Tim Cooke appointed chief executive of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Patrick Steel, 28.11.2017
Diana Owen steps down after 10 years
Tim Cooke, currently director of the Telegraph Museum in Cornwall, will become the chief executive of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in March. He takes over from Diana Owen, who will step down after 10 years in the role.

Peter Kyle, the trust's chairman, said, "We are delighted to welcome Tim Cooke to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

"He brings a wealth of leadership experience of organisations which have knowledge and content at their heart and which seek to engage with diverse audiences. He has a strong track record of delivering on major cultural projects to the highest standard and will bring a strong vision for the future."

Cooke said, "I am privileged and thrilled to be taking on this role. I will greatly relish working as part of the team developing and sharing our knowledge, collections and public programming, ensuring that the enduring and powerful appeal of Shakespeare and his story continues to enrich the experience of as many people as possible, locally, nationally and internationally."

Prior to being appointed director of the Telegraph Museum, Cooke worked as a museum consultant. Between 2003 and 2014 he was director and chief executive of National Museums Northern Ireland.