Val Bott has extensive experience of assessing and awarding grants. She was a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee of the South-East Museums Service for many years, awarding grants to museums in the region.
At the Museums & Galleries Commission she oversaw a number of that organisation’s own grant schemes as well as co-ordinating specialist assessments of museum-related applications to all of the then Lottery distributors.
She was a member of the London Regional Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund during its first 6 years (2001-7) and has advised the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. She became an expert advisor and monitor for HLF projects (2007-9) and has prepared or supported the preparation of a number of successful grant applications.