Today the Board of Directors of the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) announced that they have named Mark Richards as the Museum’s new CEO.
Richards is an internationally respected museum professional with more than twenty years of experience working in national museums in the United Kingdom and is an expert in museum transformation and operations. He is known for building community partnerships and creative sponsorship opportunities in large and small markets.
He began his career at the British Museum before moving to the National Museum of Science and Industry, which included the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York and the National Media Museum in Bradford.
During his ten-year tenure as a director at the Museum of London (2005 – 2015) he was the architect behind its transformation to a world-leading cultural institution; doubling visitor numbers and achieving record levels of commercial income generation.
“Mark’s deep expertise in civic museum operations and his track record of success in guiding cultural institutions through periods of growth and transformation along with his passion for culture, the arts and Vancouver itself are ideal qualities for our next CEO,” says Jill Tipping, MOV Board Chair.
Richards says, “MOV is a cultural treasure and I am pleased to be joining its dedicated team at an exciting time in its history. I look forward to helping it fulfill its potential and reach wider audiences.”
He will take over in his official capacity on Monday, December 5.