Kate Carreno has overall responsibility for museum operations, communications and public engagement. Her role includes administrative oversight of the University of Cambridge Museums’ Arts Council-funded Major Partner Museum programme, which is based at the Fitzwilliam.
Kate has worked in the University Museum sector for over two decades, having joined the Fitzwilliam Museum in October 2008 from the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, where she was Deputy Director (Public Services and Administration). Kate began her career in the cultural sector with an Arts Council post-graduate traineeship in arts management, and worked in performing arts management and production before joining the museum sector.
Kate has a BA in Modern Languages and European History and an MSc in Business Administration, both from the University of East Anglia, Norwich. She has a long-standing interest in audience and staff development in the cultural sector, and has been involved in a number of national and international initiatives in this area of work. She has served on the boards of a number of organisations in the cultural and education sectors, and worked as an Associate with Adrian Ellis Associates (AEA) Consulting. Currently, Kate is a member of the Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders group and the Executive Committee of the UK Women Leaders in Museums Network. She also serves on the board of Visit Cambridge and Beyond and is a Governor at Soham Village College, reflecting the Fitzwilliam’s strategic partnership with Soham and its partner schools.