A NEW chairman for the firm behind the renovation of a Southampton arts tower has been announced.

Marilyn Scott has been announced as the new chair of the board of trustees at ‘a space’ arts – the company which recently reopened God’s House Tower as a new arts and heritage venue, while managing artist studios at the Arches Studios and Tower House in Southampton.

She has just been made an MBE for her outstanding service to the community in the New Year’s Honours, and will take on the new role alongside her work as director of The Lightbox in Woking.

Marilyn has worked in national museums, at both the V&A and Science Museum and The National Trust.

She is also currently a trustee of Brooklands Museum, and Weald and Downland Museum, and runs as a council member for AIM stock exchange.

Marilyn, who is also a council member for the Association of Independent Museums, said: “I am delighted to have been invited to join the trustees of ‘a space’ arts as their new chair.

“I first became involved with the organisation in 2013 when I was part of the team that worked on the then Heritage Lottery Fund application for the restoration of Gods House Tower.

“I have stayed in touch with the organisation ever since, facilitating training for trustees and following the amazing progress on the Gods House Tower project up to opening.”