Northern Ireland museums chief steps down

Simon Stephens, 03.12.2014
Tim Cooke resigns as chief executive of NMNI
Tim Cooke, the director and chief executive of National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI), has resigned.

Cooke has been with NMNI for more than ten years and has overseen major projects such as the £17.8m redevelopment of Belfast’s Ulster Museum, which won the Art Fund prize in 2010.

A NMNI statement said he had resigned “for personal reasons”.

NMNI also includes the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, the Ulster American Folk Park and Armagh County Museum. The museums attracted more than 900,000 visits in 2012-13.

Cooke was previously the head of broadcasting at BBC Northern Ireland. He has worked as a BBC editor and journalist in Belfast and London.

In recent years Cooke has been dealing with heavy cuts to NMNI’s budget from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland.

NMNI is expected to make a statement about who will replace Cooke soon.

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