York Museums Trust appoints Reyahn King as chief executive - Museums Association

York Museums Trust appoints Reyahn King as chief executive

Head of HLF West Midlands to replace Janet Barnes
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York Museums Trust has appointed Reyahn King as its new chief executive.

She will take up the position in November, replacing Janet Barnes who announced earlier this year that she planned to retire as the trust’s chief executive after 13 years in the role.

King will join York Museums Trust from the Heritage Lottery Fund, where she has worked as head of the West Midlands region since 2012. She was previously director of art galleries for National Museum Liverpool and head of interpretation and exhibitions at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.  

The trust looks after York Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, York St Mary’s and York Art Gallery, which will reopen on 1 August year after an £8m redevelopment.

“I am thrilled to be coming to the beautiful city of York as the second chief executive of York Museums Trust. Janet Barnes’ leadership has ensured I inherit a mature, successful organisation ready for new challenges after the completion of York Art Gallery’s renovation,” King said.

She will start working at the trust in September as chief executive designate, before becoming chief executive in November.

John Lawton, the chairman of the trustees of York Museums Trust, said: “[King] brings with her strategic and operational experience at significant regional and national institutions as well as a track record of delivering a wide range of major events and exhibitions.”

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