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A keen collector of antiques, Lord (Matthew) Evans was chairman of the publishers Faber & Faber for more than 20 years, leading a restructuring and modernising programme at the business. He was previously chairman of the former Museums & Archives Council, of the Royal Court Theatre and served as a member of the Arts Council's National Lottery Advisory Panel.

In addition to serving as a Whip in the last government, he was also Shadow Minister for the Arts in 2011 and at present is non-executive chairman of the UK subsidiary of EFG Bank, a Swiss private bank. 

Chairman of BADA Jonathan Coulborn, of Thomas Coulborn & Sons, said; "I know that all the membership will join me in thanking Baroness Rawlings for her support for BADA over the last seven years. We welcome Lord Evans at an interesting moment of flux in the antiques trade. His wide-ranging experience and business knowledge will be invaluable to us as we plan for the future."

Baroness Rawlings has also accepted an invitation to become honorary president of the Friends of the BADA Trust.