New Director Appointed

The Charles Dickens Museum is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Cindy Sughrue OBE as its new Director.

Announcing the appointment, Nicky Coates, Chair of the Museum’s Board said,

‘We are very fortunate to have Cindy as our new Director. She has an impressive record of achievement in the arts, and brings to the Museum a wealth of experience in the cultural sector. Her most recent role has been as Chief Executive and Executive Producer with Scottish Ballet, where she led an award winning £11 million capital development project and significantly increased the company’s profile with tours to China, Russia and the USA. Under Cindy’s leadership, annual turnover at Scottish Ballet increased by 50% at a time of cuts in arts spending. Her previous roles include seven years with the Scottish Arts Council and many directorships spanning arts, education and audience development. We welcome Cindy to the Charles Dickens Museum and look forward to working with her.’

Commenting on her appointment, Cindy said,

‘I am thrilled to be joining the Charles Dickens Museum as its next Director and look forward to working with the excellent curatorial, education and museum management staff, as well as its dedicated Board of Trustees and impressive team of volunteers. I have a long-standing and deeply rooted interest in Charles Dickens and his work. Like millions of people worldwide, I was introduced to his Christmas stories from a young age and then studied other works at school. I have continued to read Dickens for pleasure, returning to certain novels at different stages in my life, each time finding new insight and meaning. Dickens was an extraordinary storyteller and his wonderful narratives naturally lend themselves to theatrical presentation on stage and screen, further perpetuating his popularity and reach; and his humane, incisive and powerful social commentary continues to be relevant today.’

Cindy follows Robert Moye as Director of the Museum. Commenting on Robert’s departure to take up an exciting new opportunity at 19 Princelet Street in Spitalfields, Nicky Coates said,

‘We are hugely appreciative of Rob’s work at the Museum. He has made significant strides in improving the Museum’s financial standing; initiated a number of exciting, new projects; and, very importantly, secured Charles Dickens’ desk as a jewel in our collection. We thank Rob for his major contribution and wish him every success.’

Cindy will be starting work at the Museum in October.

Photograph by Andrew Ross

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