Portsmouth Historic dockyard appoints new chief executive

NEW BOSS Lincoln Clarke
NEW BOSS Lincoln Clarke
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PORTSMOUTH Historic Dockyard has announced Lincoln Clarke as its new chief executive.

Mr Clarke’s appointment coincides with the major development of the dockyard, which is home to HMS Victory, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS Warrior 1860, and the Mary Rose.

He is to take over the role from this September.

He will then be responsible for delivering a five-year strategy for growth of the attraction, which has almost 500,000 visitors a year and opens the new £21m Mary Rose Museum towards the end of the year.

Mr Clarke is a former chief operating officer at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Dr Caroline Williams, chairman of the historic dockyard, said: ‘We are entering an exciting period of unprecedented change at the historic dockyard heralded by the opening of a superb new museum for the Mary Rose.

‘Lincoln clearly demonstrated he has the experience, the vision and the energy to lead us through this period of development.’

It comes after Robert Bruce left his job as chief executive of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard earlier this year to become director of Royal Marines Museum in Eastney.