Change of leadership at Association for Cultural Enterprises as new CEO Gordon Morrison takes up role

A new chapter has begun at the Association for Cultural Enterprises, as long-standing CEO Jill Fenwick retires and is succeeded by newly appointed CEO Gordon Morrison.

During her 13 years in the role, Jill has grown Cultural Enterprises’ training programme to around 30 events a year, including the annual Conference and Trade Show, supported by an extensive range of digital resources including online training across all areas of commercial activity.

Jill said, ‘’It has been the privilege of my professional life to grow and nurture the Association into the respected and progressive organisation it is today. It has supported and developed so many individuals in the sector and helped them to make a real difference to their employers. We have collectively helped to maintain not only the health of our wonderful cultural sector, but also the high standards we have come to expect of ourselves.

“This is a good time to hand over leadership. We are financially resilient, we have a terrific team, membership and engagement are growing, and I firmly believe the only way is up! I wish my successor Gordon all the very best as he takes Cultural Enterprises on to the next stage of its journey.’’

Everyone connected with the Association would like to thank Jill for her incredible contribution to the organisation and the wider sector.

Looking to the Future

Incoming CEO Gordon Morrison took up his role in September 2023, with responsibility for the overall operational and strategic leadership of the organisation. Gordon joins Cultural Enterprises from the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA), where as CEO he was instrumental in supporting the Scottish attractions sector through the pandemic. He has a wealth of experience in culture, tourism and hospitality, having also held senior roles at VisitScotland, and Museums and Galleries Edinburgh.

Gordon said, “Providing tangible, practical, meaningful and impactful support to the sector is something I am fiercely passionate about, and I can think of no better organisation than Cultural Enterprises in which to continue this career long passion.

“My ambition for the organisation is that membership will become a business essential tool for the cultural sector. With our shared expertise, insights, networks and influence, I am determined that the organisation will play a leading role in helping the sector successfully navigate a path through these challenging times, enabling our members to emerge stronger on the other side.”

Caroline Brown, Director of Commercial Services, British Library, and Cultural Enterprises’ Chair of Trustees, said, “On behalf of all the trustees, past and present, I would like to thank Jill for 13 dedicated years of service. She has been an inspirational leader, driving the Association forward for the benefit of all the members, the team and the cultural sector as a whole.

“We are delighted to welcome Gordon on board – someone who shares our values and vision and will continue to take the Association forward and enable it to do its valuable work.”