The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1990-1997
Sir John entered the British Parliament in 1979, and Government in 1983. He joined the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1987; was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in July 1989; and Chancellor of the Exchequer in October 1989. He served as Prime Minister from November 1990 to May 1997, and retired from the House of Commons at the UK General Election in May 2001.
On New Year’s Day 1999, HM The Queen appointed Sir John a Companion of Honour in recognition of his initiation of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. On St George’s Day 2005, HM The Queen appointed him a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. In May 2012 he was awarded the Grand Cordon of The Order of The Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan.
Since leaving Parliament, Sir John has taken up Chairmanship of various International Advisory Boards, and also serves as Patron or President of a number of charitable organisations both in the UK and overseas. In October 2011, he was appointed Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, a Commonwealth-wide initiative established to create a lasting legacy to Her Majesty’s 60 years as Sovereign.
As a lover of history and – for 22 years – the Member of Parliament for Huntingdon, Sir John has long had an interest in the life and times of Oliver Cromwell. He believes the Cromwell Museum is an important part of our national and local history.
Peter Johnson, Chairman
Peter is a third generation fine art dealer who has been involved with the Cromwell Museum since 1968. He lives 12 miles from Huntingdon and has been successful in buying a number of objects for the Cromwell Museum, particularly the portrait of General Fairfax and an important portrait of Charles I. His father gave a portrait of Oliver Cromwell to the Museum.
He has sold the famous pair of pictures by George Stubbs, Reapers and Haymakers and particularly the portrait of Arthur Balfour by John Singer Sargent. He has recently sold a picture of Cambridge by James Ward to the Museum of Cambridge.
He has been very involved in setting up four charities and is very happy to be made Chairman of the Cromwell Museum trust.
Jonathan Djanogly MP
Jonathan has been Member of Parliament for the Huntingdon constituency since 2001. He qualified as a solicitor, joining City law firm S J Berwin LLP, becoming a partner specialising in corporate law and corporate governance.
Before election to Parliament, Jonathan served as a Councillor on Westminster City Council. In the Commons, Jonathan served on the Select Committee for Trade and Industry and was appointed Shadow Minister for Home, Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Shadow Solicitor General and also Shadow Minister Trade and Industry with specific responsibility for corporate governance and employment law.
During the Coalition government, Jonathan served as a Justice Minister with responsibility for the courts, legal aid and civil law. He is now Chairman of both the Corporate Responsibility and the Corporate Governance All Party Parliamentary Groups. An admirer and student of 16 and 17th Century history, Jonathan has long been a supporter of the Cromwell Museum in his constituency.
Camilla Nichol is the Chief Executive of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, a UK-based charity which cares for six heritage sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. She studied Geology at the University of Edinburgh followed by Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. She has had a varied 20-year museum career working with collections as diverse as geology, scientific and medical instruments, anatomy and pathology, Scottish football and the early oil industry. Previously she was head of Collections for Leeds Museums and Galleries, headed up the science team for York Museums Trust as curator of geology and prior to that worked in curatorial and technical roles at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, Almond Valley Heritage Trust and the Scottish Football Museum. She was Museum Mentor for Whitby Museum and continues as a Trustee for the Burton Constable Foundation, a large stately home in East Yorkshire.
Allen is the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He is a registered archivist and brings relevant experience of managing and exhibiting collections, and of promoting interest in, and the study of, history through the lives of prominent individuals.
Erika is co-founder and creative director of Spring, a strategic communications design agency based on the Suffolk Coast, in Southwold. With clients including the Moroccan National Tourism Office, EDF Energy, Age UK, the East of England’s Cultural Tourism programme, and the National Trust, Spring describes itself as ‘the Agency for Change’ and specialises in transformational brand communication projects for places, cultural organisations and businesses.
Erika is also a board director of the Design Business Association and Norwich’s Theatre Royal, and a Trustee of the Southwold Music Trust. She is married, with a young son and teenage stepdaughter; her interest in the Cromwell Museum and Trust was piqued by the fact that she is one of Oliver Cromwell’s many descendants, though her first action upon joining the Trust was to study his family tree which revealed her closer connection to his ancestor, Thomas.