The Royal BC Museum operates in five core business areas. The directors of these areas, along with Royal BC Museum CEO Jack Lohman, make up the museum’s executive team.
Professor Jack Lohman CBE
Chief Executive Officer
“We have built a solid foundation, and now have great potential for developing the Royal BC Museum as a unique cultural asset across the world. Its extraordinary location, collections and expertise provide an opportunity to push out onto a national and international arena and share the important stories it tells.”
Jack Lohman brings extensive experience working with renowned, international cultural institutions and a wide body of knowledge on museum and archives studies. Prior to joining the Royal BC Museum in 2012, Jack was the Director of the Museum of London, a post he held since 2002. There he led the £20million ($32 million Cdn) redevelopment of the Museum’s Galleries of Modern London which opened in May 2010. From 1999-2002, Jack was the CEO of Iziko Museums of Cape Town, an organization consisting of 15 national museums including the South African Museum, the South African Maritime Museum and the South African National Gallery.
Jack Lohman was educated at the University of East Anglia where he studied History of Art. He was awarded a scholarship to read Architecture at the Freien Universitat in Berlin and later obtained an MA at the University of Manchester. He went on to win a British Council Fellowship Award to study Architecture and Conservation in Warsaw, Poland. He has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Westminster, London (PUNO) and East Anglia.
Jack is a board member and a former Chairman of the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland and an advisor to the State of Qatar on the Mshereib Heritage Quarter. He is Professor in Museum Design and Communication at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts in Norway and Editor in Chief of UNESCO’s publication series Museums and Diversity. He is former Chairman of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) UK 2002-2008, and a former board member of the UK National Commission for UNESCO Culture Committee 2002-2010.
Jack Lohman was awarded the CBE in 2012. He received the Bene Merito Medal from Poland’s Foreign Minister in 2011 for services to Poland and was honored by the Prime Minister of Rwanda in 2010 for his services to Rwanda.
Vice President, Archives, Collections & Knowledge
“There is nothing more important than our stewardship of the provincial collections; how we acquire, preserve and make accessible the “BC Story” – the natural history and human history of our province. I want to leave my successors a provincial collection that reflects British Columbia’s communities and that is open and accessible to British Columbians everywhere.”
As Gary Mitchell sees it, the true value of the provincial collection (its historical documents, artifacts and specimens) – the story of British Columbia, its people and places – can only be realized through making the collection more open and more accessible and bringing it forward into context of our daily lives. Traveling in Europe years ago, Gary realized people gained their sense of identity in large part by connecting with their history.
Gary applied that understanding by earning a master’s degree in archival studies and becoming a manager with the BC Archives in the late 1980s. He excelled, becoming Deputy Provincial Archivist in 1991 and being named Provincial Archivist in 1998. With the 2003 integration of the BC Archives and the Royal BC Museum, he has led successful initiatives to harmonize public access to archive holdings and museum collections through a new collections-management system and an enhanced Internet portal.
As Vice President, Archives, Collections & Knowledge, Gary continues to strengthen the collection, oversee research projects into our human and natural history and make the collection evermore accessible.
Chief Operating Officer, Museum Operations
“I love working with people, and at the RBCM, I’m part of an organization that is service-oriented, passionate about what we do, flexible and committed to sharing this province’s history with the world. That’s truly special.”
Angela Williams has spent more than two decades improving organizations by putting their people first. Angela is passionate about guiding the power of people and their ideas, and as the Executive champion for the Royal BC Museum’s site development and renewal project, leads a team of professionals who oversee property management and operations; risk management and security services; human resources and volunteer services; marketing and corporate partnerships; public and media relations; information technology; and the Royal BC Museum’s fundraising program.
Angela’s work in the human resources field has been recognized through recognition from the BC Human Resource Management Association as a 2006 Award of Excellence finalist; and her championing of sustainability initiatives within the Royal BC Museum earned her recognition by BC Hydro as a Powersmart finalist in 2009.
Angela joined the Royal BC Museum Corporation in 2003 after 14 years in human resources and information technology departments at three provincial ministries. She has received a masters-level certificate in leadership from Royal Roads University; is a designated Canadian Human Resource Professional (CHRP); studied business and accounting at Camosun College; and studied Sciences (Math and Physics) and English at the University of Victoria. Williams is also an active volunteer in the community, acting as Vice Chair of the Victoria CoolAid Society; and was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Tourism Industry Association of BC in 2013.
Vice President, Business Development & Executive Financial Officer
“I am excited to be part of an organization with such a strong vision for the future, a vision that will make an impact on everyone living and visiting British Columbia for generations to come.”
Sandy Pratt brings extensive financial and business knowledge to the Royal BC Museum with over 20 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant. Pratt, born and raised in Prince George, BC, earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and became a Chartered Accountant through the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC.
Sandy previously held the position of Vice President, Finance with the Oak Bay Marine Group and has held senior financial roles with Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Deloitte. She leads and directs all aspects of financial management in support of the organization. In addition, she promotes growth of the Royal BC Museum by managing internal and external business channels and identifying new business opportunities to pursue.
Sandy loves to travel and spent time living and working in Australia while with Deloitte. Her family, including two daughters, love to hike with their dog, mountain bike and golf. Pratt is a strong supporter of the Victoria community and is Treasurer of the Board of the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria.