The Charity

The De Morgan Foundation's collection of art work and associated materials was formed on the death of Mrs Stirling at her bequest. The organisation was formally registered as Charity No. 31004  in 1970. The aims of the charity are as follows:


  • safeguarding and maintaining the collection and its identity for the future
  • enabling public access to the works of William and Evelyn De Morgan
  • providing interpretation of the collection at many different levels
  • providing a stimulating environment for interaction with the collection
  • encouraging research of the collections and archive in order to enhance knowledge
  • promoting appreciation of the collection and the Arts and Crafts Movement as a whole through education, temporary exhibitions, the events programme, the website and other means.


Further information regarding the charity, it's legal obligations, financial overview and latest accounts can be found on the

Charity Commission Website

A copy of our charitable scheme can be downloaded here

A copy of our Forward Plan for 2013-2015 can be downloaded here.

The Board is guided by the Charity Commission's Guidelines for Trusteees and the Museum Association's Code of Ethics



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 worked in a number of large and small organisations, in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  She has many years experience in people and talent management, staff and leadership development and training, industrial relations, organisation design and performance management, as well as general management roles. Most recently Jean was a senior manager on a divisional board in the BBC.  She has worked in many areas of BBC, including Global News and Television Production.  Previously she has worked for a children’s charity, worked in the film industry and in the insurance, petrochemical and manufacturing sectors.  She is a former School Governor for the City of Westminster. 
  • 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, having 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 at a number of charities and worked on projects at the Arts Council of England.

  • Nick Boston
    Nick is a Chartered Accountant (Instititute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).  Currently the Chief Financial Officer for Elior UK, his more recent roles prior 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.  


  • Lesley de Courcy
    Lesley deCourcy is a chartered accountant (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) with extensive experience in a number of roles in the public sector. The majority of her career has been in further education in senior finance positions which included managing a major capital project; this involved working with architects, designers, contractors and funding bodies. Her most recent role was Director of Finance at Arts Council England.




  • 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 Centre (the largest collection of the works of William and Evelyn De Morgan) since 2002.


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