Tom O’Leary is joining the Science Museum Group as director of learning

Science Museum makes two director appointments

Rebecca Atkinson, 09.01.2015
Tom O’Leary and John Stack named director of learning and digital director
The Science Museum Group has made two new appointments, with Tom O’Leary joining as director of learning and John Stack as the group’s first digital director.

O’Leary, who is currently the head of public engagement and learning at the Houses of Parliament, replaces Alex Burch, who was appointed as director of learning last January.

Stack is the head of digital at Tate, where he has been overseeing the gallery’s digital transformation project. In his new role, he will lead the web and new media teams, and implement a plan to transform the group’s digital presence.

A spokesman for the Science Museum Group said the new role was “a recognition of the importance of digital in the way we connect with visitors onsite and the huge opportunities to engage big audiences beyond the walls of our museums”.

And Ian Blatchford, the director of the Science Museum Group, said: “In John we have found the candidate with the pedigree and vision to ensure that our digital transformation is every bit as extraordinary as the ambitious physical changes we are making at our museums.”

O’Leary and Stack will start their respective roles in March.

Elsewhere, Matthew Cock, currently the head of web at the British Museum, has been appointed as the new chief executive of VocalEyes, a charity that promotes access to the arts for blind and partially-sighted people.  

He said: “While my career has been in digital media, at heart I am interested in communication, helping people engage with and understand artefacts, events and environments, through whatever means work best.”