Issue 119/07, 01.07.2019
The latest appointments in museums, galleries and heritage
Strutt’s North Mill, part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in Derbyshire, has appointed Katherine Tonks as its manager. She takes over from Mark Higginson, who has retired.
Melissa Hamnett has started work as the head of heritage collections and curator of art at the Palace of Westminster. Hamnett has moved from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where she was a sculpture curator.
Leah Biddle is the new cultural manager at Culture Warrington. Her role is split across arts and museums working over three venues: Pyramid, Parr Hall, and Warrington Museum & Art Gallery. Biddle was appointed to the role while on secondment from the Warrington Wolves Foundation, where she was the cultural partnership manager.
Five trustees have been appointed to the British Library for four years: Delroy Beverley is an executive director at housing company Nottingham City; Jeremy Silver is an entrepreneur, author and investor. He is the CEO of Digital Catapult, a member of the UK Creative industries Council and chairs its Innovation Working Group; Wei Yang, a town planner and urban designer, is the chairman of Wei Yang & Partners, an urban design and masterplanning practice in London; Jana Bennett is a non-executive director on the board of Pew Research Center and a senior adviser and executive-at-large for Ozy Media; Laela Pakpour-Tabrizi is the group chief financial officer of technology firm MotorK.
Adam Koszary, the former programme manager and digital lead at the Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading, has become the social media manager for automotive and technology company Tesla. He had been planning to join the Royal Academy of Arts, London before being approached by Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk.
Rebecca Pow has been appointed minister for arts, heritage and tourism in the recent cabinet reshuffle. She has been the Conservative MP for Taunton Deane, Somerset, since 2015. Prior to the reshuffle she was a parliamentary private secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government. She has also sat on the Environmental Audit Select Committee and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.
The National Gallery has announced that Hannah Rothschild will step down as its chair of trustees in September. Rothschild, a writer, filmmaker and company director, is the first woman chair of the London gallery, having been appointed to the role in 2015. She has served on the board as a trustee since 2009.