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    Thursday, July 19, 2007

    MLA name new Chief Executive

    Yesterday, the MLA announced that it had selected a worthy successor to Chris Batt from the museums sector:
    The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has announced that its new Chief Executive is to be Roy Clare CBE. Roy was previously Director of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich from 2000 to 2007.
    A long and distinguished career in the Navy has been followed by seven years in museums for which he was awarded the CBE this year. The press release states:
    Mark Wood, Chairman of MLA, said: “It is great news for the MLA and the whole cultural sector to have someone of Roy’s calibre; experience and energy take over the leadership of the organisation. Roy has a very clear vision of what the MLA can and should achieve and he will ensure it makes a reverberating impact in the years ahead.
    In turn, Roy Clare commented on the challenging opportunities for the MLA in responding to a wide audience base in an age of new technologies and rising professional standards. He noted particularly the need to
    build up the capacities of the loyal and creative workforce and seek efficiencies in line with government policies... This is a tough agenda at the heart of learning for all, sharpened by the forthcoming 2012 Cultural Olympiad and I am greatly looking forward to working on behalf of the MLA Board and the staff in the MLA Council to help achieve this transformation for the sector as a whole

    Roy Clare takes up his post in September, replacing Chris Batt OBE, who is retiring after four years as Chief Executive.


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