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Anna Southall OBE

A person with a light skin tone and chestnut hair in a bob with a fringe, wearing a blue top with a black scarf

Anna became a Trustee in 1974 and chaired the Barrow Cadbury Trust Board from 1996 to 2006.

She worked for 40 years, largely but not exclusively in the cultural sector. After 17 years at Tate Gallery, she moved to Wales, becoming Director of the National Museums & Galleries in 1998. She returned to England as Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council until 2003. In 2004 she joined the joint Board of the Community and New Opportunity Funds which oversaw the merger to form the Big Lottery Fund in 2006; Anna served as Vice Chair of the UK Board from 2006 to 2014.

Her current positions include membership of the Government’s Spoliation Advisory Panel and non-executive Director of Bristol Together, a Community Interest Company creating full-time jobs for recently released prisoners by building new homes and redeveloping or refurbishing existing properties.

Anna says: “Working with others to overcome the structural barriers to a more just and equal society is what excites me about being a Trustee of Barrow Cadbury Trust.”