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After twelve years as CEO of the newly re-branded National Justice Museum and City of Caves – and having overseen the expansion of its Learning programmes beyond Nottingham to courts in Manchester and London; delivered the Heritage Lottery Fund refurbishment of the museum and devised the Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation programme; Tim Desmond will be leaving the Museum later in October and moving on to his next adventure as CEO of the National Football Museum in Manchester.
Tim is a graduate of Loughborough University with a background in teaching and theatre and he has always championed diversity and culture through a range of executive and non-executive roles in the city at Nottingham Trent University, Speakers’ Corner Trust and the Arts Council. He has been CEO of the National Justice Museum (formerly known as the Galleries of Justice Museum) and the City of Caves since 2006. Tim commented: ‘I’ve had a great time in Nottingham, with its brilliant cultural offer and its ambitious plans to become European Capital of Culture 2023 and I’m looking forward to moving to the great city of Manchester in November and learning more about the history of our national game. Do come and see me at the National Football Museum, I would be delighted to welcome you!’
The trustees of the museum have begun the search for a new Chief Executive with the support of Peridot Partners and will be seeking to appoint later in the year.
The National Justice Museum recently reopened following the £1 million investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund which enabled it to embark on an ambitious project – effectively ‘unlocking’ the unique, historic building in Nottingham’s Lace Market. The organisation is now looking for a new CEO to take the organisation’s pioneering projects forward into the next stage of its development as it establishes itself as a national heritage centre for public legal education. The museum’s collections are already of national importance but this investment has made them far more accessible. Since re-opening, the Shire Hall has become a focal point for visitors to Nottingham encouraging interest in heritage, culture, education and of course, family entertainment. Visitors are now able to get involved through a more hands-on approach. New volunteering programmes, activities and learning resources have broadened the range of audiences.