Her Majesty The Queen


HRH The Duchess of Cornwall GCVO


Sir Tim Rice 

Sir Tim Rice is one of the country’s best-known lyricists and his work in Hollywood, the West End and Broadway has received worldwide recognition. During a career spanning five decades in music, film and the stage, he has received three Academy Awards, as well as Golden Globe, Olivier, Tony, Grammy and Ivor Novello Awards. A London Library member since 1992, Sir Tim has also been a successful publisher, author and performer, and a President of the MCC. 


Nicolas Barker OBE FBA

The Rt Hon the Lord Boateng

The Duke of Devonshire KCVO CBE

Lady Antonia Fraser CH DBE FRSL

Caroline Michel

Jeremy Paxman

Josie Rourke

Alexandra Shulman CBE 

Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL


London Library Trustees

Sir Howard Davies: Chairman (2015– )

Chairs Committee (Chair) (2017– )

Development Committee (Chair) (2015– )

Director Search Committee (Chair) (2016–2017)

Howard Davies was appointed Chairman of The London Library Trustees on 3 November 2015. He was appointed Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland on 1 September 2015. He recently chaired the UK Airports Commission and was the Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science from 2003 until May 2011. Prior to this appointment Howard chaired the UK Financial Services Authority from 1997 to 2003 and was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, after three years as the Director General of the Confederation of British Industry.

Howard is also a Professor of Practice at the French School of Political Science in Paris (Sciences Po).

Howard has published five books focused on the financial markets and regularly writes for The Financial TimesThe Times Literary Supplement and Management Today. He chaired the Man Booker Prize judges in 2007.

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Philip Broadley: Treasurer (2016– )

Chairs Committee (2017– )

Director Search Committee (2016–2017)

Finance Committee (Chair) (2016– )

Member since 2002. Philip Broadley was appointed Treasurer on 9 November 2016. Philip is a director of AstraZeneca plc and Legal & General Group plc. Previously he was Group Finance Director of Prudential plc from 2000 until 2008; and of Old Mutual plc from 2008 until 2014. He was a partner at Arthur Andersen from 1993 to 2000. He has been Chairman of the 100 Group of Finance Directors and is a former member of the Oxford University Audit and Scrutiny Committee.

Philip graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, where he is now at St Edmund Fellow. He also holds a MSc in Behavioural Science from London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied: Trustee (2020– )

Collections Committee (2020– )

Membership Committee (2020– )

Member since 2019. Yassmin is a writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate. Yassmin trained as a mechanical engineer and worked on oil and gas rigs around Australia before becoming a writer and broadcaster in 2016. She published her debut memoir, Yassmin's Story, with Penguin Random House at age 24, and followed up with her first fiction book for younger readers, You Must Be Layla, in 2019.

Yassmin's critically acclaimed essays have been published in numerous anthologies, including the Griffith Review, the best-selling It's Not About The Burqa and The New Daughters of Africa. Yassmin founded her first organisation, Youth Without Borders, at the age of 16, leading it for nine years and now shares her learnings through keynotes and workshops. Yassmin has spoken in over 20 countries on unconscious bias and inclusive leadership. Her TED Talk, 'What does my headscarf mean to you?', has been viewed over two million times.

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Alain Aubry: Trustee (2019– )

Collections Committee (2019– )

Development Committee (2019– )

Member since 2015. Alain Aubry is a French private equity professional and former publisher. A keen bibliophile, he is a former Trustee of the American Library of Paris, and currently serves on their Advisory Council.

Based in London, he is a consultant for the Société Financière de l’Arno, a Belgian investment company based in Brussels, which he founded in 2004, and where he was the CEO until 2014. He was Chairman at LBO France from 1997 to 2005, and Vice Chairman from 2005 to 2012 .

He is also the Patron of a number of libraries and charitable organisations, both in the UK and overseas, which reflects his enduring interest in literature and books. He began his publishing career at the Club Français du Livre, of which he was later CEO. Until 2011, he was the Vice Chairman of the Cercle de la Librairie, a charity that publishes professional books and databases related to book publishing. He is a patron of the British Museum and is on the board of the Friends of the French National Library.


John Colenutt: Trustee (2020– )

Development Committee (2020– )

Finance Committee (2020– )

Member since 2020 (formerly member, 2010-12). John has had a varied career with senior roles in investment banking (JP Morgan Cazenove), the charity sector (Teach First) and, most recently, at a tech spin out from Oxford University (Genomics plc). Earlier in his career he also worked as a professional economist (at HM Treasury) and taught economics. John has combined his professional career with extensive charity involvement, especially as a fundraiser, and co-chaired Balliol College's 750th Anniversary campaign. Other charity roles include acting as a mentor to young social entrepreneurs, being a management coach for newly-qualified teachers and supporting pupils in university applications. He is a governor of Westminster School and chair of governors at Harris Westminster Sixth Form.

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Isabelle Dupuy: Trustee (2016– )

Development Committee (2016– )

Director Search Committee (2016–2017)

Finance Committee (2018– )

Nominations Committee (2018– )

Member since 2002. Originally from Haiti, Isabelle moved to London as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch and now manages a private portfolio. Her novel, Living the Dream, was published by Jacaranda Books in late 2019.  She has been selected for the British Library’s upcoming anthology Swallowed by a Whale and was a finalist in 2019 for the Didcot Short Story Prize.  She is a judge for The London Library’s Emerging Writers Programme 2020. Isabelle is represented by Curtis Brown. Isabelle holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from New York University. She has three wonderful children and is currently working on her second novel.


Patrick Fleming: Trustee (2020– )

Buildings and Facilities Committee (2020– )

Collections Committee (2020– )

Member since 2014. Patrick is currently Chief Executive at the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Prior to joining the Trust in January 2020, he spent more than twelve years at the British Library, latterly as Director of Development. During his time at the Library, Patrick also held a number of different senior roles including Head of Operations, London, Associate Director and Head of Business Change, leading a number of major initiatives including the delivery of the British Library's £33m Newspaper programme, the digital procurement to launch the British Newspaper Archive and the Library's successful procurement to appoint a partner to develop 2.8 acres of the Library's site at St Pancras. Patrick is also a former award-winning national and regional newspaper journalist and daily newspaper editor.

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Daisy Goodwin: Trustee (2018– )

Collections Committee (2018–2020)

Development Committee (2018– )

Membership Committee (2020– )

Member since 1990. Daisy Goodwin is a writer, journalist and BAFTA winning TV producer. After ten years at the BBC making arts documentaries, she left to join the independent sector and created a number of programmes including Grand Designs and The Nation’s Favourite Poems. In 2005, she started Silver River productions, which she sold to Sony in 2012. Alongside her TV work, Daisy has written a memoir, Silver River and two novels My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter, which were both New York Times bestsellers. In 2014, Daisy was commissioned to write her first screenplay, Victoria, an 8 part series for ITV and is currently writing series 3. Her charity work has included chairing the Poetry Book Society and she is currently Chair of the Women Taking Action committee that works to promote Family Partners for Action for Children, the second biggest children’s charity in the UK.


Stephanie Hall: Trustee (2020– )

Buildings & Facilities Committee (2020– )

Chairs Committee (Chair) (2020– )

Member since 2020. Stephanie Hall began her career as a university lecturer in Early Modern and Medieval English Literature, then diversifying into large scale project and programme management in the Museums and Galleries, Heritage and Universities sectors, both in the UK and internationally. She is currently the Director of The Courtauld Institute of Art's major capital transformation project at historic Grade 1-listed Somerset House, overseeing and integrating all areas, from deeply complex build and design to inspirational outreach and activity across the UK. She has previously led projects and programmes at the British Museum and Arts Council England and supported grant panels in the charity sector.

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Will Harris: Trustee (2015– )

Chairs Committee (2017– )

Development Committee (2015–2016)

Membership Committee (Chair) (2017– )

Member since 2003. BA in English at the University of Nottingham. Career in marketing since the 1990s, creating or having steered brands like Orange, O2, Peroni, Nokia, LVMH, The Conservative Party, Battersea Power Station. Now runs a strategy consultancy in London called The Bridge, with a mixture of commercial, creative and causal clients. A past Non-Executive Director/Trustee of Nottingham Trent University, columnist at Marketing Magazine and a trustee of the Tilford Institute in Farnham, one of Sir Edwin Lutyens’ earliest commissions. Took a sabbatical in 2002 to write a book and keen to return to full-time writing when circumstances permit.


David Lough: Trustee (2014– )

Development Committee (2015–2016, 2018 – )

Director Search Committee (2016–2017)

Finance Committee (2015– )

Membership Committee (2017–2018)

Member since 2009. Educated at Sherborne and New College, Oxford (1st in History and Modern Languages). Pursued career in shipping and financial markets, starting in Asia then in London. Founder and Managing Director of LawShare Ltd (1991-2005) and of Heartwood (CEO 1988-2008, chairman 2009-2013). Author No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money (2015); Darling Winston: Forty years of letters between Winston Churchill and his mother (2018); lecturer. Trustee, Skyrme Hart Charitable Trust (youth and music). Joined the Founders’ Circle in 2013.


Giles Milton: Trustee (2015– )

Buildings and Facilities Committee (2017–2020)

Chairs Committee (2020– )

Collections Committee (Chair) 2018– )

Development Committee (2015–2016)

Membership Committee (2017– )

Member since 1994 and a very active user. Author of many works of narrative history, all of them researched and written at the Library. Published titles include Russian RouletteParadise Lost: Smyrna 1922Samurai WilliamWhite GoldNathaniel’s Nutmeg and Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (currently being developed into a major TV series). His most recent title, D-Day: The Soldier’s Story, was published by John Murray in September 2018, with American, French and other foreign editions to follow. Milton’s books are published in more than 20 languages.

Rick Stroud: Trustee (2015– )

Building Project Steering Committee (2015–2016)

Buildings and Facilities Committee (2017– )

Collections Committee (2018– )

Development Committee (2016– )

Director Search Committee (2016–2017)

Member since 1994 and a frequent visitor to the Library. Educated at University College Oxford. A BAFTA and Emmy nominated film producer, director and writer with substantial experience in theatre and television. The author of six published works of non-fiction including The Book of the MoonThe Phantom Army of Alamein and Kidnap in Crete which is in development as a feature film. His next book, Lonely Courage, about the women of the SOE, is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2017. Has recently completed a term as Chairman of the Chelsea Arts Club.

Sara Wheeler: Trustee (2014– )

Chairs Committee (2017– )

Chairmanship Search Committee (2015–2016)

Membership Committee (2017– )

Nominations Committee (Chair) (2014– )

Member since 1993.  Read Classics and Modern Languages at Oxford.  Full-time writer of literary non-fiction, including the best-selling Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica (1996), Travels in a Thin Country: a Journey through Chile (1994), Cherry: a Life of Apsley Cherry-Gerrard (2001), Too Close to the Sun: the Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton (2006), Evia: Travels on an Undiscovered Greek Island (2007), The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle (2009), Access All Areas: Selected Writings, 1990-2010 (2011), and O My America!: Second Acts in a New World (2013).  Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia with Pushkin and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age appeared in July 2019. Her works have been translated into many languages and she is a regular contributor to broadsheet newspapers in the UK and US and broadcasts on Radio 4. Fellow and former Council Member of the Royal Society of Literature. Trustee of The London Library, 2005-2009, serving on the Development Committee and Nominations Committee. Was a member of the Chairmanship Search committee in 2008-2009.

Stephen Withnell: Trustee (2020– )

Development Committee (2020– )

Member since 2018. Stephen is an experienced executive and non-executive director with a background in economics, finance, and corporate governance. He is a former Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and is an Honorary Professor in Finance and Economics at Durham University, where he also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Durham University Business School. Stephen is Director and CEO of The Stonyhurst Foundation, an independent educational charity and endowment. He has served on a number of governing bodies and committees for several charitable organisations.

Stephen Withnell is a DPhil candidate in Architectural History at Oxford University. His current research centres on architecture and Catholic material culture in the nineteenth century, with a specific focus on church architecture. Stephen has published widely on architectural history, including in the Oxford Review of Books and the peer-reviewed Georgian Group Journal. His upcoming study of 19th Century Catholic Monastic Architecture in Britain will be published in the Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment series. Stephen completed undergraduate studies in Ancient, Medieval and Modern History at Durham University and graduate studies in the History of Art & Architecture at the University of London.

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London Library Trustee Placements

The Library appoints two Trustee Placements from its younger Membership to serve a two-year term. Their role is to:

  • attend trustee meetings regularly and contribute appropriate skills, interests and knowledge;
  • reflect the Trustees’ agreed policies and concerns whenever acting as a representative of the Trustees;
  • champion the cause and reputation of the Library, identifying and engaging potential new supporters

Anyone interested in this role (or indeed the role of Trustee) can find out more here.


Aisha Brady: Trustee Placement (2020–2022)

Collections Committee (2020– )

Development Committee (2020– )

Membership Committee (2020– )

Aisha has recently graduated from a Master’s degree in Digital Culture & Society from King’s College London with a thesis focused on collaboration and community engagement in Wikipedia.

She is Commercial Programme Director at Newspeak House, the London College of Political Technologists, and an independent scholar in film history. In 2019, she was one of 12 people selected to be part of the Collegium at the Giornate, the world’s foremost silent film festival.

Aisha hopes to start her PhD in 2021 and is currently researching her first book, a history of The Strand, working with The Institute of Historical Research.

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Astrid Hampe-Nathaniel: Trustee Placement (2020–2022)

Buildings and Facilities Committee (2020– )

Collections Committee (2020– )

Membership Committee (2020– )

Astrid has a BA Honours degree in History from King’s College London and an MRes in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris. She is currently undertaking doctoral research at the London School of Economics, examining the political legacy of colonialism.

She is passionate about expanding access to educational and cultural institutions. As head of the History Outreach Programme she collaborated with the educational charity TeachFirst to deliver diplomacy workshops to high potential pupils in underprivileged London schools. At the civic-tech start-up Voxe, she designed a political Tour de France to reach first-time voters. The King’s Cultural Institute used her analysis of the last British General Election to formulate outreach policies for the UK cultural sector.

She has previously worked at UNESCO, the European Commission and the European Forum Alpbach, and is also a keen singer.

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Register of Interests

In accordance with current best practice regarding charity governance, the Library’s Trustees are asked at least annually to declare the interests which, in their judgement, are or might be relevant in their role.These are set out in the Register of Trustees' Interests.