Trustees and Advisors

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UK Trust Trustees and Contact




Lisa Bennett

Mrs. Bennett is a director and a trustee of the Webster Land Corporation, a family owned real estate management company in Concord, New Hampshire. She is involved with family conservation efforts and historic preservation. Mrs. Bennett is a member of the Smithsonian National Board. She was Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees as well as chair of Trustee Affairs for the American School in London, where she served for 11 years. Prior to moving to London she lived in Bronxville, New York and served as president of the Junior League, president of the Lawrence Park Historic District, chair of Annual Giving for the Community Fund and hosted an annual fundraising event for the New York Botanical Garden. Mrs. Bennett started her career in advertising for BBDO, Inc., and is a graduate of George Washington University.


J. Eric Daniels

Mr. Daniels retired as Group Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group in 2011. Prior to joining Lloyds in 2001, he spent 25 years with Citigroup in a range of management positions in Panama, Argentina, Chile, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. Mr. Daniels received a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Cornell University. Mr. Daniels currently holds a range of business appointments, which include Senior Adviser to CVC, Principal and Senior Adviser to StormHarbour, non-executive director of Funding Circle, non-executive director of Russell Reynolds, Board member of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Trustee of the Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust. He is also an adviser or board member for several innovative technology companies.


Murray Hallam

Mr. Hallam is a consultant at Withers LLP, the firm that advises the Smithsonian on matters related to its independent charitable trust in the United Kingdom.  His practice focuses on all aspects of trust law and tax for the private client, estate planning, heritage property and probate.  He also advises on all aspects of charity law. He was educated at Jesus College, Oxford, is a fan of the classical world and a member of the Hellenic and Horatian Society.


Leslie A. Scott

Ms. Scott is a board game designer and author, best known as the inventor of the game Jenga, which she launched at the London Toy Fair 1983. Born in Tanzania, Ms. Scott was raised in East and West Africa, and educated in Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone and England.

Most recently, Ms. Scott was elected as Senior Associate of Pembroke College. She founded Oxford Games Ltd in 1991 and is the recipient of the 2010 Wonder Women of Toys Inventor/Designer Award and the 2012 Tagie award for Excellence in Game Design.




Virginia B. Clark

Ms. Clark is the Smithsonian’s Director of Advancement and Philanthropic Giving, overseeing the Office of Advancement, which is involved in building non appropriated financial support for the Smithsonian. She joined the Smithsonian in 2002.  She is a veteran of professional development work at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as associate dean for external affairs at the Wharton School before becoming vice president for development and alumni relations. Under her leadership, the university received the 2003 Case Award for Overall Performance.

Ms. Clark currently serves on the board of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and as a trustee for the Salem International University in West Virginia. She is a graduate of Boston University, in Massachusetts. 


Zully Dorr

Ms. Dorr is the Deputy Director for the Office of Advancement at the Smithsonian Institution where she oversees the advancement services portfolio which includes the departments of Prospect Research, Prospect Management, Advancement Information Systems, Gift Registration, Professional Development and Administrative Services.  Before joining the Smithsonian in 2005, Ms. Dorr worked at the Florida International University as the Director of Development Services and Assistant Dean doe Advancement in in the College of Engineering. Ms. Dorr started her career with BellSouth Corporation upon graduating from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.


For more information, to make a gift, or obtain a Gift Aid Declaration form, please contact us via email at, visit the Make a Gift page, or use the below address:

Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust
Withers LLP
16 Old Bailey
United Kingdom