Laurie Bell is the new chief executive of Cheltenham Trust. Her responsibilities include running the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Leisure at Cheltenham, Cheltenham Town Hall and Pittville Pump Room, and the Prince of Wales Stadium. Bell has joined the trust from a senior leadership role at Wiltshire Council.
Catriona Wilson, the collections manager at Guildford Museum, will start a new role as the head of Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology Collection, University College London, in August.
Roger Lewis is the new president of Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales). The president acts as the chair of the organisation, with overall responsibility for the board of trustees.
A new management team is to lead Scarborough’s cultural quarter following a decision to merge the Rotunda Museum, Scarborough Art Gallery, the creative businesses hub at Woodend and Scarborough Collections. The new organisation will launch under a new name in the summer and will be led by chief executive Andrew Clay; head of curation, collections and exhibitions Simon Hedges; and head of operations Kirsty Holtby.
Nick Hoffman has been reappointed as a trustee for the Victoria and Albert Museum for four years from 15 September. Hoffman most recently led McKinsey and Company’s UK Insurance and Asset Management Practice. He worked as a partner of the management consulting firm for 12 years, in the UK, Europe, Asia and the US.
The secretary of state has extended the terms of Peter Ainsworth as chair and Nat Sloane as England committee chair at the National Lottery Community Fund from 1 June 2019 to 30 November 2019. Ainsworth, a former investment banker and Conservative shadow culture secretary, has been associated with the National Lottery since before it began. Sloane was the co-founder of Impetus Trust, the first venture philanthropy trust fund in the UK.
Baroness Kay Andrews has been reappointed as Wales Committee Chair for the National Lottery Heritage Fund for three years from 1 April. Andrews, who became a life peer in 2000, served as a government whip on education and health (2003-2005) and was a House of Lords minister for housing and planning (2005-2009). She was the first female Chair of English Heritage (2009-2013) and has been a member of numerous public and voluntary bodies, including the National Literacy Trust and Kids in Museums.
Fenella Goodhart has left Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) to become the head of learning at London Transport Museum. Goodhart had been the head of schools and communities at HRP.