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Lisa Ollerhead - Director
Lisa Ollerhead

I join AIM from five years at the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, where I worked on museums policy, including the Mendoza Review of museums, the Museum Estate and Development Fund, and in the last year the Culture Recovery Fund. I’m hoping that experience will be useful as AIM contributes to supporting museums and shaping the sector as we start to regroup and recover from the pandemic. My goal as the director of AIM is for us to do everything we can to support you in achieving your ambitions. To help you tell your stories, and tell our own stories about how great you are, without losing our focus on offering you really practical and pragmatic guidance and advice that helps you run and govern your museums in the best possible way.

Margaret Harrison - Head of Programmes
Margaret Harrison
Head of Programmes

I’ve worked in museums for over 25 years, including 14 years as a freelance consultant specialising in collections management. Prior to joining AIM I spent five years as Collections and Interpretation Manager for Canal & River Trust, responsible for the Designated Collection at the National Waterways Museums in Ellesmere Port and Gloucester, and the Canal Museum in Stoke Bruerne, and was also a member of the small management team, so I have first-hand experience of the challenges and opportunities facing independent museums.

Matt Smith - Head of Communications
Matt Smith
Head of Communications

With over twenty years’ experience of developing research informed marketing and communications strategies in the higher education and creative sectors, I've an implementer’s understanding of the opportunities integrated communications can offer, and an enthusiasm for working right across organisations to deliver strategic objectives. I very much enjoy meeting, listening and learning more about the fantastic work of our members and exploring how we can support and strengthen that work.

Christine Andrews - Programmes and Events Officer
Christine Andrews
Programmes and Events Officer

I join AIM as the new Programme and Events Officer, working with Margaret to create exciting opportunities for AIM members, with a focus on the annual AIM conference. I have a background in arts outreach and events, working to engage different communities and support emerging musicians and artists. What I love about museums is the opportunity to understand the heritage of a local area, and how communities can engage with their local history. I am looking forward to meeting with AIM members, and having the opportunity to learn how we can best support them.

Fiona Woolley - Grants Administrator
Fiona Woolley
Grants Administrator

I joined the team at AIM as the position provides the opportunity to support the independent heritage sector.  I am passionate about museums and their development, and I am looking forward to helping our members access the grants best suited to their needs. I bring to the role a wealth of knowledge and experience gained through 20 years working in museums across the Southeast.  Including roles as a Museum Development Officer, Fine & Applied Art Curator, Collections Manager and Heritage Interpretation Manager with responsibility for education and events.

Helen Farress - Membership Administrator
Helen Farress
Membership Administrator

The most enjoyable part of working for AIM is the interaction with our members, as they are all such lovely people. I love being part of the AIM 'family'.

Catrin Salvatore - Marketing Officer
Catrin Salvatore
Marketing Officer

I wanted to work for AIM because I've always loved visits to museums and I'm thrilled to be able to support the great work that our members do. I'm continually impressed by the passion and enthusiasm of the AIM team and our members. I've got over 15 years of marketing experience, predominantly in the retail sector, and am a specialist in delivering integrated campaigns across multiple channels.

Council Members

Alex Ratcliffe, Trustee
Laura Crossley, Trustee
Emily Hope, Trustee
Nathaniel Hepburn, Trustee
Sarah Duthie, Trustee
Sajida Carr, Trustee
Andrew Lovett, Chair
Charlotte Morgan, Trustee
Liz Power, Trustee
Mhairi Cross, Trustee
Rhiannon Goddard, Deputy Chair
Camilla Stewart, Trustee
Christine Bernath, Trustee
Philip Dolling, Trustee
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