Welcome to our new Chair - Nigel Llewellyn

The trustees of the National Heritage Science Forum (NHSF) are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Nigel Llewellyn as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from March 2019.


An art historian by training and profession, Nigel has worked for most of his career in the academic sector, including as Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex. In 2007, he moved to Tate where he established the research department and developed a research strategy for the museum across all sites.


Nigel brings extensive understanding of national cultural and research strategy, and of the partnership working that is vital to support the development of cultural policy. He was Programme Director of the AHRC Research Centres Scheme (2003-5) and has been involved in many other research council roles including the ARHC Advisory Board (2008-13), AHRC steering committees for the Care for the Future and Cultural Value programmes, as well as the AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage programme.


Nigel said: “I am pleased to be taking up the role of Chairman following the Forum’s recent launch of the strategic framework for heritage science in the UK. I am especially interested in building cultures which would lead to the further sharing of heritage science facilities and access to equipment amongst academic and cultural partners of all sizes. I see the Framework as an essential building block in this process”.


Nigel succeeds Alastair McCapra who was Chairman from 2015-2019. Alastair said: “After a year of great activity and change for NHSF – which has included the development of a new strategy for the sector and a new membership structure for NHSF – the Forum can look forward to strengthening its strategic relationships with policy makers and opinion makers to effect positive change for heritage science in the UK. Nigel is ideally placed to lead the Board of Trustees in that process.”