Area and Nation representatives are an integral part of how GEM reaches out across the globe and provides support to the learning professionals working in museums, heritage and cultural settings. These area-based teams help educators in their locales to network, exchange ideas, and build skills.

They act as representatives of GEM in their areas, but, more importantly, they represent the needs of GEM members and users to the central GEM team. Please join us in welcoming our new Area and Nation Representatives and be sure to check the GEM Training and Events calendar for upcoming events!

East Midlands

  • Sally Bleasdale, Education Manager at Lincoln Cathedral

North West

  • Kirsty Mairs, Education Development Officer at Gallery Oldham
  • Sarah Cameron, Head of Heritage Learning at Carlisle Cathedral

North East

  • Joanne McKenna, Sill Learning Assistant, Northumberland National Park

South West

  • Jack Shoulder, Learning Manager, English Heritage


  • Claire Munro, Learning and Access Manager at Scottish Maritime Museum

Northern Ireland

  • Rachel Toner, Visitor Engagement Officer at Armagh Robinson Library
  • Michael Fryer, Outreach Officer at the Northern Ireland War Memorial


  • Emily Grassi, Administrator, Learning and Digital Programmes at V&A Museum
  • Maria Antonia Rinaldi, Art History Director at Studio Arts College International

Freelance Network

  • Sue Pope, Music, Arts, Heritage and Health Freelancer
  • Dr Ellie Pridgeon, Director, Consultant Archivist Ltd.

Connect with the Area/Nation Representatives in your area and be sure to sign up for the GEM Updates newsletter to get information about the latest events and developments in your inbox.