New Chairman Strengthens Board at National Maritime Museum Cornwall
National Maritime Museum Cornwall is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Sherrard DL, as the new Chairman of Trustees as Peter Davies steps down after several years at the helm.
Simon, who has been a Trustee since June 2014, and held the position of Vice Chairman since 2017, brings a wealth of experience to his new role. He has been a shipowner and held a number of Chairman and board positions in various maritime organisations.
Having started his career at Samuel Montagu & Co Ltd, merchant bankers, he later moved to Jardine Matheson and Co Ltd where he worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. In 1985 he joined the shipping company Bibby Line Group Ltd in Liverpool as Managing Director becoming non-executive Chairman in 2000. He has also been Chairman of the Port of London Authority, Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Register and Chairman of A & P Group.
He is an Elder Brother of Trinity House, a Vice President of the RNLI and Chairman of the Trustees of the Cornwall Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. In 2010 he was Prime Warden of The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and is a Freeman of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen. He is currently a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall.
Simon Sherrard commented, ‘I am thrilled to continue working with National Maritime Museum Cornwall as its new Chairman, and overseeing the organisation’s exciting future plans.’
Simon’s appointment is timely as the organisation and the RNLI are currently designing a major refurbishment of the Survival Zone, a permanent exhibition at the Museum. The new exhibition will be installed and opened this summer and includes exciting climb aboard exhibits and interactive displays - bringing the work of the RNLI to life.
Simon remarked, ‘I am pleased that the RNLI and National Maritime Museum Cornwall can share the importance of sea safety even more widely with our audiences, and create dynamic and interesting ways of doing this.’
Additionally the Museum is rolling out a new vision and mission, presenting a change in pace for the organisation. Simon commented, ‘our long term strategy is to be locally loved and nationally valued. We aim to punch above our weight by bringing important objects to Cornwall and curating serious exhibitions which will educate and entertain. Our vision is to be a nationally significant museum in Cornwall – living up to our national name.’
The museum’s major exhibitions form the bedrock of the annual programme, and there are plans to unveil its latest blockbuster in March 2020. This new offer promises to combine nationally significant collections with cutting edge technologies, making the museum a ‘must-see’ attraction for locals and visitors.
Simon said, ‘I am very much looking forward to working with the team at National Maritime Museum Cornwall to deliver this fantastic programme of work’.
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