Regroup Rethink Reset – SHARE Conference: Day 1 Monday 22 November

9:30-9:50 Disco wellbeing session

Join David Burgess for an active start to the 2021 conference! 


David Burgess, Director of Apollo Fundraising

10:00-10:15 Welcome to Regroup Rethink Reset

Join Jamie Everitt, Jenny Cousins and Steve Miller as they officially welcome and provide the opening speech for the 2021 online festival. 


Jamie Everitt, Regional Manager at SHARE Museums East
Jenny Cousins, Director at Museum of East Anglian Life

Steve Miller, Norfolk County Council Director of Culture & Heritage, Head of Norfolk Museums Service & Head of Norfolk Arts Service. 

10:15-11:15 SHED Talks

‘Off the Sticky Floor! Lead with a Growth Mindflow … ’ 

From ‘Mindset’ to adopting a Growth Mind’flow’. VUCA times need us to re-think the way we approach success. This short talk will bring my experience as a woman leader to life, and focus on how we can remove self-imposed barriers and get off that sticky floor! 

Ruchi Aggarwal, Associate Professor and Director of Business Development at University of Lincoln

Ruchi is a business professional with over 2 decades of multi-industry, cross cultural experience across UK and India. She has worked in diverse industries like Sports, Telecom and IT @ Microsoft – before joining the University of Lincoln, where she is Director Business Development at the Lincoln International Business School.   

Ruchi manages business relationships in Greater Lincolnshire, across the UK and even internationally. She champions the concept of a adopting a ‘Growth Mindflow’ and her team have received many awards for their work at the University, which span innovations with local businesses, the military and international partnerships.  

As an additional interest, Ruchi is a keen speaker on diversity and inclusion, with a focus on inspiring women leaders. She is currently authoring her first book on Women Leadership which focuses on taking charge and ‘Getting off the Sticky Floor’.

Topic to be confirmed

More information on this session will be added soon.

Zak Mensah, Co-CEO at Birmingham Museum Trust

More information about Zak Mensah will be added soon.

11:30-12:30 SHED Talks

Collaborative strategies for success

Cornwall Museums Partnership grew out of a recognition that collaboration presented opportunities for Cornish museums to grow and thrive. This session will share some of the ways in which a strategic approach to collaborative working is helping Cornish museums to tackle some of the most pressing challenges in society including Covid recovery and climate adaptation. 

Emmie Kell, CEO at Cornwall Museums Partnership

Emmie is CEO of a charity (Cornwall Museums Partnership), recognised nationally for its collaborative leadership and socially enterprising approach. Emmie is a member of the Cornwall and Scilly Creative Industries Taskforce and leads on the Creative Economy strategy for the region, engaging with national policy makers for the creative industries. Emmie was the Arts Council England Clore Fellow in 2014/15. She is a member of the UK Council of the Creative Industries Federation, Tate St Ives Advisory Council and the Exeter University International Heritage MA Industry Advisory Group.  

Topic to be confirmed

Over the last 2 years we have used the Museum values to shape the direction of our engagement with our local community. This is will a practical conversation about the work of a very small Museum (4 part time team members), how we used our values to help us get through the early stages of the pandemic, and how we are using them now in 2021 

Liz Power, Director at London Museum of Water and Steam

Liz Power has been the Director of the London Museum of Water & Steam since 2018, and her 20 years in Museums, focused on community engagement have shaped her thinking on the purpose of Museums and how we make those ideas come to life.

13:30-14:15 Conversations

Join your fellow conference attendees in conversation around key themes, facilitated by our county Museum Development Officers.

14:30-15:15 Talks

Commercialising the Warner Textile Archive Collection

Braintree District Museum Trust’s vision is to establish the Warner Textile Archive as an international design and manufacturing resource. Based on the interior furnishing design collection of Warner & Sons, Braintree, Essex, the Archive was purchased and moved back into the original textile mill building by the Trust in 2004, for a total project cost of £2.6 million and continued commercial trading including establishing a wholly owned trading company. The presentation will review the benefits and challenges of commercialising an historic Archive Collection of textile designs through commissions, licensing and wholesale products including the impact of COVID-19 and working in a VUCA world. The opportunities of responding to the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of the current commercial climate will be considered as the Trust moves into COVID recovery and growth. 

Robert Rose, Museums Manager at Braintree District Museum Trust

In April 2018, Robert Rose was employed directly by Braintree District Museum Trust as Museums Manager with responsibility for Braintree Museum and the Warner Textile Archive. Working with a staff team of six colleagues, freelance staff and volunteers, across two sites, his responsibilities include the management of commercial services at the Warner Textile Archive and reporting to the Directors of the trading company, Warner Textile Archive Trading Company Ltd. His background in collections management and social history has been supplemented by commercial experience of working with the Warner Textile Archive since 2004. 

Topic to be confirmed

More information about this session will be added soon.

Rachel Mackay, Manager at Historic Royal Palaces Kew
John, de Havilland Aircraft Museum

More information about Rachel and John will be added soon.

15:15-15:20 Closing remarks for day one

Join chair Jenny Cousins as she concludes the first day of the 2021 online festival. 


Jenny Cousins, Director at Museum of East Anglian Life
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