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Executive Board

The Executive Board manages the Royal Armouries and reports to the Director General and Master of the Armouries.

Director General and Master of the Armouries

Director General Nat Edwards stands in front of a circular window in the Hall of Steel at the Royal Armouries Museum
Nat Edwards - Director General and Master of the Armouries

Nat Edwards

Nat Edwards joined the Royal Armouries in October 2022 as Director General and Master of the Armouries. 

He was previously Chief Executive Officer at Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds for 4 years, where he oversaw a £4million refurbishment and guided the museum through the difficult COVID-19 period.

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Executive Board

In addition to the Director General, the members of Executive Board are as follows.

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer Rod Taylor stands next to a glass case containing armour in Tournament gallery
Rod Taylor - Chief Operating Officer

Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor joined the Royal Armouries as Chief Operating Officer in February 2014, and stepped up to cover the Director General post on an interim basis, from February to September 2022.

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Director of Collections

Laura Bell Director of Collections
Laura Bell - Director of Collections

Laura Bell

Laura Bell studied Archaeology at the University of Nottingham and graduated with a BA (Hons), going on to study Museum Studies at the University of Newcastle and graduating with an MA in 2009.

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Finance Director

Finance Director Malcom Duncan sitting on a bench
Malcolm Duncan - Finance Director

Malcolm Duncan

Malcolm Duncan was appointed Finance Director of the Royal Armouries in July 2013 having initially joined the organisation as Interim Head of Finance in September 2012.

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Director of Brand and Audiences

Florence Symington standing next to a full suit of armour in the museum
Florence Symington - Director of Brand & Audiences (Picture Credit Charlotte Graham Picture Shows)

Florence Symington

Florence Symington was promoted to Director of Brand & Audiences in April 2023. She studied Philosophy at Durham University and worked in brand and marketing for many years in the retail sector.

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