Julie Finch has been appointed director of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in Warwickshire


Issue 119/01, 01.01.2019
The latest appointments in museums and galleries
Rhian Harris joins Lakeland Arts, in the Lake District, as its new chief executive. After a decade as the director of the V&A Museum of Childhood in London, Harris takes on Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House, and soon-to-open Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. She takes over from retiring Gordon Watson who led Lakeland Arts for eight years.
The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art has appointed Irene Aristiz√°bal in the new role of head of curatorial and public practice. Leaving her role as head of exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary, she takes up the new position in March.

Liz Hide, previously the museums officer at the University of Cambridge, has become the first full-time director of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge.  

Philippa Duckworth, the manager of Fordingbridge Museum, in Fordingbridge near Salisbury, has stepped down after 22 years.  
Caroline Mathers has begun as the new director of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling, Scotland. The previous director, Elspeth King, recently retired.

Paisley Museum, in Renfrewshire, has appointed Eric Grounds as its capital appeal director. Grounds has directed more than 90 successful capital appeals across the UK, including a £35m campaign for Marie Curie, as well as campaigns for the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Highland Clearances Project and the Roses Charitable Trust in Mull.

Tonya Nelson is joining Arts Council England as its new director of arts technology and innovation. She leaves her post of director of museums and cultural programmes at University College London.  

Julie Finch has been appointed director of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in Warwickshire, replacing Steven Parissien, who stepped down from the role last year to become the director of the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto. Finch, who will start her new role at the end of April, is currently the chief executive officer at the Cheltenham Trust and previously led Bristol Museums.