Introducing new MA staff
We’re delighted to have welcomed three new MA staff members in recent weeks. Craig Smith has joined us as Mindsets + Missions project officer, and India Divers and Joshua Robertson have both joined us as policy and campaigns officers. Find out more about Craig, India and Joshua below.
Craig joined the MA in November as our Mindsets + Missions project officer. He hails from Scotland and is based in Edinburgh. He joins us following years of working within the STEM teaching and learning sector, as a science teacher, as well as within science and discovery centres and festivals.
He is passionate about the natural world and was most recently working on a community-centred conservation and biodiversity monitoring programme in the Mexican jungle. He brings with him an understanding of our shared STEM and natural heritage, and the social and cultural interactions that exist within these spaces.
On his appointment, Craig said: “As the project officer for Mindsets + Missions, I’m excited to help bring museums and science centres together through their shared values and ambitions for the future. I’m pleased to be part of an organisation which is driving positive change within the sector and aim to support organisations to take on new challenges and to share their knowledge and learning along the way.”
India joined us in November as one of two new Policy and Campaigns Officers. Prior to joining the Museums Association, India worked as a policy official in the culture division of the Scottish Government. She has an MSc in Museum Studies from the University of Glasgow and was previously a learning officer at the National Trust for Scotland. She is passionate about fair work, inclusive practice and museum activism.
India has volunteered in a variety of roles in the sector, including to help organise the Queer Heritage Forum’s Pride Online 2020, and as a communications and digital officer for the Scottish Museums Federation. She currently volunteers as a tour guide for the Glasgow Women’s Library.
On her appointment, India said: “I am delighted to be joining the Museums Association as a policy and campaigns officer. I look forward to working with the rest of the team to empower museums to change lives.
“I am most looking forward to working on the learning and engagement manifesto. I have a particular interest in this campaign because I am passionate about cultural rights and the role of museums to deliver for their communities. I really like that the learning and engagement manifesto is interconnected with other MA campaigns, as it recognises the role and responsibility of museums to impact positively on events outside their walls and engage with issues such as the climate crisis and anti-racism.”
Joshua joined us in November as one of two new Policy and Campaigns Officers. He is a multidisciplinary policy professional who has worked across a range of policy areas within the public sector. Prior to joining the Museums Association, Joshua held various positions in the UK Civil Service, most notably as the private secretary to the chief operating officer of Covid-19 testing. He is an alumnus of Cardiff University, as well as a Freeman of the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.
Joshua is also an experienced creative practitioner. In response to the Black Lives Matter movement in July 2020, Joshua co-founded Wales’ first Black-led interdisciplinary artistic collective, ‘Welsh, Gifted and Black’, in association with madeinroath. He is also a creative associate of Fio theatre company. Joshua is fiercely committed to anti-racism, decolonisation, and the representation of the global majority within the arts and heritage sector.
On his appointment, Joshua said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Museums Association as a policy and campaigns officer and I look forward to working with the membership and colleagues alike to deliver against our key campaign and policy priorities.
“I’m looking forward to working on all the campaigns, especially anti-racism, decolonisation, and their intersections with climate justice. In the short term my focus will be primarily on developing policy and strategy for the cost-of-living crisis, making sure the needs of the sector are appropriately represented at all levels.”