New Chair for Birmingham Museums Trust
10th October 2013
Dr Ellen McAdam, Director of Birmingham Museums, is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Freer as the new Chair of Birmingham Museums Trust. Steve joins the Trust as Honorary Aldermen Len Clark steps down after 10 years as Chair of Birmingham Museums.
Steve comments: "I am thrilled that Birmingham Museums Trust has invited me to take on this role and given me the opportunity to help maximise the Trust's impact on the City's life. The range of venues and breadth of its collections are outstanding. They represent tremendous assets for education, leisure and tourism, and are critically important for the presentation of Birmingham as a great place to live, work and visit."
Steve Freer was born and educated in Birmingham. A chartered public finance accountant, he began his career in the City Council (1970-88) and was responsible for the City's grant funding of the arts during a period of significant investment in the mid 1980s. Steve also acted as project manager of the development of Paradise Circus, which created Adrian Boult Hall and the Josiah Mason Lecture Theatre.
Talking of the appointment, Honorary Aldermen Len comments; “It has been a great privilege to work with Birmingham Museums over the past years. The organisation has faced some tough challenges and is now in a strong position to move forward. I have every confidence that Steve will do a tremendous job in growing the Trust further.”
Alongside the appointment of Steve Freer, Birmingham Museums Trust will be strengthening its board with the addition of Ian Grosvenor and Mohammed Rahman as new members. Ian is Professor of Urban Educational History and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement at the University of Birmingham, and Mohammed is a Partner within KPMG’s Corporates Risk Consulting practice, and UK head of ENR (Energy and National Resources) for Risk Consulting.
Dr McAdam comments: “This is the start of an exciting new era for Birmingham Museums and we are delighted to have Steve, Ian and Mohammed on board to help us steer the organisation throughout the coming years.”
Birmingham Museums Trust is the largest museums service in England to go to Trust status, and was established in April 2012 to encourage greater collaboration across all nine venues: Aston Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Blakesley Hall, Museum Collections Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank and Weoley Castle. The independent trust is focused on maximising the benefits of the huge cultural asset represented by the city’s museum collection, in order to engage citizens and visitors to the city and raise Birmingham’s profile regionally, nationally and internationally.
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