Nick Dodd steps down as Chief Executive

The Chief Executive of Museums Sheffield, Nick Dodd, is to step down from his post in June this year.  His application for voluntary redundancy was reluctantly accepted by the charity’s board of trustees late last week.   Nick Dodd’s departure forms part of a wide-ranging re-structure and scaling back of the organisation as it adjusts to both the loss of £800,000 of annual grant funding from 1 April this year and significant other cost pressures.

Nick Dodd joined Museums Sheffield in 2002 as its second Chief Executive, four years after the charity was formed.  Over the past ten years, Nick has led the organisation through a period of sustained growth, with visitor figures rising from 370,000 in 2002 to over 1.2 million in 2011.  Notable achievements in that time include leading the Yorkshire Museums Hub, made up of museum services from Yorkshire’s five major cities, nurturing relationships with Tate, the V&A, and the National Portrait Gallery resulting in a superb series of major exhibitions, ensuring that the city’s collections were secure and accessible and the successful re-development of the award-winning Weston Park museum.

Nick Dodd says:
“It is with great regret that I will say goodbye to Museums Sheffield. Having led a wonderful team which has worked so hard to improve the quality of Sheffield’s museums and galleries, I would like to have left the organisation at a time when its future funding was more secure. However, I know from experience how resilient Museums Sheffield is, and I have no doubt that it will strive to come back from this loss of funding. I now look forward to ensuring a new Chief Executive is in place to lead this process from the summer.”

Sandra Newton, Chair of Museums Sheffield, says:
“The board has accepted, with deep sadness, Nick’s application for voluntary redundancy. It comes as part of the significant restructuring and staff reductions necessary in the wake of our unsuccessful bid for major grants funding for the next 3 years from the Arts Council. On behalf of the board, past and present, I would like to thank Nick very sincerely for everything he has achieved over the past ten years.  Nick has done so much for Museums Sheffield and the city and he will be sorely missed. I have enjoyed a strong working relationship with him and I am immensely grateful for the hard work and leadership he has contributed to the organisation.”

Sheffield City Council Leader Councillor Julie Dore said:
"Over the last few months I have worked closely with Nick and am sorry to see him go.  Nick has provided a decade of commitment and dedication to the city in his role at Museums Sheffield and I would like to thank him for all he has achieved.   He has left a great legacy and one which we are committed to working with Museums Sheffield to build upon. We look forward to working closely with the new Chief Executive when they are appointed to make sure the city is able to continue to benefit from a great museums service."

Feb 28 2012


  1. Written by Anon about 3 years, 7 months ago

    Julie Dore says there is a legacy to build upon but yet with the massive funding cuts this won't happen. Let's just hope that our Museums and it's services continue as it's very important for our city!

  2. Written by Dave Atkin about 3 years, 7 months ago

    Another victim of the Arts Councils awful decision - its up to the people of Sheffield to keep fighting to reverse that decision and get a fair deal for Sheffield this deal further stretches the inequality of treatment between Sheffield and Leeds

  3. Written by Benjamin Longden about 3 years, 6 months ago

    It was with great sadness I heard about the huge cuts to Museums Sheffield from the Arts Council, and I want to let you know why I think this is a very bad decision, as the Museums and Galleries of Sheffield provide a lot for Sheffield.

    It is wonderful to have places in the very heart of the city where you can easily go to get away from things, to see and think about great art and ideas. There have been many times when things seem to be mounting up at work, but half an hour at dinner time spent in the Millennium Gallery always gives a fresh perspective on life and the energy to get on with things.

    I really do believe the Museums play a crucial role in creating a general sense of well being and pride in Sheffield, and have been effective in helping Sheffield deal with its decline in the 1980s and moving on.

    This belief has come about through the many great experiences I have had with a range of different people while visiting the galleries. A particularly enjoyable exhibition was the John Martin Apocalypse exhibition last summer, where I heard a young family as they walked amongst the paintings say 'its like being in London!'. Later on I has having a talk with an 8 or 9 year old girl in front of Martin's Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum about what was happening in picture, which then lead onto talking about that summer's riots. When I asked her what she thought of the painting, she said she didn't like it, why, 'because it was too mad!' I think it really important to allow everyone, from all walks of life, an opportunity to see and engage with art and culture in their home town, so its not seen as some posh, London thing, as you never know where it might lead people.
    Obviously with cuts to the police, health, social services, education, the arts have got to experience cuts the same as everyone else. However, such brutal cuts can have a far more negative experience on people than they need to have. As was recently reported in The Economist 'The arts account for more than 5% of all jobs and over 10% of all exports of services. But most of their value is ineffable: they are a source of national pride, or perhaps a reason to move to Sheffield'
    These cuts will make the work of Museums Sheffield very difficult over the next few years, but I do hope the staff not become too discouraged as there is a lot of support for the work they do from the people who benefit from it. Hopefully pressure can be placed on the Arts Council to change its mind, and recognise the continual need to Museums Sheffield for Sheffield.

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