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New roles and a new face at the Galleries of Justice Museum

The award-winning Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham has announced the appointment of three key figures in the organisation.

The city centre attraction, which is an independent museum and charity, is part of the Egalitarian Trust and it was recently named Best Small Visitor Attraction 2014 by Visit England and Nottinghamshire’s Best Visitor Attraction in the 2013 STARS Award. It has also seen an increase in visitor numbers and benefited from investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Now, its Chief Executive Officer Tim Desmond has created two new executive director roles which will lead the two divisions of the Trust into an exciting future.

Nicola Burley will become Executive Director (Galleries of Justice Museum and City of Caves) which illustrates her role in managing and leading The Galleries of Justice Museum and The City of Caves. She will oversee the museum’s development plans which will become a reality through HLF funding over the next twelve months with the introduction of cutting-edge, innovative interpretation being implemented to improve access to its Lace Market site in the Creative Quarter. 

Pollie Shorthouse will take the title of Executive Director (NCCL) which exemplifies her role in managing and leading the learning division, The National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL). This national division provides programmes and resources to help develop young people’s understanding of the law and how to live within it; preventing and reducing crime though early intervention and preventative education. NCCL’s delivers public legal education in London at the Royal Courts of Justice, Manchester and across the East Midlands in Leicester, Oakham and Northampton.

Growth and expansion at the museum means that it has created a new role – Hospitality and Events Sales Manager. Masa Prastalo (25), who will take on the new position, went to school at The Nottingham Bluecoat School. During her teens she competed in Debating Championships, going on to become regional finalist and competing a national level.

She then went on to study Law at Nottingham Trent University, where her debating skills found a natural home. After graduating she spent some time travelling through her home country of Croatia. She then worked for a Nottingham-based law firm where she was able to step into the corporate world and continue to build on the knowledge gained during her degree. A move into the retail sector and working to build up a Nottingham-based business with her knowledge, she was a key player in opening a new branch in the city-centre. 

After joining The Galleries of Justice, Masa said: “I am so pleased to be part of such a hardworking team. I am delighted to be able to use the skills that I have to contribute to their objectives and to be able to promote this wonderful venue to both businesses and the public. I have exciting ideas for new events as well as delivering the existing after dark events.”

The Heritage Visitor Attractions and NCCL work together to deliver a strategic vision of equal opportunity for all through an understanding of the law. Through investment in exhibitions, activities and learning programmes, it provides access to all, so that the community may learn about the Rule of Law and how we can all live and work within the law.

Posted on 04 July 2014

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