Doug is the Director of the National History Museum in London, and the Chair of the British Heart Foundation.
His previous roles included teaching mathematics and computing at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, a 3 year stint working for the UK Government, 6 years with consultancy firm McKinsey ending as partner, growing (as founder and CEO) an internet start-up from nothing to $250m in 5 years leading it a successful IPO and eventual Trade Sale, and 5 years on the Board of Asda-Walmart. Doug was President of Amazon China from 2014 to 2016, and then spent four years as Amazon UK Country Manager.
Doug has two degrees in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and PhD in Computing from the University of Edinburgh.
Outside work, Doug is Chairman of the British Heart Foundation, and a Trustee of the Landmark Trust and was until 2014 Chairman of the Science Museum Group of national museums. He is a former Scottish international triathlete and 12 times Ironman, a keen ski mountaineer with over 20 first ascents including the first winter ascent of Gunnbjornsfeld – the highest mountain north of the arctic circle, and a an enthusiastic mountain runner, recently completing the Bob Graham 24hr Round, and the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc.
Doug was born in the UK but his parents were New Zealanders and he grew up mostly in Africa before returning to the UK to attend high school and college. He is married with two young children.