Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales has announced its appointment to the newly created role of Chief Executive.

Jane Richardson will take up the role initially on a part-time basis from September, before assuming the full-time role in November 2023.

Richardson has been Chair of Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh Government, since 2019.

Until earlier this year, she was Director of Economy and Place at Conwy County Borough Council, leading on infrastructure projects including the creation of a new culture centre within the historic town of Conwy.

Prior to this, she spent ten years with the National Trust directly managing historic properties and leading on the visitor experience across Wales.

In what is a new role at Amgueddfa Cymru, the Chief Executive will report to the Chair and the Board of Trustees. Amgueddfa Cymru said the role will entail “providing inspiration, ambition, creativity, and strategic direction for the organisation.” The Chief Executive will also act as Accounting Officer, working closely with the Welsh Government sponsor team.

The delivery of Strategy 2030 will also be a focal point, as the organisation, consisting of seven National Museums and Collection Centre, meet the changing and diverse needs of the communities of Wales as well as promoting its history and culture to visitors and international audiences.

The appointment follows the recent announcement of the new Chair, Kate Eden, and Vice Chair, Rhys Evans, who will also be joining the organisation in September and October respectively.

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Acting President, Carol Bell said the new appointments signalled “the beginning of a new era for Amgueddfa Cymru.”

On her appointment, Richardson said: “I am excited and honoured to take up this role at what is an important time both for Amgueddfa Cymru and for Wales’s wider cultural sector. I look forward to working with the Board and the team to ensure we are bringing our collections to life in ways that tell the stories of all the communities of Wales.”

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