A horse show at the Royal Armouries in Leeds

Museum director suspended

Rebecca Atkinson, 31.05.2012
Suspension follows issues raised by auditors
Jonathon Riley, the director general of the Royal Armouries in Leeds, has been temporarily suspended pending a review of issues raised by the museum’s auditors.

Andrew Scott, previously the director of the National Museum of Science and Industry, has been appointed as interim chief executive officer and account officer at the Royal Armouries during the review process.

Riley, a former army commander in Iraq, was one of Britain’s most senior generals. Following his appointment in 2009, he described the Royal Armouries as his "dream job".

He joined the Royal Armouries following the resignation of Paul Evans, who had been previously been suspended pending an internal investigation into "potential irregularities" at the museum.

The investigation stalled after Evans was signed off sick and became too unwell to attend formal hearings.

He had been appointed chief executive of the museum in 2003, after two years as chief operating officer.

The Royal Armouries said it was unable to make any further comment about Riley's suspension or the ongoing review.