And the people who keep this house running smoothly
Hugh Belsey MBE – Chair of The Emery Walker Trust.
Hugh is a curator, writer and lecturer. From 1981 to 2004 he was Curator of Gainsborough’s House, the artist’s birthplace museum in Sudbury, Suffolk where he established the collection and transformed the museum. Since he left the museum he has worked in a freelance capacity writing, reviewing, curating exhibitions and lecturing. Every year he gives a series of lectures in a variety of venues in Suffolk and Essex and in 2019 his comprehensive catalogue raisonné, Thomas Gainsborough: The Portraits, Fancy Pictures and Copies after Old Masters was published to great acclaim. He has served as both Chairman and Treasurer
of The Constable Trust.
Andrew Eyres CGMA– Treasurer of The Emery Walker Trust.
A qualified accountant, Andrew has worked in a range of senior leadership roles within the NHS in south London for over 20 years, including as Chief Executive and Director of Finance. Andrew has extensive experience of working with NHS Boards, a reputation for strong financial management and strategy development, building and sustaining partnerships and good governance. Andrew has a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Edinburgh.
Angela Clarke MBE – Hammersmith resident and former Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Councillor.
As well being a trustee, Angela also volunteers as a guide to Emery Walker’s House. Her other volunteering interests include the Hammersmith Society, the Hammersmith and Fulham Historic Buildings Group and a youth club. She has been awarded an MBE for her work in the community. Now retired, Angela’s working life was mainly in administration in professional institutes and the voluntary sector, including serving as the General Secretary of the Institute of Horticulture.
Aileen Dawson FSA – Museum professional.
Aileen has worked for the National Trust, Waddesdon Manor, the Victoria and Albert Museum and was a curator at the British Museum. She has served on the committees of the Glass Association and the Association for the History of Glass, and is a former Chair of the French Porcelain Society. Aileen's publications include English and Irish Delftware, The Art of Worcester Porcelain and A Catalogue of French Porcelain in the British Museum. She has lived in Hammersmith and Fulham for over forty years.
Dr James Hobson – Social historian, gardener, and philanthropy adviser.
James is an academic and experienced fundraiser, whose professional life is split between France and the UK. He currently works for the Royal Academy of Music, but also holds teaching posts at SciencesPo Rennes, and in Paris. His research interests include the performance of music as a tool to social mobility in 19th-century London, and the revival of ‘ancient’ music in England in the 18th and 19th centuries. He is passionate about horticulture, and takes great pride in looking after one of central London’s biggest garden squares. He joined the Trust in 2018, and was delighted to take on the role of Trustee with particular responsibility for the garden.
Elena Lewendon – Curator, historian and museum development specialist
Formerly an archaeologist specialising in site management, Elena has worked in the museum sector for over a decade focusing on museum development, audience consultation, fundraising and improving visitor experience. As well as leading the Curatorial team at the London Fire Brigade Museum, Elena has been a Trustee for The Apsley Paper Trail Trust since 2012, providing strategic support to an NLHF funded working historic paper mill. Elena has a degree in Classics and Archaeology from The University of Warwick and an MA in Museum Studies from University College London.
Max Donnelly FSA
Max is Curator of Nineteenth-Century Furniture at the V&A, where he is a member of the Curatorial Concept Team planning new international Nineteenth-Century Galleries. He has contributed to two V&A publications: C.F.A. Voysey: Arts and Crafts Designer (2016) and The Story of Scottish Design (2018). Max writes for journals including The Burlington Magazine and has lectured in the UK, Europe, North America and China. He is a member of the Decorative Arts Society Committee.
Samantha Wyndham – Arts, heritage and museum professional.
Samantha has worked for the National Trust, Georgian Group, Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Garrick Club, and the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Her work has included writing, researching and editing; running membership activities and events; cataloguing and curating; and organising major commemorative and fundraising events. Samantha has written books for the Barrow Cadbury Trust and the National Gallery, and currently works as a freelance writer and researcher. She has been a trustee of The Household Cavalry Museum since April 2015.
Tessa Wild – Independent curator and writer.
Tessa is Co-Director of the Attingham Trust Summer School and an independent curator. She previously worked for the Georgian Group and the National Trust, where she was a curator for 18 years. During this time, she curated Red House in Bexleyheath and Standen in Sussex amongst a portfolio of artists' and writers' houses in London and country houses in Oxfordshire, Sussex and East Anglia. She is the author of William Morris & His Palace of Art, (Philip Wilson, 2018) and The Dog, (Chatsworth House Trust, 2019). She is also a member of the British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO) Outreach and Education Committee.
Tony Evans – Education and Local Government Professional.
Since retiring from being Assistant Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Tony has served on the board of a number of charitable bodies and undertaken a range of voluntary roles. He is currently a Director and Company Secretary of a company building affordable homes in South East London.
Martin Levy - Furniture and Art Dealer and Specialist
Martin Levy FSA is a London-based dealer in furniture and works of art. He has published extensively on nineteenth-century patronage, designers and manufacturers. He is a Trustee of the Oliver Ford Trust (1997-present) and the Bard Graduate Center, New York (2017-present). His other roles include membership of the Spoliation Advisory Panel (2000-present), Chairman of the Decorative Arts Society (2017-present), Chairman of the Kelmscott Campaign Group (2017-present) and Board Member, Gilbert Trust for the Arts (2019-present). He served on the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art (1997-2007) and was Treasurer of Furniture History Society (2002-13).
Staff, Trust Secretary and Key Volunteers and Advisers
Helen Elletson – Senior Curator (job share) of The Emery Walker Trust.
Helen Elletson has been the Senior Curator of Emery Walker’s House for the last ten years. She is also Curator of Research and Development at the William Morris Society, another riverside property situated just ten minute’s walk away from Emery Walker’s House. Helen wrote A History of Kelmscott House in 2009 and Highlights from the William Morris Society’s Collection in 2015, as well as publishing articles in magazines and books on the collections of both houses. Helen was project lead of Arts and Crafts Hammersmith, a partnership between the Emery Walker Trust and the William Morris Society celebrating the Arts and Craft Movement in West London in 2017.
Mallory Horrill – Senior Curator (job share) of The Emery Walker Trust.
Mallory Horrill has worked in the heritage sector since 2011, and joined the team at Emery Walker’s House in 2019. She is also Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the William Morris Society. Mallory is Canadian born and moved to London in 2015, following her graduate work in History and Museum Studies. Mallory has a great passion for historic spaces, their preservation and presentation to the public. Outside her working hours, Mallory is studying for a PhD at University College London, Institute of the Americas.
Ashley Weaver-Paul - House Manager of The Emery Walker Trust.
Ashley Weaver-Paul joined the team at Emery Walker’s House in 2021. Originally from the USA, she has worked in museums and galleries since 2012. With a background in Art and Architectural History, Ashley has a passion for working in small museums with unique collections. She has previously worked in house museums with collections dating to the American Civil War and early 20th century. Ashley came to the UK to pursue a Masters Degree in Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of St Andrews in 2016. More recently, she finished an additional Masters Degree in Building History at the University of Cambridge with a focus on 19th century interiors and Orientalism.
Kate McMahon OBE – Secretary to The Emery Walker Trust.
Before Kate retired in 2005, she was a member of the Government Economic Service, in charge of road safety research: her final post being Head of Road Safety Strategy Division in the GB Department for Transport. Since retirement, Kate has provided advice on road safety internationally, and has provided consultancy to the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, and the World Bank. Kate is Treasurer of the South West London Decorative and Fine Arts Society, and has been a volunteer guide at Emery Walker’s House for five years.
Lucinda MacPherson – Communications Consultant
Lucinda specialises in heritage and arts communications and has worked for the Trust since its relaunch. For all media enquiries please contact her on email@example.com.
Dr Aileen Reid – Academic Curator of The Emery Walker Trust.
Between 2001 and 2005 Aileen catalogued the contents of 7 Hammersmith Terrace, she also devised the original tour when the house first opened to the public, and continues to advise on the collection. Since 2005 Aileen has worked as a historian on the Survey of London, the history of the capital’s streets and buildings, at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
Di Coia – Volunteers' Representative on The Emery Walker Trust Board (4 year tenure).
Di is a Guide at Emery Walker's and previously worked at various Advertising, Marketing, Sponsorship and Event Management agencies in London at Account Director level. She has a BA in Psychology from Exeter University.
Now retired, she lives locally in Chiswick and is a member of the Bedford Park Society, the Chiswick Art Society and sits on the committee for Bedford Park Festival Open Gardens. She has previously been a Trustee of the Cancer Counselling Trust and a “visitors experience” volunteer at the Design Museum in Kensington.
Gavin Shreeve– Volunteers' Representative on The Emery Walker Trust Board (2 year tenure).
Gavin is a Guide and contributes to the conservation of Emery Walker’s historic house by carrying out the annual clean and winter hibernating shut down. He is an associate member of the Institute of Conservation, a former financial journalist/editor, principal of the Institute of Financial Services and a philosophy and history of art graduate of three universities including a masters from Birkbeck, University of London.