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Trustees’ Week at the Coffin Works: Introducing Annette French

Introducing Annette, one of our new Trustees. Annette joined our Board in November 2022, but she’s been a champion of ours for a long time, even offering guidance for our Museum Accreditation journey a few years back.


Here’s what it means to be a Trustee in the words of Annette herself:

“I’d wanted to join a Board for a while as a way to support my personal and professional development. Seeing an opportunity on my doorstep was the push I finally needed to get past the imposter syndrome! I’ve been with the Trust for about a year now and enjoyed working with the Board to provide oversight and focus for our activities and to share and signpost useful support, guidance and resources.

I’ve worked with museums for many years but recently branched out into other areas: creative education, libraries and most recently HE as Accreditations Manager for Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham. Getting involved with Birmingham Conservation Trust has been a great way to extend my networks, be part of the Jewellery Quarter community through the Coffin Works, keep my museums knowledge up to date and gain a wider understanding of heritage conservation issues.

The Trust really values its volunteers and I was delighted to play a small part in securing grant aid for a workforce wellbeing project. Supporting fun and mindful activities for staff and volunteers is such a positive example of how caring a community the Coffin Works is. As the Trust looks ahead to new projects it’s exciting to reflect on how much has been achieved over the last few years. There’s so much energy and enthusiasm to inspire our ambition of where we go next!”

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