Annie Hurst is an experienced leader and manager in the informal learning sector. She was head of the learning teams at two national museums and established large scale and high impact programming on both sites. Annie has extensive experience in recruitment, programme development and in transforming the capacity and ability of visitor facing teams.
Annie began her career in education as a Montessori teacher working in schools across inner London. She then combined her passion for children and equal opportunities on many international projects, including volunteering to set up a school in a hospital in Bangladesh.
On her return to the UK, Annie joined the Science Museum in London as an ‘Explainer’ in the interactive galleries, before moving on to deliver training packages for new staff. She worked as a manager of large floor teams and organised major public events and festivals.
Annie led the expansion of the Museum’s training and development function, raising income for the Museum and its reputation with organisations such as the Wellcome Trust, Royal Society, Foreign Commonwealth Office and British Council. She also trained staff internationally, including visitor facing and learning teams in Syria, Malta, and St Petersburg in Russia.
Prior to joining KCA, Annie was Head of Learning, Public Programming & Volunteering at the National Railway Museum and National Media Museum. She was responsible for all aspects of the educational offer and built high performing teams and innovative programmes for over 1 million visitors a year.
At KCA Annie works within the People, Operations and Programming team. She has trained staff at Mishkat Science Center, Riyadh and the Etihad Museum, Dubai. She has also developed learning programmes for elementary school students for the Etihad Museum. Most recently, Annie has been Head of Operations for the Saudi Pavilion at Expo 2017- a three month long event which saw the recruitment, training and daily management of a team of over 40 local guides.