The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport appoints the members of the Advisory Council. They are not paid.

As an advisory non-departmental public body, the Advisory Council adheres to the Code of Practice set out by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Members 2018

CHAIR: Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls.

DEPUTY CHAIR: Mr Trevor Woolley CB, non-executive Director, Oil and Pipelines Agency; formerly Director General, Ministry of Defence.

Lady Moira Andrews, Director, Praetor Legal Ltd and ADS Group Ltd; Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London; former Government Legal Adviser.

Ms Hillary Bauer OBE, adviser on culture and heritage issues; formerly Head of International and Cultural Property Unit, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Ms Liz Copper, BBC Senior Broadcast Journalist.

Ms Lesley Ferguson, Head of Archives and Engagement, Historic Environment Scotland.

Dr Helen Forde, historian and archivist; formerly board member of the Museums and Libraries Association, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Postal Museum; Vice-President of the Society of Antiquaries.

Dr Peter Gooderham, CMG, former Ambadassor to the UN and WTO in Geneva.

Mr Michael Smyth CBE QC (Hon), Member Legal Services Board and Fundraising Regulator; formerly Head of Government Practice, Clifford Chance.

Ms Jeannette Strickland, independent archive and records consultant; formerly Head of Art, Archives and Records Management, Unilever.

Mr John Wood, Solicitor; Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) Independent Member; former Charity Commission for England and Wales Legal Board Member and Board Consultant; formerly Herbert Smith Freehills, Partner, then Consultant.

(last updated February 2019)

Members of the Advisory Council are required to disclose interests they or close family members have, which might influence their judgment or which could be perceived to do so by a reasonable member of the public. See the register of interests for more information.