York Museums Trust has appointed a leading member of the Minster team to be its new chief executive.
Kathryn Blacker takes over in the top role, after Reyahn King left to move to the National Trust for Scotland.
Kathryn has worked for the last nine years as chapter steward at York Minster. There she developed the lay workforce and oversaw financial, environmental and audience research projects.
Before that she worked in the cultural sector for 15 years, initially at the BBC as part of the team which delivered BAFTA Interactive award-winning programmes and later as deputy director of the National Science and Media Museum at Bradford.
Kathryn said: “I am passionate about the opportunity available through the trust’s collections, buildings, gardens and art to share our stories with an ever widening range of individuals and communities.”
Chair of York Museums Trust James Grierson said: “We had some really exceptional candidates and Kathryn impressed us all with her ability, experience and commitment.
“Kathryn’s depth and breadth of experience and her commitment to connecting culture to communities and audiences will support the Trust in its ambitions and on the next stage of its journey. “
The Very Revd Dominic Barrington, Dean of York designate, said: “I have only had a brief chance to get to know Kathryn, but it is clear to me that her leadership of the Minster has been transformative and has played a vital role in its development in recent years.”