New Chair for Museums Sheffield

Sep 06 2012

From a media release earlier this week:

Former Master Cutler Gordon Bridge will take over the role of Museums Sheffield’s voluntary Chair of Trustees from November 2012. Gordon joined Museums Sheffield’s Board of Trustees in 2010 and takes over the chair from Sandra Newton, who is stepping down after three years in the post. 

Sandra Newton says:

“The last three years have seen Museums Sheffield deliver the highest quality experiences for the people of Sheffield and our visitors. The Board and all the staff team have worked tirelessly to achieve this while all the time seeking to reach a more secure financial base. It has been a privilege to work with them. In active partnership with the City Council the museums will go forward with confidence and new energy under Gordon’s leadership” 

Gordon Bridge says:

“I’m delighted to have been asked to take on the role of Chair of Museums Sheffield. Sandra has helped to steer Museums Sheffield through difficult times with energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. I believe that museums and galleries play a vital role in the life of the city, and it is my aim to champion that role to the best of my abilities”

Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, says:

"I’d like to thank Sandra Newton for her considerable contribution over the last three years.  Gordon Bridge has a wealth of experience and expertise which I am sure will help guide and steer the board over the coming months and beyond.  I am looking forward to working with him and supporting the work of the trustees in the future." 

Sandra Newton was appointed as Chair of Museums Sheffield in July 2009, having taken early retirement from the Civil Service.  Throughout her life, Sandra has combined paid work with a succession of voluntary roles for the Church of England and a sustained interest in the arts and the place of museums in opening new horizons to people of all ages.

Gordon Bridge was born and educated in Sheffield.  He qualified as a Chartered Accountant but left the profession to work in the manufacturing industry.  He has worked at three local manufacturers - Tempered Spring (Automotive) as Commercial Director, Richardson Sheffield (Knives) as Managing Director and AES Engineering (Mechanical Seals and Engineered Systems) as Chief Executive.  He is currently Chairman of the Herbert Hughes Charitable Trust, Board Member of the United Learning Trust and Trustee of the J. G. Graves Charitable Trust. Gordon served on the CBI’s Regional Council for several years and was a member of the Council of the University of Sheffield, chairing its Careers Advisory Board.  He served as Master Cutler in 2007/2008.  He has previously served as Chairman of Governors at the Sheffield Academies, Park and Springs. Gordon received an Honorary Degree from the University of Sheffield in 2009. 


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