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Scarborough Museums Trust Announce New Chair

Paul Hollins

The new chair of Scarborough Museums Trust is Paul Hollins.

Paul replaces Professor Pete Rawson, who has stepped down after serving almost eight years as chair. He was elected to the new role on 5 February.

Paul is passionate about the arts and is looking forward to assuming responsibility as chair of the trust. He has extensive organisational and management experience at senior level having directed the Institute of Educational Cybernetics (IEC) and Centre for Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards (CETIS) at the University of Bolton, and was for eight years a board member and vice chair of the Hull College Group.

Paul has also worked across the commercial, academic and third sectors in technology and remains a UK representative on global technology horizon scanning activities. He lives in North Yorkshire, is married to sculptor Janet Hollins and has two children.

Paul says:
"I am delighted to be appointed as chair of Scarborough Museums Trust and to build on the outstanding work of previous chair Professor Peter Rawson, trustees and executive team led by CEO Debbie Seymour. I am honoured to be helping the team develop the world famous Rotunda and Scarborough Art Gallery and look forward to playing an active role in the Scarborough community."

Professor Pete Rawson says:
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Trust and its enthusiastic and committed staff during its formative years and am delighted that we have appointed Paul. He will bring invaluable experience to take us forward in the challenging times ahead.”

SMT’s chief executive, Debbie Seymour, says:
“The team is really looking forward to working with Paul. We have exciting times ahead of us at the Trust and we hope the people of Scarborough and visitors to the town will be inspired by our plans.”

The role of the chair at Scarborough Museums Trust is to provide leadership and direction to the board of trustees. The chair’s aim is to encourage and enable the board to fulfil their responsibilities for the Trust’s overall governance and strategic direction, fulfilling their commitment to inspiring the people of Scarborough and beyond through the preservation and display of the collections and the stories they tell.

The Trust runs the Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Art Gallery, and takes care of the Scarborough Collections, the name given to all the objects and artwork acquired by the Borough of Scarborough over the years.

Scarborough Museums Trust is an independent charity set up to run and manage the Rotunda Museum (Vernon Road, YO11 2PS), Scarborough Art Gallery (The Crescent, YO11 2PW) and the Scarborough Collections based at Woodend, also on The Crescent.

Admission to both Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda is just £3.00, which then entitles the visitor to free entry for a year to both venues. Entry for under-18s, for holders of The Art Fund’s National Art Pass, and for members of the Museums Association, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and engage (the National Association for Gallery Education) is free.

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