Programme Directors

DR. NICK WINTERBOTHAM

MRL CO-DIRECTOR

Since 1989, Nick has worked at CEO level in museums and in other arts, science & heritage institutions: 

  • Director, Tullie House, Carlisle
  • Director, Eureka! the National Children's Museum, Halifax
  • Deputy Head, The National Railway Museum, York
  • Head, Arts and Heritage, Leeds City Council
  • CEO, Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham
  • CEO, Millennium Point, Birmingham
  • Director, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket
  • Director, Roald Dahl Museum, Gt Missenden

He now supports science, heritage, arts and learning teams in a variety of different roles. He has chaired charity teams as diverse as the Association for Science and Discovery Centres, the Group for Education in Museums, the Learning and Heritage team at the National Holocaust Centre & Museum and a now similar role with the RNLI.

His enthusiasm is always

"for creating strategic and practical solutions for teams, boards and individuals; and, where problems persist, I offer my experience and a fresh pair of eyes and ears to resolve them...."

Over the past 30 years, he has worked in local authorities, schools, charities, universities, third sector arts organisations and the National Health Service.

Consultancy clients include: 

  • the Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • the Warwickshire Museums
  • the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • the Arts Council of England 
  • the Black Country Living Museum 
  • ICOM-CECA Armenia
  • the Wellcome Foundation
  • Historic England 
  • the Museums Association

STEPHEN FEBER

MRL CO-DIRECTOR

Stephen is a creative director and producer for museum, exhibition and regeneration projects in the UK and internationally.

Past UK credits include the Stirling Prize winning Magna Science Centre, Eureka! the Children’s Museum in Halifax and the £35 million mixed-use social enterprise regeneration scheme, Heartlands in West Cornwall. As a Curator or Chief Executive he developed or founded a number of museums, visitor attractions and museum services covering fine and applied art, geology, archaeology, social history, textiles, glass, industrial archaeology, science and technology.  These included: Sudbury Hall, Museum of Childhood, Quarry Bank Mill (Chief Executive 1989-1995), The Word of Glass St Helens, the Magna Science Centre, York Museum Service and most recently Heartlands.  

He has recently run a series of innovation labs funded by the UK Government for the National Coastal Tourism Academy (Bournemouth University) applying behavioural economics to the visitor economy.  

A speciality is helping organisations understand and develop their long term financial resilience.

See Stephen's articles on the future of museums here.

Selected projects:

  • Airedale Partnership – the Aire Valley Master plan with Arup
  • Arts Council England -  Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme 2013 – 2018
  • Barnsley Council – town planning project
  • BBC – Alexandra Palace -  development review of the building
  • Black Country Living Museum – master plan development, audio-visual installations and film making
  • Blackpool Council – feasibility studies for attraction and illuminations projects
  • Churches Conservation Trust – visitor attraction project, All Saints, Bolton
  • Cornwall Council – Heartlands – design, project inception, funding, creative direction, exhibition, film, business planning and branding
  • Department for Communities and Local Government (through Bournemouth University)
  • East Midlands Development Agency – Derwent Valley World Heritage Site Economic Masterplan – with Latham Architects and Arup
  • Fund for Arts and Culture in Eastern Europe – faculty member for five-day conference for Eastern European museum professionals
  • Government of the Republic of Slovenia – lecture and workshop – building resilient museums
  • Historic Royal Palaces - story making master classes, design and installation of the ‘Diana: a Princess Remembered’ exhibition at Kensington Palace
  • The Heritage Alliance - strategic planning workshop and organisational analysis
  • Imperial War Museum – five sites - four-month strategic planning workshop process for the Director General and senior management team
  • Imperial War Museum North - exhibition and site re-planning
  • Isle of Man - Manx Heritage - interpretation development planning diagnosis and seminar
  • Jersey Heritage - five-year Island wide interpretation Masterplan. Project design development and implementation. 6 films interpreting aspects of the Island’s heritage. 3 painting exhibitions
  • London Transport Museum, Curator of the Future for the Sense and the City exhibition. Strategic thinking about city futures
  • Luton Cultural Services Trust – commercialisation, training and business development project
  • Maltese Government - site development and appraisal for two historic locations
  • Ministry of Culture, Bahrain - lecture and workshops on the future of exhibitions
  • National Memorial Arboretum – exhibition and site design review
  • National Museum of Science and Industry – £300 million master plan for the York Central site - themed on cities
  • National Photography Centre Wales – cultural and commercial business plan
  • National Trust - interpretation development seminar for the national interpretation team
  • Norfolk County Council – commercialisation business development project
  • Northern Way – public art strategy for the North
  • RAF Museums - strategic re-development and interpretation plan
  • Royal College of Art – Creative Exchange project with the BBC and Lancaster University
  • Royal Collection - Windsor Castle interpretation planning day
  • National Trust - story master class for national interpretation team
  • UK Coal – site master plan for a 1000 homes + 1000 jobs 500 acre site
  • Warwickshire County Council – museums service business development and training programme
  • Yorkshire Forward – regional tourism strategy, development and urban regeneration specialist Renaissance Market Towns programme