Pulling together: Collections Trust 2017 Conference Speakers

Sarah BrownSarah Brown

Sarah is the face of Collections Trust around the country, and works closely with the museum development network across the English regions to deliver free, ACE-funded events. She originally trained as a conservator and has worked in various collections management roles, most recently managing the team that secured £1.3m HLF support for Kent Mining Museum.


Hadrian Ellory Van DekkerHadrian Ellory-van Dekker

Hadrian is chair of Collections Trust. He also chairs Arts Council England’s Accreditation Committee for museums and galleries in the UK. He was previously Director and Chief Executive of the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Trust, and Head of Collections at the Science Museum.


Kevin GoslingKevin Gosling

Kevin joined Collections Trust as Chief Executive in September 2015, returning some twenty years after helping launch Spectrum as one of MDA’s regional outreach team. He was previously Director of Communications at the Britten–Pears Foundation and has also worked for the Museum of London and the museum-planning consultants Lord Cultural Resources.

Dan Hudachek 

Dan Hudachek

Dan is Collections Officer for Beamish Museum and is responsible for collections management across the museum, including overseeing documentation, storage, and movement of all objects and historic building materials collected for Beamish’s £17.8m Heritage Lottery Fund supported expansion project.  Previously he was Director of Automotive Restoration Development at McPherson College, the only institute of higher education to offer a bachelor’s degree in Restoration Technology.


Anne Lord

Anne was first introduced to Colne Valley Museum as a teacher taking her class there. When she retired in 2000 she was invited to join their volunteers and on reflection, thinks her workload has increased not decreased! She has worn many hats including helping to facilitate school visits, creating the Teacher’s Pack, setting up the website, being Secretary, Publicity Officer, heading the Collections team, Events/Exhibitions Co-ordinator and heading the Interpretation team in their Heritage Lottery Project, which comes to an end in December.

Christine McDonnell

Christine McDonnell is Head of Collections and Archives at York Archaeological Trust. She and her team are responsible for the care and access to the important collection recovered during the Trust’s excavation work in the City. She has been closely involved with the re-imaging of Jorvik following the disastrous flood.

Sarah Norville

Sarah is the Documentation and Rail Heritage Manager for the Science Museum Group.  She has worked in a number of roles and projects across the organisation including most recently the delivery of the new Collections Online project and the challenges of making collections and their data available to new audiences.

Ian Panter

Ian Panter is Head of Conservation for the York Archaeological Trust, responsible for the operation of  a commercial archaeological conservation facility with clients from across the UK and overseas. Other responsibilities include the conservation of our own collections including the artefacts displayed in the Jorvik Viking Centre and our other museums.

Dr Eve PooleEve Poole

Dr Eve Poole specialises in leadership at Ashridge Business School and has also taught on the Clore Leadership Programme since its foundation. Before she joined Ashridge in 2002, her career involved working for the Church Commissioners and for Deloitte Consulting, where she specialised in change management for the financial services sector. At Ashridge she has pioneered a new approach to the accelerated development of leaders, using ground-breaking neurobiological research, which she has tuned into a practical toolkit. She blogs for several thinktanks, and has recorded a popular TEDx about her latest book, Leadersmithing.

Anooshka Rawden

Anooshka is Collections Services Programme Manager for the Science Museum Group, supporting colleagues from teams across documentation, registration, photo studio and conservation; She previously worked as Collections Manager at the Society of Antiquaries of London, and Collections Officer responsible for the care of archaeological collections in Chichester District, West Sussex. Anooshka is also Vice Chair of the Society for Museum Archaeology, and is currently part of a small team conducting annual surveys of museums in England to assess collecting capacity and resource.

Andrew Woods

Andrew Woods has worked for York Museums Trust for five years, initially as Curator of Numismatics and recently as Senior Curator for the Yorkshire Museum. He has worked on major acquisitions and research projects as well as providing numismatic expertise across Yorkshire. He co-curated the major touring exhibition Viking: Rediscover the Legend.