Eve Salomon, CBE – Chair of BPT

Eve Salomon became Chair of BPT in November 2023, to lead the charity’s board of trustees and to drive forwards BPT’s ambitions outlined in its “Vision to 2030”.

Eve has a long history in the arts and heritage sectors. She formerly led as Chair of the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London where she served two four-year terms, navigating the museum through the COVID-19 pandemic, the return of the Benin bronzes in its collections, and winning the coveted Arts Fund Museum of the Year award in 2022. She also acted as a trustee for the Ovalhouse (now Brixton House) theatre and arts centre for 20 years. This year Eve received a CBE for services to the Arts and Heritage.

Eve, a solicitor, is an international legal expert on media law and regulation for interstate bodies such as the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the OSCE. She has advised governments, regulatory authorities and international organisations on human rights and media-related issues. She has also worked as a regulator, notably as Chair of the Regulatory Board of RICS, and as a Commissioner of the Press Complaints Commission, the Gambling Commission, and Chair of the Internet Watch Foundation. More recently she chaired the board of  Privacy International and currently chairs the board of trustees at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Alex Sherman – Chief Executive Officer

Attends Trustee, Finance, Museums and Education, Advocacy & Campaigning, Architecture, Planning & Place and Environs committee meetings.

Before joining BPT in 2021 Alex was Head of Business for the South West Heritage Trust in Somerset and Devon.  Alex’s previous role focused on strategy, charity governance, financial management and HR. With a background in project and programme management in the public and charity sectors, he has led multi-agency partnerships to successfully deliver environmental and community grant giving programmes. Alex developed and implemented the award-winning Avalon Marshes Scheme, working with environmental and heritage partners to provide landscape scale restoration as well as community, heritage, and learning projects. He has been a trustee of two charities, in youth work and community transport.


Patrizia Ribul – Director of Museums

In attendance at Trustee, Finance and Museums & Education committee meetings.

Patrizia has more than 15 years’ experience in senior and leadership positions across a broad spectrum of visual arts organisations, most recently as Executive Director of the Burton Art Gallery and Museum, as well as Project Manager, West of England Visual Arts Alliance at Spike Island. Previously, Patrizia was Acquisitions Programme Manager at the Tate for 11 years.

Our Current Trustees:

  • Eve Salomon

    Chair of BPT.
    See her short biography above.
  • Diane Aderyn OBE

    Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.
    Diane is Director of Finance and Commercial Services at the University of Bath and before that was Deputy Bursar at the University of Manchester. Currently represents the University of Bath as Trustee of the Herschel House Trust and longstanding treasurer of South Wraxall P.C.C. Formerly Trustee of Bath Festivals and the College of Radiographers.
  • Douglas Creed

    Chair of the Environs Committee and member of the Architecture, Planning & Place Committee.
  • Julian Gooding

    Julian lives with his family in Bath, having worked in financial services as a regulatory lawyer and compliance officer for over 20 years. He was educated in Bath and studied modern history at university and retains a keen interest in history and education. He was previously a trustee of Hong Kong Academy, an independent school in Hong Kong.
  • Bruce Haines

    Bruce worked in advertising for over forty years before moving to Bath in 2013. During his career he worked in this country and globally advising major companies on their brands and marketing. He was Group CEO of Leo Burnett London and, most recently, Global COO of Cheil, part of the Samsung Group based in Seoul, South Korea. He is a former President of the industry’s trade body, the IPA, a Fellow of the Marketing Society and a former Chair and now Patron of NABS, the main charity of the communications industry.
  • Peta Hall

    Peta took a London Secretarial course when her parents moved to California, and after obtaining a First Class Diploma, she spent a year in California as an au pair. Peta then returned to Bath to spend 10 years as PA to several high profile business leaders. One was to become Chairman of Bath Preservation Trust (BPT), bringing Peta in to the Trust in 1999 to help open Beckford’s Tower and later to become Membership Secretary for 16 years. Before BPT, Peta joined an American Undergraduate programme based in Bath as PA to the Directors and Manager. Peta held Directorships of Higher Education in Europe, Academic Agency Ltd and Advanced Studies in England (ASE), and was appointed member of the Institute of Directors. Peta was also Company Secretary to companies in the same organisation and helped to manage  various international conference. In the 2000s, while working for BPT, Peta also worked for ASE as their Housing Manager, looking after student housing and welfare. In 2017 Peta stepped down from ASE and as Membership Secretary for BPT and now enjoys a continued, voluntary relationship with the Trust, as well as joining the Board of BCVS Homes in Bath and the Committee of St John’s Court, Bath.
  • Colin Johnston

    Colin came to Bath in 1984 as City Archivist to the former Bath City Council and is now manager of the combined Archives and Local Studies services at Bath Record Office. He is a long-standing member of several Bath history groups for which he has intermittently served in committee and officer roles.
  • Tom Marshall

    Member of the Architecture, Planning & Place Committee.
    Tom is a retired Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a commercial property consultant  specialising in development and real estate, and has held a number of senior roles in this sector.
  • Simon Morray-Jones

    Member of the Architecture, Planning & Place Committee.
    Simon heads an architecture practice based in central Bath which specialises in upgrading historic properties whilst adapting them to the twenty-first century. The practice has considerable experience in all aspects of restoration, conversion and extensions to listed buildings and has received numerous awards and commendations for its combination of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design. Simon was previously a Trustee for 12 years until 2017.
  • Donna Speed Grenfell

    Donna is the Chief Executive of We The Curious, an educational charity based in Bristol with a hands-on science centre which aims to remove boundaries around science – connecting art, people and ideas in a united culture of curiosity. Donna first joined the charity in the year 2000 as Commercial Operations Director, later becoming Chief Operating Officer and eventually Chief Executive in 2019. Prior to her role with We The Curious, Donna worked for Alton Towers as a host manager between 1994 and 2000. Donna was co-opted to the Bath Preservation Trust Board in January 2023.  In addition to her role at We the Curious she sits on a number of boards including; Bristol City Council’s International Strategy Board, business and engagement advisory board for UWE and Deputy Chair of the ASDC Board.
  • Annabel Thomas MacGregor

    Annabel is Director of Education at The English-Speaking Union and has over a decade of experience working in education, the arts and communication, with roles spanning cultural, heritage, performing and visual arts education and education assessment and accreditation. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Bath resident, passionate about supporting the cultural and heritage education of children, young people and adults within and outside of Bath through Bath Preservation Trust’s work.
  • Victoria Thornton OBE

    Chair of the Architecture, Planning & Place Committee.
    Victoria is the Founder and former Director of Open House and Open-City, an architecture education charity advocating the value of design in creating vibrant, liveable cities. Other positions and roles have included Jury Member RIBA Royal Gold Medal; Board Member Irish Architecture Foundation; Women in Architecture Judge; RIBA Research Committee, Expert Advisory Board, Bartlett 2050 Leadership Programme and Architecture ls member. She is also the author of Open House, Chair of Open House Worldwide, and co-author of London’s Guide to Contemporary Architecture. Victoria was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the RIBA in 2003, Honorary MA from London Metropolitan University, 2006, and an OBE in 2012 for services to architecture and education. Victoria joined the Council of the Architectural Association in 2016.  Since moving to Bath, Victoria has taken an active interest in the Museum of Bath Architecture and is a member of Architecture Is, a collaboration between amongst others BPT and the University of Bath.