Friday, 12 August 2022

New chief executive for River and Rowing Museum

A NEW chief executive has been appointed at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley.

A NEW chief executive has been appointed at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley.

Ludo Keston, a former general manager of the Royal Shakespeare Company, will move from the Coventry Heritage and Arts Trust.

He succeeds Paul Mainds, who announced his retirement in September after 14 years, and will start work on January 1.

Mr Keston, 54, who lives in Stratford-upon-Avon with his wife Fiona and their three children, has also worked for the York Theatre Royal and the New Vic Theatre in Staffordshire during a 15-year career in the arts and heritage industry.

He was born in London but moved to Maidenhead aged four where his family established the Redroofs Theatre School. He was educated at Maidenhead Grammar School and later attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Mr Keston said: ?I am delighted to be joining the River and Rowing Museum. I look forward to working with the trustees and staff, inspiring a passion for Henley, the river and rowing, and maintaining the museum?s international reputation and attraction.?

Mr Mainds, 63, has overseen an increase in visitors to the Mill Meadows museum from 50,000 a year when he took over in 1999 to 117,000 last year.

The museum was also named one of the top 50 in the world by the Times last year. Paddy Nicoll, chairman of the board of trustees, said: ?Paul Mainds has led the River and Rowing Museum for over 14 years and built its reputation.

?Not only is the museum a champion for heritage and arts in the Thames Valley, it is also increasingly recognised as the world centre for rowing history and heritage. Ludo will build on Paul?s great work and we look forward to him joining the museum in 2014.?

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