Our Trustees

Landmark's Trustees bring a wealth of experience from the worlds of heritage, conservation and business. They meet formally five times a year, but regularly take part in our events and visits to both existing and potential Landmarks.

Neil Mendoza - Chairman

Neil Mendoza

Neil Mendoza was appointed a trustee of the Landmark Trust in 2011. In his career he has worked in banking, film, publishing and marketing. He was co-founder of Forward, a publishing services company, now part of WPP. He is Chairman of Victoria Private Investment Office and a Non-Executive Board Member at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He is a Commissioner to Historic England, Chairman of Children and the Arts and Vice-Chairman at the Soho Theatre.


Dr. Doug Gurr

Doug Gurr

Doug Gurr is Global Vice-President of Amazon UK and was previously the President of Amazon China. Prior to joining Amazon he was on the board of Asda. He started his career as an academic teaching maths and computing. After three years in the Civil Service he joined the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he became a partner and led the UK Retail Practice. He left to found Blueheath, the internet enabled stockless wholesaler, which was subsequently sold to Booker PLC. Doug is Chairman of the National Museums of Science and Industry.

Charles McVeigh, III

Charles McVeigh

Charles McVeigh was appointed a trustee of the Landmark Trust in 2011. He is Chairman of Citigroup’s Investment Bank-Private Bank Partnership. He was formerly a member of the Fulbright Commission and presently serves on the Boards of EFG-Hermes, Savills plc and Petropavlovsk plc. He is also a Governor of St Mary’s School Shaftesbury and a former member of both the Development Board and Advisory Council of the Prince’s Trust. He has formerly served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce; on the Boards of the LSE, LIFFE, Witan Investment Company plc, Clearstream and was appointed by the Bank of England to serve on the City Capital Markets Committee and the Legal Risk Review Committee.

Martin Stancliffe FSA Dip Arch RIBA

Martin Stancliffe

Martin Stancliffe was appointed a trustee of the Landmark Trust in 2011. He was Surveyor to the Fabric of St Paul’s Cathedral between 1990 and 2011, and is a senior partner of Purcell. During 30 years as director of his own architectural practice in York he was architect to a number of Landmarks. He is chairman of the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship, a trustee of York Civic Trust, and a member of the ICOMOS Cultural Tourism Committee.

Sarah Staniforth, CBE

Sarah Staniforth

Sarah Staniforth was appointed a Trustee of the Landmark Trust in 2014. She worked for the National Trust from 1985-2014, most recently as Museums and Collections Director. She is President of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) and a Trustee of the Pilgrim Trust and the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. She is a member of the Westminster Abbey Fabric Commission and a Fellow of IIC, the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society of Arts.

Dame Elizabeth Forgan

Liz Forgan

Dame Liz Forgan spent her early career in journalism on the Tehran Journal, the Hampstead and Highgate Express, the London Evening Standard and the Guardian.  She was part of the founding team at Channel 4 TV later becoming Director of Programmes.  She moved to the BBC as Managing Director Network Radio.

She has filled several roles in public life including Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund and of Arts Council England.  She is currently Chair of the Scott Trust (owner of the Guardian and Observer), the National Youth Orchestra and the Bristol Old Vic and a deputy chair of the British Museum.  She is a trustee of the Art Fund and a patron of the St Giles Trust, the Schola Cantorum of Oxford, the Churches Conservation Trust and the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness.  She is an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford, Girton College Cambridge, and the British Academy.

John Hastings-Bass

John Hastings-Bass was appointed a trustee in 2016.  He has worked in the insurance industry for over 35 years of which 10 were spent in Asia with the Jardine Matheson Group.  He was a director of JLT Group plc.  He is currently chairman of the Lloyds underwriting vehicle, Novae Group plc and of BMS Group Ltd, a Lloyds broker.  John is chairman of the Landmark Trust Audit Committee.