When the NMCT was established in 1990 the founding Trustees were appointed by the British Library and the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. The latter became part of The National Archives 2003 and that body is now one of the organisations that appoints Trustees.

Professor David McKitterick FSA FBA - Chairman

David McKitterick is Emeritus Honorary Professor of Historical Bibliography, Trinity College, Cambridge Librarian and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He worked at the Cambridge University Library in 1969-70 and from 1971 to 1986; he was a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge, from 1978 to 1986. He was appointed Librarian and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1986, from which he retired in 2016. He is the author of various works on bibliography and library history, including a history of Cambridge University Library in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Charles Sebag-Montefiore FSA FCA - Treasurer

Charles Sebag-Montefiore qualified as a chartered accountant in 1974 and spent his career in the field of corporate finance in the City in London. He is currently a trustee of the National Gallery and of the Harewood House Trust and Treasurer of the Friends of the National Libraries, the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library and of other charities.  His book The British as Art Collectors: from the Tudors to the Present was published in 2012. A Dynasty of Dealers: John Smith and Successors 1801-1924 (Roxburghe Club, 2013), is a study of the art market in nineteenth century London for high-end Dutch and Flemish pictures, told through 564 unpublished letters between significant collectors and a leading dealer of that period. He is currently working on a dictionary of British art collectors, 1600-1939.

Caroline Taylor MCLIP

Caroline was University Librarian at the University of Leicester, where she was responsible for, and had a keen interest in, the University’s archives and special collections.  Along with her staff ensured that the University’s unique and distinctive collections were developed and sustained in support of research and scholarship.  A significant part of Caroline’s professional career was in public libraries and local government where she worked in Essex, Camden, Westminster, Richmond-upon-Thames and latterly, Oxfordshire, where she was County Librarian until 2010.  Caroline is an executive board member of SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) and until March 2017 was Chair of the Mercian Collaboration of University Libraries in the East and West Midlands.

Dr Norman James FRHistS

Norman James has led advisory services supporting a wide range of archives and grant-awarding bodies while working at the Historical Manuscripts Commission and The National Archives between 1980 and 2014. He has contributed to a number of archival surveys and published guides to historical records and also helped to produce several national standards and specifications. His particular interest lies in the field of ecclesiastical history and he has co-edited the Bede Roll of the Fraternity of St Nicholas for the London Record Society. Among other commitments, he serves on the council, committee or relevant advisory panel of several archival and library organisations.

Caroline Checkley-Scott ACR

Caroline Checkley-Scott was for many years the Commercial Director of Conservation by Design.  Prior to that she was Collection Care Manager at the University of Manchester Library, where she co-managed the Centre of Heritage Imaging and Collection Care(CHICC). Caroline has also held posts at both the British Library and Wellcome Library; she has acted as Chair of the Book and Paper Group for the Institute of Conservation (Icon) Her research interests include the conservation of early Christian manuscripts from the Middle East, particularly the Syriac Book and the science of parchment. She teaches conservation and book history both nationally and internationally.

Trustees in Cardiff in June 2018

Trustees in Cardiff in June 2018, with colleagues from MALD and our hosts, Cardiff University.

NMCT Trustees at the Bodleian Library in 2015 to see NMCT funded conservation in progress.

NMCT Trustees at the Bodleian Library in 2015 to see NMCT funded conservation in progress.