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Chief Executive Officer of Museums Galleries Scotland steps down

Chief Executive Officer of Museums Galleries Scotland steps down

Joanne Orr is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of Museums Galleries Scotland after 13 years in post. 

In this time MGS has gone through several periods of major change. It transitioned from being a regional membership body to become the National Development Body for all museums in Scotland, with the full support of the Scottish Government. As the National Development Body, MGS produced the National Strategy for Museums in Scotland, which has helped unite the sector around a single vision.  

Over the period of her tenure the museum sector in Scotland benefited with some £40M of investment. She also helped build Scotland’s international reputation for best practice in both museum development and intangible cultural heritage.

Joanne Orr leaves to pursue interests in international consultancy in both museum development and intangible cultural heritage and hopes to get back to her roots as a museum professional.

MGS is now looking for a new Chief Executive Officer to manage the next steps towards a confident future for the organisation and for the Scottish museums sector as a whole. A recruitment sub-Committee of the MGS Board, led by Sir John Leighton, is leading this recruitment process.   

In this transition period, business at MGS will continue as normal under an interim Chief Executive. This position will be filled by John McLeish, who is currently Chair of the Scottish Tartans Authority. He takes up his new post on 21 Feb 2018.  

Published 19 February 2018