Sir Ian Blatchford

Director and Chief Executive, Science Museum Group

Sir Ian Blatchford was appointed Director and Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group from 1 November 2010 and combined this with the role of Director of the Science Museum from December 2010.  The national museum group oversees the Science Museum, London, the National Railway Museum, York, the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford and the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.

Previously Sir Ian was Deputy Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London from December 2004, having joined the Museum in April 2002 as Director of Finance & Resources.

He started his career in the City, working at the Bank of England and the merchant bankers Barclays de Zoete Wedd, before then joining the Arts Council, where he was Deputy Finance Director. He then joined the marketing and design agency Cricket Communications as Financial Controller before becoming Director of Finance at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1996.

Sir Ian read law at Mansfield College, Oxford and holds an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Sir Ian is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was awarded the Pushkin Medal in 2015. In April 2017 he became Chairman of the National Museum Directors’ Council. He was Chairman of the Governors of De Montfort University from 2011 – 2018.

Sir Ian was awarded a Knighthood in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to Cultural Education.