Dr Gordon Rintoul retired as Director of National Museums Scotland in 2020 after 18 years. During a thirty five year career in the museums sector, he led a range of significant initiatives and award-winning projects including developing new museums in Bradford, Merseyside and Sheffield. After returning to Scotland, he was responsible for the implementation of major new initiatives across National Museums Scotland, enhancing the focus on collections research, introducing innovative programmes of public engagement and leading a major programme of capital redevelopment. As a result, the National Museum of Scotland became the most visited UK museum outside London, attracting over 2.2 million visitors annually. Gordon received a CBE for Services to Museums in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012 and has honorary degrees from the Universities of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier.