Library and cultural institutions profiles
University Librarian and Director of the John Rylands Library, Jan Wilkinson
Jan Wilkinson joined The University of Manchester as University Librarian and Director of the John Rylands Library in 2008. She has more than 20 years' experience of senior management within the HE sector, in nine different posts and eight different organisations.
Before joining the University she was a member of the senior leadership team of the British Library in a new role of Head of Higher Education. Previous experience includes the University of Leeds, as University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, the London School of Economics (LSE), as Deputy Librarian, and a range of roles within the former polytechnic and college sectors.
Jan has led major strategic development and modernisation programmes to ensure that libraries remain relevant, innovative and accessible in the 21st century. While at LSE she led a major philanthropic capital campaign for a very large new building designed by Sir Norman Foster.
Jan is involved in the leadership a number of national and international library developments, either as a board member or in a consultancy capacity. She is also course director for a number of international leadership development programmes within the sector.
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Director of the Manchester Museum and Interim Director of the Whitworth, Dr Nick Merriman
Nick Merriman was appointed as Director of the Manchester Museum in March 2006. Since then he has focused its mission on promoting understanding between cultures and working towards a sustainable world and has overseen the refurbishment of most of the Museum’s permanent galleries. This, together with a major programme of public engagement, has led to a doubling of the Museum’s visitor numbers to 450,000 a year.
Nick has also recently been appointed as Interim Director of the Whitworth. He will retain his role as the Director of Manchester Museum and will head up the Joint Leadership Team of the Whitworth and Manchester Museum, so line management arrangements in both areas will be unaffected. Nick's role as Interim Director started 1 June 2017, when Maria Balshaw, former Director of the Whitworth, began her new role as Director of Tate. Nick will act as Interim Director until a successor has been appointed.
Prior to moving to Manchester, Nick was Director of Museums and Collections, and Reader in Museum Studies, at University College London, for eight years. During this time, he developed new courses in museum and heritage studies, and created a new university-wide museum service. From 2004 to 2006 he was a part-time Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme, undertaking a bespoke scheme of training and development in cultural leadership.
Nick began his career at the Museum of London in 1986 as Curator of Prehistory and subsequently Head of the Department of Early London History and Collections. While there, he led a pioneering project called ‘The Peopling of London’ which told the story of the capital’s cultural diversity from ancient times to the present. He studied archaeology at Cambridge University, and his PhD, on widening participation in museums, was published as ‘Beyond the Glass Case’. He has published widely on museum studies topics, was Chair of the International Council of Museums (UK) from 2001-2004, President of the Council for British Archaeology from 2005 to 2008, Chair of the University Museums Group from 2009 to 2013, Convenor of the Museum Association’s Ethics Committee from 2008 to 2014 and Chair of the Collections Trust from 2013 to 2016.
Director of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Dr Teresa Anderson MBE
Dr Teresa Anderson became Director of the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in 2006. Teresa studied Physics here at The University of Manchester. Following her Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh she then wanted to ‘do something useful’ with it and went on to work for Practical Action on renewable energy systems for developing countries – places such as the Himalayas in Nepal, Sri Lanka and the South American rainforest. Her interest in how society uses science eventually led her back to the UK and into a role at NESTA where she gained experience in the Science Policy sector.
In 2006 Teresa was responsible for creating the new Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, which opened in April 2011. She has also led the process to inscribe Jodrell Bank on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. As part of this, Jodrell Bank was placed on the UK shortlist for World Heritage Site status in 2011.
In 2012 Teresa became Chair of the Board of the UK’s Association of Science and Discovery Centres. The following year she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Astrophysics.