Who We Are


David Parr House CIO is a registered charity, set up in 2014 in order to save the house and its wall paintings. The Trustees are currently overseeing two major Heritage Lottery Fund projects to open David Parr House to the public, and sustain it for future generations.

Harriet Loffler has been the Curator of New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College since May 2018. She was formerly the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, where she led on contemporary exhibition and public programming, partnership projects, as well as the development of the modern and contemporary art collection. She has worked at Frieze Art Fair in London and MoMA in New York. Harriet has an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art.

Mike Muller is Chief Technology Officer and a founder of ARM Holdings plc, one of Cambridge’s largest employers;  a non-executive director of Intelligent Energy, which specialises in the development of modular, low-carbon fuel cell systems; and a Trustee of the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.

Mike Nicholson has been a Trustee of the David Parr House since 2015.  He is currently the Development Director for Selwyn College, Cambridge. Formerly Development Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum 2001-14, he helped facilitate an ambitious expansion and £7m capital refurbishment programme. While at the Soane, he also instigated a successful membership scheme allowing individuals to engage with and support different museum activities and projects. Prior to the Soane, Mike worked in similar roles at the Royal Geographical Society and the Design Museum.

David Wherrett is a Trustee of the national charity Paintings in Hospitals; a member of Cambridge Ahead, a business and academic  group dedicated to the successful growth of Cambridge and the region; and a board member of Cambridge University Hospitals. He is a passionate collector of art and supporter of decorative arts and heritage.

Tamsin Wimhurst (Chair) first saw the house in 2009 while organising an exhibition entitled  ‘A Space of Our Own’.  Since then she has worked with the Palmer family to conserve the house for future generations to enjoy.  Tamsin entered the heritage industry through museum education and has a deep passion for making history accessible to all.  During her career she has developed and managed many creative and innovative events, exhibitions and community projects.  She is also a Trustee of AccessArt.

Becca Woodburn  spent 14 years as an audit professional with Ernst and Young before setting up her own practice providing accounting services to local businesses in the high tech and biotech arena. She became a Trustee in 2018.

The Team

David Parr House’s small team is currently delivering two Heritage Lottery Fund projects. Life and Art in a Worker’s House aims to conserve and restore David Parr House, and open it to the public. Underpinning the David Parr House aims to raise a £1m endowment fund to sustain the house for future generations.

Rachel French (Fundraiser for Underpinning the David Parr HouseBuilding on a successful career in management consultancy, Rachel now leads fundraising teams in museums and heritage organisations, bringing innovative business skills and entrepreneurship to help make culture sustainable.

Shelley Lockwood (Audiences and Volunteer Manager for Life and Art in a Worker’s Houseis an historian by training and has lived in Cambridge for over 30 years. She feels equally at home in ‘town’ or ‘gown’  having studied, taught and worked at Queens’ and Christ’s Colleges at the University of Cambridge, and in community education as an oral historian, researcher, volunteer co-ordinator and family support worker.

Jane Phillimore (Project Manager for Life and Art in a Worker’s House) is a Cambridge-based writer and heritage professional. She wrote both the successful David Parr House Heritage Lottery Fund applications, and manages the Life and Art project, delivering the conservation and restoration works and activities at David Parr House. Jane was previously an award-winning media executive, and has written for many national newspapers and magazines. She is the author of 11 books and several exhibitions.