Meet your new president and trustees - Museums Association

Meet your new president and trustees

We are delighted to announce the results of our board election, with a new president and four new trustees to serve three-year terms from 1 April 2024.

Our board shapes the future of the MA and the sector, determining our strategic direction.

Your new president

Steve Miller
Director of Culture & Heritage, Norfolk County Council and Head of Norfolk Museums Service

Steve is director of culture and heritage, Norfolk County Council, and head of Norfolk Museums Service (NMS), one of the largest county museum services in the UK and an Arts Council England NPO.

Prior to moving to Norfolk, he was the CEO of Ironbridge Gorge Museums and previously director of the independent Norton Priory Museum Trust in Cheshire. Steve has been an MA trustee since 2019, and he is a council member of National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC). He was a trustee of the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) from 2014 to 2020, and a council member of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) from 2008 to 2014.

Steve’s almost 30-year career in the sector has been focused on making museums inclusive places for all, and he has also been a champion of diversity within the profession.

On his appointment, Steve said: “I feel very honoured to be taking up the position of president of the MA in April, and I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Gillian Findlay who has been an outstanding leader for the association and the sector as a whole. I’m very much looking forward to meeting MA members around the UK and to listening to how the MA can continue to support its members and to advocate for the sector at all levels of government and with our key funders.

“In these challenging times, it is vital that museums continue to be seen as welcoming places for everyone in our communities, as well as a source of deep inspiration and joy – and the MA helps make a compelling case.”

Your new trustees

Hasina Dabasia
Youth Programme Producer, Wellcome Collection

Hasina is passionate about inclusion, anti-racism, equity and people-centred approaches through collaborative and innovative models of practice. She champions lived experience narratives and has an extensive background engaging with underrepresented audiences.

She has sat on Wellcome Collection’s anti-racism staff forum and advocated for the development of a toolkit for staff; contributed to the Race Equity Network to push Wellcome to lead the way as a racially diverse and inclusive employer, funder, and advocate for better science and health research; and she is a Museum Detox member with extensive experience as a programme producer and manager.

Hasina leads and champions teams to deliver inclusive, representative creative programmes that are interdisciplinary skills based. Advocating for inclusive practice, she empowers sector members to focus on addressing underrepresentation and creating impactful change, and works hard to implement authentic representation in workplaces.

Janet Dugdale
Executive Director of Museums & Participation, National Museums Liverpool

Janet is executive director of museums and participation at National Museums Liverpool. She is project sponsor for the Waterfront Transformation Project which includes evolving the International Slavery Museum.

From working in trusts and large local authority museums, she led the content and interpretation for the Museum of Liverpool, which opened under her directorship in 2011. Janet is a strong advocate for, and practitioner of, participative and partnership work. Her wider sector involvement includes her membership of the Arts Council Designation Panel, and she is a fellow of the Museums Association and honorary visiting fellow at the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at the University of Leicester.

As a fellow she values the support, insight and capacity for social change that the MA creates for museums and museum workers. Her wide-ranging museum experience is founded on being people-focused, making collections accessible and working in participatory ways in an ever-changing context.

Kate Steiner
Editor, Science Museum Group

Kate has worked at the Science Museum Group for 28 years, starting on the floor as an explainer and progressing through creating education programmes, leading development of Pattern Pod (an interactive exhibition for under-eights), growing and then heading the audience research department and then moving across to collections to create and then run a digital Open Access journal. She has also taught on museum studies masters courses at Imperial College and UCL.

Throughout her career she has been passionate about building physical and digital spaces for the widest possible audiences, championing audience-centred approaches and actively researching and meeting the needs of underrepresented audiences. As a parent to disabled children, she wants to help museums change lives with empathy and understanding.

Georgina Young
Head of Collections and Exhibitions, Manchester Museum

Georgina has spent 20 years working in museums. She started volunteering at Barrow Dock Museum in her home town as a teenager and currently leads the collections team and oversees exhibition and gallery projects at Manchester Museum. In between, she has worked in independent, local authority and national museums, gaining understanding of the breadth of the sector.

Participatory contemporary collecting was at the heart of Georgina’s work at Museum of Croydon, Museum of Liverpool and Museum of London. Boosted by a Clore Fellowship, she has taken the collaborative, people-centred dynamic from her curatorship into the strategic and creative leadership of museums at the Science and Industry Museum and Manchester Museum.

At a crucial moment for the sector, Georgina feels she would bring experience and urgency to the MA’s advocacy work, with experience in environmental action, co-curation and repatriation.