New director of National Maritime Museum in Falmouth named

New director of National Maritime Museum in Falmouth named

New director of National Maritime Museum in Falmouth named

First published in News

Richard Doughty, formerly Director of the Cutty Sark, has been appointed as the new director of National Maritime Museum Cornwall, following the forthcoming retirement of Jonathan Griffin in September.

Richard has held a number of senior management roles during his career including chief executive and director of fundraising for the Cutty Sark Trust, deputy director of leisure (culture and museums) for North East Lincolnshire Council, head of museums, archives, visual arts and archaeology as well as positions as a museum Curator and secondary school teacher.

He secured the funding for the major conservation project to save the Cutty Sark from collapse, devising a scheme which would not only ensure the physical survival of the ship but would also re-invigorate Cutty Sark as one of London’s leading visitor landmarks. Following the devastating fire in 2007 Richard helped secure £55m towards the conservation and representation of Cutty Sark.

His role as director of the Cutty Sark included responsibility for the strategic and operational management of the ship including financial management, stakeholder stewardship, formal and informal learning, visitor services, press and marketing, collection care, digital delivery, event, catering and facilities management, corporate hospitality and security and conservation and maintenance.

Peter Davies, chair of trustees at National Maritime Museum Cornwall said: “I am delighted that Richard has been appointed as our new Director. He has a wealth of experience in the maritime and heritage sector and will be able to build on the outstanding achievements of Jonathan over the past 11 years. I am confident that Richard will be able to take the Museum forward locally, nationally and internationally.”

Richard said: “I have a deep rooted appreciation of what makes our maritime heritage significant - technically, historically and culturally. I am not in a strict sense a maritime expert or maritime historian but I do understand the importance of giving our maritime heritage a sustainable future and I relish the opportunity to engage this sincere belief, a sincere love of what is at the heart of the job - our maritime heritage - to extend National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s reach, revenue and reputation.

"Having enjoyed many happy holidays in Cornwall and with a young family we are very much looking forward to moving to the area.”

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5:38pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Claudius says...

Congratulations Mr Doughty.
I forget what the 11 years worth of outstanding achievements are, would you kindly remind me.
Congratulations Mr Doughty. I forget what the 11 years worth of outstanding achievements are, would you kindly remind me. Claudius
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11:35am Sat 12 Jul 14

pantsir71 says...

Well a moment with a well known search engine turns up the fact that he won the Building Design Magazine "worst Building of the Year" award in 2012 known as the Carbuncle Cup for Cutty Sark. Further work finds that the running of Cutty Sark is such a financial shambles that the National Maritime Museum Greenwich took over all running and staff 2 years ago. Even with the help of a visitor boost from the Olympics and being one of the best known tourist attractions in the country Cutty Sark made a £300,000 loss in the last year for which accounts are on line at Charity commission. This means that Mr Carbuncle was an employee of NMMG. Having worked there for years he would have been expensive to make redundant. Now my spies tell me that a representative of NMMG was on the selection panel - how convenient. A cheap way to rid yourself of an embarrassment by palming him off on Cornwall. So why didn't Mr Peter Davis the illustrious Chair know all this? Maybe he did. Mr Davis has a history at NHS Cornwall and Cornwall Council. Would it be too harsh to characterise him as a dull grey pensioned off (at taxpayer's expense) bureaucrat? Most readers will have their own opinions of his past organisations. He is clearly a member of the chumocracy so maybe the fix was in and the whole selection process was a farce from the start. Either that or he does not see any conflict of interest in having a representative of a candidate's employer with a serious financial interest in the outcome on the panel. Apparently the staff and stakeholders were supposed to be consulted but in a manner all too familiar to those who have any dealings with Cornwall Council their views were totally ignored. Perhaps other readers with friends at NMMC can add something.
Well a moment with a well known search engine turns up the fact that he won the Building Design Magazine "worst Building of the Year" award in 2012 known as the Carbuncle Cup for Cutty Sark. Further work finds that the running of Cutty Sark is such a financial shambles that the National Maritime Museum Greenwich took over all running and staff 2 years ago. Even with the help of a visitor boost from the Olympics and being one of the best known tourist attractions in the country Cutty Sark made a £300,000 loss in the last year for which accounts are on line at Charity commission. This means that Mr Carbuncle was an employee of NMMG. Having worked there for years he would have been expensive to make redundant. Now my spies tell me that a representative of NMMG was on the selection panel - how convenient. A cheap way to rid yourself of an embarrassment by palming him off on Cornwall. So why didn't Mr Peter Davis the illustrious Chair know all this? Maybe he did. Mr Davis has a history at NHS Cornwall and Cornwall Council. Would it be too harsh to characterise him as a dull grey pensioned off (at taxpayer's expense) bureaucrat? Most readers will have their own opinions of his past organisations. He is clearly a member of the chumocracy so maybe the fix was in and the whole selection process was a farce from the start. Either that or he does not see any conflict of interest in having a representative of a candidate's employer with a serious financial interest in the outcome on the panel. Apparently the staff and stakeholders were supposed to be consulted but in a manner all too familiar to those who have any dealings with Cornwall Council their views were totally ignored. Perhaps other readers with friends at NMMC can add something. pantsir71
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