Asian Business Connexions man joins Museums Development Trust

Prominent North East entrepreneur Ammar Mirza has become a Trustee for the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Development Trust

Ammar Mirza and Iain Watson
Ammar Mirza and Iain Watson

A prominent North East entrepreneur who was recently honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list has joined the board of the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) Development Trust.

Ammar Mirza CBE, a founding member of Asian Business Connexions, an organisation which connects supports and promotes the Asian and wider business community, and successful entrepreneur in his own right, will bring over 20 years business experience to the board.

Ammar has a wealth of experience in fundraising and is patron of a number of charities. He has raised in excess of £2 million for charities in the last 10 years and was awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in June for his services to business and the community.

As a Trustee for the TWAM Development Trust Ammar will help to shape and support fundraising initiatives in order to deliver TWAM’s long-term goal of building a world-class archive and museum service that makes a difference to people’s lives.

Ammar Mirza CBE, said: “Deciding to get involved in the TWAM Development Trust was probably one of the easiest decisions I have ever made having experienced first-hand the great work of TWAM. Already being a staunch supporter, through regular visits and a modest donor.”

Iain Watson, Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, said: “Ammar is going to be a tremendous asset to the TWAM Development Trust. He has excellent networks and his experience and enthusiasm will be welcomed to help us to realise our ambitious plans.

“Being a resilient and agile organisation is crucial in the present economic climate and in the face of significant reductions in public sector funding for culture and we need the TWAM Development Trust to work even harder to help us realise our vision. Led by the Chair of the Trust, Ivor Stolliday, I’m confident that we will find the right mix of Trustees to complete the board and urge anyone interested to apply.”

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums is now looking for three more outstanding individuals to take on the role of Trustees and join the Board of its Development Trust.

The Development Trust was established in 2010 to support the major regional museum, art gallery and archives service, which includes nine museums and galleries across Tyneside and the Archives for Tyne and Wear.

The people who serve on the governing body of the Development Trust will need to demonstrate that they have the vision, enthusiasm and skill to contribute to the future development of the organisation at a time of exciting change for TWAM.

Suitable candidates interested in applying to join the Board of Trustees can find out more at . The closing date for applications is Friday September 12 2014.


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