The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon has appointed a new Chief Executive.
Tim Cooke, currently Director of
the Telegraph Museum in Cornwall, will take on the role from 1st March, 2018.
He succeeds Dr Diana Owen who has stepped down after 10 years in post.
Announcing the appointment Peter
Kyle, Chairman of the Trust, said, "We are delighted to welcome Tim Cooke
to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He brings a wealth of leadership
experience of organisations which have knowledge and content at their heart and
which seek to engage with diverse audiences. He has a strong track record of
delivering on major cultural projects to the highest standard and will bring a
strong vision for the future."
Tim Cooke said, "I am
privileged and thrilled to be taking on this role. It offers a wonderful and
deeply meaningful opportunity to work with staff, volunteers, the Board and
partners to contribute to a legacy of worldwide and timeless import. I will
greatly relish working as part of the team developing and sharing our
knowledge, collections and public programming, ensuring that the enduring and
powerful appeal of Shakespeare and his story continues to enrich the experience
of as many people as possible, locally, nationally and internationally."
In his current role as Director
of the Telegraph Museum in Cornwall Tim Cooke has led a remodelling of the
organisation, and has secured additional revenue funding and a series of grants
for exhibition development. The Telegraph Museum holds the only Designated Collection
in Cornwall and is part of the Cornwall Museums Partnership consortium recently
granted National Portfolio Organisation funding by Arts Council England.
Prior to being appointed Director
of the Telegraph Museum Tim worked as a museum consultant. Between 2003 and 2014 he was Director and
Chief Executive of National Museums Northern Ireland. In that role he led the
£18 million project to transform the Ulster Museum in Belfast, which won the
prestigious Art Fund UK Museum of the Year Prize in 2010. He also oversaw a
range of other investment projects in galleries and museum sites.
He has been a representative on
the UK-wide National Museums Directors Council between 2003 and 2014 and again
Before entering the museum sector
Tim Cooke worked for the BBC for 15 years holding posts in London, the South
West of England and Belfast where he served as Head of Broadcasting in Northern
Ireland. He is former Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of
Government in the United States.