Mark O’Neill
Non-Executive Director

Mark joined Event in 2017, bringing 30 years’ experience of successfully managing museums, delivering extensive programmes of organisational change and transforming their quality and public accessibility. He has also delivered a series of major capital projects to critical and public acclaim.

His underlying focus throughout has been inclusive public value. Mark takes a collaborative approach, based on strong communication and influencing skills, combined with rigorous analysis of issues, resources and opportunities.

Mark directed the masterplanning of the Zaha Hadid designed Riverside Museum, winner of the European Museum of the Year Award in 2013, and the development of Kelvingrove and Riverside. These projects were at the heart of Glasgow’s transformation, from one of the cities worst affected by the collapse of heavy industry, to being recognised as a world-wide leader in culture- and tourism-led economic and social regeneration.

He was appointed Chair of the European Museum of the Year Award jury in 2017, giving him an exceptional overview of innovation in museums across the continent.

Mark has written on museum philosophy and practice, culture, tourism and urban regeneration in book chapters and in journals including Curator, Museum & Society, Museum Management & Curatorship, Material Religion, Cultural Trends, The International Journal of Cultural Policy and Public Mental Health, where he published the first ever overview of the epidemiological evidence for the health benefits of museum visiting.

He has delivered keynote addresses to conferences from New York to Canberra and from Bucharest to Seoul. He has been a member of numerous professional committees and been a member of the Advisory Board of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute in Los Angeles. His latest publication is Connecting Museums, co-edited with Glenn Hooper, and published by Routledge in 2020.


BA (Hons), HDipEd, PgCert Museum Studies, FMA, FRSA, PhD


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