Description / Bio
Mark Taylor have worked with and for museums for 30 years and for the last 23 as director of the UK Museums Association. He just left the MA at the end of April this year. The Museums Association is the independent body representing museums in the UK and those who work in them. Formed in 1889, it receives no government funding.
As Director he had responsibility for the running the Association with its 1500 institutional 6,300 individual and 270 corporate members with a staff of 18, 5 trusts and a budget of £2.4million. Among the Association’s activities are the production of Museums Journal, a 68 page, full colour, monthly magazine, a website receiving 50,000 unique visits per month, the largest annual museum conference in Europe, training and events and projects on behalf of external funders. A key role in his job was leadership of the museums sector in the UK and policy and advocacy which involved running campaigns, leading thinking and talking to regional, national and European governments and press about opportunities and issues for museums.
His work also involved looking at international issues and, on behalf of the MA and the UK, he has made visits to Japan, Canada, South Africa, Iran, India and Turkey. Mark has also been heavily involved with Europe and the European Union. HE was a founder member of the Network of European Museums Organisations (NEMO), on its Executive for 20 years and Chair between 1998-2001. In these various roles he developed many contacts across Europe and an understanding of the workings and opportunities within the EU.