Ethics Committee - Museums Association

Ethics Committee

The aim of the ethics committee is to create a culture in UK museums that embraces ethical practice so that people working in museums:

  • Recognise responsibility for practising and promoting ethical behaviour
  • See ethics as a positive force, responsive to developing professional and public views, and underpinning change and improvement
  • Regard an awareness and discussion of ethics as the norm, connecting all museums and playing a role in planning and decision making

The ethics committee develops and promotes the understanding of ethical principles, practice and issues within the museum community.

The ethics committee is regularly asked to provide confidential advice on specific issues that arise in individual museums. The committee acts as a sounding board and critical friend to promote good ethical practice in the museum community.

Occasionally, in difficult cases, a substantial investigation needs to be undertaken and individual ethics committee members help with this if they have appropriate experience or expertise.

For all ethical queries, please contact our policy manager Alistair Brown in the first instance:



Michael Terwey
Michael is Head of Heritage Services and Consultancy at National Trust for Scotland.


Rowan Brown
Rowan is the chief executive of the Woodhorn Charitable Trust.

Hannah Crowdy
Hannah is head of curatorial at National Museums Northern Ireland.

Neil Curtis
Neil is head of museums at the University of Aberdeen.

Tehmina Goskar
Tehmina is a freelance curator based in Cornwall.

Victoria Hollows
Victoria is the chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure.

Adrian Parkhouse
Adrian is a partner at Farrer & Co. He heads the firm’s Commercial Litigation team and co-chairs its Art Group.

Chanté St Clair Inglis
Chanté is head of collections services at National Museums Scotland.

Jackie Winchester
Jackie is senior officer for participation at Bristol Culture.