The National Railway Museum in York has appointed Julie Moody as campaign director to lead the museum’s £50m, “Vision 2025” fundraising campaign.
In her newly-created role, Julie will be responsible for overseeing a six-strong team as they deliver the museum’s most significant redevelopment since opening in 1975.
Julie will develop relationships with existing and potential supporters and will secure funding for the Vision 2025 masterplan which is expected to come from a range of sources, including land sale, corporate donors and the public.
A former company director with more than 25 years’ experience, Julie has held senior business development and fundraising positions in the charitable, cultural and private sectors.
Julie joins the museum from Leeds Cares, formerly known as the Leeds Hospital Charity Foundation, where she was director of communications & income generation.
Prior to that, she held a number of senior roles, including regional major gifts manager at Marie Curie Cancer Care and business development & events coordinator for a world-renowned fine art auction house.
Julie was also co-founder of successful estate agent business Hudson Moody and has extensive political experience, having worked on numerous campaigns for the Conservative Party.
Originally from County Durham and now living in York, Julie has fond memories of coming to the museum as a child and was a regular visitor with her three children.
Julie said: “The National Railway Museum is poised to embark on a transformational, £50m masterplan and it is a tremendous opportunity to join at such a crucial moment.
“Having visited many times with my own family, I know first-hand how important educational and cultural centres such as the NRM are to York and the wider region. But this also represents a significant challenge as this former railway site needs a complete overhaul and we must invest in our future if we want to have museums that rival the best in the world.”
Julie will join the National Railway Museum’s senior management team and will report to Director Judith McNicol.
The National Railway Museum’s Vision 2025 campaign will see extensive redevelopment of the museum’s galleries, buildings and public spaces, with work due to be complete by 2025.
The project took a major step forward in March 2019 when City of York Council gave the outline planning application for the York Central development a positive decision. Vision 2025 is part of the York Central scheme, which as well as redeveloping the National Railway Museum, will also see 2,500 homes built and up to 6,500 jobs created.