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Director and Group Executive

Ian Blatchford, Director

Ian BlatchfordIan Blatchford was appointed Director and Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group from 1 November 2010 and combined this with the role of Director of the Science Museum from December 2010. The national museum group oversees the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and Locomotion in Shildon.

Previously Ian was Deputy Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London from December 2004, having joined the museum in April 2002 as Director of Finance and Resources. He started his career in the City, working at the Bank of England and the merchant bankers Barclays de Zoete Wedd, before joining the Arts Council, where he was Deputy Finance Director. He then joined the marketing and design agency Cricket Communications as Financial Controller before becoming Director of Finance at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1996.

Ian read law at Mansfield College, Oxford and holds an MA in Renaissance studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Currently Ian is Chairman of the Governors of De Montfort University, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Member of the Athenaeum. He was awarded the Pushkin Medal in 2015. In April 2017 Ian became Chairman of the National Museum Directors’ Council.

Group Executive

The Group Executive is accountable to the Director and forms the senior management team for the Science Museum Group. This team is responsible for resource allocation, leading strategic management, developing the cultural content and programmes and sustaining Group values.

The members of the Group Executive are:

 Jonathan NewbyJonathan Newby is Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Science Museum Group and has Group-wide responsibility for the management of operations and resources including Learning, Digital, People and Culture, and Corporate Services (Finance, ICT, Legal, Commercial) across all sites. At the Science Museum, Jonathan also oversees the Exhibitions and Public Programme, Collections and Visitor Experience teams.

Prior to joining the Group, originally as MD of the Enterprises division in 2009, Jonathan had amassed over 20 years’ experience in the media and publishing sector.

Jane Ellis, Director of Corporate Services. Pictured in the Science Museum’s Media Space Cafe.Jane Ellis joined the Science Museum Group in 2012 as Finance Director. Her role now encompasses Finance, ICT, Legal and Procurement as well as our commercial activities. Jane developed her career in the cultural sector at the National Gallery, where she became Director of Finance and IT. She previously held accountancy roles at Deutsche Bank and at BMW, having undertaken her professional training at Arthur Andersen.

Jane studied English literature at Christ’s College, Cambridge and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

John StackJohn Stack is Digital Director for the Science Museum Group. He joined the Group in 2015 and is responsible for setting and delivering its digital strategy.

He manages the Digital department which encompasses the museums’ websites, digitised collections, apps, games and on-gallery digital media.

Prior to joining the Science Museum Group he was Head of Digital at Tate for ten years and before that editor of the contemporary artists’ monograph series at Phaidon Press.

Karen Livingstone, Director of Masterplan and Estates.Karen Livingstone joined the Science Museum Group in 2011 as its first Director of Masterplan and Estate, responsible for creating, developing and delivering an ambitious Masterplan for each of the museums in the Group, creating new galleries and public spaces at each of them, and carrying out a radical review of the Group’s property holdings across the very diverse and geographically spread estate.

Karen began her career as a curator, first at Aberdeen Art Gallery and then the Victoria and Albert Museum. She became Head of Projects at the V&A, where she built up a track record of directing and delivering multiple award-winning capital projects. She has been an Honorary Research Fellow of the V&A, and a Trustee of the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham.

Karen maintains an active interest in curatorial collections and research, scholarship and publishing. Her most recent book is: C. F. A. Voysey: Arts and Crafts Designer (V&A, 2016).

Linda KIlroy, Estate Director NRM York.Linda Kilroy joined the Science Museum Group from English Heritage, where she spent ten years heading functions within the Estates Department and held the position of Estates Director from January 2013. As Estates Director she led a team comprising construction, engineering, historic buildings and landscape professionals, specialising in the repair, enhancement and conservation of buildings, gardens and landscapes with responsibility for assessing the condition of the English Heritage National Collection of Historic Properties.

Linda has over 20 years’ experience in operational and property management and joined English Heritage following a successful career in a number of senior public-sector positions in the National Health Service and Police Service.

Linda originally qualified as an electrical engineer in the power industry and was the first female engineering apprentice to be employed by the Central Electricity Generating Board, fulfilling a childhood aspiration. She went on to complete qualifications in management and human resources during her early career. She is a Fellow and Chartered Member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Helen Jones, Head of Strategy and InternationalHelen Jones is Director of Strategy and International. The Strategy and International team works with colleagues throughout the Group to sustain and coordinate key relationships in the UK and overseas, and ensure that we get the best from them. This includes, for example, relationships with national and local government, other museums and professional organisations.

Helen’s background is in archaeology, in which she trained and practised as a conservator for several years, latterly at the Museum of London. She moved into education, running the Victoria and Albert Museum’s contribution to a postgraduate programme for training and research in conservation in collaboration with the Royal College of Art and Imperial College. She went on to become Head of Planning at the V&A before moving to the Science Museum in 2008.

Penny Canepa-AnsonPenny Canepa-Anson was appointed as Director of Development in June 2017, with responsibility for all philanthropic and corporate fundraising across the
Science Museum Group.

Prior to joining the Group in August 2016 as Head of Corporate Relationships at the Science Museum, Penny specialised in leading and transforming new business teams at WaterAid and Cancer Research UK, working with leading brands from diverse sectors. Before moving to the non-profit sector, Penny was Director of Business Development at the global languages and technology solutions company TransPerfect.

Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs.Roger Highfield was appointed in 2011 and is currently responsible for advocacy, press and marketing across the Group. Previously he was the Editor of New Scientist magazine between 2008 and 2011 and the Science Editor of the Daily Telegraph between 1988 and 2008, after joining Fleet Street in 1986.

Roger has published articles widely including in Wired, Mosaic, Science, Observer, Esquire, Sunday Times, Guardian, Evening Standard, Sunday Telegraph, Newsweek, Condé Nast Traveller, Spectator and Economist. He has written seven books, including two bestsellers, all of which have been published in foreign editions. He also edited two books by the genomics pioneer and entrepreneur Craig Venter.

For his doctorate, Roger became the first person to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble, while working at the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble and Oxford University, and recently co-authored papers on intelligence and big data. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, Roger won the Royal Society’s Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar prize in 2012 and over the decades has garnered many awards for journalism, notably a British Press Award.

Sally MacDonaldSally Macdonald started her career as curator of decorative arts at Manchester Art Gallery. She moved to London and worked as Deputy Director at the Geffrye Museum before going on to set up a new multi-award-winning museum and heritage service in Croydon.

More recently she worked in a variety of roles at University College London, ending up as Director of Public and Cultural Engagement. In September 2014 she became Director of the Museum of Science and Industry.

She has served on several museum boards, including those of the Museums Association and the Jewish Museum. She was until recently co-chair of the Women Leaders in Museums Network, and was co-founder of Cultural Heritage without Borders. She currently sits on Arts Council England’s North Council and is a member of the Royal Society’s Public Engagement Committee.

Jo Quinton-Tulloch became the Director of what was then the National Media Museum in 2013. Her 20 years in museums began as an Explainer in the Learning team at the Science Museum. She has gone on to deliver world-class galleries and exhibitions, including being part of the team that designed and established the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Jo’s focus in Bradford has been to forge new sustainable partnerships across the city and region which reposition the Museum as a centre of excellence in STEM learning. As part of this focus, Jo led a major relaunch of the renamed and rebranded National Science and Media Museum in spring 2017.

Jo has an honours degree in biological sciences from the University of East Anglia and an MSc in science communication from Imperial College. She is a Fellow of the RSA and a Board Member for Bradford UNESCO City of Film.

Judith McNicolJudith McNicol became the Director of the National Railway Museum in 2017, with a remit to deliver the first phases of the Museum’s redevelopment, including Locomotion in County Durham. Judith joined the Science Museum Group in 2005 and has undertaken a variety of senior roles. In her current role Judith also has the wider remit of People and Culture, overseeing cultural change across the Group to deliver an agile organisation.

Judith started her career working in engineering, including starting a machine tool company in her 20s, and moving on to work with a venture capitalist in the engineering sector, where she led a diverse range of companies.