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Director and Group Executive


Ian Blatchford

Sir Ian Blatchford was appointed Director and Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group from 1 November 2010 and combined this with the role of Director of the Science Museum from December 2010. The national museum group oversees the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester and Locomotion in Shildon.

Previously Sir Ian was Deputy Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London from December 2004, having joined the museum in April 2002 as Director of Finance and Resources. He started his career in the City, working at the Bank of England and the merchant bankers Barclays de Zoete Wedd, before joining the Arts Council, where he was Deputy Finance Director. He then joined the marketing and design agency Cricket Communications as Financial Controller before becoming Director of Finance at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1996.

Sir Ian read law at Mansfield College, Oxford and holds an MA in Renaissance studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Sir Ian has been President of the Royal Literary Fund since November 2020. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was Chairman of the National Museum Directors’ Council from 2017–2021 and was Chairman of the Governors of De Montfort University from 2011–2018. Sir Ian was awarded a Knighthood in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to Cultural Education.


The Group Executive is accountable to the Director and forms the senior management team for the Science Museum Group. This team is responsible for resource allocation, leading strategic management, developing the cultural content and programmes and sustaining Group values.

The members of the Group Executive are:

Group exec