The Chief Executive of Museums Sheffield, Nick Dodd, is to step down from his post in June this year. His application for voluntary redundancy was reluctantly accepted by the charity’s board of trustees late last week. Nick Dodd’s departure forms part of a wide-ranging re-structure and scaling back of the organisation as it adjusts to both the loss of £800,000 of annual grant funding from 1 April this year and significant other cost pressures.
Nick Dodd joined Museums Sheffield in 2002 as its second Chief Executive, four years after the charity was formed. Over the past ten years, Nick has led the organisation through a period of sustained growth, with visitor figures rising from 370,000 in 2002 to over 1.2 million in 2011. Notable achievements in that time include leading the Yorkshire Museums Hub, made up of museum services from Yorkshire’s five major cities, nurturing relationships with Tate, the V&A, and the National Portrait Gallery resulting in a superb series of major exhibitions, ensuring that the city’s collections were secure and accessible and the successful re-development of the award-winning Weston Park museum.
Nick Dodd says:
“It is with great regret that I will say goodbye to Museums Sheffield. Having led a wonderful team which has worked so hard to improve the quality of Sheffield’s museums and galleries, I would like to have left the organisation at a time when its future funding was more secure. However, I know from experience how resilient Museums Sheffield is, and I have no doubt that it will strive to come back from this loss of funding. I now look forward to ensuring a new Chief Executive is in place to lead this process from the summer.”
Sandra Newton, Chair of Museums Sheffield, says:
“The board has accepted, with deep sadness, Nick’s application for voluntary redundancy. It comes as part of the significant restructuring and staff reductions necessary in the wake of our unsuccessful bid for major grants funding for the next 3 years from the Arts Council. On behalf of the board, past and present, I would like to thank Nick very sincerely for everything he has achieved over the past ten years. Nick has done so much for Museums Sheffield and the city and he will be sorely missed. I have enjoyed a strong working relationship with him and I am immensely grateful for the hard work and leadership he has contributed to the organisation.”
Sheffield City Council Leader Councillor Julie Dore said:
"Over the last few months I have worked closely with Nick and am sorry to see him go. Nick has provided a decade of commitment and dedication to the city in his role at Museums Sheffield and I would like to thank him for all he has achieved. He has left a great legacy and one which we are committed to working with Museums Sheffield to build upon. We look forward to working closely with the new Chief Executive when they are appointed to make sure the city is able to continue to benefit from a great museums service."
Feb 28 2012