Ellen has been Director of the Trust since 2013. Before this she was Head of Glasgow Museums, and held previous roles at the Museum of London, English Heritage and Oxford Archaeology.

Previously she worked for 10 years in Near Eastern archaeology, including two years as Research Fellow of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq. She is now a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL.

Ellen's professional interests include prehistoric Near Eastern figurines, the use of collections for teaching and research and the role of museums in social inclusion and community engagement.