Director of National Museums Liverpool (2001-18) and of Tyne & Wear Museums (1991-2001), I have a Bachelor's degree in History (University of Leeds), a Master's degree in English Local History (University of Leicester) and a PhD (early modern urban history, University of Leicester), having abandoned a degree in Economics at the London School of Economics. I am also an Associate of the Museums Association (AMA). I have twice been President of the UK Museums Association, and I am a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Ethics Committee and of its Museum Definitions Committee. For several years I was Chair of INTERCOM, ICOM's international committee for management and leadership, and of ICOM's Finance and Resources Committee I have published extensively in the field of museum management, and am currently writing books on managing the modern museum and on public memorialisation. My main expertise lies in international museum studies, which includes slavery, ethics, human rights and social history.