Marilyn Scott, Director of The Lightbox, has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for outstanding service to the community in the New Year’s Honours List.

The Director of The Lightbox has worked in museums, galleries and heritage attractions throughout her career, including the V&A, the Science Museum and The National Trust. She is currently a Trustee of The Geffrye Museum, Brooklands Museum, The Weald and Downland Museum and The Mary Roxburghe Trust, and is a Council member for the Association of Independent Museums (AIM). Marilyn is also a mentor to a number of small volunteer-led museums seeking accreditation and a mentor for The Museums Association AMA scheme.

Marilyn has wide experience in the consulting field and her areas of specialism include fundraising, income generation and sustainability, strategic and business planning and managing volunteers. She also has extensive experience of managing organisations within a charity framework and works with trustees to improve and enhance governance. Marilyn project-managed The Lightbox from feasibility study to the opening of the building in 2007, having led the £7.2m fundraising campaign.

Of the award, Marilyn says, “I am naturally delighted to receive this honour and have to thank all my amazing colleagues who have supported me throughout my career.”