New Chief Executive for River & Rowing Museum


Paddy Nicoll, Chairman of Trustees (left) with Ludo Keston (right)

Ludo Keston, joins The River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, as Chief Executive from 1 January 2014, it has been announced today.

Ludo has significant experience at senior levels across the arts and museum sectors. He joins from the Coventry Heritage & Arts Trust, where he was Chief Executive for the past five years. As part of this role Ludo ran the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and Lunt Roman Fort and Priory Visitor Centre. Prior to Coventry Ludo was General Manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon during the £113m transformation of its theatres and estates.

He joins the River & Rowing Museum following a period of extensive growth and development led by Paul Mainds, the current Chief Executive. The Museum attracted over 117,000 visitors last year and was included by The Times in their best 50 museums in the world in May 2013. Education is central to the Museum’s work and its education centre received over 20,000 users last year.

Paddy Nicoll, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, River & Rowing Museum said: “Paul Mainds has led the River & Rowing Museum for over 14 years and built its reputation. Not only is the Museum a champion for heritage and arts in the Thames Valley but it is also increasingly recognized as the World Centre for rowing history and heritage.

“Ludo will build on Paul’s great work and we look forward to him joining the Museum in 2014.”

Ludo Keston said: “I am delighted to be joining the River & Rowing Museum, and I look forward to working with the Trustees and staff, inspiring a passion for Henley, the river and rowing and maintaining the Museum’s international reputation and attraction.”



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