Meet Our Trustees
Brunel Museum Board Trustees
Dana Skelley OBE (Chair)
Dana is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a wealth of experience in rehabilitating London’s historic transport infrastructure. She has led the refurbishment of many of London’s Thames crossings including Bazalgette’s Battersea Bridge, Thomas Page’s Westminster Bridge and Sir Alexander Binnie’s Blackwall Tunnel. Dana was awarded the Surveyor/ICE Engineer of the Year Award in 2006 and was honoured with an OBE for Services to Transport in the UK in 2016. As a member of the 100 Years of Women in Transport Board, she has worked with government, Transport for London and the Women’s Engineering Society to encourage women to take an interest in Engineering.
Kathy Adams (Treasurer)
Kathy Adams was appointed to the board as Trustee & Treasurer in April 2020. She is a chartered accountant with a background in senior finance and management roles in the City. She is now turning her finance and strategy expertise to consultancy based work with a portfolio of early stage businesses to balance time with her young family. She is currently CFO of a big data consultancy and Finance Director of a Charity tackling youth violence by embedding creative spaces in London’s most isolated communities. Kathy lives locally to the museum with her husband and two sons. The younger is very interested in how things work and loves the Thames Tunnel; potentially a future engineer. With a physics degree she is particularly interested in ensuring STEM subjects are accessible to and engaging for all children and the wider community. She enjoys yoga, skiing, scuba diving, cooking and theatre.
Peronel is Head of Collections and Exhibitions at Bletchley Park Trust, responsible for research, exhibitions, collections, buildings and archaeology. Previously, Peronel was Head of Content Development at the Natural History Museum, where she led content across the entire public offer. A senior museum manager, her experience covers exhibition and interpretation development, collections management, and communicating scientific and technical content to diverse audiences. Peronel holds an MA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London.
Andrew McManus has lived close to the museum for nearly 20 years, and originally became involved as a benefactor. However, with over 25 years in business both in the UK and internationally, most recently as the Head of HR & OD for a train leasing company, he decided to offer his skills to the museum as a Trustee. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and has particular expertise in training and development, organisational change and development, and governance
Nick joined the Board of the Brunel Museum in 2019. He brings a range of business experience having worked on major infrastructure programmes across the UK. He is currently focussed on the 4-Lines Modernisation project for London Underground. Nick comes from a heavy engineering background, working in a variety of shipyards throughout the delivery of the Royal Navy’s current flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. A Naval Architect by training, Nick has been inspired by the engineering accomplishments of the Brunels and wants to share his skills and experience to develop a new generation of young Engineering experts.
Maureen Nolan (Company Secretary)
Maureen is a Chartered Governance Professional with over thirty years’ experience in governance and company secretarial work and has worked for a range of organisations in the public, private and charitable sectors, including Transport for London, ICSA and Age Concern England. In addition to acting as Secretary and Trustee of the Brunel Museum, Maureen is Secretary and Trustee of the London Parks & Gardens Trust and the Gardens Trust, and part time Secretary & Administrator of the Gas Safe Charity. Maureen has a BSc in Mathematics and Biophysics and an MSc in Information Science.
Jane Stancliffe began her career as a junior curator at the V&A, writing an MA thesis (Royal College of Art) on costume jewellery whilst there. She went on to work for the Art Fund and then the National Lottery Heritage Fund when it started up, also qualifying in building conservation (Architectural Association). Three years ago she set up The Heritage Bureau, a consultancy offering advice and help in securing funding for heritage projects; during this period she has secured over £30m in grants for her clients. Her varied work across the heritage sector means she can offer hands-on knowledge and experience in museum/historic buildings management and governance, collections care and interpretation, and funding.
Tiffany gained professional accreditation in her home country of Australia. She worked in China, after a stretch in Shanghai, she settled in Hong Kong. She now lives in London and leads the South East Building Structures practice at Atkins. As part of a global consultancy, she has the opportunity to help clients overcome all sorts of complex challenges in the built environment. Whether it is an airport or a new low carbon energy solution, engineering projects impact all our lives and offer an amazing chance to shape the world.