Janet Barnes is the Chief Executive of York Museums Trust, an independent charity set up in 2002 by the City of York Council to manage the York Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum, York Art Gallery and the Museum Gardens.
Janet has spent 40 years in the museums and galleries sector with experience in both the public and charity sectors, successfully leading three organisations through major constitutional change. Governance, implementing cultural change within creative organisations and fundraising are areas of particular interest to her.
Janet was the Director of the Crafts Council from 1999-2002 and before that had a variety of curatorial and management roles in Sheffield Galleries and Museums from 1977-1999. From 2004 until 2013 she was the chairman of Arts Council England, Yorkshire and a member of the National Council.
Currently Janet is a Director of John Ruskin's educational charity The Guild of St George, a Trustee of Anthony Shaw Collection Trust and a member of the Challenge Committee for the DCMS Museum Review.