Who We Are



The Foundation is run by a board of  Directors who are legally responsible for the Collection and oversee and promote the work of the Charity.


  • Jean McMeakin - Chair
    Jean has extensive board level and senior management experience in a number of large and small organisations in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  Before her last role as a senior manager on a divisional board in the BBC, she worked in many areas of the BBC, including Global News and Television Production.   As well as general management, she has specialisms in people and talent management and development, industrial relations, organisation design and performance management, and has delivered large scale business restructuring programmes with productivity and efficiency improvements and significant cost savings.  Previously she has worked for a children’s charity, in the film industry and in the insurance, petrochemical and manufacturing sectors.  She is a former School Governor for the City of Westminster.  Jean is a Trustee of the Friends of Putney School of Art & Design, and a Member of the British Museum Friends Advisory Council.

  • Pat Astley-Cooper AMA MBE
    Pat is a museum professional with over 25 years experience of creating, developing and managing local museums in East Sussex and the London boroughs of Wandsworth and Richmond-upon-Thames. She has a BA Hons Degree in Art History from the University of East Anglia and gained the post-graduate Museums Diploma (AMA) during a two year Museums Association Studentship at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She now works freelance on museum projects and has various volunteer roles as adviser and board member for the Museum of Richmond, the Museum of Methodism and the De Morgan Foundation


  • Claire Atkins
    Claire Atkins is a senior corporate finance lawyer based in the City who has worked for both international and national firms. She has experience of working with and advising boards and board committees at various levels, from large listed companies to SMEs and start-ups. In addition to her commitment to the De Morgan Foundation, Ms Atkins has volunteered for a number of charities and worked on projects at the Arts Council of England.


  • Nick Boston
    Nick is a Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). Currently the Chief Financial Officer for Elior UK, his more recent roles were as Chief Financial Officer for ARAMARK UK and for Comet plc.  With over twenty-five years experience of the Service and Retail industries he brings his commercial and financial knowledge to the board.  




  • Curator / Manager: Claire Longworth MA V&A/RCA 
    Claire Longworth completed her MA in History of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, before going on to work at the V&A. She has taught Design History at a number of Art Schools including Wimbledon School of Art, Surrey Institute of Art and Design (University of Surrey) and has served on the executive committee of the Design History Society. Claire has lectured extensively on the subjects of William De Morgan, the Arts and Crafts Movement and Victorian Women Artists and has been the curator of the De Morgan Foundation (the largest collection of the works of William and Evelyn De Morgan) since 2002.




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