Our trustees are responsible for the strategic direction of the Forum, identifying opportunities for the development and growth of the Focum, ensuring that it complies with its governing document and that it applies its resources to the pursuit of its charitable purpose for public good.


Dr Alex Ball

Alex Ball is the Head of Imaging and Analysis at The Natural History Museum. He has a particular interest in non-destructive imaging and analysis and a background in 3D imaging and data analysis. He has published extensively on new methodologies in imaging, particularly focussing on SEM and confocal microscopy. Alex sits on the RMS EM Section committee, is co-chair of the Education and Outreach Committee and former RMS trustee. He also coordinates the Hitachi STEM Education Outreach Project in the UK with his colleague James Perkins. This award-winning scheme sends portable SEMs into secondary schools to facilitate student-led research and STEM training for teachers.

Nancy Bell

Understanding the power of science and technology to better preserve, access and interpret collections, is central to the many roles Nancy Bell has held. She is currently a Research Associate, Oxford University, where she is developing protocols to better translate research to policy and practice for the heritage sector. Prior to this she has served in different capacities at the National Trust; National Archives and Record Administration, USA; and was Head of Collection Care, The National Archives, UK. She was on the advisory board of the AHRC/EPSRC Heritage Science Advisory Board, and is currently Chair, Idlewild Trust.

Sara Crofts

Sara trained as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in historic building conservation. She joined the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 2002, working on conservation policy and practice in various roles including leading the award-winning Faith in Maintenance project. In 2015, Sara left SPAB to join the Heritage Lottery Fund as Head of Historic Environment before returning to the voluntary sector to take up the role of Chief Executive at Icon (the Institute of Conservation) in January 2019. She also champions the conservation of cultural heritage through various voluntary roles with Europa Nostra, Built Environment Forum Scotland, SPAB and the NHSF. Sara was appointed as the Chief Executive at the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) in May 2023.

Professor Adam Gibson

Adam Gibson is a medical physicist and heritage scientist based at University College London. He has used various imaging techniques to examine breast cancer, brain activity, bleeds in the brains of premature babies as well as studying books, paintings and manuscripts. He leads a workpackage for the European IPERION HS project, which is preparing for a European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science.  

Dr Jen Heathcote

Dr Freya Horsfield

Professor Nigel Llewellyn, Chairman

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