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Museums Galleries Scotland chief executive steps down

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Joanne Orr, chief executive of Museums Galleries Scotland for the last 13 years, has announced she is to step down from the post in order to return to her roots as a museum professional.

During her time in office Museums Galleries Scotland has gone through several periods of major change, transitioning from being a regional membership body to become the National Development Body for all museums in Scotland, with the full support of the Scottish Government. As the National Development Body, MGS produced the National Strategy for Museums in Scotland, which has helped unite the sector around a single vision.  

Over Ms Orr's period of tenure the museum sector in Scotland benefited with some £40M of investment. She also helped build Scotland’s international reputation for best practice in both museum development and intangible cultural heritage.

Museums Galleries Scotland has announced that she 'leaves to pursue interests in international consultancy in both museum development and intangible cultural heritage and hopes to get back to her roots as a museum professional.'

MGS is now looking for a new chief executive and a recruitment sub-Committee of the MGS Board, led by Sir John Leighton, is leading the recruitment process.   

In this transition period, MGS reports that business will continue as normal under an interim chief executive - John McLeish, who is currently Chair of the Scottish Tartans Authority. He takes up his new post on 21 February 2018.  

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