Trustees | The Mary Rose

Meet the Board of Trustees

Nigel Purse

Nigel read Modern History at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and has an MBA from City University Business School.  He has enjoyed a 35 year career in banking and investment in which he focussed on the funding of infrastructure and climate impact finance.

He was a member of the fund raising committee for the Mary Rose museum and was one of the original Trustees of the Mary Rose Permanent Endowment Fund, of which in recent years he has been Chairman. Nigel became chairman of the Mary Rose Trust on 23rd July 2021

He sits on the Oxford History Faculty Development Panel, the Anniversary Fund Committee of Berkhamsted School and is also the Chair of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust.

Dominic Jones
Chief Executive


Dominic was recruited to the Mary Rose in 2019 ago as Chief Operating Officer, and became CEO in 2021.  He brings an excellent background in commercial visitor attractions (Disney, Merlin) and creative visitor experience development. 

During his time at the Mary Rose, he has already driven an excellent commercial and operational performance and worked closely with previous Chief Executive to create the new Portsmouth Historic Dockyard joint venture with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, which launched successfully in August 2020.  

Bob Bewley
Deputy Chairman

Bob was appointed a Trustee in 2014, and became Deputy Chairman on 23rd July 2021. He joined the Heritage Lottery Fund as Director of Operations in May 2007.  Prior to this he worked as Regional Director for English Heritage in the South West, and before that as Head of Survey for English Heritage.

He trained as an archaeologist (at Manchester and Cambridge Universities) BA, MPhil and PhD.   His research interests are all in periods of archaeology but in particular prehistory, landscape archaeology and the Middle East. He has worked in over a dozen European countries as well as Oman, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iraq, Iran and Jordan.

Holder of a UK Private Pilot's Licence (Manchester and Salford University Air Squadron, RAF. 1976-1978), and a Jordanian Private Pilot’s Licence (Issued October 2001).

Through his work in the heritage sector he has been recognised as an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Perth, Western Australia. 

Chris Brandon

Chris, an architect, began his career at Powell Moya. He went on to become a partner of Michaelis Brandon Architects and Solar Energy Developments, where he was involved in innovative, low-energy projects.

In 1986 he co-founded Pringle Brandon, now Perkins+Will, an award winning international architectural firm.  Chris was the interior architect for the Mary Rose museum.  He is a past chairman of the Nautical Archaeology Society, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and co-director of the Roman Maritime Concrete Study. 

Chris was appointed as a Trustee in 2013.

Professor Van Gore CBE

Formerly Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University, Van retired in 2014 to take up poetry writing and amateur dramatics.

He is chairman of the Pitton Village Theatre Club and writes, directs and acts in its local productions, which include an annual pantomime. He was awarded the CBE in 2014 for “services to Higher Education” and still undertakes occasional consultancy work within the sector. 

He was appointed a Trustee in 2014.

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb

Suzannah is Professor Emerita of History at the University of Roehampton, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a columnist for History Today. She is the author of five books on the sixteenth century, including The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII (2015), 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII (2009) and A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England (2012). She holds a double First, MSt, and DPhil in History from Lincoln and Balliol Colleges, Oxford, and her work in the heritage sector has won awards, including the National Trust’s recent exhibition, ‘We Are Bess’, for which she was Creative Director.

Suzannah has presented numerous mainstream TV programmes, including Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History; Witch Hunt: A Century of Murder; Henry VIII and His Six Wives; Elizabeth I (Channel 5) and Walking Tudor England’, as well as series on BBC 4, ITV, UKTV, and National Geographic, and was a resident historian on BBC 2’s comedy panel show Insert Name Here and Channel 4’s Time Team. She has a strong social media presence under the Twitter handle @sixteenthCgirl, with over 122,000 followers, demonstrating her widespread appeal as a historian.

Rupert Grey

Rupert is with Swan Turton Solicitors. 

Following a long career as a libel lawyer he now advises photographers, book publishers and syndication agencies on all aspects of copyright law.

He serves on the board of several charities and is Chair of The Nekton Mission, whose task is to explore and conserve the world's most unknown and least protected ocean.  

He is also an active Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts.  Every now and again he disappears on long expeditions to remote places with his wife Jan.    

He was appointed a Trustee in 2010.

Vice Admiral Peter Hudson CB CBE

Vice Admiral Peter Hudson CB CBE joined as a trustee in 2016.  

During his service with the Royal Navy, he held numerous commands during his 36 year career including three warships, the UK’s amphibious forces and multinational coalition operations in the Gulf.  As a Flag Officer, his senior appointments included leading EU operations undertaking counter piracy operations off Somalia and serving as NATO’s senior maritime commander for alliance wide maritime operations during which he was also a member of the UK’s Navy Board. 

Currently he sits on the BAE Systems Maritime and Land Board where he is the company’s Naval Advisor.

He is the National President of the Combined Cadet Force and a Commissioner of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.     

Adam Humphryes

Adam Humphryes is a chartered accountant with an MBA from London Business School, who has held senior board positions in private sector companies. He is presently Vice-Chairman of Crown lodge Management Ltd, a property management company.

He was Chairman of CityWest Homes, a development and property management company in Westminster, managing twenty-two thousand properties. He was a Trustee of Work this Way, providing training, work experience, employment and mentoring for offenders at Ford Open prison. Adam was Finance Director and a major shareholder in private equity backed Wightlink Ferries Ltd. With two partners, he started the first local television company in the UK, which was subsequently listed on AIM. He was also a Governor of Portsmouth University and a Board member of Drum Housing Association. 

Adam joined the Mary Trust Board of Trustees in 2013 and is Chairman of the Trust’s Finance and Audit Committee.

Dr Janet Owen

Following on from a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge (Newnham College), Janet has spent the last twenty years as a cultural professional, during which time she was awarded a PhD from the University of Durham for her work in the history of archaeology and science.

Janet has a strong curatorial, operational and strategic management background in the arts and museums sector, and was the former Chief Executive Officer for Hampshire Cultural Trust.  Janet is Executive Director of The Earth Museum, and a Cultural Heritage Consultant.

She has previously worked as Head of Curatorial Group at the National Maritime Museum, Arts and Heritage Manager at Southampton City Council, Manager at Nottingham Castle and Head of Arts and Museums at Hampshire County Council. Janet is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and a Trustee of Quay Arts on the Isle of Wight. She also continues her research and writing interests, and is the author of Darwin’s Apprentice: an archaeological biography of John Lubbock. 

Janet was appointed a Trustee in 2011, having been nominated by Hampshire County Council.

Tim Rusby

Tim is the Managing Director of The Visitor Attraction Company. For well over thirty years Tim has led the planning, design, construction, launch and operation of commercially-led visitor attraction development projects.

Having worked on all sides of the leisure and attraction project table; as a client and a developer, attraction owner & operator, delivery contractor and development consultant, Tim has a uniquely rounded knowledge of what makes attractions and leisure destinations tick, especially in complex, multi-stakeholder organisation and environments.

Tim works with private sector operators, developers and investors, brand and IP owners, local authorities, national governments, and a wide range of not-for-profit, charities and trusts.

Tim has uniquely diverse experience of museums and heritage centres, historic properties, theme and amusement parks, zoos and aquariums, retail destinations, mixed use developments, sports and adventure amenities and parklands & public realm projects.

Tim now specialises in heading up place-making initiatives – leading projects through the planning, design, creation and management of compelling places for people to visit; developing locations into popular destinations that promote visitors’ enjoyment, enrichment, assess and usage and improving sites to enhance their popularity or profitability.

Outside of his ‘day job’ Tim serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Portsmouth D-Day Museum Trust.  He joined the Mary Rose Trust as a Trustee-Director in 2018.

Sophia Weston

Educated at Durham University, Sophia has worked in publishing and journalism in addition to over 25 years’ experience in transformational grant making. 

Sophia managed The Garfield Weston Foundation during the latter years of her father Garry Weston’s chairmanship before she became a Trustee in 1994. 

Sophia joined the Mary Rose Trust Board in 2017 and is a member of the Development Board for the National Portrait Gallery. 

She is married and has three children.