Board of Directors and Management Committee

Board of Directors

There are between thirteen and fifteen Directors at any one time; eight are elected by the membership, with the remainder being appointed by University of Bath (two), Bath Spa University (one), Bath & North-East Somerset Council (one), and “up to two further Directors from institutions within the Bath area chosen by the Directors”.

In broad terms, the Directors – as trustees of a charity – have three main legal duties:

  • To make sure that the charity’s plans are being carried out appropriately and for the benefit of the public
  • To ensure that the charity meets its legal responsibilities
  • To manage the charity’s resources responsibly

In addition to providing formal oversight, Directors are expected to provide strategic direction, consider risks, and safeguard BRLSI’s good name and values.

Directors are required to abide by the seven Nolan Principles of Conduct Underpinning Public Life: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and Leadership.

The Board meets normally six times per year, with additional special meetings as required.

You may find these ‘Frequently Asked Questions‘ useful.

You can find Summaries of Recent Board Meetings here.

A full list of Directors since 1993 is available here.

Current Directors

Chair:  Prof. Ian Gadd — Appointed (Bath Spa University)
Vice-Chair: Dr Joe Willson – Elected
Secretary: John Gardener
Stephen Bird — Appointed (SW Fed. of Museums and Art Galleries)
Professor Chris Budd — Elected
Mary Burton — Elected
Julie Cole — Elected
David Hall — Elected
Julian Gooding — Appointed (Bath Preservation Trust)
Chris Garcia – Elected
Katrina Kelly – Appointed (University of Bath)
Dr Farooq Mughal – Appointed (University of Bath)
Dr Bharat Pankhania – Appointed (B&NES)
Andreas Wasmuht — Elected
Adam Wynne Hughes — Co-opted (2024)

Management Committee

The Board of Directors delegates operational management to a Management Committee that oversees a range of sub-committees (Collections, Membership, Premises, Programmes, Publications, Staffing etc). There is also a Finance Subcommittee that reports both to the Management Committee and the Board.

Current membership:

Co-chair (interim) — Dr Joe Willson
Co-chair (interim) —
James Hamilton
Finance Subcommittee Chair — Adam Wynne Hughes
Collections Subcommitee Chair — Henry Ford
Membership Subcommitee Chair — Meyrick Williams
Premises SubCommittee Chair  — vacant
Programmes Subcommitee Chair — Tony Symes
Communications and Digital Subcommitee Chair (interim) — James Hamilton
Staff Subcommittee Chair — Julie Cole
Grants and Donations Officer — Chris Garcia
Website Officer — John Law