Vanessa’s leadership and management experience includes 14 years as Director of Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service, and three years as President of the Museums Association.

Vanessa has a particular interest in museum ethics. She was for many years Convenor of the Museums Association’s Ethics Committee and was instrumental in developing new guidelines on the ethical disposal of collections.

Vanessa is a Governor of Norwich University of the Arts, President of the Norfolk Costume & Textiles Association, a trustee of the Museum of East Anglian Life, a member of the National Trust East of England Advisory Board, and an Artistic and Quality Assessor for Arts Council England. She is a founder member of the Women Leaders in Museums Network and its sister body, the newly formed Transition and Development Group for people facing career changes.