Brian Hayton steps down from MA Benevolent Fund after 18 years

Patrick Steel, 01.02.2017
Stephen Clews and Jonathan Wilson join as trustees
Brian Hayton is standing down as chair of trustees of the Museums Association (MA) Benevolent Fund after 18 years as a trustee.

Hayton has presided over the fund incorporating the Trevor Walden Trust in 2015, so that its objectives now include relief of poverty or financial distress for past or present members of the MA and their dependents, and the advancement of education and training of students participating in programmes and events organised by the MA.

“Brian has had a long association with the MA and the Benevolent Fund and has contributed a huge amount to the work that we do for our members,” said Sharon Heal, the MA’s director. “I am extremely grateful for his dedication, support and wise words over the many years that he has served the sector.”

Two trustees are joining the Benevolent Fund: Stephen Clews, the Roman Baths and Pump Room manager and public services team leader at Bath and North East Somerset Council, and Jonathan Wilson, the deputy chief executive of Black Country Living Museum.

Hayton said: “I am delighted that Stephen and Jonathan have agreed to join the Benevolent Fund trustees. I hope they will derive as much interest and pleasure as I did during my time as a trustee.

“The work of the fund is comparatively low-key but I am constantly amazed that its relatively modest grants for professional development are being used by significant numbers of people to such striking effect. That is testament to the entrepreneurial, ‘can-do’ spirit which pervades the profession.”

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