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
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.
- Paul Jackson - Chairman
Paul Jackson spent over twenty years in the Royal Navy and saw service at sea most notably in the Royal Yacht Britannia, abroad in Hong Kong and Gibraltar and ashore in the Ministry of Defence London and in Portsmouth. He then worked for some seventeen years in the Houses of Parliament promoting parliamentary democracy across the Commonwealth. Since retirement he has involved himself in charity work, and in addition to his commitment to the De Morgan Foundation, he serves as the Deputy Chairman of Beating Bowel Cancer where he has also chaired the Finance Committee, and as the Treasurer of the Human Trafficking Foundation.
- Jean McMeakin - Vice ChairJean 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.
- Kate Catleugh
Kate Catleugh throughout her extensive working life has had an interest in and involvement with crafts and makers. She trained originally as a graphic designer with a subsequent degree in the History of Art. Her career encompassed a long period as a civil servant at the C.O.I., researching scripting and convening Government exhibitions, including two major Expos. Following a few years as a freelance communications consultant she was head-hunted by the British Tourist Authority to head its information services. More recently as a long-standing Trustee of the De Morgan Foundation, she has been responsible for the launch, strategic and artistic vision of the De Morgan Centre.
- 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.
- Kara Wescombe Blackman
Kara has worked in museums and galleries since 1995. She is currently Head of Learning at Watts Gallery and she is an academic at Kingston University. Kara was responsible for formal education, academic programmes, young people and family programmes at the V&A between 2004 and 2012 where she also led the V&A+RIBA Architecture Education programme and introduced new design education programmes, significantly increasing numbers of secondary schools, young people and families engaging with the museum. Prior to working at the V&A, Kara was responsible for Schools & Family programmes at Somerset House and was Head of Education at the Courtauld Gallery where she worked from 1999. Kara has extensive experience in reaching new audiences, fundraising and partnerships, collection interpretation and cross-disciplinary working. She has worked on over 50 major exhibitions and significant gallery and heritage building development projects. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, holds a BA and MA in History of Art and Design and a PGCE.
The Foundation employs two full time members of staff who are assisted in their duties by a team of dedicated volunteers.
- 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.
- Museum Officer: Emma Coleman MA
Emma Coleman completed her MA in Museum Studies with the University of Leicester, producing a dissertation exploring the relationship between architecture and design and the museum experience. She has interned and volunteered at a number of museums and National Trust properties, including Standen, Claydon House, the World Rugby Museum and the Horniman Museum. Her experience in the museum sector includes cataloguing and documentation, exhibition design and co-ordinating a museum youth panel. Emma joined the De Morgan Centre in 2011.
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