AIM Museum Leaders And Enablers Programmes Get Underway

The AIM Hallmarks learning programmes are due to commence next week, with the first session of the AIM Hallmarks Leaders programme taking place from the 25/26 April in Birmingham, followed by the Enablers programme launch on 9/10 May. Both programmes will help participants to use the principles of the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums to strengthen the museums that they lead or work with.

Led by Hilary Barnard and Ruth Lesirge – experienced consultants who bring insight from the broader voluntary sector, with a particular specialism in strengthening leadership and governance – each residential will have at least one speaker to share their experience and offer fresh perspectives. For the first Museum Leaders session, Richard Evans, Director of Beamish Living Museum will be speaking about how a strong sense of organisational purpose guided the changes he has led at Beamish and Janet Barnes, former Chief Executive of York Museums Trust, will be speaking more broadly about her own experience of leadership.

AIM has developed the programmes with a strong emphasis on equipping participants with practical tools that they can use in their daily work and has included a mix of approaches to encourage participants to learn from the broader cultural and charity sector. “What I am most looking forward to being in an environment where experienced facilitators, AIM staff, and other participants are all focused on developing skills to support organisational development,” said Elaine Sansom, the Museum Development Officer for Surrey, East & West Sussex, who is taking part in the Enablers Programme. “It is a real privilege to have this opportunity for intense and applied thinking with such experienced people!”

For Adrian Green, Director of Salisbury Museum, the Leaders Programme will provide the opportunity to learn more about managing change and the critical role of good governance ahead of major redevelopment at the museum. “The project will be about changing the way the museum develops its income, the services it offers and manages its operations,” he explained. “This will be a big leap for the board of trustees, staff and volunteers and I need to ensure I have the skills to manage this process, which will require reviewing the performance of board and staffing structure, understanding more about managing and reviewing risk and setting realistic targets that we can evaluate.”

Hillscourt Grounds

A lovely place to learn: Hillscourt, the venue for AIM Hallmarks learning programmes

The programmes have been supported by Arts Council England with additional funding support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and AIM. AIM would like to congratulate all successful candidates taking part in both programmes. They are:

Enablers programme


 Elaine Sansom – SEWS

Heather Perry – SW (Wiltshire)

Kaye Hardyman – NW

Yvette Shepherd – London

Sarah Spurrier – East Mids


Fiona Mitchell Innes

David Bownes

Laura Crossley

Sally Fort

Paddy McNulty

Colin Mulberg

Heather Lomas

Hallmarks 2016 96dpi

Leaders Programme

Adrian Green, Director, Salisbury Museum

Alex Patterson, Collections, Galleries & Visitor Experience Manager, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Amanda Hart, Director, Corinium Museum

Bryan Snelling, Chief Executive, Gordon Highlanders Museum

Colin Vallance, Managing Director, Wheal Martyn Trust and Heritage and Environment Director, South West Lakes Trust

Eleanor Pulfer-Sharma, Director, Bentley Priory Museum

Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive, the Mary Rose Trust

Isabel Benavides – Heritage and Interpretation Manager, Greenwich Heritage Centre

Jason Semmens – Director, Army Medical Services Museum

Jonathan Morton, Head of Operations, Tate St Ives

Katherine Lynch, Heritage Manager, Port Sunlight Village Trust

Mhairi Cross, Chief Executive, National Mining Museum Scotland Trust

Rhiannon Goddard, Palace Programme Sponsor, Historic Royal Palaces


There will be a second round of both training programmes in 2017, with applications opening in late 2016. Please subscribe to the AIM E – News  for future updates and announcements. 

You can also follow news and updates from the AIM Hallmarks learning programmes on Twitter using the hashtag #AIMHM and by following @Aimuseums







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