Scarborough chief appointed to top arts council post

Shirley Collier, Chief Executive of Scarborough Museums Trust in the gallery of The Rotunda Museum
Shirley Collier, Chief Executive of Scarborough Museums Trust in the gallery of The Rotunda Museum

The chief executive of Scarborough Museums Trust has been appointed to the Yorkshire regional council of Arts Council England.

Shirley Collier has worked in museums for the past 20 years.

Ms Collier started her career at the National Maritime Museum in London, then worked at the Royal Air Force Museum, the Tate, the British Film Institute and, most recently, the Imperial War Museum, where she was Deputy Director of Collections.

She joined Scarborough Museums Trust as chief executive in 2007. During 2005/06, as part of her Clore Fellowship, she worked closely with DanceEast and the Arts Council on Big Dance. She also has a lifelong love of choral music.

Ms Collier is currently representing the UK on the judging panel for the European Museum of the Year Award 2012.

She said: “I’m delighted to take up this important role in promoting the cultural development of the region.

“The regional councils of Arts Council England play a hugely important role in ensuring that people living outside the capital have equally excellent access to the arts, through museums and galleries, events and performances.”

Cluny Macpherson, Yorkshire’s regional director, Arts Council England, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Shirley to our regional council. She has a wealth of experience in arts and culture, coupled with a passion and commitment to ensuring that people in Yorkshire can get involved.”