Hazel Edwards

Results of MA board elections announced

Patrick Steel, 03.03.2014
Rowan Brown, David Fleming, Sam Mullins, Gaby Porter and Hazel Edwards are elected
Rowan Brown, director of the Scottish Mining Museum; David Fleming, director of National Museums Liverpool; Sam Mullins, director of the London Transport Museum; independent consultant Gaby Porter; and Hazel Edwards, museum manager at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle, were all elected to the Museums Association (MA) board.

890 professional members and 67 institutional members voted for 13 candidates in the elections. 

Brown, Fleming, Mullins, and Porter were re-elected to a second term while Edwards will begin her first term when current board members Isabel Churcher and Iain Watson come to the end of their terms on 1 April.

The term of office is three years, but candidates may not serve more than two successive terms.

Edwards will leave the Discovery Museum in March to take up a new post at Durham University as senior engagement manager for arts and humanities.

She said she is confident that her new position at Durham University, combined with her experience of local authority museums, will allow her to facilitate closer collaboration between UK universities, museums and galleries.

She will also be advocating for members working in regional museums and will bring an understanding of the challenges facing colleagues as they balance social purpose with enterprise in a time of austerity.

As a mentor for the AMA since 2003, Edwards will be supporting the MA in developing learning opportunities so that members can achieve their full potential.

The board is responsible to MA members for ensuring that the organisation is administered in a way that complies with all legal, financial and other relevant regulations.

It is also responsible to the membership for ensuring that the MA fulfils its aims and objectives. The board meets at least six times a year to determine the MA's strategic direction.