Sir Charles Dunstone, Chair of Royal Museums Greenwich Trustees, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paddy Rodgers as Director, Royal Museums Greenwich in succession to Kevin Fewster. Paddy takes up the new post in August 2019.
Paddy has had a successful career serving as Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest international shipping companies in the world, Euronav since 2000. Having qualified as a solicitor he relocated to Hong Kong where he first worked in shipping. In his nearly 20 years as CEO he has seen Euronav grow significantly; he is steeped in the contemporary maritime world and has taken a keen interest in safety, quality and the environment during his tenure. Paddy also has a passion for history, art and literature and is a Life Patron of the Museum. In 2018 he ran a half marathon to raise funds for the refurbishment of the Altazimuth Pavilion at the Royal Observatory.
Sir Charles comments, ‘Royal Museums Greenwich comprises the pre-eminent museum in its field, the National Maritime Museum, the world famous Royal Observatory Greenwich, the splendid Queen’s House and the historic tea clipper, Cutty Sark. Paddy joins us on the completion of a hugely successful masterplan project. With his first class links in the maritime industries, demonstrable communication and leadership skills and experience of environmental impacts, the Museum’s Trustees believe Paddy is the right person to lead the Museum on the next stage of our development. We all look forward to his working with us in the coming years.’
Paddy says he looks forward to joining the skilled and dedicated staff at Greenwich: ‘I have been privileged to have been a Life Patron in such an important national institution and I have been very impressed to see its development on so many fronts under Kevin Fewster’s tenure. I am clearly delighted and excited to be joining the team and to lead the Museum into a bright and sustainable future.’
Notes to editors
- Royal Museums Greenwich incorporates the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, the 17th-century Queen’s House and Cutty Sark. This unique collection of museums and heritage buildings, which form a key part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes over two and a half million British and international visitors a year and is also a major centre of education and research. The mission of Royal Museums Greenwich is to enrich people’s understanding of the sea, the exploration of space, and Britain's role in world history. For more information, visit www.rmg.co.uk.
- Educated at Alleyne’s School in Stevenage, University College London and the School of Law, Guildford, Paddy Rodgers qualified in law in 1981 and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in London in 1984 and Hong Kong in 1986. He worked in the shipping industry and became Director of Arethusa Offshore Drilling in 1993. In 1996 he joined Euronav as UK Director and became Chief Financial Officer in 1998 and Chief Executive Officer in 2000 and main board director in 2003, stepping down in June 2019 after nearly 20 years in that role. He lives locally in Greenwich.