Ann Sumner steps down from Brontë Society

Geraldine Kendall, 04.07.2014
Executive director leaves to pursue part-time work
Ann Sumner has stepped down as executive director of the Brontë Society, which runs the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Howarth, after 16 months in the role.

Her departure was announced at the society’s AGM last month.

In a statement, the society said: “We regret to announce that Ann Sumner has decided to move on from the Brontë Society as she will be seeking a new part-time post. We thank Ann for her enthusiastic contribution to the society and wish her all the best for the future.”

A colleague described Sumner as a “breath of fresh air” who had done much to take the museum forward during her time in the role.

Plans to recruit a replacement for the position are not yet clear. A spokeswoman from the institution said no further information was available.

Museums Journal understands that Sumner’s departure comes at a time of upheaval in the Brontë Society.

According to a source, some of the society’s members expressed concern about its direction and governance at last month's AGM, with a majority voting against two proposed motions to give the governing council greater power to expel members and extend the chairman of trustees’ term of office.

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