Our trustees

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Julia Findlater - Chair

It was childhood visits to Dorset County Museum that inspired Julia to pursue a career in museums and heritage. She specialised in historic interiors working, amongst other places, as a curator at the Palace of Westminster and English Heritage, where she led the refurbishment of Eltham Palace and Kenwood House. Changing careers in 2003, she has been a deputy head teacher in secondary schools and adviser to the Department of Education on curriculum development. 

Julia hopes that her experience in museums, combined with a knowledge of how young people learn, will support Wessex Museums to engage with audiences, particularly young people, in exploring their history. 

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Glyn Coy

Glyn has a professional background in law and accountancy, being a qualified barrister and chartered accountant. For most of his career, he has worked in commercial and financial leadership roles in multinational companies, and it is this experience that he hopes will help Wessex Museums in the next phase of its development. 

Glyn has a long standing interest in history and ancient cultures, and how museums can connect people to the past. He is also a keen photographer, and spends a lot of time out in the ancient landscapes of Wessex.

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David Dawson

David is an archaeologist who has worked in museums in Sussex, Canterbury and Oxfordshire. He was Senior Policy Advisor for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council before becoming Director of Wiltshire Museum in Devizes in 2008. He has successfully attracted funding for this independent charity, revitalising permanent gallery spaces and carving out a role for the museum as a community museum of value to a variety of audiences.

David first came to the Wiltshire Museum as part of a ‘Prehistoric Wiltshire’ field trip while at University. This fired his enthusiasm for the ancient landscapes of Wessex.

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Gill Donnell

Gill is an experienced leader, motivational speaker and personal development coach, who has spent much of her working life promoting the role of women in the workplace and supporting individuals to achieve their full potential.

She has been involved in the independent sector at board level for over 25 years and is looking forward to supporting Wessex Museums as it enters its next exciting phase. Gill is known for being curious and questioning, and enjoys supporting those working in the independent sector.


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Adrian Green

Adrian Green became Director of Salisbury Museum in 2007. Since then he has overseen the development of the £2.4 million Heritage Funded Wessex Gallery of archaeology and a vibrant programme of temporary exhibitions on subjects as varied as John Constable, Cecil Beaton and Terry Pratchett. He is currently managing a £4.4 million redevelopment of the museum.

Prior to working in Salisbury, Adrian held curatorial roles at Bromley Museum, Museum of London and Peterborough Museum. He has a degree in Archaeology from University College London and Masters in Museum Studies from Leicester University. He is an associate member of the Museums Association.


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Dr Jonathan Murden

As Director of Dorset Museum since 2009, Jon is leading on its multi-million pound redevelopment. Complete with new galleries, a learning centre, collections storage, a library and visitor facilities, the new museum will become a cultural destination at the heart of Dorset’s community.

Previously Jon was Curator of Liverpool History at National Museums Liverpool. He worked on the exhibition programmes linked to Liverpool’s 800 year celebrations in 2007, and also on the city’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.  He was one of the four gallery co-ordinators of the new £74 million Museum of Liverpool – the first national museum in England for over a century.

In 2018, Jon became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Michael Spender

Michael manages Poole Museums and is lead officer for arts and heritage for BCP Council (Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch). He is involved in the BCP Cultural Enquiry, the emerging Cultural Compact and the development of a cultural strategy.

He trained as an art historian, going on to be national director of independent arts and crafts organisations and museums, before joining the Borough of Poole as Museum Manager in 2007. Under his direction, Poole Museum has become the most visited free attraction in Dorset and responsible body of the Arts Council funded Wessex Museums Partnership. He is recent Chair of the South West Museums Development Programme.

Michael has curated several exhibitions of British art and published five books on the subject.