Advisory board

The Senior Management Team is guided by our Advisory Board which advises on the Museum's strategy, its programme, its Collection, and helps with promoting the Museum and fundraising.

Simon Linnett

Trustee (Chair)

Simon Linnett graduated from Oxford in Mathematics in 1975 and joined N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd where he has been ever since. Simon has devoted a large part of his professional life to working within the public/private interface both nationally and internationally and has previously headed Rothschild’s global transport group.

He has a strong personal interest in the 'green' debate. Simon joined the NRM Advisory Board in 1997 and the Trustee Board of the Science Museum Group in 2011 where he also sits on the Finance & Strategy Committee.

In addition, his external roles include being on the Council and Treasurer of Queen Mary University London; Chairman of the Independent Transport Commission; and Trustee of Exbury Garden Trust (a Rothschild family garden). In 2014 he joined the Trustee Board of Nesta and became Chairman of Luton & Dunstable Hospital.

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Philip Benham

Philip Benham was Managing Director of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway until his retirement in 2015, having joined them in 2004 as General Manager.

He has been a council member of the Friends of the National Railway Museum since 2002 becoming chairman in 2012. Previously, Philip had a lengthy career in the rail industry, holding a number of senior operations and commercial positions before running his own consultancy business. Immediately before joining the NYMR he worked with the Strategic Rail Authority as a project manager and subsequently franchise manager.

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Lord Faulkner of Worcester


Lord (Richard) Faulkner of Worcester (Observer) has been a trustee of the Science Museum Group since 2011, and is chairman of the Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board. He is a deputy speaker in the House of Lords, and served as a minister in the government whips' office, speaking on transport, as a Lord in Waiting, 2009-10.

He has been a life peer since 1999. He was the co-author of the award-winning Holding The Line – How Britain's Railways Were Saved, published in 2012. He is president of the Cotswold Line Promotion Group, of the Heritage Railway Association, and of the College of Fellows of the University of Worcester. Since 2014 he has been chairman of the First Great Western Trains Stakeholder Board. He is an officer in a number of all-party parliamentary groups, including the all-party war heritage group which he founded, and the railways and heritage rail groups.

Richard Faulkner is also a trustee of the National Football Museum. He is a vice-president of the Football Conference. Prior to entering Parliament he ran his own public affairs and PR consultancy, working as an adviser to the British Railways Board for over 25 years, and as first deputy chairman of The Football Trust. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, and Worcester College, Oxford, where he is an honorary fellow.

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Christian Wolmar

Christian Wolmar is an award winning writer and broadcaster specialising in transport and is the author of a series of books on railway history. He has spent nearly all of his working life as a journalist, and his interest in transport began at The Independent when he was appointed transport correspondent in 1992. Although he mainly concentrates on transport matters, he has covered many other social policy issues and has written on a wide range of subjects, from cricket to the Private Finance Initiative.

Christian now divides his time between journalism, media appearances and writing books and is acknowledged as one of the UK's leading commentators on transport matters.

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Dr Ellen McAdam

Ellen McAdam joined Birmingham Museums Trust as Director in October 2013. After reading archaeology at Edinburgh and Oxford she undertook fieldwork and research in museums in the Near East, UK, USA and Europe. She has held the Katherine and Leonard Woolley Research Fellowship and was Research Fellow of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq.

She worked for a number of UK heritage organisations including Oxford Archaeology and the Museum of London before joining Glasgow Museums. As Head of Glasgow Museums she contributed to a number of major capital projects and is currently leading on the redevelopment of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

She has lectured and published on Near Eastern and British archaeology and is a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL. She sits on the ACE Designation Panel and is a Council Member of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq.

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Bryan Gray CBE DL

Bryan Gray is Chairman of Westmorland Ltd, the family business which runs motorway services at Tebay and Gloucester. He was previously Chief Executive of Baxi and Chairman of the North West Development Agency.

He was ProChancellor of Lancaster University until 2013, a trustee of National Museums Liverpool and held a number of non-executive roles including chairing MediaCityUK and Liverpool European Capital of Culture. He is a lay Cannon of Carlisle Cathedral, Chairman of Lowther Castle & Gardens and Chairman of the Settle Carlisle Railway Line Association.

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Professor Ludmilla Jordanova


Ludmilla Jordanova is Professor of History and Visual Culture at Durham University, where she is also a co-director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture.

She has been a Trustee of the Science Museum Group since 2011, and chairs the collections and research committee. Her training has been in the natural sciences, history and philosophy of science and art history and theory. She writes about portraiture, especially in relation to science, medicine and technology, and the nature of historical practice, including public history.

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Adrian Shooter CBE

Adrian Shooter joined British Rail as an Engineering Management Trainee in 1970. For the next 12 years he had management responsibility for the maintenance of trains, plant and electrification systems.

After a period in Operational and Business Management he led the management buyout of Chiltern Railways and, after acquiring the London Overground and Tyne & Wear Metro concessions, retired as Chairman of all three in 2011. Adrian is now Chairman of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and also chairs three start-up businesses in the Rail Industry.

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Anton Valk CBE

Anton Valk has more than 35 years of international executive business experience and entrepreneurship, of which the last 12 years has been in public transport.

He was the founding CEO of Abellio, a successful London based international train and bus operating company, with Netherlands Railways as its sole shareholder. Since he stepped down as CEO in 2012, Anton has an advisory and NED portfolio in rail, bilateral Anglo Dutch relations and culture. In 2014 he was awarded a CBE and became an officer in the Dutch order of Orange Nassau.

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Clive Roberts

Professor Clive Roberts is Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham which, with over 130 researchers, is the largest railway research group in Europe. He works extensively with the railway industry and academia in Britain and overseas, leading a broad portfolio of research aimed at improving the performance of railway systems.

Clive's main research interests are railway traffic management, condition monitoring, energy simulation and system integration. He is a Visiting Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, South-West Jiaotong University, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn in Malaysia and the University of North Carolina.

In 2010 he was named as one of the National Science Foundation of China’s International Young Scientists, and he currently holds the position of Foreign Expert to the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. Clive is co-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Railroad Systems and Applications, Technical Advisor to Guangzhou Metro and a member of the Investment Board for the Rail Supply Growth Fund, the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit Technical Advisory Panel, and the Railway Industry’s Vehicle/Train Command and Control System Interface Committee.

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Paul Plummer

Paul Plummer is CEO of Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which brings together all passenger and freight operators with Network Rail and the supply chain.

Prior to that he was Group Strategy Director at Network Rail for 13 years with Board level accountability for corporate strategy and funding, as well as strategy for the development of the network and other 'system operator' responsibilities.

He has worked for and advised companies, regulators and governments on business strategy, restructuring, privatisation, corporate finance and regulation in the transport and utilities sectors. He has also held non-executive positions in UK and European transport sector bodies.

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