Museums head explains reasons for resignation
THE departing executive director of the new Derby Museums Trust, Stuart Gillis, says he quit after just three months because the organisation needed "new blood".
The trust only took over the Silk Mill, Derby Museum and Art Gallery and Pickford's House from Derby City Council in October.
Mr Gillis had previously spent three years as the council's head of museums and was instrumental in steering the authority's museum department to trust status.
He said: "I hadn't originally envisaged leaving at this time but the organisation has really good governance I feel will take it forward.
"I've had ownership of the trust agenda for quite a long time and I think it needs fresh blood coming into it.
"It would be good for the organisation's board to move on by selecting their own executive director."
Mr Gillis added that he had "very little firmed up" about what he would do next but was thinking of becoming a consultant.
He said: "It might not work out. I can't rule out working for a council again in the future. I'd like to work with heritage organisations, businesses, councils or community organisations to help them inspire people to see themselves as the next generation shaping history."
Trustees are meeting on Tuesday to discuss recruiting a new executive director.