Sir Gerald Acher Appointed Chairman of Brooklands Museum Trust

21 January 2015

The Trustees of Brooklands Museum Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Gerald Acher CBE LVO as their Chairman with effect from 1st April 2015. He succeeds Capt Mike Bannister, who has chaired the Trustees since the previous Chairman Lord Trefgarne stepped down in November 2014 after a 13-year term.

Sir Gerald, 69, is shortly to stand down as Deputy Chairman of Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd, and has been prominent in the charity, voluntary and business sectors since his retirement in 2001 from City firm KPMG where he was the Senior London Partner and advised the Aircraft Division of British Aerospace from nationalisation until after flotation on the London Stock Exchange. He is currently President of Young Epilepsy, Vice-Chairman of Motability, Deputy Chairman of Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust and Chairman of Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust. He was previously the Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts and the Aston Martin Heritage Trust and has also served on the boards of NHS London, BPB Industries and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Weekend Trust. He is a Past Master of the Chartered Accountants Livery Company.

In welcoming Sir Gerald’s appointment, Capt Bannister says: “When I agreed to assume the interim role as Chairman, my first action was to initiate a robust and comprehensive process to identify an individual with all of the right skills, qualities, personality and gravitas to take the Museum significantly forward in pursuit of the Trust’s strategy and objectives. In Sir Gerald we have found that individual and I, and my fellow Trustees, look forward to further success for the Museum under his Chairmanship.”

Sir Gerald, who is an enthusiastic driver of vintage and classic cars and has twice completed the challenging Peking-Paris rally – the first time winning the Spirit of the Rally Award - says: “I am thrilled to have been asked to chair this unique and vital part of our motoring and aviation heritage and it will be a privilege for me to help Brooklands through the next stage of its exciting future. I am much looking forward to working with Mike Bannister and his fellow Trustees, with Allan Winn and his executive team as well as with the 800 volunteers who make Brooklands so special”