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Meet the judges of the 2019 Museums Change Lives Awards

Yosola Olorunshola, 18.07.2019
Leaders from across the sector will judge this year’s awards
The Museums Change Lives (MCL) Awards recognise outstanding practice by UK museums delivering social impact. Back for a second year, the awards are open to individuals and institutions supporting communities and engaging audiences with contemporary issues. 

This year’s judging panel is made up of members of the Museums Association’s (MA) conference panel, board members, MA staff and external partners.

Our judges will select awards in four categories: Best Museums Change Lives Project, Best Small Museum Project, the Judges’ Award for Environmental Sustainability in Museums, and the Radical Changemaker Award.

The judging panel will look for projects that best reflect one or more themes of the Museums Change Lives campaign – promoting health and wellbeing, creating better places, and inspiring engagement, reflection and debate.

Enter the awards today and find out more about our judges below:

Moira Sinclair

Chief executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Moira Sinclair also sits as the chair of East London Dance and Clore Leadership, and is vice chair of the London Mayor’s Cultural Leadership board.

Carol Rogers

Carol Rogers is the director of engagement at National Museums Liverpool. She was awarded an MBE for her role leading National Museums Liverpool’s House of Memories programme, which received the MCL Exceptional Achievement Award in 2018.

Sharon Heal

Sharon Heal is the director of the MA, chair of the Museum of Homelessness and a member of the Museum Slaskie Council. She champions and advocates for the role of museums in society in the UK and internationally, and frequently speaks and publishes on the history of museums, museum ethics and social impact.

Dianna Djokey

Dianna Djokey is a communities curator at the John Hansard Gallery. As an MA board member, her priorities include wellbeing, collaboration, co-curation, and cultural diplomacy.

Jilly Burns

Jilly Burns is the head of national and international partnerships at National Museums Scotland. She leads the development and coordination of the national museums’ programmes beyond their sites, including training and support for local museums and various national and international partnerships.

Rachel Cockett

Rachel Cockett is director of development at Birmingham Museums Trust. With over 10-years experience as a charity trustee and director, she is a Fellow of the Museums Association (FMA) and a mentor for the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA).

The deadline for entries is 17.30 on Friday 9 August.  

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