Alison Plumridge joined the Gallery in March 2005 as Director. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the Gallery and its artistic programme, relationships with the Board of Trustees, funding bodies and partnership organisations as well as overseeing personnel and financial management of the Gallery. She was co-founder of the railway project in November 2014 alongside transport consultant John French. She has been a keen rail traveller since university and has a long history of initiating cross disciplinary projects. Over the past 25 years these have included groundbreaking research on artists designing camouflage in WW1 and a major series of artists projects on biomedical science at the Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa.
She has a sound knowledge of contemporary visual arts and craft, establishing a growing personal collection of 20th century modernist design, craft and graphics. She has worked in the independent sector, for local authorities and as a freelance curator. She has worked closely with national and international artists such as Terry Atkinson, Sir Terry Frost and Jordan Baseman, curated collections and exhibitions of visual art and craft , selected work for open exhibitions and residencies for other galleries and worked in partnerships with academic institutions, public and commercial galleries, organisations and private collections.
She is Associate of the Museums Association (by examination), which followed her Postgraduate Diploma in Art Gallery & Museum Studies (Manchester University) and BA Hons History of Design and the Visual Arts from Staffordshire University specialising in 20th century ceramics.