Zoé Whitley is the new senior curator at the Hayward Gallery


Issue 119/02, 01.02.2019
The latest appointments in museums, galleries and heritage
Tarek Iskander is the new artistic director and chief executive of Battersea Arts Centre in south London. Iskander, who will start in May, is currently the interim director for theatre at Arts Council England.

He succeeds David Jubb, who will lead the organisation until April. Iskander has also been an artistic director for Up Next – a takeover initiative by Artistic Directors of the Future, Battersea Arts Centre and Bush Theatre, designed to put visionary artists into leadership roles in the UK’s theatre industry and broaden representation.

Zoé Whitley has been appointed as the senior curator, Hayward Gallery, at Southbank Centre, London. Whitley will start on 8 April working alongside current senior curator Cliff Lauson and under Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff. Whitley joins from Tate Modern where she was the curator, international art.

Chawton House has recruited Katie Childs, who led the 2018 first world war centenary commemoration at the Imperial War Museum, as its chief executive. Childs, a former policy and projects manager for the National Museum Directors’ Council, begins work at Chawton House, Hampshire, in February.
Phil Smith has become the commercial director at Brunel’s SS Great Britain in Bristol. Smith joins from the Ironbridge Gorge Museum where he was the deputy chief executive and chief operating officer, having held previous senior roles at National Museum Wales and Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand.

Nicholas Coleridge has been reappointed as chair of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, for a term of four years starting on 1 November. Coleridge is the chairman of Condé Nast Britain, the chairman of the Gilbert Trust for the Arts, and the chairman of the Campaign for the Wool Industry.

Hilary Newiss and Simon Patterson have been reappointed as trustees of the Natural History Museum, London, each for a term of four years. Newiss is a lawyer and former partner in Denton Hall solicitors, now Dentons. Patterson is the managing director of technology investment firm Silver Lake.

Carmel Booth and Nicola Thorp have had their trusteeships at National Museums Liverpool extended by a year from 25 January. Booth is a chartered accountant and partner at Calderstones Consulting. Thorp is a consultant clinical oncologist, and is based at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Merseyside.

Alastair Marsh has been appointed the audit and risk trustee of Royal Museums Greenwich for a term of four years staring on 3 December 2018. Marsh is the group chief executive of Lloyd’s Register Group, a professional and engineering services company.