Everything changes at the top as key stakeholders announce new leadership


Leadership and governance changes were announced this week in a number of key organizations in the cultural, creative and museum sectors.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund have appointed a new CEO, Eilish McGuinness.

She will succeed Ros Kerslake, who will step down at the end of this year. McGuinness, who has worked at the lottery fundraiser since 1996 in various roles, is currently the Executive Director of Service Delivery.

Heritage Fund President Simon Thurley said: “I am delighted that the directors have chosen Eilish McGuinness as CEO to succeed Ros Kerslake. Trustees have been presented with an extremely solid field for one of the best heritage jobs and we are delighted to appoint someone with extensive experience, exceptional management and leadership ability, and strong strategic sense. Personally, and the Board of Directors, look forward to working with Eilish over the next several years. “

Emmie Kell has been announced as Director of Museums and Cultural Property at Arts Council England Image: Cornwall Museums Partnership

Meanwhile, Arts Council England (ACE) has appointed Emmie Kell as the new director of museums and cultural property. Kell replaces Kate Bellamy, who left the arts council in August to become director of the Clore Duffield Foundation.

Kell joins ACE of Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP), which promotes the interests of museums and heritage organizations in Cornwall. She has been the CEO of the association since its creation in 2015.

Kell said: “It has been a privilege to work with the Cornwall and Scilly museum community over the past six years. I will miss the CMP colleagues very much; it’s a fantastic team and I wish them all the best. I have no doubt that there is an exciting future for the charity and for the museums of Cornwall.

ACE said in a statement: ‘Arts Council England proudly welcomes Emmie to its team and looks forward to working with her to implement our Let’s Create strategy and ensure that our museums, collections and cultural assets thrive and enrich the lives of more and more people. across the country for years to come.

The CMP board will announce plans to recruit a new CEO in the coming weeks and has said there will be no disruption in his work during the recruiting process.

Peter Bazalgette is the new industrial co-chair of the Creative Industries Council Image: Creative Commons

There is also a new chair at the Creative Industries Council, the joint industry-UK government forum that works to shape the political landscape for the creative industries. Peter Bazalgette, former ACE President, will take over as Industry Co-Chair on December 1.

Bazalgette will host the forum alongside two government co-chairs, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.

The creative sector has also seen the merger of two independent industry stakeholders, the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England, which have come together and rebranded as Creative UK, a network that aims to promote, connect and stimulate investment in the industries. creative.


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