Coventry Transport Museum chief heads new trust

By Matthew Bates Thursday 31 January 2013 Updated: 31/01 10:01

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A TRUST set up to run major city attractions will be run by the boss of Coventry Transport Museum.

Gary Hall is to become chief executive of the trust overseeing the musem, Herbert Art Gallery, Priory Visitors Centre and the Lunt Roman Fort.

It takes over from the Transport Museum Trust and the Heritage and Arts Trust, which was headed by Ludo Keston. He wished Mr Hall well and is to work closely with the new trust during the transition.

A review published last year recommended the move in a bid to save the city council £400,000.

Coun Ed Ruane, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: "The Belgrade, Coventry Transport Museum and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum are all jewels in Coventry's cultural crown, attracting thousands of visitors every year from across the world.

"The city's cultural offer plays a key part in the regeneration of Coventry, and we want to make sure our cultural attractions have a viable future, are as efficient as possible and can market themselves effectively to local, regional and national audiences so they can grow and succeed in the future.

"It's really important we have someone in place to begin the challenging work ahead in bringing together both trusts, and I'm delighted Gary is looking forward to taking on the role."

Council chief executive Martin Reeves added: “We had two incredibly strong and talented candidates to interview, and are delighted Gary has accepted the offer to head up the new cultural trust."

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