Curriculum Vitae

MIRIAM HARTEHead shoulders_2.jpg

Thorn Cottage, 125 Kells Lane, Low Fell,
Gateshead, NE9 5XY

Tel: 0191 4879258 - Mobile: 07785 228834


1981, BA (Law) Trinity College, Dublin
1985, Chartered Accountant (ICAI) Fellow (1995)

Key Skills/Attributes:

• Managing large complex organisations and delivering significant improvements in performance and financial results with particular emphasis on quality and customer service

• Working at a strategic level with extensive partners, eg local authorities, community groups, voluntary organisations, major funders and government agencies

• Presentation and communication skills including experience in dealing with the media and as a speaker to a wide variety of audiences, eg: key speaker at the Scottish Enterprise’s “Service in the City Conference” March 2006, the Henry Ford Museum, Detroit, 2004

• Experience in developing and gaining alignment to vision and long-term strategic plans

• Extensive knowledge of the cultural and voluntary sectors and sources of funding

• Leading and managing the Marketing and PR function for a major cultural institution

• Implementing substantial organisational change to achieve excellence

• Fundraising from major public and private sources and corporate engagement schemes to fundraise and engage volunteers

• Substantive experience in developing, funding, leading and managing major capital projects

Employment History 

July 2008 - July 2009 

Interim Manager – Tyne and Wear Museums – Hancock Museum

The GNM Hancock is the amalgamation of the Hancock (Natural History) Museum, the Museum of Antiquities (University of Newcastle) and the Shefton History Society of Northumbria and the Society of Antiquaries and their libraries. A £26m project, largely HLF funded, opening in 2009. I currently manage the Curatorial team, the Education team as well as being part of the Communications and Fundraising committee.

• In addition I am also providing interim management support to the Volunteering and Outreach Team at Tyne and Wear Museums

• ERS – a research company with extensive experience in regeneration, evaluation and strategy development. I am the specialist adviser to an MLA national evaluation project which is evaluating the effectiveness and sustainability of community engagement projects funded by the Renaissance in the Regions Programme

• Non-executive Director at City Hospitals Foundation Trust – non-exec lead on Equality and Diversity

• Ad hoc work on heritage projects including work on a potential project in Johannesburg re history of mining and miners, in association with Cultures in Regeneration – a practice based in South Africa

2001 to September 2007

Director, Beamish Museum

• Responsible for the running of the Museum, which is the largest Open Air Museum in the UK. It has collections of national and international importance. It consists of over 400 acres of rolling countryside in County Durham together with approximately 100 buildings most of which have been brought to the site and reconstructed to form the period areas including a Town Street, a Colliery Village, two railway stations, a farm, a manor house etc. The Museum welcomes more than 320,000 visitors per annum of which around 50,000 are school children on organised educational visits

• Around 70% of the visitors are tourists from outside the Region.

• A Joint committee of 6 Local Authorities runs Beamish. The Museum earned c.95% of the £4million+ running costs – therefore it is almost entirely self-financing on a revenue basis. I was responsible to a Joint Committee of 38 elected members from the constituent authorities and a number of representatives from partner bodies

• There are 115 full time permanent employees, which is supplemented by about 120 employees in high season from Easter until the end of October

• The ongoing development of this award-winning Museum and attraction was the key challenge

Key Achievements

• Beamish Museum winning the Gold Award for Best Large Visitor Attraction in 2005, England for Excellence Awards (Visit Britain)

• Building earned income and revenue donations from £2.8 million in 2001 to £4million+ by 2007

• Key Partner in Regional Museums Hub, delivering significant improvements in education, access, outreach, training, working with volunteers and participation in Museums in the region

• Development of a Vision Project, strategic plan and fundraising strategy for the future growth of the Museum and the initiation of several of the key projects to deliver the “Vision” with funds of more than £5million+ earmarked

• Substantial organisational review and development, including reorganisations, development of aims and objectives and development of an internal communication strategy

• Ensuring that Beamish was acknowledged as a priority and high impact project for the region by both the County Durham Economic Partnership and ONE North East (RDA) and building the Museum’s profile both regionally and nationally

1998 to 2001

Director, Bede’s World

• Responsible to a Board of Directors (18) drawn from the Local Council (STMBC), the Universities, the Church, Community representatives, local business supporters, Museum professionals and various other individual supporters. It costs around £500k per annum to run and was funded by a combination of grants and donations, commercially generated revenue and government schemes like SRB

Key Achievements

• Substantial change management moving the organisation forward to address the challenge of running a much larger operation

• My key challenge was to manage and launch a £4m development programme (HLF/ERDF/former TWDC funded) to deliver a new major facility with a permanent Exhibition, which was opened to the public in August of 2000, on time and within budget

1997 to 1998

Freelance Training

• Building on several training roles in both finance and people management/development in Procter & Gamble. I took on short-term work training courses such as Finance for Non-Finance Managers; Helping Others Succeed; People Development Skills; Communication and Presentation Skills; Objectives, Goals, Strategies and Measures Training

1986 to 1997

Procter and Gamble

• Finance Manager on various projects in the UK, Europe and US, including roles in treasury management, financial analysis, manufacturing, product launches, and systems implementation

Key Achievements

• Integration of significant manufacturing acquisitions into P & G processes and financial management arrangements

• Implementation of a Europe wide SAP cost accounting project

• Setting up of a European functional training programme 1981 to 1986 Arthur

Anderson & Co, Dublin

• Trainee Chartered Accountant – Tax Senior

Other Relevant Experience/Involvements:

2001 to 2007
• Board Member of MLA North East (formerly North East Museums Libraries and Archives Council)

2004 to 2007
• Board Member of North East Tourism Advisory Board

Since 2004
• Director of Audiences North East

Since 2000
• Visiting Lecturer in Museum Studies at Newcastle University/Gateshead College

Since 2007
• Deputy Lieutenant, County Durham

Since 2007
• Non-executive Director, City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust


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