Director - Natural History Museum
Dr Douglas Gurr was appointed Director of The Natural History Museum from December 2020.
Previously, Doug was Country Manager of Amazon UK since 2011 and was President of Amazon China from 2014 to 2016. Earlier roles included the civil service, working as a partner at consultancy firm McKinsey and Company, Board Director at Asda-Walmart and founder and CEO of internet start-up Blueheath.
Doug is also currently Chairman of the British Heart Foundation, a Trustee of the Landmark Trust. Until November 2020 he was a Trustee of the National Gallery and non-executive Director of the Land Registry, and until 2014 he was Chairman of the Science Museum Group of national museums.
He has two degrees in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Computing from the University of Edinburgh, and previously taught mathematics and computing at the University of Aarhus in Denmark.
He is a former Scottish international triathlete, 12 times Ironman, keen ski mountaineer with over 20 first ascents, and an enthusiastic mountain runner. He is married with two children.