Press release 14 April 2021
Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust appoints new trustee and two shadow trustees to charitable trust.
RPMT are delighted to welcome the appointments of three new trustees who will help the organisation become a beacon of inclusive culture and art.
We are thrilled to announce our new trustee to the board Atiya Gourlay. She will be joined by two shadow trustees Lucie Rachel and Emily Maskell. They have been appointed to bring younger and more diverse voices to the leadership of the trust and to gain experience in museum governance.
Their collective experience will boost our vision of making RPMT an exciting, diverse and inclusive organisation for residents and visitors, our staff and stakeholders.
Atiya Gourlay is currently Chair of Amina Khayyam Dance Company and is former Chair of the Brighton Festival of World Sacred Music. She leads equality and partnerships in Children’s Services at East Sussex County Council.
Shadow Trustees Emily Maskell and Lucie Rachel have been appointed as part of a new scheme to attract younger and more diverse voices into the role of running cultural institutions. They will shadow other trustees, attend board meetings and give their opinions on how the museums can serve a wide range of people and make the organisation more inclusive.
RPMT CEO Hedley Swain said: “I am really thrilled to welcome our new trustees to our board.
“Between them, they bring a formidable array of expertise and an excellent network of connections, all of which will be of enormous value to our work.
“Their appointments recognise that many cultural institutions are not reflective enough of the population. We hope our new trustees will make us more representative of the communities we serve.”
RPMT Chair of Trustees Michael Bedingfield said: “We are delighted to welcome Atiya, Emily and Lucie to our board following a thorough recruitment process. Their experience, knowledge and opinions are so important and vital to improving our service to visitors, staff and stakeholders.
“As an organisation, we are determined to be as diverse and inclusive as we can, bringing art and culture to our communities and we know they will help us be the best. I am very excited to be working with them.”
Atiya Gourlay said: “I am delighted to be appointed as a trustee to champion a focus on developing closer links with residents and visitors, particularly ensuring diversity and youth engagement. I hope to participate in local, national and global debates about ‘decolonising history’ and recognising the trauma and inequalities that are inherent in museum collections.”
Emily Maskell said: “This is an amazing opportunity to be involved with an organisation, which I have seen from first-hand experience is striving to be inclusive and accessible for all. Holding dynamic and ground-breaking programmes and exhibitions.
“I love that the Royal Pavilion and museums in Brighton and Hove have such diverse collections, something for everyone.
“I am looking forward to being involved with the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust at such a new and exciting time. Gaining new experiences, while bringing my knowledge and perspective, hopefully to the benefit of the Trust.”
Lucie Rachel said:” I applied to the position of Young Shadow Trustee as I wanted to gain experience and understanding of governance and leadership within the arts and heritage sectors. Since learning about the Museum of Transology and participating in the Queer the Pier project after moving to Brighton in 2018, I found working with Brighton Museum & Art Gallery has given me an understanding of how museums have the power and potential to embrace communities and open themselves up to a more inclusive future.
“I’m excited to be a part of the future of RPMT and feel privileged to have the opportunity to be involved in the shaping of the vision of the new independent trust.”
Atiya has a long-standing connection to Brighton & Hove, beginning 1988 as a student at the University of Sussex. She is currently Chair of south Asian classical dance company, Amina Khayyam Dance Company, and is former Chair of the Brighton Festival of World Sacred Music.
Atiya leads equality and partnerships in Children’s Services at East Sussex County Council and has also been involved in arts and culture in both a personal and professional capacity. She started her career at TV Asia, moving to Liberty as Press Officer at a pivotal moment for human rights in the UK. She worked in Brussels with the Local Government Association and then at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, supporting capacity-building for new parliaments. Atiya returned to the UK to start a family, working as Public Consultation lead for Lewes District Council, moving finally to East Sussex County Council where she has held several roles over the years.
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she came to the UK at the age of 15. She has also lived in Zambia, Papua New Guinea, Bhutan and France, and has always taken a global approach to understanding her local environment.
She lives in Brighton & Hove with her husband and daughter.
Emily is at the very beginning of her career in the museum/heritage sector. Having attended school in Hove, she went on to study History at the University of Winchester and recently completed a master’s in art history and Museum Curating, at the University of Sussex.
Over recent years and during her studies Emily has volunteered extensively in various museums and galleries, including, Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, The William Morris Society and as a member of the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Museum Collective.
Emily is excited to be a part of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, joining as a Shadow Trustee. She is looking forward to learning about the role, gaining experience, new skills and knowledge and is especially interested in promoting diversity and the importance of inclusivity and accessibility within the heritage sector.
Lucie Rachel is an artist-filmmaker and creative producer. Since graduating from Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design as one of the RSA New Contemporaries, she has directed award winning short films for the Scottish Documentary Institute, Glasgow Film, Channel 4 Random Acts and Art With Impact. Her work has screened internationally at over 50 festivals, including MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, Iris Prize, and the BFI & British Council Five Films For Freedom campaign.
Previously on the committee of Tin Roof Arts Collective in Dundee, since moving to Brighton in 2018 she has continued her voluntary work as Artistic Programme Volunteer at Photoworks (2018-19) and as a Community Curator for Queer the Pier project at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (2019-21). Lucie works on the programme team at Lighthouse, supporting the delivery of exhibitions, workshops, training programmes and residencies.
Notes to Editors
Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust (RPMT) is a charitable trust responsible for the management of the Royal Pavilion & Museum service in Brighton & Hove.
Formed in October 2020, the RPMT will protect and preserve the venues and collections in the museum service while continuing to offer a vibrant and fascinating service to visitors from around the world.
The Trust is funded by Arts Council England, Brighton & Hove City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other charitable organisations and from public donations as well as income from admissions.
RPMT oversees the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Preston Manor, Hove Museum & Art Gallery and the Booth Museum of Natural History.
RPMT offers a wide range of exhibitions, displays and events through the year covering history, art and culture to appeal to all visitors.
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