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Three administrators reappointed to the royal armories


Neil Grant

Reappointed as Trustee from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2026.

Neil Grant studied archeology at the University of Reading before training as a chartered accountant. Since then, he has worked for several years in industry before becoming Head of Corporate Finance and

Performance for English Heritage and then its successor, Historic England. Neil has written a number of books for Osprey Publishing, focusing on small arms development and military history. He also regularly contributes articles to Tracklink, the Tank Museum’s magazine. He is currently president of the Ordnance Society, an academic group dedicated to the study of historical artillery, and tours coordinator for the Friends of the Tank Museum.

He is particularly interested in medieval horsemanship and sword fighting techniques, which he has written about and demonstrated at living history events. He is also interested in using technology to enhance and deepen the museum experience.

Paul Kirkman

Reappointed as Trustee from September 28, 2022 to September 27, 2026.

Paul Kirkman is a consultant to cultural and heritage organizations with 30 years of senior-level experience in public policy and cultural sector leadership. Paul was director of the National Railway Museum in York from 2012 to 2017, where he brought the famous Flying Scotsman back into service and partnered with the city council on a £700million brownfield development around the museum. From 2005 to 2012, Paul held various leadership positions within the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, including leading the 2010 spending reviews and overseeing policy and funding for the National Museums and Arts. CouncilEngland. He was responsible for development policy at the Natural History Museum between 1999 and 2001, when the development of its Darwin center was launched. He spent three periods at HM Treasury and was private secretary to the chief executive of the Confederation of British Industry, working for Howard Davies and Adair Turner in the run up to the 1997 election. Paul first studied philosophy at Edinburgh University, holds an MA in Art History from Goldsmith’s College and was a member of the Clore Leadership Program.

jonathan sands

Reappointed as Trustee from September 28, 2022 to September 27, 2026.

Jonathan is the president of branding agency “Born Ugly” and officially the majority shareholder of global branding design agency Elmwood. His work has taken him all over the world, from New Zealand to North America, Asia and mainland Europe, advising some of the biggest brands on the planet. His companies have won more Design Effectiveness Awards than any other, as well as ‘Best Company to Work For’ awards from The Sunday Times and The Yorkshire Post and various individual awards for business leadership. He is a former board member of the RSA and the Design Council where he served for ten years and a past chairman of the Design Business Association.

Jonathan was also a Visiting Professor of Innovation at the University of Huddersfield, where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in 2002. In 2011, he was awarded an OBE in HRH The Queen’s New Year’s Honors List for his services to creative industries.

Beyond the creative industries, Jonathan is also non-executive chairman of the digital veterinary company Vet Ai which uses artificial intelligence to diagnose diseases in pets via the Joii app and finally, he is a director of the Royal Armories where he chairs their commercial arm RATE.

Remuneration and Governance Code

The administrators of the royal armories are not remunerated. This appointment was made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Governance Code for Public Appointments. The appointment process is governed by the Public Appointments Commissioner. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee within the past five years must be disclosed. This is defined to include holding office, speaking in public, making a recordable donation, or running for office. Neil Grant, Paul Kirkman and Jonathan Sands reported no activity.