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Eureka! Welcomes New Chair of the Board

Eureka! has officially welcomed Jane Rice-Bowen as the new Chair of their Board of Trustees.

Jane is a Yorkshire based Management Consultant who provides bespoke consultancy services to Arts and Heritage organisations as well as the wider Charity sector. She specialises in visioning, strategic planning, fundraising and good governance.

Jane believes in the transformative power of creativity and has spent her working life creating opportunities for people of all ages to play. From producing pantomimes to promoting rock concerts, Jane worked across artforms before joining The National Centre for Circus Arts in London where she was the CEO for over a decade.

Jane joined the Eureka! Board of Trustees in June 2017 and has now been appointed Chair taking over from Alison Hope, a longstanding Trustee of 13 years who was acting as Interim Chair. Jane helms the Board at a time of great excitement, as Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax celebrates its 30th birthday, and with the launch of a brand new attraction, Eureka! Science + Discovery, set to open in Merseyside later this year.

Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Eureka! Chief Executive said:

“Jane brings with her an abundance of knowledge and experience.

Her leadership and insight as an active, engaged Board member have already proved invaluable to Eureka! as we navigated the pandemic, so I’m thrilled to welcome Jane Rice-Bowen as Chair of the Eureka! Board.”

Jane said:

“I’m delighted to take on the role of Chair at Eureka! having served on the Board since 2017. My first encounter with Eureka! was as a mum with my then 4 year old twins and I was blown away by the sheer quality of the experience. At Eureka!, children are at the heart of everything we do and the whole place has been designed to enable discovery, learning and play.

“But it also sparks the wonder and joy that you can see on our visitors’ faces. Now in our 30th year we are delighted to be spreading that joy even further as we get ready to open our second visitor attraction on The Wirral. I’ve had the privilege of seeing all of the plans unfold and I know that the people of Merseyside are in for a treat when Eureka! Science + Discovery opens its doors later this year”