People

Find out who our trustees and senior management team are, and learn more about our curatorial staff and their backgrounds.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens’ team of curators and experts cover a wide range of topics from marine biology, world cultures, gardening, the animal world, and the history of music making and instruments.

Museum and Gardens staff are actively involved in researching the collections and fieldwork, and collecting in their areas of specialism, resulting in publications, conference presentations, exhibitions, broadcasts and film.

Senior Management Team

A man in a blue suit standing outside of a hill overlooking a city skyline with threes in the background. There is a structure to the right with windows all around and tiled roof.

Nick Merriman

Chief Executive and Director
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Victoria Pinnington

Director, Communications and Income Generation
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Paula Thomas

Finance Director
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Kirsten Walker

Director, Collections Care and Estates

Curatorial

A woman in a white jacket is standing in front of a case with many recorders and other wind instruments on display in it

Margaret Birley

Principal Curator of Musical Collections and Cultures
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Dr Sarah Byrne

Senior Curator of Anthropology (job share)
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Jamie Craggs

Aquarium Curator and Living Collections Manager
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Michelle Calvert

Deputy Aquarium Curator and Living Collections Manager

Errol Fernandes

Head of Horticulture
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Jo Hatton

Principal Curator of Natural Sciences
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Adem Holness

Music Curator
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JC Niala

Acting Keeper of Anthropology and African Collections Researcher
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Dr Emma Nicholls

Senior Curator of Natural Sciences
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Mimi S Waitzman

Senior Curator of Musical Collections and Cultures
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Dr Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp

Senior Curator of Anthropology (job share)

Trustees

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Eve Salomon

Trustee (Chair)
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Caroline Cole

Trustee
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Professor Geoffrey Crossick

Trustee
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Surojit Ghosh

Trustee
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Simon Hesketh

Trustee
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Nico Iacuzzi

Trustee
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Sarah Kemp

Trustee
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Clare Matterson CBE

Trustee
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Mayowa Ochere

Trustee
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Carole Souter

Trustee
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Helen Williams

Trustee

Heads of Section

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Managerial staff