Diane Lees CBE

Director-General - Imperial War Museums

Diane Lees is the Director-General of Imperial War Museums, the cultural lead for the Centenary of the First World War, and is a Trustee of 14-18NOW, the Centenary’s Cultural Programme. Diane is a Trustee of the IWM Development Trust, a Director of the IWM Trading Company, and serves as Vice President of the American Air Museum in Britain. She is a Trustee of both The Gerry Holdsworth Special Forces Trust and the Army Museums Ogilby Trust. Diane is a key member of Women Leaders in Museums Network (WLMN), and the Arts Council’s external advice panel. She is also a judge on the Museums + Heritage Awards, a CMI Book of the Year judge, and serves as Advisor to the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Project.

Diane currently chairs the National Museum Directors’ Council, and served on David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission’s Commemoration Expert Group Committee. In April 2014, she was appointed to the University of Lincoln’s Board of Governors and in January 2015, to the University of Oxford Humanities External Advisory Board. In December 2014, Diane was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for services to museums.

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