Art gallery chief takes a ride to London’s Mail Rail

By Geoff Courtney

Mail Rail, the new trailblazing visitor attraction in London that is attracting passengers in their tens of thousands, has appointed a new chief executive officer.

She is Laura Wright, currently in a senior position at the Tate network of art galleries, and she will take up her new role on June 25.

Laura will succeed Simon Opie, who since the beginning of this year has been interim chief executive of The Postal Museum, which incorporates Mail Rail and has recently opened a multi-million pound museum on its Mount Pleasant site in Clerkenwell, near King’s Cross station.

New train, new CEO: A Mail Rail train operates on London’s newest railway attraction (main picture), and inset, Laura Wright, who has been appointed chief executive of The Postal Museum, of which the railway is a part. THE POSTAL MUSEUM

Her background is in retailing, and she is currently chief executive of Tate Enterprises and a member of the Tate Directors’ Group and management teams of London’s Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

Unique opportunity

Rick Wills, chairman of The Postal Museum, said: “Leading our new museum and Mail Rail, a one-of-a-kind underground rail ride, is a unique opportunity. We are confident Laura’s expertise will enable us to continue to compete with other major national players, not only in the museum sector but also the crowded attractions marketplace.

“Laura impressed us with her strategic, commercial and customer focus, and we are confident she will bring a style of leadership that complements our strengths and will see us flourish over the coming years.”

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