New Year, new AHI trustees

Story / Image: © Beth Môrafon

Four new trustees have been appointed to work alongside the established board of trustees at the Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI)

The new appointments have been made possible following the transition of the AHI from an Unincorporated Charity to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The incorporation formally took place at the AGM held during the AHI Conference in October 2019. The new structure allows the AHI to broaden its field of expertise though the addition of select general trustee positions to support the existing traditional roles.

The new recruits, who were chosen based on their complementary specialist skills, attended their first trustee meeting in November 2019.

So, who’s who? Here’s an ABC and D introduction to the new trustees and what they bring to the board:

A is for Astrid

Astrid Krumins is the Interpretation Manager for Wakehurst, RBG Kew’s wild botanic garden and home to the Millennium Seed Bank in Sussex. Interpreting the science and conservation stories of our native and global flora and fauna has been deep-rooted throughout her career. She has previously worked for the Wildlife Trust, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the National Trust. She is also a qualified primary and TEFL teacher, and has a PGDip Interpretation: Management & Practice. Astrid is hoping to promote the benefits of AHI membership to other plant-passionate interpreters and will be helping organise the 2020 Conference.

B is for Beth

Beth Môrafon is founder and Director of VisitMôr public realm and visitor experience consultancy. She has 20 years’ practice in interpretation planning and creation. During this time she has developed over 40 large-scale national and international projects. Her work has doubled peak visitation and been shortlisted for Museum & Heritage Awards. She was formerly Senior Consultant for the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and its subsidiary business WWT Consulting. Beth will support the AHI to raise membership and build the profile of the organisation.

C is for Chris

Chris Walker is a founding Director of Bright White Ltd, a design, innovation and delivery consultancy based in York. For 15 years he has worked with hundreds of different clients to deliver learning-led projects in the museums, archives and cultural sectors. Bright White has won multiple awards for its work, mainly for innovation and the use of technology for good. Chris will be bringing his digital expertise to the AHI.

D is for Damon

Damon Mahoney is a freelance Design Consultant based in Cumbria. He was Senior Designer for Forestry Commission England (now Forestry England) for 12 years and led on place identity, interpretation and wayfinding development across forest visitor sites. After setting up his own business in 2016 Damon now works across a variety of identity and interpretation projects for public, charity and private clients. As an AHI trustee he will be supporting the development of communications, marketing and the organisation of the 2020 Conference.

The new trustees will remain in position for up to three years, after which their posts can be renewed or relinquished. All the new trustees are looking forward to working with the established board of trustees, sharing and gaining insight to further the charity and the profession. For an A to Z of all the passionate and talented trustees explore AHI People.

About AHI

AHI is membership organisation with a diverse network of interpreters involved with interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage in the UK and abroad. It encourages active members to join and meet people at its popular training events, workshops and annual conference.