In order to support its expanding worldwide activities, The Churchill Centre and Museum (TCC) has appointed new Executive Directors for the United States and the United Kingdom. Lee Pollock has undertaken responsibility for the U.S. and Allen Packwood for the U.K., both effective January 1, 2011.
Lee is a longstanding Churchillian based in Chicago and has been a member of The Churchill Centre Board of Trustees since 2009. “I’m extremely excited about the challenges that lie ahead. Churchill has so much to offer, even in the 21st century, and we’re in the ideal position to bring him to a new generation of Churchillians,” Pollock said. In conjunction with Mary Paxson, TCC’s Director of Administration, Dan Myers, Chief Financial Officer, and John David Olsen, Director of Communications, Lee will focus on expanding the Centre’s activities in the U.S., including membership development, education and programming.
Allen Packwood, who continues in his primary position as Director of the Churchill Archives Centre (CAC) at Churchill College, Cambridge, will support the Trustees and Executive Committee of TCC – U.K. in increasing the Centre’s awareness and profile in the United Kingdom. Packwood, who has worked at the CAC for 15 years now, the most recent ten as Director, says, “I’m delighted to take on this new role with TCC. Churchill College is extremely supportive and feels this move will help expand awareness of Sir Winston and the Archives Centre, while also bringing the Churchill world closer together. I look forward to meeting new and old friends on both sides of the Atlantic”.
Phil Reed, previously TCC’s Executive Vice President, stepped down at year-end 2010 to focus on his primary responsibilities as Director of the Churchill Museum and War Rooms and more recently of HMS Belfast, docked on the Thames in London. Phil will continue to lend his knowledge and experience to actively support TCC’s trans-Atlantic mission. Laurence Geller, Chairman of the Board to TCC remarked, “It’s taken us two men and a team of horses to replace Phil Reed and we’re really going to miss his day-to-day involvement. But naturally we wish him the best in his expanded role at the Imperial War Museum.”
Both Lee and Allen will be attending the 27th International Churchill Conference in Charleston, South Carolina on March 24-26, 2011 and look forward to meeting TCC members and conference participants there.