Museum Wales replace director-general with CEO

National Museums Wales - Amgueddfa Cymru - have appointed Jane Richardson in the new post of chief executive, replacing the old post of director-general held by David Anderson until his retirement in April after ten years.

Richardson, who has been chair if CADW, the Welsh equivalent of English Heritage, since 2019, and until earlier this year was director of economy and place at Conwy County Borough Council, was previously a director at Visit Wales and before that spent ten years with National Trust Wales.

The decision to revert from a director-general to a chief executive for the first time was made following a recent tailored report into Museum Wales, which comprises seven museums and a collections centre across the principality. Its principal funder is the Welsh Assembly.

Reporting to the chair and trustees Richardson will be responsible for providing inspiration, ambition, creativity, and strategic direction for the organisation, with the delivery of Strategy 2030 her long term project. She will take up her post later in September, with the newly appointed chair, Kate Eden, and vice-chair, Rhys Evans, starting in September and October respectively. 

“This is the beginning of a new era for Amgueddfa Cymru, and Kate Eden and I are delighted to welcome Jane as our first chief executive” said the museum’s acting president, Carol Bell. “Her strategic and leadership skills, amply evidenced by her track record, will be invaluable at a time of great change, challenge and opportunity both within and outside the walls of our museums.”

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