The Royal Air Force Museum has announced that CEO Maggie Appleton has been appointed president of the Museums Association. Previously a board member of the MA, Maggie will begin her presidency on 1 April 2018.
Maggie has over 25 years’ experience in the sector, focusing on the difference that museums and culture can make to people’s lives. After starting her career at the Royal Armouries, she worked in community museums in Stevenage and Luton, going on to be the chief executive of Luton Culture before moving to her current role at the RAF Museum in January 2015.
She led the development of Stockwood Discovery Centre, which opened in July 2008, and was behind a campaign to save the medieval Wenlok Jug for Luton and the nation after its export was stopped in 2006. In 2012 she received an MBE for services to museums and heritage. Her presidency begins on the centenary of the RAF’s foundation, which heralds a £26m transformation at the RAF Museum’s London site, with a focus on storytelling.
Maggie Appleton says: “I’m absolutely delighted to be elected as MA president. Having been a member of the MA for about 25 years, it’s an utter privilege, and I am very much looking forward to working with Sharon, the fabulous MA team, my colleagues on the board and all our members, to build on David Fleming’s immense contribution to museums. We continue to face unprecedented challenges and it’s more important than ever that the MA works with our partners to lead, listen and advocate with clarity, bravery and positivity.”