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Daren Bowyer appointed as Director of the Gurkha Museum on the retirement of Gavin Edgerley-Harris

23rd July 2020

The Gurkha Museum is very pleased to announce the appointment of Daren Bowyer as the new Director of the Gurkha Museum effective from 1 October 2020 in succession to Gavin Edgerley-Harris who is retiring after twenty-seven years at the Gurkha Museum, latterly as Director for the last seven years.

Daren Bowyer, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Engineers, is currently Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive at Cumberland Lodge, an Educational Foundation and Residential Conference Centre in Windsor Great Park. He is well versed in senior educational and charity leadership roles and has a deep interest in military history, heritage and culture.*

Welcoming the appointment, Martin Brooks, Chairman of the Gurkha Museum Trustees said:

“ I am delighted that we have recruited Daren Bowyer as a worthy successor to Gavin Edgerley-Harris as Director of the Gurkha Museum Trust. Daren has a wealth of experience to draw on to lead the operations of the Gurkha Museum and working with our Trustees and Stakeholders, execute our ambitious plans to tell the inspiring Gurkha story more widely. I would also like to pay tribute to Gavin as retires, with his many achievements and selfless service to the Brigade of Gurkhas over so many years, enhancing the Gurkha Museum’s role as the touchstone for its history and heritage.”

Daren Bowyer commented:

“As someone with a lifelong interest in military history and heritage and having completed a PhD under the supervision of the late Richard Holmes, I could not be happier than to be appointed Director of the Gurkha Museum Trust. I join at a time when the Museum is rising admirably to the challenges of the Covid pandemic and is ready for the next stage of its development with ambitious plans for the future. I am honoured to have been selected for the role and cannot wait to get started.”

Gavin Edgerley-Harris added:

“Upon retirement, I wish to acknowledge the contribution made to the Museum by the many Trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters with whom I have worked over the years. Their level of commitment to ensuring the Museum operated to the highest standards has been remarkable. It is reassuring to know that I leave the Museum in good hands under expert leadership for a sound future.”

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