(Left to right) Simon Brown, Sue Mackay and Gillian Findlay

MA members elect three new trustees

Patrick Steel, 01.03.2017
Simon Brown, Sue Mackay and Gillian Findlay will join MA board in April
The Museums Association’s (MA) membership has elected three new board members: Simon Brown, Sue Mackay and Gillian Findlay. They will join the board from 1 April.

Findlay is the curatorial and engagement manager at Edinburgh Museum and Galleries. Her priorities are sector advocacy and resilience; workforce design and skills development; deepening public engagement with museums; and encouraging diversity and the development of a more representative workforce through smarter recruitment practice and a more creative approach to addressing skills and knowledge gaps.

Brown is the curator of social history and world cultures at Nottingham City Museums and Galleries. His priorities are to address the unique challenges facing local authority museums in England, represent staff below management level, and campaign to diversify the workforce.

Mackay is the curator and manager of Keswick Museum. Her priorities are to ensure the MA represents, communicates with and provides training for all museums across the UK, even the smallest; to ensure that museum qualifications and CPD provide sufficient advice and training for our current, complex management roles; and to reinforce and support resilience in museums.

Sharon Heal, the MA’s director, said: "We are delighted to welcome three new members to our board. The new board members bring a wealth of experience from working in different types of institutions and roles, and will enhance the skills and knowledge of the MA board.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to the outgoing board members, David Anderson, Rowan Brown and Hazel Edwards who have contributed an enormous amount to the strategic direction of the MA and have been invaluable in supporting the services that we deliver for our members and the sector.

“I look forward to working with the new board members to deliver our new business plan and to deliver our key Museums Change Lives campaign.”