The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced that Dame Lynne Brindley will succeed Richard Fox as prime warden.
In the role, Brindley will be responsible for improving access to the company’s collection and archives through digital strategy, addressing equality, diversity, and inclusion, and inspiring future generations into a career in the industry.
The majority of Brindley’s career has been spent in higher education and the cultural sector, supporting innovation and cultural change through the use of digital technologies and the widening of access to knowledge.
Brindley said: “I look forward to building on the success of our digital capabilities, overseeing a new digital strategy and increasing the accessibility of our collection and archive, highlighting the richness of these hidden treasures, and telling stories that educate and inspire the next generation of craftspeople.
“The year ahead will also hold opportunities to embed the company’s vision for equity, diversity, and inclusion, both in the trade and in the company itself, as we review and renew our commitments and develop policies to introduce actionable short and long-term measures – ensuring we translate aspiration into action.”
Brindley commenced her career at the British Library before moving to KPMG as a senior management consultant.
She then acted as director of information services at the London School of Economics and pro-vice-chancellor at Leeds University.
A return to the British Library as its first female CEO in 2000 was followed by work at Pembroke College to open the possibility of studying at Oxford University to young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.