Caro Howell MBE

Session Topic: Vision

Caro Howell has been Director General at Imperial War Museums since May 2023. She is a Trustee of the IWM Development Trust and Vice President of the American Air Museum in Britain. Previously, she was Director of the Foundling Museum in 2011-23. As Head of Education & Public Events at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2005-11, she oversaw the construction and programming of major new education spaces and project galleries as part of the Gallery’s expansion. At Tate in 1993-2003, she joined Tate Modern’s set-up team in 1997 and formulated its access and audience development strategy. 


She has also worked as an independent museum education consultant in the UK and abroad. She is a member of the Women Leaders in Museums Network, which she also co-chaired, a trustee of the Holburne Museum in Bath and Autograph in London, a member of the Exhibition Advisory Groups of the Charterhouse and Two Temple Place, a mentor for Arts Emergency and a member of the Art Committee of the Supreme Court. She has also been a member of Art on the Underground’s Advisory Group and a trustee of the experimental theatre company Shunt. She was awarded an MBE for services to museums in 2022.

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