Our Trustees

John Ward


John is a County Councillor representing Sprowston Ward in Norwich. John is the current Chairman of the Norfolk Museums Development Foundation and is also the Chairman of the Norfolk Museums Joint Committee. Before retirement John spent his career in retail management and is very active in the local community doing voluntary work for Oxfam, Christian Aid and the British Legion.

Donna Chessum

Donna has many years experience working in various fields of communications including public relations, brand management, sponsorship, advertising and corporate responsibility. She has worked in-house in publishing and financial services, and as a director of award-winning PR agency, Tribe, where her clients included Camelot, Greene King, the East of England Development Agency, Norfolk County Council and May Gurney. She is now a director of Chessum Communication.

She served on the East of England Heritage Lottery Committee for six years, making decisions on grant awards for hundreds of heritage projects across the region. She has a first class History degree from the University of East Anglia. Her love of history and heritage was fired at an early age by visits to Norwich Castle and she is delighted to now be playing her part in igniting interest and curiosity among others as a trustee of the Norfolk Museums Development Foundation.

Caroline Williams

Caroline has recently retired after being the Chief Executive of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce since 2000. The Chamber represents businesses of all sizes and sectors across Norfolk, provides support and advice to its members and creates opportunities including international trade. Prior to joining the Chamber Caroline had a career as an International Buyer and M&S Account manager for furniture manufacturer Jentique Furniture.

Caroline is now an entrepreneur with a portfolio of interests including operating as an Executive Coach, Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner and Yoga Teacher. 

Brian Horner

Brian has recently retired after 10 years as the Chief Executive of Voluntary Norfolk. The organisation supports volunteers and voluntary organisations, providing advice and training across the county and working in partnership with third sector organisations. Brian is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.




Mark Jeffries

Mark spent his career with Mills & Reeve, a national law firm with offices in Norwich, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London and Manchester. He was national managing partner between 2001 and 2007 and national senior partner and chairman of the firm’s board between 2007 and 2015. He now has various non-executive roles including as Chairman of NW Brown Group Ltd and as a director of R G Carter Holdings Limited and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He chairs the Evolution Academy Trust, a multi academy trust comprising nine infant schools in East Anglia and is Vice-Chair of Council at Norwich University of the Arts.

Previous external roles have been as a director of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, elected member of the Eastern Regional Council of the CBI, and trustee of the Norfolk Education, Industry and Commerce Group.

Sarah Steed

Sarah is Director of Innovation and Engagement with Norwich University of the Arts, and oversees NUA’s commercial collaborations and employability services. Her role is primarily concerned with the generation of non-core revenue for the university, but also with enabling the creative businesses emerging from NUA to establish themselves effectively on the national and international stage.

Sarah’s career has been centred on Marketing and Innovation in international businesses based in Norfolk. NUA is a strategic partner to Norfolk Museum Service with common and complementary aims and purpose. Sarah’s role on the board is to facilitate and strengthen this relationship, whilst lending her commercial skills to the development of revenue streams for the service. 

David Missen

Treasurer and Company Secretary

David is a Chartered Accountant based in East Anglia, for many years a partner in a large regional firm specialising in agriculture and rural businesses and practising in North Norfolk. Since retiring from public practice in 2015 David has been Honorary Treasurer to the Foundation.

In his retirement David his is now able to pursue interests in the history of Norfolk, church architecture and industrial archaeology, and holds other charitable trusteeships in those areas.  He also continues his involvement with agriculture, as a consultant, writer and speaker at training conferences. In his spare time he owns and runs a small farm in Norfolk where he is actively developing the ecological diversity and attempting to maximise the environmental benefit on a modest arable acreage, making full use of grass strips, bird feed crops, hedges and traditional ponds and meadows.

Helen Wilson

Helen chairs the New Anglia Cultural Board which works with the Local Enterprise Partnership to grow the cultural sector, including cultural tourism, across Norfolk and Suffolk. She is also Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for the East of England.

Helen has a background in current affairs broadcasting for the BBC having been a producer and editor on the Today Programme, World at One and PM, culminating in the role of Controller for Radio 4. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. 

Tim Sweeting

Tim became Diocesan Secretary (Chief Executive) for the Diocese of Norwich in September 2021.

Prior to this Tim worked for youth charity YMCA for 22 years in various positions across the country, acting as Chief Executive of YMCA Norfolk for 12 years. He has been a Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral since 2017 and is a Governance Member for the Wherry School in Norwich.

Tim is passionate about giving young people opportunities to develop their full potential and is excited to be supporting young people to engage in heritage through NMDF.

Alex Hemen

Alexandra is a passionate leader of retail operations and strategy. Currently holding the Head of Retail position for Adnams PLC, her role is to deliver growth and excellent customer service. Passionate about operational efficiency and digitisation, Alex has a true love for East Anglia, with a keen interest in poverty alleviation, levelling up agenda for the region and sustainable development. Areas of expertise include retail, operational productivity, marketing strategy and FMCG market.

NMDF accounts

​Our accounts

As a registered charity, Norfolk Museums Development Foundation is committed to operating in a transparent manner. The Charity Commission website contains full details of our charity registration.

Account returns for NMDF can be found below:

NMDF Accounts to 2021

NMDF Accounts to 2020

NMDF Accounts to 2019

NMDF Accounts to 2018

NMDF Accounts to 2017

NMDF-Accounts to 2016