National Army Museum appoints new director - Museums Association

National Army Museum appoints new director

Justin Maciejewski will draw on experience in the army and management consultancy
Rob Picheta
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The National Army Museum has appointed former brigadier and Iraq war veteran Justin Maciejewski as its new director.

Maciejewski served as the British army’s director combat, the professional head of the Royal Armoured Corps and the Infantry, until 2012. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order while a commanding officer in Iraq.

He has worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Company since leaving the army in 2012, and was formerly a trustee of the Tank Museum. He begins the role on 26 February, succeeding Janice Murray, who retired in October after seven years in the post.

Maciejewski said: “Having served in the army for most of my life it will be an honour to be at the helm of a museum that not only preserves its remarkable history, but actively invites the public to engage and explore the role of its armed forces today.”

The museum, in Chelsea, west London, reopened in March last year after a £24 million renovation and extension. Its new space was positively reviewed, although it was criticised by historian Andrew Roberts for its “political correctness”, and for exploring the contentious history of the British empire.

Richard Shirreff, the chairman of the council of the National Army Museum, said: “Justin Maciejewski more than meets the criteria we laid down: proven leadership experience; a deep understanding of, and empathy for the army and the values it stands for; private sector commercial experience; strategic vision; exceptional communication skills.”

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