Her Majesty The Queen


HRH The Duchess of Cornwall GCVO


Sir Tim Rice 

Sir Tim Rice is one of the country’s best-known lyricists and his work in Hollywood, the West End and Broadway has received worldwide recognition. During a career spanning five decades in music, film and the stage, he has received three Academy Awards, as well as Golden Globe, Olivier, Tony, Grammy and Ivor Novello Awards. A London Library member since 1992, Sir Tim has also been a successful publisher, author and performer, and a President of the MCC. 


Nicolas Barker OBE FBA

The Rt Hon the Lord Boateng

The Duke of Devonshire KCVO CBE

Lady Antonia Fraser CH DBE FRSL

Caroline Michel

Jeremy Paxman

Josie Rourke

Alexandra Shulman CBE 

Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL


London Library Trustees

Sir Howard Davies: Chairman (2015– )

Chairs Committee (Chair) (2017– )

Development Committee (Chair) (2015– )

Director Search Committee (Chair) (2016–2017)

Howard Davies was appointed Chairman of The London Library Trustees on 3 November 2015. He was appointed Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland on 1 September 2015. He recently chaired the UK Airports Commission and was the Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science from 2003 until May 2011. Prior to this appointment Howard chaired the UK Financial Services Authority from 1997 to 2003 and was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, after three years as the Director General of the Confederation of British Industry.

Howard is also a Professor of Practice at the French School of Political Science in Paris (Sciences Po).

Howard has published five books focused on the financial markets and regularly writes for The Financial TimesThe Times Literary Supplement and Management Today. He chaired the Man Booker Prize judges in 2007.

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Philip Broadley: Treasurer (2016– )

Chairs Committee (2017– )

Director Search Committee (2016–2017)

Finance Committee (Chair) (2016– )

Member since 2002. Philip Broadley was appointed Treasurer on 9 November 2016. Philip is a director of AstraZeneca plc and Legal & General Group plc. Previously he was Group Finance Director of Prudential plc from 2000 until 2008; and of Old Mutual plc from 2008 until 2014. He was a partner at Arthur Andersen from 1993 to 2000. He has been Chairman of the 100 Group of Finance Directors and is a former member of the Oxford University Audit and Scrutiny Committee.

Philip graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, where he is now at St Edmund Fellow. He also holds a MSc in Behavioural Science from London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Alain Aubry: Trustee (2019– )

Collections Committee (2019– )

Development Committee (2019– )

Member since 2015. Alain Aubry is a French private equity professional and former publisher. A keen bibliophile, he is a former Trustee of the American Library of Paris, and currently serves on their Advisory Council.

Based in London, he is a consultant for the Société Financière de l’Arno, a Belgian investment company based in Brussels, which he founded in 2004, and where he was the CEO until 2014. He was Chairman at LBO France from 1997 to 2005, and Vice Chairman from 2005 to 2012 .

He is also the Patron of a number of libraries and charitable organisations, both in the UK and overseas, which reflects his enduring interest in literature and books. He began his publishing career at the Club Français du Livre, of which he was later CEO. Until 2011, he was the Vice Chairman of the Cercle de la Librairie, a charity that publishes professional books and databases related to book publishing. He is a patron of the British Museum and is on the board of the Friends of the French National Library.


Isabelle Dupuy: Trustee (2016– )

Development Committee (2016– )

Director Search Committee (2016–2017)

Finance Committee (2018– )

Member since 2002. Originally from Haiti, Isabelle moved to London as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch and now manages a private portfolio. Her novel, Living the Dream, was published by Jacaranda Books in late 2019.  She has been selected for the British Library’s upcoming anthology Swallowed by a Whale and was a finalist in 2019 for the Didcot Short Story Prize.  She is a judge for The London Library’s Emerging Writers Programme 2020. Isabelle is represented by Curtis Brown. Isabelle holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from New York University. She has three wonderful children and is currently working on her second novel.


Daisy Goodwin: Trustee (2018– )

Collections Committee (2018– )

Development Committee (2018– )

Member since 1990. Daisy Goodwin is a writer, journalist and BAFTA winning TV producer. After ten years at the BBC making arts documentaries, she left to join the independent sector and created a number of programmes including Grand Designs and The Nation’s Favourite Poems. In 2005, she started Silver River productions, which she sold to Sony in 2012. Alongside her TV work, Daisy has written a memoir, Silver River and two novels My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter, which were both New York Times bestsellers. In 2014, Daisy was commissioned to write her first screenplay, Victoria, an 8 part series for ITV and is currently writing series 3. Her charity work has included chairing the Poetry Book Society and she is currently Chair of the Women Taking Action committee that works to promote Family Partners for Action for Children, the second biggest children’s charity in the UK.


Will Harris: Trustee (2015– )

Chairs Committee (2017– )

Development Committee (2015–2016)

Membership Committee (Chair) (2017– )

Member since 2003. BA in English at the University of Nottingham. Career in marketing since the 1990s, creating or having steered brands like Orange, O2, Peroni, Nokia, LVMH, The Conservative Party, Battersea Power Station. Now runs a strategy consultancy in London called The Bridge, with a mixture of commercial, creative and causal clients. A past Non-Executive Director/Trustee of Nottingham Trent University, columnist at Marketing Magazine and a trustee of the Tilford Institute in Farnham, one of Sir Edwin Lutyens’ earliest commissions. Took a sabbatical in 2002 to write a book and keen to return to full-time writing when circumstances permit.


David Lough: Trustee (2014– )

Development Committee (2015–2016, 2018 – )

Director Search Committee (2016–2017)

Finance Committee (2015– )

Membership Committee (2017–2018)

Member since 2009. Educated at Sherborne and New College, Oxford (1st in History and Modern Languages). Pursued career in shipping and financial markets, starting in Asia then in London. Founder and Managing Director of LawShare Ltd (1991-2005) and of Heartwood (CEO 1988-2008, chairman 2009-2013). Author No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money (2015); Darling Winston: Forty years of letters between Winston Churchill and his mother (2018); lecturer. Trustee, Skyrme Hart Charitable Trust (youth and music). Joined the Founders’ Circle in 2013.


Anthony McGrath: Trustee (2013– )

Chairmanship Search Committee (2015–2016)

Finance Committee (2014– )

Membership Committee (2017– )

Member since March 2007. Educated at Worth Abbey School and the University of Surrey (BSc in Mathematics 1971), before spending five years at Deloitte & Co, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1974. Anthony has over twenty years’ experience at Baring Brothers (merchant bankers) including more than ten at director level, followed by three years as Global Head of Corporate Finance at Robert Fleming (investment bankers). After retirement he spent seven years (2001-2008) as Treasurer and Trustee of the King’s Fund, chairing both the Audit Committee and the Investment Committee with over £100m funds under management. He also undertook further study at the Open University, obtaining a BA in Humanities with Art History in 2003 and an MA in Art History in 2007. He completed a PhD in Art History at Sussex University in 2012.

Giles Milton: Trustee (2015– )

Buildings and Facilities Committee (2017– )

Collections Committee (2018– )

Development Committee (2015–2016)

Membership Committee (2017– )

Member since 1994 and a very active user. Author of many works of narrative history, all of them researched and written at the Library. Published titles include Russian RouletteParadise Lost: Smyrna 1922Samurai WilliamWhite GoldNathaniel’s Nutmeg and Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (currently being developed into a major TV series). His most recent title, D-Day: The Soldier’s Story, was published by John Murray in September 2018, with American, French and other foreign editions to follow. Milton’s books are published in more than 20 languages.

Sophie Murray: Trustee (2013– )

Building Project Steering Committee (2014–2016)

Buildings and Facilities Committee (2016– )

Development Committee (2014–2016)

Membership Committee (2017– )

Member since May 2013. Sophie has spent the last ten years in brand and business development in the consumer and retail sector for companies as diverse as Britvic, Tesco and Bupa, with time as Head of Marketing at Harrods and a Brand Director at Anya Hindmarch. She began her career as a style journalist for The Telegraph then co-founded East Beach Cafe in West Sussex, designed by Thomas Heatherwick CBE. Educated at Exeter College, Oxford (BA in English 2000), she was an East Scholar and awarded the Skeat-Whitfield Essay Prize.

Sir Andrew Popplewell: Trustee (2012– )

Buildings and Facilities Committee (2017– )

Development Committee (2014–2016)

Sir Andrew read Classics and Law at Downing College Cambridge, and following a career as a commercial barrister became a High Court Judge in October 2011 and Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2019.  He has been a member of the Library since 2008 and regularly uses it as a browsing and lending library.  He has served on a number of governing bodies or committees of charitable and non-charitable organisations.  He is married to a dermatologist, has three moderately grown up children and has still not written his first novel.


David Reade QC: Trustee (2012– )

Membership Committee (2017– )

Nominations Committee (2017– )

Remuneration and Appraisal Committee (2014–2015)

David has been a member of the Library since 1987. He is a barrister who graduated from Birmingham University and was then called to the Bar by the Middle Temple. Following a brief period as a lecturer he began practising in London. He now mainly practises in employment and commercial law and was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He was made a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2009. David additionally works as a mediator with experience of mediating a wide variety of disputes.

Peter Stewart: Trustee (2012– )

Buildings and Facilities Committee (Chair) (2017– )

Building Project Steering Committee (Chair) (2012–2016)

Chairs Committee (2017– )

Peter is a chartered architect. After training at the University of Cambridge and Central London Polytechnic, he spent 15 years in private practice. From 1997 he worked at the Royal Fine Art Commission and then its successor the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). Since 2005 he has been the principal of a practice which provides advice on architecture, urbanism, conservation and planning. He has been a member of the Library since 2010.


Rick Stroud: Trustee (2015– )

Building Project Steering Committee (2015–2016)

Buildings and Facilities Committee (2017– )

Collections Committee (2018– )

Development Committee (2016– )

Director Search Committee (2016–2017)

Member since 1994 and a frequent visitor to the Library. Educated at University College Oxford. A BAFTA and Emmy nominated film producer, director and writer with substantial experience in theatre and television. The author of six published works of non-fiction including The Book of the MoonThe Phantom Army of Alamein and Kidnap in Crete which is in development as a feature film. His next book, Lonely Courage, about the women of the SOE, is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2017. Has recently completed a term as Chairman of the Chelsea Arts Club.

Sara Wheeler: Trustee (2014– )

Chairs Committee (2017– )

Chairmanship Search Committee (2015–2016)

Membership Committee (2017– )

Nominations Committee (Chair) (2014– )

Member since 1993.  Read Classics and Modern Languages at Oxford.  Full-time writer of literary non-fiction, including the best-selling Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica (1996), Travels in a Thin Country: a Journey through Chile (1994), Cherry: a Life of Apsley Cherry-Gerrard (2001), Too Close to the Sun: the Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton (2006), Evia: Travels on an Undiscovered Greek Island (2007), The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle (2009), Access All Areas: Selected Writings, 1990-2010 (2011), and O My America!: Second Acts in a New World (2013).  Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia with Pushkin and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age appeared in July 2019. Her works have been translated into many languages and she is a regular contributor to broadsheet newspapers in the UK and US and broadcasts on Radio 4. Fellow and former Council Member of the Royal Society of Literature. Trustee of The London Library, 2005-2009, serving on the Development Committee and Nominations Committee. Was a member of the Chairmanship Search committee in 2008-2009.

London Library Trustee Placements

The Library appoints two Trustee Placements from its younger Membership to serve a two-year term. Their role is to:

  • attend trustee meetings regularly and contribute appropriate skills, interests and knowledge;
  • reflect the Trustees’ agreed policies and concerns whenever acting as a representative of the Trustees;
  • champion the cause and reputation of the Library, identifying and engaging potential new supporters

Anyone interested in this role (or indeed the role of Trustee) can find out more here.


Aisha Brady: Trustee Placement (2020–2022)

Collections Committee (2020– )

Development Committee (2020– )

Membership Committee (2020– )

Aisha has recently graduated from a Master’s degree in Digital Culture & Society from King’s College London with a thesis focused on collaboration and community engagement in Wikipedia.

She is Commercial Programme Director at Newspeak House, a place-based community and an independent scholar in film history. In 2019, she was one of 12 people selected to be part of the Collegium at the Giornate, the world’s foremost silent film festival.

Aisha hopes to start her PhD in 2021 and is currently researching her first book, a history of The Strand, working with The Institute of Historical Research.

Astrid Hampe-Nathaniel: Trustee Placement (2020–2022)

Buildings and Facilities Committee (2020– )

Collections Committee (2020– )

Membership Committee (2020– )

Astrid has BA Honours degree in History from King’s College London and an MRes in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris. She is currently undertaking doctoral research at the London School of Economics, examining the political legacy of colonialism.

She is passionate about expanding access to educational and cultural institutions. As head of the History Outreach Programme she collaborated with the educational charity TeachFirst to deliver diplomacy workshops to high potential pupils in underprivileged London schools. At the civic-tech start-up Voxe, she designed a political Tour de France to reach first-time voters. The King’s Cultural Institute used her analysis of the last British General Election to formulate outreach policies for the UK cultural sector.

She has previously worked at UNESCO, the European Commission and the European Forum Alpbach, and is also a keen singer.

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Register of Interests

In accordance with current best practice regarding charity governance, the Library’s Trustees are asked at least annually to declare the interests which, in their judgement, are or might be relevant in their role.These are set out in the Register of Trustees' Interests.