A FORMER National Trust director will take charge of Portsmouth’s Mary Rose Museum.
Helen Bonser-Wilton, pictured, has been appointed chief executive of the museum.
She will take over from Rear Admiral John Lippiett who retires in September after 12 years in the role.
Ms Bonser-Wilton said she was delighted about her new job at the attraction, which opened in its new building in 2013.
She said: ‘Having visited as a teenager shortly after the ship was first raised, I have followed the Mary Rose story with interest over the past 30 years.
‘I’m very much looking forward to joining the trust in September and to working with the team to ensure the next exciting chapter in this remarkable project is successfully delivered.’
Ms Bonser-Wilton was previously operations director for the south west at the National Trust, where she worked for more than 12 years.
Rear-Adml Lippiett said: ‘The next chapter has now been opened and this is the right time to move aside to allow Helen to take up the exciting challenges into the future.
‘I know Helen will receive a very warm welcome from the team and I wish her every success with this unique and very special project.’