The Goldsmiths’ Centre is a registered charity and is governed by a board of Trustees. The board consists of 8 members who meet four times a year and provide us with guidance and expertise based on their wealth of experience.
Our Trustees donate their time to help us achieve our strategic goals as an organisation while promoting the Centre’s cause and philanthropic values. They are a mixture of expert craftspeople and leading professionals. The Trustees delegate the day-to-day management of the Goldsmiths’ Centre to the Director, Peter Taylor.
Edward Braham – Chair of the Trustees
Edward Braham is the senior partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and a corporate lawyer. Freshfields is a leading international law firm, dating from 1743 and advising clients on transactions, disputes and regulatory matters that touch just about every country in the world. Edward is on the Court of the Goldsmiths’ Company. He became a Trustee of the Goldsmiths' Centre in 2012 and Chair in 2016.
Grant Macdonald – Vice Chair of Trustees
Grant is a designer and silversmith and started his business in 1969. He runs a busy London workshop with some twenty people and travels extensively seeking commissions and was honoured as the first silversmithing company to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2006. He was the Master of the Barbers’ Company in 1999 and Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 2008.
Richard Agutter – Trustee
Richard is a Trustee of Goldsmiths’ Centre and also former Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company. He is a Chartered Accountant, formerly a partner of KPMG. Richard was a Sheriff of the City of London 2000-2011 and is also a Fellow of Birkbeck University.
Julia Clarke - Trustee
Julia is a 4th generation (retail) jeweller, having joined the Trade in 1979. Since 2006 she has been MD of their family shop: Hester Clarke Fine Jewellers, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. She has been a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths' Company since 2009.
Professor Jack Cunningham – Trustee
Jack was formerly Head of the School of Jewellery at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University. Originally from Glasgow, he studied for his first degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and latterly for his PhD at The Glasgow School of Art, where he was also Head of the Department of Silversmithing and Jewellery until 2008. As a contemporary narrative jeweller, his work is held in numerous public collections, including the Crafts Council.
Heather Norman Soderlind – Trustee
Currently working as fundraising lead to a Devon-based charity, Heather’s professional career is in marketing and public engagement. Her previous roles include Deputy Director of English PEN, the writers' charity, Head of Public Marketing at the British Library and a long international career at Reuters, including postings to New York, Vienna and Geneva.
Michael Prideaux – Trustee
Michael was Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs and a member of the Management Board at British American Tobacco until June 2012. He is Chairman of the Old Etonian Association and Chairman of the Chelsea Physic Garden. Michael joined the Court of the Goldsmiths Company in October 2013.
Peter Taylor – Director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre
Peter initially trained as a designer and goldsmith at the Birmingham School of Jewellery. After working as a lecturer and tutor, he developed a European funding and project management consultancy which was launched in 1993. He returned to education in 1997, when he established the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre for the University of Central England. In 2002 Peter joined The Goldsmiths’ Company as its first Director of Technology & Training. Here he developed and project managed the construction of the Goldsmiths’ Centre before becoming its Director in 2011.