Toitu Otago Settlers Museum acting director Jennifer Evans
has been appointed the institution's next director.
Ms Evans (51) said she was ''very happy'', after the
announcement was made yesterday. She joked she was a ''local
girl made good'', having been born in Dunedin, and educated
at Bayfield High School.
Ms Evans was chosen from a ''competitive field of 14 local,
national and international candidates'' and takes up the
post, which includes management of the Dunedin Chinese
Garden, on Monday, a museum spokesman said yesterday.
Ms Evans had been visitor experience manager at the museum
since January 2010, and was seconded to the role of acting
director last October following the departure of Linda
Ms Evans said working at the museum was particularly
meaningful because many of its treasures were an important
part of Dunedin's past, and of the city's identity.
It had also been a privilege to be closely involved in the
museum's $37.5 million redevelopment, she said.
''I look forward to bringing more innovation and community
participation to the museum.
''We have had some great successes and I intend to build on
those with the team here at the museum and garden,'' she
Before joining the settlers museum, she was exhibitions and
building services manager at the Otago Museum.