Kathy Gee MBE, FMA, BA

An archaeologist and curator by training, Kathy first worked as a curator in an international mining company, before going freelance as a museum consultant in 1985. After five years working in the independent museum sector, writing and publishing, and researching landscape history for the National Trust, she became CEO of the West Midlands Regional Museums Council in 1990, then MLA West Midlands, leaving in 2006 to set up her independent practice.

In 2006 she was given the “Outstanding Contribution” award by the Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence and in 2013 she was awarded an MBE for services to culture and heritage. Kathy was a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund for seven years, and is currently Deputy Chair of Governors at the University of Wolverhampton, a Trustee of Avoncroft Museum of Buildings and a member of the Regional Advisory Board for the National Trust.

Key Skills

  • Self-motivated, astute and non-judgmental, winning extensive freelance contracts in the heritage sector (see later).
  • Qualified and experienced leadership coach and mentor.
  • Successful facilitator.
  • Development, positioning and strategic leadership of teams and organisations.
  • Extensive networks. Has created a family of expert Associates.
  • Political experience ranging from local authority elected members to DCMS Secretary of State.
  • Leadership and motivation of staff, volunteers, governing bodies and professional colleagues.

Career History

  • Sept 2012 National Trust, Regional Advisory Board member.
  • Dec 2009&10 Judge for the Art Fund Prize
  • Nov 2009 Deputy Chair of Governors, University of Wolverhampton
  • Sept 06 – Sept 13 Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Sept 06 Established Volition Associates. Self-employed sole trader.
  • 2004 Governor, University of Wolverhampton
  • Sept 02 -
  • Sept 06 Chief Executive MLA West Midlands: regional council for museums, libraries and archives, supplying advocacy, support and advice to 500 museums and galleries, libraries and archives.
  • Sept 1999 Lead officer creating the new Single Regional Agency for museums, libraries and archives. Merger completed 2003.
  • Feb1990 April 2003 Chief Executive, West Midlands Regional Museums Council. Leading and managing government funded advisory body, representing the sector
  • 1983 - 1990 Independent Museum Consultant and writer.
  • 1973 –84 Employed by English China Clays PLC, Cornwall, in a dual role:
  • a) Curator to the Cookworthy Museum, Devon (award winning community museum with 130 volunteers) and
  • b) Consultant Curator to Wheal Martyn Museum, Cornwall (industrial site museum of 21 acres. Gradually moved to self employment, final redundancy in 1984


  • 2008 Institute of Leadership and Management, Level 6 Leadership Coaching and Mentoring
  • 2006 Diploma, Corporate and Executive Coach
  • 2005 NLP Practitioner Certificate,
  • 1972-73 University of Leicester, postgraduate certificate in museum studies
  • 1969-72 Exeter University, BA Hons (History and Archaeology) Upper Second.

Honours and qualifications

  • 2013 MBE, services to Culture and Heritage
  • 2006 Outstanding Contribution by an Individual, Museums and Heritage Awards
  • 1986 Fellow of the Museums Association (FMA).
  • 1976 Associate of Museums Association (AMA)