Accountant awarded top museum role [Birmingham Post (England)]
(Birmingham Post (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) One of Britain's leading public sector accountants has been appointed chairman of the Birmingham Museums Trust.
Steve Freer, who recently stepped down as chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, will oversee the running of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Thinktank Science Museum and community museums in the city.
He replaces Honorary Alderman Len Clark who is retiring after ten years as chairman first of Thinktank and later the combined Museums Trust.
Mr Freer was born and educated in the city and worked for Birmingham City Council from 1970 to 1988 during which time he was responsible for arts funding and project manager of the last development of Paradise Circus, under which Adrian Boult Hall and the Josiah Mason Lecture Theatre were created.
He said: "I am thrilled that Birmingham Museums Trust has invited me to take on this role and given me the opportunity to help maximise the Trust's impact on the City's life.
"The range of venues and breadth of its collections are outstanding. They represent tremendous assets for education, leisure and tourism, and are critically important for the presentation of Birmingham as a great place to live, work and visit."
Also joining the Trust board are professor of urban educational history at the University of Birmingham Ian Grosvenor and Mohammed Rahman, a partner within KPMG's Corporates Risk Consulting practice.
Museum director Dr Ellen McAdam said: "This is the start of an exciting new era for Birmingham Museums and we are delighted to have Steve, Ian and Mohammed on board to help us steer the organisation throughout the coming years."
The Trust was set up last year, bringing together Birmingham's two biggest museums under a single organisation.
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