Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), is to join the National Railway Museum’s Advisory Board.
The move further strengthens the museum’s connections with the UK rail industry as the museum prepares for the biggest planned redevelopment since opening in 1975.
Paul will join the ten-strong Advisory Board to provide advice and support to the Senior Management Team covering content for its rich programme and for exhibitions, as well as helping with advocacy and fundraising activities.
Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum, said:
“This is a strategically important appointment for the museum which reflects our move to display the present and future of the railways and to tell the contemporary railway story as well as the 300 years of its history.
“I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Paul who will be joining us at a very exciting time as we progress our Masterplan vision to create a new accessible and engaging museum that will enable us to remain relevant for future generations of visitors.”
The RDG was set up in 2011 to provide leadership to Britain’s rail industry, bringing together the owners of Britain’s passenger train operating companies, freight operators and Network Rail. Its mission is to promote greater co-operation between these groups through leadership in the industry and by working together with Government, the supply chain and stakeholders. Recently, it has also established a partnership with the Rail Supply Group.
An economist by training, and a York University alumnus, Paul has spent much of his career working in senior roles within the rail industry including as Group Strategy Director for Network Rail.
“I am very pleased to join the National Railway Museum’s Advisory Board and I see this as a very exciting opportunity to help shape the future of the museum.
“I visited recently and was impressed by the public’s enthusiasm for our railway heritage as well as the way the museum already works with the rail industry through campaigns such as the popular Future Engineers programme. I am fully supportive in helping the museum engage with the industry and look forward to working in partnership with Judith and the other Board members to promote and enhance the museum experience.”
Paul will join other senior figures with backgrounds in the rail industry, academia and business. The Advisory Board is chaired by Simon Linnett, who also sits on the Trustee Board of the Science Museum Group.
Further information about the National Railway Museum’s current Advisory Board members can be found on our website.
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About the National Railway Museum
- The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts over 700,000 visitors per year
- The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals, almost 5,000 pieces of railway uniform and costume, railway equipment, documents, records, artwork and railway-related photographs
- The National Railway Museum houses a world-class collection of royal trains, which includes a collection of royal carriages, from those used by Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II
- The National Railway Museum’s vast art collection comprises over 11,000 posters, 2,300 prints and drawings, 1,000 paintings, and 1,750,000 photographs, many of which have never been on public display
- The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion, the National Railway Museum in Shildon
- Admission to the National Railway Museum is free