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Hampshire Solent panel welcomes new Chair and Vice Chair and looks back on a productive first year

The Advisory Panel of individuals drawn from the local museum community to inform and guide the work of the Hampshire Solent Museum Development team met yesterday at Brading Roman Villa and elected a new Chair and Vice Chair.

The incoming Chair, Paul Griffiths, the Mary Rose Museum's Head of Operations, said:

'I am really honoured to be elected by my peers as the new Chair of the Hampshire Solent museum development advisory panel.

'Firstly, I would like to pay tribute and say special thanks to our previous chair Emily Leach. Emily has done an amazing job over the past year, not just in expertly chairing our panel meetings but in the time she has spent and the effort she put into working with Lucy and Katerina to shape our wonderful Museum Development Programme which I am sure you have all benefited from. I hope I can follow in Emily's footsteps and do such a good job myself.

'The coming year is full of many challenges but also much excitement for our region especially as we bid for our next round of funding.

'As the Chair of the Advisory Panel I am very happy for you to get in touch with any ideas or concerns you might have with museum development which I can take up with the museum development team. I will try when possible to visit the museums in the region and hopefully meet many of you.'

Paul's election to the Chair left a vacancy for Vice Chair. The Panel unanimously elected Corina Westwood, Curator Human History, Isle of Wight Heritage Service, to be the new Vice Chair.

At the productive meeting, the Panel and open seat guests (Hampshire Arts and Museums' Stephen Lowy and The Guardroom Museum's Bianca Tarbutt) contributed to the Museum Development Team's the work on the bid for funding for 2015-18, and conducted a review of the Panel's first year of activity.

Information about the work of the Advisory Panel, members' contact details and minutes of past meetings.