The latest appointments in museums, galleries and heritage
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York’s National Railway Museum has recruited Julie Moody as campaign director for its £50m Vision 2025 fundraising initiative. She will oversee a six-strong team delivering the biggest redevelopment since the museum opened in 1975. Moody joins from Leeds Cares, where she was director of communications and income generation.

Lewis Dalton Gilbert has been appointed the creative director of the New Art Centre in Wiltshire. He will focus on creative strategy and programming. Gilbert has previously worked at Frieze and White Cube, identifying new artists and working with them to create artworks and stage exhibitions worldwide.

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall has appointed Simon Sherrard as chair of trustees. The Institute of Contemporary Arts has appointed Kerry Bishop as managing director. She will be responsible for leading the implementation of the institute’s strategic vision and its operational delivery. Bishop has been chief operating officer at Frieze since 2013.
Tate has recruited Victoria Cheetham as chief operating officer. She is currently executive director, arts, at Southbank Centre, and will take up her role in the autumn. The Royal Academy of Arts, London, has promoted curator Ann Dumas to consulting curator of European art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She will continue her role at the Royal Academy, dividing her responsibilities between the two institutions.

Nick Ralls has been appointed chief executive of Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust in Shropshire. He is returning to the museum sector after spending 12 years as general manager of Severn Valley Railway. Ralls previously had roles at Aston Hall and Blakesley Manor, part of Birmingham Museums Trust.

The Royal Drawing School has appointed Sir Charles Saumarez Smith as chair of the board of trustees. He succeeds Howard Marks, who steps down after five years.

Compton Verney has named Penny Egan as the chair of trustees. She was previously executive director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Egan replaces Kirsten Suenson-Taylor, who is leaving the role after eight years.

Joe Vaughan has been appointed as the new digital editor for Museums Partnership Reading, a partnership between the Museum of English Rural Life and Reading Museum.

Arts organisation Helix Arts has appointed Scott Burrell as its new director. He is returning to north-east England following three years working with artists and communities in London as the curator of youth programmes and head of programme for Create London.

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