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York Museums Trust seeks new CEO as Reyahn King moves to National Trust for Scotland

York Museums Trust CEO Reyahn King will step down this summer to take up a new role as director of heritage properties at the National Trust for Scotland.

King joined York Museums Trust in 2015, taking charge of the independent charity which looks after the City of York’s collections and operates York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum, York Museum Gardens, York Art Gallery and York St Marys.

During his seven-year tenure, York Museums Trust said King introduced a “new vision and mission that puts the public and communities at the heart of York Museums Trust’s work”, while strengthening the collecting activity of charity funds and generating increased revenue through business activities.

King also oversaw the opening of two new permanent galleries: Jurassic Yorkshire at the Yorkshire Museum and Shaping the Body at the York Castle Museum.

York Museums Trust will begin recruiting King’s successor in the spring.

King said of the move: “It has been a joy and a privilege to lead the incredible staff at York Museums Trust and to be part of York’s cultural scene. I am delighted to join the National Trust for Scotland at a time when NTS is doing such important work for Scottish culture, heritage and nature.

Phil Long OBE, chief executive of the National Trust for Scotland, praised King’s appointment and experience.

He said: “The National Trust for Scotland portfolio of properties is the foundation of everything we do. Caring for them also means caring for Scotland’s stories, and allowing everyone to discover and be inspired by our common heritage.

James Grierson, Chairman of the York Museums Trust, said of King: ‘The wealth of experience she has gained at York will, I am sure, be put to very good use with the National Trust for Scotland and, while my fellow directors and I will be sorry to lose her, Reyahn leaves behind an important legacy and one of the most exciting jobs in the industry, and I am confident that her successor will be very well placed to take York Museums Trust on the next leg of its journey. ”