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Directors

David Anderson

Director General

David Anderson was appointed to Amgueddfa Cymru as Director General in 2010. Prior to that he was Director of Learning in the Victoria & Albert Museum London having previously held various positions in museum education. He is recognised as an authority on cultural strategy and arts education.

In 1999 he was awarded an OBE for services to museums and education. He has published widely including the UK Government report "A common Wealth: Museums in the Learning Age". He has been the advisor to the UK Government on a wide range of Initiatives including Culture On-Line, Creative Partnerships and a national museum and gallery education strategy. He is also the author of the best selling children's books "The Spanish Armada" and "Mutiny on the Bounty". From 2004 to 2008 he was also Co-Director of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, London’s first cultural quarter.

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Mark Richards

Director of Operations and Deputy Director General

Mark Richards is the Deputy Director General and Director of Operations, with responsibility for the management of all of the Museum sites, Partnerships, Press and PR, Enterprises and Buildings and Estates. He leads on issues of Sustainability and Health and Safety.  He is the Project Director for the £25.5m St Fagans Project, which is currently underway. He also has responsibility for liaison with our Sponsoring Division at the Welsh Government.

He has an MBA and is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Mark Richards

Neil Wicks

Director of Finance & Corporate Resources

Neil Wicks joined Amgueddfa Cymru in June 2011. A qualified accountant for over twenty years, Neil worked in various roles in the public and private sectors, before spending ten years as Director of Operations and Corporate Resources at the Care Council for Wales, a public body whose turnover grew from £1.5 m to £10m.

His responsibilities are finance, including the organization's £29m turnover of accounts, human resources and ICT.

Neil is currently a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, and District Commissioner for the North and West of Cardiff Scout Movement, representing the District at Area and National level. He has learned to speak Welsh and is studying for an MBA.

Neil Wicks

Janice Lane

Director of Learning, Exhibitions & Digital Media

Janice Lane joined Amgueddfa Cymru in September 2012 as Director of Learning, Exhibitions and New Media. Prior to this she was Senior Museums Manager at Glasgow Museums/Glasgow Life with a portfolio incorporating learning, social inclusion, access, public programming, digital and new media, interpretation, outreach and volunteer development. She had a strategic learning and interpretation role in Glasgow Museums' key capital projects at Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery and Riverside Museum of Transport & Technology. She has also had a corporate role within Glasgow Life, contributing to the organization's policies on learning, audience engagement and participation.

At Amgueddfa Cymru she will lead on learning, interpretation, exhibition and digital developments across the organization and in support of key major projects. She has responsibility for the Learning, Programming & Presentations and New Media departments.

Peter Wakelin

Director of Collections and Research

Dr Peter Wakelin joined Amgueddfa Cymru in January 2014 as Director of Collections and Research. Prior to this he was Secretary of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the national research body and archive for the historic environment. At the Commission Peter helped to enhance online public access to the archive, create a centre of excellence in 3-d reconstruction and develop the BBC television series Hidden Histories, which followed the work of the Commission’s investigators.

Prior to that he was Head of the Regeneration Unit in the Communities Directorate of the Welsh Assembly Government and before that, for 12 years an Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings at Cadw, where he was a key player in the inscription of Blaenavon as a World Heritage Site in 2000.

Peter is now responsible for Amgueddfa Cymru’s departments of Art, History & Archaeology, Natural Sciences and Collections Services.

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  • St Fagans National History Museum

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  • National Wool Museum

    National Wool Museum

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  • National Roman Legion Museum

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  • National Slate Museum

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    National Waterfront Museum

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