Founders

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Anthony Edgar "Tony" Sale, FBCS


(30 January 1931 – 28 August 2011)

Tony Sale’s interest in computer restoration work blossomed in the late 1980s while working at the Science Museum. In 1989, he helped to set up the Computer Conservation Society as a joint venture between the British Computer Society and the Science Museum.

In 1991, with his wife Margaret and a small group of colleagues, Sale started the ultimately successful campaign to save Bletchley Park for the nation and subsequently became a founder member of the Bletchley Park Trust.

Two years later, in recognition of the work carried out at Bletchley Park during World War II, Sale began the Colossus Rebuild Project, a daunting and hugely complex task to recreate the world’s first modern computer, which he and the team achieved in 2007.

Tony was one of the co-founding trustees of the National Museum of Computing in 2005.

He died in August 2011, but his legacy lives on. Without Tony, The National Museum of Computing probably would not exist today.

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Margaret Sale

(Recently stood down as a trustee)

Margaret Sale joined the Board in 2011 and has had an association with the museum since its inception.

Margaret trained as a school teacher in the post-war years and brought up a family with her husband, the late Tony Sale (who later led the Colossus Rebuild team). Margaret’s interest in Bletchley Park and cryptography was awakened by talking to the veterans in the run-up to the Save Bletchley Park campaign in 1992 and became one of the movement’s first members.

Subsequently, Margaret became a founder member of the Bletchley Park Trust, joining its Board 1994 and serving for six years. In 2012, she won the Sunday Telegraph / Waitrose British Volunteer Awards for her work with Bletchley Park Trust.

A supporter of The National Museum of Computing since its inception, Margaret is keen to progress her late husband’s dream for the museum. Margaret is also President Emeritus for the The National Museum of Computing Members' Club.


The museum is governed by its board of trustees. There are currently seven trustees, who are also directors of the museum company.

Trustees

Dr Andrew Herbert (Chair)

Dr Andrew Herbert OBE, FREng joined the Board in 2016. Andrew graduated in computer science from the University of Leeds and gained a PhD at Cambridge University in 1979. He then began work at the famed University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory under Sir Maurice Wilkes and Roger Needham.

Subsequently, Andrew founded two entrepreneurial computing companies and in 2001 joined Microsoft Research in Cambridge, becoming its managing director two years later. Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the British Computer Society and a member of their special interest group, the Computer Conservation Society. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. Andrew was awarded an OBE for his services to computing in 2010.

Since its launch in 2012, Andrew has led the team of volunteers on the EDSAC reconstruction project at the museum.

Andrew was elected chair of the museum in 2017.

Rachel Burnett

Rachel Burnett joined the Board in 2019. She graduated from the University of Exeter, and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Technology from Southampton Solent University. She is past president and fellow of the British Computer Society, and past chair and secretary of the Computer Conservation Society.

Rachel initially worked for large corporate organisations in system development and project management and on some of the most advanced systems of their time: the most complex data storage and retrieval systems in Europe; the first online computer system for foreign exchange dealers; and in retailing. She became a solicitor specialising in the constantly developing area of IT law, working with both suppliers and users. She has worked as an associate lecturer and in management at the Open University, and she has authored several books and other publications on IT law.

As a trustee, Rachel has responsibility for governance and related matters.

Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly

Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly joined the Board in 2016. Martin is a computer historian and an emeritus professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick. He became fascinated by computing in the mid-1960s and enrolled for a computer science degree at the University of Manchester where he was taught by some of the pioneers of early computing.

Martin has authored several books including histories of ICL, software, and international computing. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a member of the ACM History Committee and a committee member of the BCS Computer Conservation Society. He also sits on a number of editorial boards including the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.

Over the past few years, Martin has become increasingly involved with the museum through his work on the EDSAC reconstruction project and in acting as a source of knowledge and advice about computing history for the museum.

Andy Clark

Andy Clark became a founding trustee of The National Museum of Computing in 2005 in response to an invitation from the late Tony Sale. He was the chairman of trustees until 2017 and remains a trustee.

Working in real-time computing since the late 1970s, Andy started his career in the flight simulation industry modelling navigation and communications systems. Subsequently he worked in designing and implementing telemetry and control systems before specialising in Computer and Information Systems Security and Cryptology in 1984.

Andy is an acknowledged expert in Cryptography, Information Security, Systems Engineering, Security Evaluation, Information Forensics, Cyber Security and Analytics. He is a registered expert witness with more than fifteen years’ experience of forensic analysis and the presentation of computer and information systems evidence in a wide range of cases in criminal and civil matters. Andy is a past President and Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Information Security Group, Department of Mathematics, Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL).

As well as working with his fellow Trustees to set the museum’s strategy, Andy takes a particular interest in the cryptologic exhibits and galleries.

James Mayo

James joined the board in May 2017. He has spent more than 25 years working exclusively within the IT industry in sales, sales leadership and executive leadership positions. His experience spans both IT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services having worked in organisations such as ICL, Fujitsu, Accenture, Indian Heritage IT giant HCL, Unisys and most recently, Civica. He now works for fast-growing Irish IT specialist, Version 1. He is also a member of the EMEA Advisory Board for the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG), a leading global procurement association.

As a trustee, James has specific responsibility for the commercial and business development aspects of the Museum.

Kevin Murrell

Kevin Murrell co-founded The National Museum of Computing with the late Tony Sale and became a founding trustee in 2005.

Since graduating in 1982, Kevin has worked in software development and in 2001 established Savience, an international software company specialising in touch screens for public use in healthcare and other sectors. He is currently technical director at Savience.

Kevin is a long-time member of the Computer Conservation Society, where he was secretary for many years and currently lecture programme organiser. He has written several books and papers on the history of computing in the UK, including Early Home Computers.

Kevin has a special interest in 1950’s computer development in the UK and has been instrumental in acquiring many of the key machines in the museum’s collection. He is frequently interviewed in the press, on television and radio about computing history.

Tim Reynolds

Tim Reynolds joined the Board in 2011 and is the current Deputy Chairman of Trustees.

Tim has a wealth of experience in developing early stage companies, having started his banking career advising small businesses.

As chairman of Bletchley Park Capital Partners, Tim has made substantial financial contributions to the development of Bletchley Park since 2002 and has had a major role in the growth of The National Museum of Computing though his fundraising as well as strategic and financial advice.