Aotearoa Museums appoints Adele Fitzpatrick as General Manager
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Adele Fitzpatrick comes from the environmental sector but will run Museums Aotearoa.
Museums Aotearoa has appointed Adele Fitzpatrick as Managing Director.
The board of directors of the independent trade association representing public museums and galleries said in a statement Thursday morning that Fitzpatrick’s experience would be of benefit to the cultural sector.
“Adele’s track record of leading national conversations is exciting as we seek to tell the stories of our members and their contribution to Aotearoa,” said Tui Te Hau, Aotearoa Museums Co-Chair.
Fitzpatrick joined the Aotearoa Environmental Museums, with his previous role as CEO of Project Crimson Trust, a native tree conservation and protection charity. Under his leadership, the trust grew into a successful and sustainable charity, Te Hau said.
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Aotearoa Museums co-chair Eloise Wallace said Fitzpatrick advocates for native forestry and engages with iwi forestry interests. She was keen to work with the whānau, hapū and iwi to learn and support their aspirations, as well as with the kaimahi in the museum sector, Wallace said.
Fitzpatrick also worked in the tourism and electricity industries, ran a digital agency and ran his own communications consultancy firm.
“I have a great love for art, cultural artefacts and the places that house them. I appreciate their important roles in storytelling, cultural identity and our sense of belonging to the world, ”she said.
“I look forward to bringing my business skills to Museums Aotearoa, delivering value to its members and collaborating with government on issues relevant to the sector. “
In April, Museums Aotearoa’s entire board resigned, followed by its longtime executive director in June.