Senior management team

The Museum is run by a Senior Management Team who are responsible for the Museum's overall strategy, planning and delivering its programme of activities and developing and caring for the Collection.

The Senior Management Team is guided by the Advisory Board.


Judith McNicol

Museum Director

Judith has been part of the Science Museum Group for 13 years, based at the National Railway Museum. She has held many roles supporting both the National Railway Museum and the wider group, most recently as Director of People and Culture.

The National Railway Museum is close to her heart; her great-great-grandfather was one of many to die in the building of the Forth railway bridge. She remembers travelling across the bridge from a young age, in awe of its scale, beauty and the possibilities it embodied. Joining the National Railway Museum to work amongst the great ‘firsts’—Stephenson, Brunel, Mallard, Rocket and of course Flying Scotsman—was a childhood dream come true.

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Andrew McLean

Assistant Director and Head Curator

Andrew McLean leads the Museum's curatorial and conservation team who are responsible for looking after the world’s finest railway collection. Andrew also oversees research at the Museum and leads collaborations with our academic partners.

Before joining the NRM, Andrew has worked as a curator for the National Trust, as an archivist and head of collections at Mount Stuart and archivist with the Royal Bank of Scotland and United Distillers. He is currently a member of the Science Museum Group's Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board and co-chair of the Railway Studies Forum (part of the Institute of Railway Studies) run jointly with the University of York.

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Jim Lowe

Head of Operations

Jim Lowe's role is to manage the Museum's resources to make sure it has the capacity to offer an outstanding and safe experience for all its visitors. Jim leads on budgets, business planning and commercial performance.

He manages the Visitor Experience team and volunteering at the Museum and works with a wide range of service providers to deliver the key operational functions of the Museum. Jim has worked for the Science Museum Group since 2007, previously managing the Visitor Experience teams at the National Railway Museum and National Media Museum.

Before joining he worked in heritage attractions for the National Trust and City of Cardiff Council and in retail management.

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Lynne Minett

Head of Learning and Events

Delivering a diverse range of temporary and permanent activities for all our visitors, Lynne Minett leads the newly formed National Railway Museum Learning and Events team. Passionate about making learning fun and memorable, Lynne works to create inspirational experiences that can bring to life the stories of railway history, technology and engineering past, present and future, in creative and exciting ways.

Committed to putting learning firmly at the heart of our museum's offer for young people from all backgrounds, she believes in its potential for positively inspiring and changing lives for the better.

Before joining the National Railway Museum, Lynne started her career as a history teacher, later working for the National Coal Mining Museum as an Education Officer; Education Manager with English Heritage; then Visitor Experience Manager with the National Trust.

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Lucy Trench

Masterplan Project Director

Lucy Trench is Project Director for the first phase of the National Railway Museum’s £50 million Masterplan. Due to open in 2021, this phase will transform the north-east sector of the museum, redisplaying the magnificent Great Hall and adding an interactive gallery similar to the Science Museum's Wonderlab.

Lucy comes to this project from the Science Museum in London, which she joined in May 2015 as Head of Interpretation. Previously, she held the same role at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and was part of the team that delivered the acclaimed ‘Europe 1600-1825’ galleries. Over a long career in museums and publishing, she has also been a textile conservator, a teacher, an editor and an author.

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