New CEO for Independent museums

Emma Chaplin has been appointed as the director of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM).

Chaplin, a museum consultant with more than 20 years' experience working with local authority and independent museums in England and Wales, replaces Tamalie Newbery, who leaves in December after ten years at AIM to join Brooklands Museum in Surrey.

Chaplin, who takes up her role in February, is a former AIM council member from 2003 to 2014. She started her career as heritage and museums officer for Cheshire County Council, and has also worked for Flintshire County Council, the Boat Museum in Ellesmere Port (now National Waterways Museum) and the Dock Museum in Barrow-in Furness. Since 2009, she has been a museums consultant, working for Arts Council England, the Welsh government and several museum development teams in England, as well as small independent museums.

“We had an astonishingly strong field of applicants for the role and we are delighted to have selected Emma Chaplin, who demonstrated her strong experience with and understanding of independent museums, as well as her commitment to continuing AIM’s work in partnership with other organisations across the UK, to support independent museums and help them to thrive and prosper,” said Richard Evans, the chair of AIM.

AIM’s staff team will be managing AIM’s work in the interim period.

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