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Chanté leads the teams of conservation, collections care, collections management, analytical science, collections digitisation and the research library.
A recognised leader in the field of cultural heritage, Chanté trained originally in law and brings with her a legal rigour to assessing and mitigating risks associated with museum collections to enable them to be used and shared as broadly as possible.
At National Museums Scotland, she is responsible for setting the policies and procedures that underpin our best practice work to manage, care for and share our collections. This ranges from managing hazardous materials in collections, acquiring, reviewing, and disposing of collections, to digitising and sharing collections online.
With experience working across collections of national significance, Chanté has a proven track record of building and developing large, specialist teams. She has also led in the delivery of several complex capital infrastructure projects including new collections storage facilities as well as new gallery developments and is currently Project Director for the National Museums Collection Centre development in Granton.
At National Museums Scotland, Chanté plays a central role developing and facilitating cross-disciplinary research strategies, fostering external partnerships in Scotland, across the UK and internationally and securing significant grants to enable research projects.
Chanté is a sitting member of the UK Museums Association Ethics Committee and plays an active role in several sector groups across the UK including the AHRC Peer Review College, the UK National Collections Heads of Conservation, and the National Museums Director Council Heads of Collections Management group.