We recently asked for your feedback about the newsletter and how we could improve.
One of the things people have asked is whether our newsletter will be printed. When we rebranded at the end of 2021, we decided, along with a new logo design that our newsletter would move to a more modern format. This means that we would no longer print the newsletter and capitalise on the online distribution tools that are now open to us in 2022.
There are so many benefits to us delivering the newsletter through email. Of course, you would immediately think that by not printing we are simply cost saving, which is true. However, by using emails we can learn so much more. For example, we can see how many of the mailing list is opening the newsletter, how long you spend looking at the articles and which ones you click on. This means over time we can improve and adapt what we offer. By working more digitally, it also means we can reach out to new and different types of people.
We recognise that some people may not find e mail easy to access and if you have particular access requirements, please contact us directly to see what is available.
Another of the big pieces of feedback we had was that you would like to learn more about who we are. So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce you all to each of the members of the board. We hope that this explains some of the changes and you will learn a bit more about the directors and their roles at the Museum:
Fiona Page FCA is a management consultant specialising in cost transformation in the financial services sector, presently at Liverpool Victoria and formerly Director at Santander. Worked with charities, social enterprises and other third sector organisations to improve their economic sustainability.
Vice chair: Special responsibility for collections
Louise McAward-White has worked in heritage for over 15 years in various roles: learning, events, curatorial, visitor experience and collections management. Currently Louise is a Product Consultant at Axiell, a museum collections management software company. Previously Louise has worked at the British Film Institute, V&A, Amersham Museum and Wycombe Museum. Outside of work, Louise mentors for GEM and Museums Association, is a Trustee for Dyspraxic Me, and in 2017 co-founded Fair Museum Jobs. In 2020 Louise and Fair Museum Jobs were listed in blooloop’s international top 50 museum influencers list.
Special responsibility for public engagement – education
Katie is currently the Families and Young People Manager at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. In this role she manages engagement opportunities for those ages 0-24, including working on both small and large-scale projects, and managing a team of volunteers. Alongside this role, Katie volunteers as part of the team running the Families in Museums Network, a peer support network sharing best practice across the sector, as a mentor for GEM, and with GirlGuiding UK. Previously Katie worked at Waddesdon Manor, National Trust, as part of a small team delivering engagement opportunities for schools, adults, families and local groups.
Stephen is the Operations & Capital Projects Director for the Trust. He is responsible for all Trust operations including Building Services; Capital Projects; Facilities; Health and Safety and Security. He re-joined the Trust in May 2021, having had to resign as Chair due to temporary ill-health in 2020.
Before retiring in 2016, Stephen worked in Estates Management for large public facing organisations. He has held positions as: Head of Estates at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre; Director of Visitor and Estates at the British Museum from 2004 to 2012; and Head of Facilities at the Olympic Park, seconded to LOCOG for the 2012 Olympic Games. Stephen is also an active member of LAMAS where he serves as a member of Council and the Historic Buildings Committee.
Special responsibility for Resources
Robin is an accountant by profession. He is a member of the Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee for the London area, which is a ministerial appointment, and chairs the national committee on employment and transitioning of service personnel into civilian life. He previously served as an economic advisor at the Ministry of Defence supporting negotiations with HM Treasury, and before that, he was Managing Director of the private finance division within Carillion plc, the UK’s second largest construction company, for 14 years. He was, before that, Director of Finance of Leeds Development Corporation and his early career was with Price Waterhouse, now PwC.
Adrian is a qualified Solicitor (England & Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland), notary public (England & Wales) and licensed attorney (New York), and currently works as a legislative draftsman in the Government Legal Department. For the decade until 2018 he was the Treasurer and then the Chairman of the White Lion Society (the Society of Friends of Her Majesty’s College of Arms). He is currently Chairman of Berkhamsted Castle Trust and a Trustee of the Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society.