National Army Museum hires Iraq vet
The new DG is Mr Justin Maciejewski DSO MBE and he takes up the position on 26 February. Former DG, Janice Murray retired in October 2017, after seven years in the post. The complete overhaul of the museum was met with dismay by members of the public, particular readers of The Armourer, for it’s post-colonial guilt-trip, art gallery approach.
Justin spent five years with McKinsey & Company as a management consultant following a 27-year career in the British Army. He has a lifelong interest in Military History. His last appointment in the Army was Director Combat, the professional head of the Royal Armoured Corps and the Infantry. Prior to that he had extensive command and staff experience and was awarded the DSO after commanding his battalion, the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, in Iraq. He was formerly a trustee of the Tank Museum and Chairman of The Rifles Heritage Committee working closely with a network of 12 Regimental Museums in developing Heritage strategy. He holds an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College, London and graduated in History from Cambridge University where he specialised in British Imperial and Military History.
On his appointment Justin Maciejewski commented, “I’m delighted to be taking up the position of Director General at the National Army Museum. Having served in the Army for most of my life it will be an honour to be at the helm of a museum that not only preserves its remarkable history, but actively invites the public to engage and explore the role of its armed forces today.”
Sir Richard Shirreff, Chairman of the Council of the National Army Museum said, “I am confident that Justin Maciejewski more than meets the criteria we laid down: proven leadership experience; a deep understanding of, and empathy for the Army and the values it stands for; private sector commercial experience; strategic vision; exceptional communication skills. We are confident that we have found a proven leader who will build the Museum’s capability to develop and deliver its vision and strategy, lead appropriate change and improvement, and build and develop effective relationships with our stakeholders. Equally important is the commercial experience he brings from his time at McKinsey.”
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