On the eve of a final announcement on proposed museum
restructuring, former Otago Museum Trust Board member Malcolm
Farry yesterday warned of the ''danger'' of senior museum
managers being lost.
The museum's recently appointed director, Dr Ian Griffin,
last month proposed a restructuring to reduce the museum's
senior management team from four to three.
The outcome is expected to be announced this afternoon.
It is understood the initial proposal was to disestablish the
post of collections, research and experience director Clare
Mr Farry said former chief executive Shimrath Paul, who
resigned last year to take up a post in Indonesia, had been
highly regarded in New Zealand museum circles and his
departure had been ''a very significant blow to the museum
and to the community of Dunedin''.
Mr Farry was ''astonished'' it had been suggested Ms Wilson
could be leaving.
Mr Farry emphasised Dr Griffin was a high-quality appointment
and no criticism of him was intended.
Mr Farry, who served on the museum board for about nine
years, and also as deputy chairman, said Ms Wilson had been
an innovator, contributing strongly in many areas.
Dr Griffin declined to comment yesterday on concerns raised
by Mr Farry. He has previously declined to comment in detail
on the restructuring process in order to protect the privacy
of staff involved.
In a report tabled at yesterday's Otago Museum Trust Board
meeting, Dr Griffin said the proposed restructuring had
focused on ''utilising the skill set'' of the museum director
in order to ''reduce the duplication of roles and functions''
and to ensure the director had ''closer responsibility for
areas of the museum's operations''.
The restructuring also raised ''the priority of collection
management and research'' to the museum director level.
Another aim was to achieve ''cost savings to start addressing
our projected budgeted deficit''.