The Trustees of Scarborough Museums Trust have appointed Debbie Seymour as their new chief executive.
Currently principal museums officer at Flintshire County Council, Debbie will take up her post with the charity on Monday February 25.
Originally from Mossley, Greater Manchester, Debbie read Classics at Queens’ College, Cambridge. After enjoying several summers on archaeological excavations, including at West Heslerton, she decided that museums were more comfortable places to work in than trenches and took an MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.
Her first job was at Cheshire Military Museum in Chester, and she then worked as district museums officer for Richmondshire and Hambleton. Following a spell as university collections officer at the University of Leeds, she moved to North Wales to become curator/manager of Ruthin Gaol and Denbigh Castle.
Debbie and her husband Peter have two children, Tom, four, and James, two. She enjoys reading, walking and making pottery.
Debbie said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity of joining the team at Scarborough Museums Trust and the challenge of developing the museums of Scarborough.
“My family are looking forward to living in such a lovely area and my two little boys are particularly excited by the prospect of dinosaur footprints.”
Scarborough Museums Trust chairman Professor Pete Rawson said: “We’re delighted to welcome Debbie. We have an exciting and challenging period ahead”