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MOTAT CE/Dir Michael Frawley to step down

MOTAT Chief Executive to step down in 2024, Museum of Transport and Technology, November 2023

MOTAT Chief Executive / Museum Director Michael Frawley

Long-standing Chief Executive / Museum Director Michael Frawley (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi) has announced his decision to step down from his role at MOTAT at the end of June 2024.

Michael was appointed in February 2013 and under his leadership MOTAT developed and implemented a strategy that was vision based and had a transformative and positive impact on the museum, its culture, audience and wider community.

Michael successfully steered MOTAT through a significant period of change, and more recently pandemic disruption, and will leave on a high as MOTAT celebrates its 60th anniversary with the opening of Te Puawānanga Science and Technology Centre early next year.

Michael has built a highly engaged team of employees and volunteers and created enduring relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, and he has created a thriving organisation and structure for the next Chief Executive / Museum Director to build on.

“It has been an honour to work with MOTAT’s Board, employees and volunteers to change the museum’s culture and focus over the past decade. Together we have achieved a great deal to ensure our treasured collection is preserved for future generations and we are delivering experiences that truly inspire the next generation of innovators of Aotearoa,” said Michael.

“I look forward to watching the Museum go from strength to strength over the coming years.”

The Board has begun the process for recruiting a new Chief Executive / Museum Director.

The Board is also in discussion with Michael regarding an advisory role to the Board and the incoming Chief Executive / Museum Director beyond June 2024, to ensure a smooth transition as a new Director settles into the role. The insight, knowledge, and significant experience that Michael will continue to bring to MOTAT in this capacity will be a huge asset to the Museum and the projects on which he is engaged, such as Western Springs Precinct and Council governance projects.

MOTAT Board Chair, Helen Atkins, thanked Michael for his long notice period and desire for continued involvement with MOTAT so there is a good transition period in place.

“The MOTAT Board wishes to record its sincere thanks to Michael for over 10 years of leading MOTAT. Michael has made significant achievements over the years and has ensured the Museum has a strong future through his strategic direction and leadership. The Board look forward to continuing to work with Michael over the next few months and beyond as we work on his new role with the Museum.”