We’ve brought together a strong team to deliver this ambitious project, with a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge. Some helped deliver a strong cultural programme of exhibitions during Hull’s years as UK City of Culture, while others have come from across the country and chosen to work on this project
Project Director – Rob Kingdom
Rob Kingdom has worked as a Building Surveyor in corporate property and schools for Hull, Beverley Borough and East Riding Councils for 15 years. Since then, for the last 22 years, he has taken on a range of regeneration Project Management roles; at Leeds Construction and Training Agency delivering building improvements and using local labour and then back at Hull City Council for a number of different roles, managing the NHS LIFT District Centre at Orchard Park, an £18m Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme, and then the £42m Citybuild/Hull Forward Programme.
More recently Rob was a Project Manager within the Major Projects and Infrastructure team in Hull City Council. Where he led the delivery of a number of large scale schemes including a £1.8m PFI school extension Victoria Dock completed in January 2016; £80m PFI Extra Care project delivering 316 apartments in three schemes across the city completing in July 2017. He was actively involved in a number of other schemes including the £50m Hull Cruise Terminal feasibility stage work, and the £515k Guildhall Greenwich Time Ball Restoration bid, which received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Round 1 pass and subsequently a round 2 pass in 2018. For a short time he also looked after the Beverley Road Townscape heritage scheme (£2.7m) and Pearson Park (£3.9m), both HLF schemes.
As Project Director, Rob leads a small team of dedicated project staff and working closely with specialist museum colleagues in Hull Culture and Leisure to deliver the HYMC project.
Project Manager – Mik O’Connell
Mik O’Connell worked as a stage manager and ended up as manager of the Strand Theatre in London’s West End. A change of direction saw Mik study for a BA in History at King’s College London and an MA in Heritage Interpretation at Strawberry Hill.
In 2000 Mik moved to York and started working as a Project Manager on the school building programme with York Council. Several project manager roles followed in education and heritage projects, including Major Projects' Manger (North) for the Science Museum. Mik Joined the H:YMC project after a 2.5-year spell with the National Trust.
Fundraising Manager – Helen May
A native of Hull, Helen completed a B.A. (hons) degree in Modern European Studies at Nottingham Trent University before starting her working life in publishing in the foreign rights department at Random House in London. She made a move to Edinburgh for quality of life reasons in the early 90’s and her long-standing involvement in the not-for-profit sector began there. Looking to use the sales and marketing skills she had developed in the private sector, she started work as a fundraiser shortly after her arrival and successfully raised funds for a range of causes in Scotland including mental health, the Anglican church, cancer and palliative care and the supported housing sector. During this period she also led the Scottish Training Committee of the Institute of Fundraising and served as an elected member on the Institute’s Scottish Executive for a number of years. After a three-year spell as the Events and Communications Manager for the Yorkshire and Humber European Office in Brussels, she returned to Scotland and worked as the Programme Director for Edinburgh Common Purpose, a leadership development organisation.
For most of the last 10 years, Helen has worked in the museum sector in Yorkshire. Firstly, at the National Railway Museum where she was Head of Development working on a range of complex museum projects, including the funding of the restoration of Flying Scotsman. She oversaw the setting up of the NRM’s legacy programme (the most successful in the Science Museum Group) and of the NRM’s Patrons’ Programme and Major Donor work. She returned to Hull to lead the HYMC fundraising efforts in March 2018.
Audience and Engagement Manager – Malcolm Dunn
This post is held by Malcolm Dunn who first started for Hull Museums in August 2012 as a seasonal Heritage Assistant and has had several roles since taking on this post. Before working for Hull Museums, he worked in dispute resolution for npower Business. Prior to this Malcolm was studying for a PhD in medieval history at the University of Hull following the successful completion of undergraduate and master’s degrees at the same institution.
Curator – Robin Diaper
Robin Diaper has been involved in the heritage sector for over 20 years, with experience of working in historic buildings and national, independent and local authority museums.
After brief periods working at the former colliery Snibston Discovery Park in Leicestershire and the National Railway Museum in York he gained his MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. Between 2000 - 2004 he worked as Assistant Curator and then Curator and Assistant Collections Manager at Harewood House near Leeds, caring for collections that included Italian Renaissance paintings and the biggest collection of Chippendale furniture in the UK.
In 2004 he became the first Curator of the Guildhall for Hull City Council. Four years later he became Curator of Maritime & Social History for Hull Museums, having curatorial responsibilities for the Maritime Museum, Arctic Corsair, Spurn Lightship, Streetlife Museum, Hands On History and Wilberforce House Museum. As part of this role Robin led and developed the successful 2017 exhibition programme for the Maritime Museum which led to a 395 per cent increase in visitor figures that year.
Community and Schools Learning Officer - Charlie Trzeciak
This post is held by Charlie Trzeciak, whose interest in working in the Heritage Sector first developed whilst studying Ancient and Modern History at the University of Oxford.
He went on to complete an MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of St Andrews, before holding a series of learning and community engagement posts at the Museum of the University of St Andrews, the Scottish Fisheries Museum and the Black Watch Castle and Museum. He left Scotland in order to take up his current role in the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project.
Volunteering Manager – Tom Goulder
The volunteer manager role will ensure that the project achieves its aim of improving skills, providing training and changing lives by means of a wide ranging, tailored volunteer program that reaches all communities and all areas of the city of Hull.
Tom has worked for Hull Museums since 1993 in front of house, curatorial and volunteer support roles.
His first museum job came about thanks to a period volunteering with a partner organisation. Outside of work Tom volunteers as a school governor and is a volunteer director of a small Community Interest Company promoting wellbeing through engagement with the natural environment.
Senior Marketing Executive – Anna Marshall
Anna Marshall has worked in communications and marketing for Hull City Council since 2005 with various roles including Marketing Assistant, then progressing to Marketing Officer and finally Media Officer.
Anna led on the PR for award-winning campaigns, exhibitions and events including the re-opening of Ferens Art Gallery following a £5.2m refurbishment, The Turner Prize and the Spencer Tunick - Sea of Hull installation, which generated worldwide exposure for Hull ahead of the UK City of Culture year as well as contributing to record-breaking visitor numbers, attracting over 519,000 visitors to the gallery during 2017.
Anna has completed both CIM and CIPR qualifications whilst in full-time employment. Prior to this Anna successfully completed a HND in Travel and Tourism at the University of Hull.
Conservation and Engagement Officer - Philippa Beasley
Philippa is Conservation and Engagement Officer for the HYMC Project where her role includes conservation of 3D objects in the museum collection and working with and training volunteers in aspects of conservation. She also manages conservation projects undertaken externally in other conservation specialisms such as paintings and textiles.
Philippa has worked for Hull Culture and Leisure since October 2017. Prior to this she studied for an MA in Conservation at Durham University and undertook an internship at the Royal Armouries. Since graduating Philippa has worked both in the UK and internationally at institutions including the Royal Armouries, National Railway Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Project Assistant – Verity Goodyear
Verity studied BA History with Social History from 2011-2014 and then undertook an MA in Historical Research from 2014-2015, both at the University of Hull. Whilst studying at the University she became a Senior Student Ambassador and worked as a Lead Management Assistant, both with the Recruitment Events and Lead Management department. Additionally, she also became involved with societies in various roles until becoming the Communications Officer for the Societies Executive Committee in her MA year in which she won the Innovation Award at the Societies Awards in 2015.
Verity began working with Hull Culture & Leisure in 2016 as a Project Support Intern on the HYMC project, becoming the Project Assistant in 2017 for Hull City Council.
Project Support Intern - Abigail Jubb
Abi joined the team as a Project Support Intern in March 2019. She works closely with the Schools and Community Learning Officer and the Volunteer Manager to support the project’s audience engagement activities. Following her undergraduate degree in Fashion Design from the Glasgow School of Art and a short career in Fashion, Abi gained a PGCE in secondary education from the University of Hull and worked in education before completing an MA in History of Art at the University of York in 2018. Her interest in working in the Heritage Sector developed through her voluntary posts at the Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections Centre and York Castle Museum. Before joining the project, Abi held the posts of MA Research Scholar at York Art Gallery and Collections Intern at Ripon Museum Trust.
Project Support Intern - Andy Ede
Andy works as a Project Support Intern. Andy primarily provides admin support for project staff, working closely with the Audience and Engagement Manager and aiding in areas such as event organisation and the collection and analysis of visitor feedback. He previously worked at the Wilberforce Institute whilst studying at The University of Hull. Here he gained a BA in 20th Century History and an MA in History, both with a focus on the local area.
Project Support Intern - Ryan Newsam
Ryan works as a Project Support Intern. He works closely with the Fundraising Manager and the Senior Marketing Executive to support their activities. Ryan joined the team in March 2019 and his work focuses on the project's social media channels, assisting with communications and drafting fundraising proposals. He graduated with an MA in Political Communication from the University of Leeds in December 2018 and also has a BA in History.
Project Support Intern - Sam North
Sam works as Project Support Intern. His work includes carrying out historical research, supervising volunteers, contributing to project social media channels, assisting with outreach activities, and providing office-based support to colleagues. He has previously worked for a number of heritage organisations in the UK and South Africa. He studied at the Universities of Hull and Sheffield, culminating with a PhD in history from Hull in 2018.
Collections and Documentation Assistant - Megan De La Hunt
Megan is the Collections and Documentation Assistant for the HYMC Project. Her role includes working with the maritime collections to document and prepare them for the project, and supporting other members of the project team with wider collections related activities.
Megan completed an MA in Museum and Artefact Studies at Durham University in 2006. She began her museums and heritage sector career in the post of Access Project Officer for the North East Regional Museums Hub, and has since worked in documentation posts at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and at Durham Cathedral. She moved to Hull to join the HYMC project team in August 2018.