Former Director of Culture for Manchester City Council, Virginia Tandy OBE, has been appointed as the new Chair of Trustees for leading creative education charity Curious Minds. She takes over the role from Bob Wand, who is stepping down after five years in the role.
Virginia has a wealth of experience in strategic cultural development and delivery and has held Director level posts both in local government and the independent cultural sector. A board member of a wide range of regional and national organisations, she was elected President of the Museums Association from 2006-2008. Currently a trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, she is a postgraduate researcher in cultural policy at the University of Manchester, a consultant and coach in the HE and cultural sectors and an adviser to charitable foundations. A Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, in 2009 she was awarded an OBE for services to the arts.
Virginia will work closely with Derri Burdon, Chief Executive of Curious Minds who said:
Everyone at Curious Minds is delighted that Virginia has agreed to be our Chair and we look forward to making the best of her broad‐ranging skills, knowledge and expertise to help realise the ambitious plans we have for the charity over the coming months and years.
I would also like to thank outgoing Chair Bob Wand for his remarkable dedication and commitment to Curious Minds through what has been a period of remarkable change and transformation. I have enjoyed working with him immensely and wish him a well-deserved happy retirement.
Virginia Tandy said:
The positive impacts of creative and cultural learning on the confidence, well-being and educational achievement of children and young people have been demonstrated many times and in many ways. I am looking forward to working with the board and the staff to champion the importance of this agenda by building and strengthening bridges between education providers and the region’s fantastic range of arts heritage and cultural organisations to ensure that children and young people all over the NW get access to and inspiration from the great art on their doorstep.