Dr Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum in London, is the new Chair of the National Museum Director's Conference. The organisation represents the leaders of the UK's national collections and major regional museums. These comprise the national museums in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, four leading regional museums, the British Library, National Library of Scotland, and the National Archives. Dr. Dixon takes over from Mark Jones, the director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, just a stone's throw away from his own museum.
Prior to joining the Natural History Museum, he was the Director General of the Zoological Society of London. During his time there, he reorganised the Society’s structure and introduced a new brand identity to fully reflect their mission. He also spearheaded the ZSL’s involvement in a major new £80 million aquarium at Silvertown Quays in London Docklands, dubbed "Biota!"
Today the NMDC provides its membership with a valuable forum for discussion and debate and an opportunity to share information and work collaboratively. It is also a key voice in discussions with government over policy regarding the museums and heritage sector.