NEWS: Museums Association elects three new board members

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The Museums Association’s members have elected three new members to the Museums Association’s board to begin in April.

They are Dhikshana Pering, the manager of young people’s programmes at the London Transport Museum; Heledd Fychan, the corporate affairs and advocacy manager for Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales; and Alex Bird, the sector development officer for Museum Development North West.

“I started my career in the museum and gallery sector in 2006 and have been lucky to work and build skills such as delivering, developing, managing and leading learning teams to success,” says Pering.

“From the start I was supported by my family to be able to take on unpaid volunteer and intern opportunities in the UK and abroad, and without this experience I would have not been able to realise the potential of the career I have carved.

“Diversity is something I have been aware of since I started working and for me is the crucial point I want to focus on in my career and as a board member for the MA.

“Institutions are delivering programmes that look to diversify audience make up and collection interpretation. But this is only one step, and as a collective we need to change how and why we recruit.

“Schemes that look for diversity have proved not to have the impact desired and as the last MA conference showed we all want the change.

“I hope to be able to work with the other members of the board and the membership to start to look at diversity from a different angle and direction. I feel privileged to be joining the board and excited about being able to be part of setting the direction for our sector.”

Fychan says: “At a time when museums are being pitted against health, education and social services it is crucial that we are able to articulate that museums play a crucial role in society.

“I believe that my advocacy background, and my experience of living and working in both Wales and Ireland, would be of value to the MA board and help support the progression of its Museums Change Lives campaign and the sector in each of the devolved member nations.”

Bird says: “I’m delighted to be joining the MA’s board and am looking forward to working with colleagues from across the country to support the Association throughout the next few years.

“My aim is to bring intelligence about the needs of the sector from front line staff through to trustees with a particular focus on training and development.

“I’m fully committed to developing the sector through the work the MA does to make it one that embraces new ways of working, is entrepreneurial and is armed with the tools to tackle the hardest of times.”

Sharon Heal, the MA’s director, says: “We saw the largest ever number of members participating in this election, which I am delighted by, and I look forward to working with the new members of the board to take the MA’s vision forward.”

The new board members will replace Richard Sandell and Gaby Porter who are leaving in April.

David Liddiment, the creative director of the independent production company All3Media has been nominated as an appointed trustee, and will also join the board in April. Liddiment is also an associate of The Old Vic Theatre Company and a member of the BBC Trust.

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