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Phil Redmond Appointed New Chair of National Museums Liverpool

LIVERPOOL.- Culture Secretary Andy Burnham today announced that Professor Phil Redmond CBE has been appointed as the new Chair of National Museums Liverpool. Professor Redmond will take up his new position on 1 August for a period of 4 years.

Andy Burnham said: “I am delighted that Phil has accepted the position of Chair of National Museums Liverpool. He is a true visionary with the ability to inspire people and has shown real leadership throughout Liverpool’s year in the spotlight. He continues to be a driving force behind the city’s phenomenal success and I know that Phil’s enthusiasm and commitment to all cultural areas will help him to continue to build on NML’s fantastic reputation.

“Having worked in television and radio for so many years, Phil is perfectly placed to know what national, regional and local audiences look for, and the Chair of the NML will simply be giving him yet another stage on which to work.”

“I know that Phil has a deep passion and commitment to making the arts more accessible and relevant to the people of Merseyside and its visitors, and am greatly looking forward to seeing the new and innovative ways in which he achieves his aspirations.”

Phil Redmond said: “I am thrilled to have been offered and delighted to accept the role as Chair. Having been closely associated with the NML for such a long time, I’m really looking forward to sharing my passion and excitement for the arts with so many people and working with NML’s committed staff.

“It’s also great for me to be taking on this position at such an exciting time in Liverpool’s cultural history. I’m also looking forward to engaging with and supporting the fantastic work NML does with all Liverpool’s communities, as well as help promote much more collaborative working with other cultural sites around the city. My experience in television, working with Liverpool John Moores University and with the Capital of Culture project has reinforced my personal belief that great things can be achieved through working with other key stakeholders.

“For a Scouser, this is one of the greatest positions you could be offered and I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity to be involved in leaving behind one of the real great legacies of Liverpool’s time as European Capital of Culture: the building and opening of the new Museum of Liverpool.”

Professor Phil Redmond CBE is probably best known for his work in television. He created three of Britain’s longest-running drama programmes: Grange Hill (30 years); Brookside (21 years) and Hollyoaks (11 years). He has also written extensively for radio, television and stage and is currently a regular columnist for the Liverpool Daily Post.

Phil was awarded the Honorary Chair of Media at Liverpool John Moores University in 1989, and since 1993 has also been a Fellow and Member of the Board of Trustees, as well as founding and Chairing the International Centre for Digital Content (ICDC), also based at the LJMU.

Phil was a founder member of the first regional branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Manchester and in 1996 was elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Arts. In 1997 he was appointed Vice Chair of the newly created North West Film Commission, becoming a Patron in 1999.

In November 2006, Phil joined Liverpool’s Capital of Culture Board and became Deputy Chair. He was appointed Creative Director in September 2007, an appointment he famously likened to taking on the organisation of a “typically Scouse wedding”.

Phil was awarded a CBE in June 2204 for ‘services to drama’. Both he and his wife, Alexis, have long-standing links and are major benefactors of National Museums Liverpool.

Other Trustees of NML are Sir Neil Cossons; Jonathan Falkingham; Bryan Gray MBE; Professor Christopher Green; Norman Kurland; Professor Margaret MacKeith CBE; Professor Sarah Palmer; Alexis Redmond; Gillian Reynolds MBE; Lorraine Rogers; Anil Ruia OBE JP; Eva Wisemark and Brian Wong.

The Chair and Trustees of the National Museums Liverpool give their services on an honorary basis. They receive no remuneration, except for expenses reasonably incurred in the performance of their duties.

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