New Chair and Executive Director appointed

Dundee Museum of Transport is delighted to announce the joint appointments of Chair and Executive Director to drive forward its planned relocation project.


New Chair, Professor David Sigsworth OBE will be joined by Dr Paul Jennings in the role of Executive Director having previously worked together for almost ten years at Dundee Science Centre, building its reputation to become highly rated in UK terms.


Before stepping down as Chair of the Science Centre in 2019, David oversaw the funding, development and opening of the very successful Medical Marvels galleries. His business career includes extensive executive and non-executive experience including a main board directorship at SSE plc and as Chair of SEPA.


Dr Jennings led a large museum in the United States from 2009, before returning to Dundee several years later to establish a successful visitor attraction consultancy. His most recent project in the city was to prepare Dundee Heritage Trust for the opening of V&A Dundee in late 2018. He also founded Visit Dundee, a destination marketing organisation currently supporting over 200 businesses across the city.


New Chair David Sigsworth with outgoing Chair Peter Webber
David Sigsworth with Peter Webber

Outgoing Chair, Peter Webber said, “The museum has been fortunate to secure the services of David as incoming Chair given his personal passion for transport heritage and its future. He comes to us with wide experience of running major organisations, he is active in the environmental energy sector and importantly understands the challenges facing cultural organisations like ours. We are encouraged by the opportunity to have David and Paul working together again, and given all they have accomplished together previously, they will be an important part of the mix required to see the Museum re-launch in a new home by 2024”.


Expected to cost in the region of £2.5m, the new Museum project proposals include several site options and will create further employment opportunities, add to the developing visitor offer of the city in advance of other planned major tourism projects, and better connect the organisation to the community through its own activities and through collaboration and planned partnerships with a range of other bodies.