New appointment likely next year

Otago Museum Trust Board chairman Graham Crombie.
Otago Museum Trust Board chairman Graham Crombie.

Forty people have applied for the job of Otago Museum chief executive and that number has been whittled down to about a dozen.

The Otago Museum Trust Board is about to begin shortlisting applicants for the position and is hoping for an appointee by the end of January.

Board chairman Graham Crombie had previously said the board hoped to make an appointment by the end of the year.

However, because of the high number and range of applications, a thorough process demanded more time, Mr Crombie said.

Applications were received from throughout New Zealand and internationally.

''There has been a lot of interest in the role.

''We are delighted by the calibre of applicants.''

The pool of applicants represented a wide range of skills, Mr Crombie said.

It was now a matter of balancing up the different skill sets.

''We're very excited about it.''

He said 14 people had made a long list of possibilities. Shortlisting would be carried out during the next week or 10 days with a view to the board making an appointment mid to late January.

The successful applicant will replace the controversially highly-paid former director of the museum Shimrath Paul.

In the meantime, running of the museum had been shared by its management team.

A DScene investigation revealed Paul's salary was $310,793 - more than the highest-paid staff member at national museum Te Papa.

The new applicant is unlikely to be paid that much.

Conditions for Paul's replacement will be renegotiated.

Mr Crombie said recruitment would involve shortlisted applicants  having a range of interactions with museum members of staff so staff got the type of leader they wanted.

The new museum head would also take on the role of looking at what the mix of commercial and academic focus the institution would have.

D Scene