David Anderson to become new MA president

Patrick Steel, 04.03.2013
Maggie Appleton and Richard Sandell elected to board
David Anderson, director general of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales is to serve as the president of the Museums Association for two years from 1 April 2013.

Anderson has been director general at Amgueddfa Cymru since 2010. He was previously education officer at Brighton Museums and led learning departments at the National Maritime Museum and the V&A Museum.

On his unopposed election to the post, Anderson said: “I am delighted to have been appointed president of the Museums Association - the only body, I believe, capable of speaking for all museums across the UK.

“I aim to lead the board to raise the profile of the sector, campaign against the cuts, and fight for social justice and the protection of services for the most vulnerable in our communities.

“The Museums Association will help its members achieve long term social and financial sustainability. It will also reflect the diversity of the United Kingdom, developing a stronger presence outside London across the nations and regions.

“The sector can rise to the challenge of change. Our society is facing its worst social and economic crisis since the 1980s. Museums have already experienced a huge loss of resources, with local and regional institutions particularly badly affected.

“The damage to our work - from collections management to public services - will last a generation. We will use the resources that remain more effectively, and do more to inspire and engage with our communities.”

The Museums Association has a board of 12 members, eight of whom are elected by the membership.

In the 2013 elections Maggie Appleton, chief executive of Luton Culture, and Richard Sandell, head of the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, were elected for three year terms.

Vanessa Trevelyan and Sally Macdonald will be standing down.

For press release from the Museums Association, click here