Nick Poole

Chief Executive


Photograph: Nick Poole“I work for the Collections Trust because I am passionate about collections and what they mean to people. I love watching people interacting with artefacts, discussing things with their friends and sharing their knowledge and insights. I want to help museums give people the best possible experience and this is the best place to make this happen.”





Nick Poole is CEO of the Collections Trust, where he is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the organisation. Nick is also the Chair of ICOM UK and of the Europeana Council of Content Providers and Aggregators. He is a Councillor of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the Museums Association, where he also sits on the Ethics Committee.

Prior to joining the Collections Trust, Nick was a Policy Adviser to the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and has also worked in the financial services sector. He holds degrees in Modern Languages, Historical Linguistics and the History and Philosophy of Science, as well as postgraduate qualifications in Linguistics and Fine art & Illustration.

Nick advises Governments and agencies in the UK and internationally on issues relating to Culture, and represents the UK on the European Commission’s Member States Expert Group. He has published and lectured in the UK and worldwide on subjects relating to Collections Management and the legal, economic and ethical issues relating to delivering collections-based services. He is a regular lecturer at the University of Leicester, University of East Anglia and University College London.

In his spare time, Nick is Managing Director of 2 UK-based startup companies. He lives in Kingston with his wife and two children.


Lectures & Presentations

I am regularly invited to speak to audiences in the UK and worldwide on issues relating to the professional management of collections. Recent presentations include:

  • The Future of Technology (International Association of Music Information Centres, 08/08)
  • Contribution of the UK to Europeana: Standards & Interoperability, (European Parliament, 06/08)
  • Introducing the Collections Trust (ADLIB Users Group,05/08)
  • The MDO Network and SSNConnect (AIM MDO Conference, 04/08)
  • What is Collections-Related Knowledge? (MA One-day Conference, 04/08)
  • Digital Preservation and the Real World (Museums Computer Group, 04/08)
  • Towards an Integrated Strategy for Collections (MA Collections Strategy Group, 03/08)
  • The New Collections Management (UEA one-day seminar, 02/08)
  • Cultural Property: Illicit Trade, Theft and Spoliation (Leicester Country House Management Course, 02/08)
  • The New Digital Agenda in Museums (Leicesteru Museum Studies, 01/08)
  • United we Stand: Data Standards in Museums and Archives (SOA Data Standards Group, 11/07)
  • The Death of Mass-Digtisation (DEN Conference, Netherlands, 11/07)
  • Public Access: Copyright in Museums, Archives and Libraries (British Copyright Council, 10/07)