chief Executive of the Cadogan Estate, developing Cadogan Hall during that time, and 12 years as a non-executive director of the Pollen Estate, 6 of them as Chairman. With experience of a variety of non-executive and trustee appointments, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuart is a non-executive director of Derwent London PLC, and a Commissioner of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, chairing the Estates Committee. Stuart has been an Appointed Member of the Royal Albert Hall Council since 2010, sitting on the Fabric and Seat Rate Committees.

Appointing Body: the Royal College of Music

Professor Colin Lawson

Professor Colin Lawson CBE MA Oxon PhD DMus FRCM FRNCM FLCM HonRAM
Colin Lawson is Director of the Royal College of Music and was appointed as a Trustee of the Royal Albert Hall in 2005, where he is also a member of the Seat Rate Committee. He has an international profile as a period clarinettist and has played principal clarinet in most of Britain’s leading period orchestras, notably The Hanover Band, The English Concert and the London Classical Players. Colin has published widely on historical performance practice and the history of the clarinet, especially for Cambridge University Press.

Appointing Body: the Natural History Museum

Sir Michael Dixon

Sir Michael Dixon KBE BSc ARCS DPhil FCGI
Michael has a zoology degree from Imperial College and a doctorate from the University of York. He spent 20 years in the publishing industry before running the Zoological Society of London and since 2004 has been Director of the Natural History Museum. Michael was awarded a knighthood for services to museums in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours and is also a Trustee of WWF-UK, and a member of the Court of the University of Reading and of Imperial College, where he also chairs the research ethics committee and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2015. Michael has been an Appointed Trustee of the Royal Albert Hall since 2004, where he also sits on the Seat Rate, Remuneration and Conflicts Committees.

Appointing Body: Imperial College

Professor James Stirling

Professor James Stirling CBE FRS FCGI
Professor Stirling is the Provost of Imperial College London. He studied Mathematics at Cambridge, obtaining his PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics in 1979. Between 1986 and 2008 he worked at Durham University, latterly as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research. He returned to Cambridge in 2008 to take up the Jacksonian Professorship of Natural Philosophy in the Cavendish Laboratory, and was appointed Head of Department in 2011. In 2013, he moved to Imperial to become the College’s first Provost. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1999, and in 2006 was awarded a CBE for services to science. Professor Stirling has been an Appointed Trustee since 2015, where he also sits on the Seat Rate and Conflicts Committees.