Senior management team

The Museum is run by a Senior Management Team who are responsible for the Museum's overall strategy, planning and delivering its programme of activities and developing and caring for the Collection.

The Senior Management Team is guided by the Advisory Board.


Paul Kirkman

Museum Director

Paul Kirkman was appointed permanent Director of the National Railway Museum in July 2013, following a period of secondment as Acting Director from his position of Head of Arts and Creative Industries at the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Paul joined the Department for Culture Media and Sport in September 2005 as Head of Museums & Libraries. He was a Clore Fellow in 2009 and led the DCMS's work on the 2010 Spending Review. Previously, Paul studied Philosophy at Edinburgh University before joining HM Treasury.

In between three spells at the Treasury he was Private Secretary to the Director General of the Confederation of British Industry, studied for an MA in Art History at Goldsmiths College and was Head of Policy & Planning at the Natural History Museum.

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Darryl Butcher

Head of Marketing and Communications

Darryl joined the National Railway Museum on 31 May 2016. He brings over twenty years' expertise in developing successful 'bottom line' led strategy and integrated communications campaigns for a diverse variety of commercial and public sector organisations.

Darryl started out with over a dozen years promoting some of the UK's leading comedians and US TV shows for Channel 4 and BSkyB before dabbling in the dark arts as an Editor at Dennis Publishing. Passionate about supporting young people from all walks of life, he went on to help establish then run an award-winning creative youth agency in East London's Shoreditch before consulting for a wide range of starts ups and social enterprises.

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Jim Lowe

Head of Operations

Jim Lowe's role is to manage the Museum's resources to make sure it has the capacity to offer an outstanding and safe experience for all its visitors. Jim leads on budgets, business planning and commercial performance.

He manages the Visitor Experience team and volunteering at the Museum and works with a wide range of service providers to deliver the key operational functions of the Museum. Jim has worked for the Science Museum Group since 2007, previously managing the Visitor Experience teams at the National Railway Museum and National Media Museum.

Before joining he worked in heritage attractions for the National Trust and City of Cardiff Council and in retail management.

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Lynne Minett

Head of Learning and Events

Delivering a diverse range of temporary and permanent activities for all our visitors, Lynne Minett leads the newly formed National Railway Museum Learning and Events team. Passionate about making learning fun and memorable, Lynne works to create inspirational experiences that can bring to life the stories of railway history, technology and engineering past, present and future, in creative and exciting ways.

Committed to putting learning firmly at the heart of our museum's offer for young people from all backgrounds, she believes in its potential for positively inspiring and changing lives for the better.

Before joining the National Railway Museum, Lynne started her career as a history teacher, later working for the National Coal Mining Museum as an Education Officer; Education Manager with English Heritage; then Visitor Experience Manager with the National Trust.

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Andrew McLean

Head Curator

Andrew McLean leads the Museum's curatorial and conservation team who are responsible for looking after the world’s finest railway collection. Andrew also oversees research at the Museum and leads collaborations with our academic partners.

Before joining the NRM, Andrew has worked as a curator for the National Trust, as an archivist and head of collections at Mount Stuart and archivist with the Royal Bank of Scotland and United Distillers. He is currently a member of the Science Museum Group's Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board and co-chair of the Railway Studies Forum (part of the Institute of Railway Studies) run jointly with the University of York.

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Helen May

Head of Development

Helen heads up the Development team of four which works to raise funds for a range of NRM projects and activities. The team raises funds from trusts and foundations, through corporate sponsorship and from individual giving and works closely with other museum teams to secure funding to deliver the NRM's vision.

Before joining the NRM, Helen worked in foreign rights sales for London publishing companies, fundraising and events roles for Edinburgh-based charities and as Events & Communications Manager at the Yorkshire & Humber European Office based in Brussels. Immediately prior to returning to her native Yorkshire, and joining the NRM, she spent three years as Senior Programme Director at Edinburgh Common Purpose.

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