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North Star support organisations of all sizes to deliver their projects, providing skills, experience and resources to help drive their projects to successful completion.

Tobias Lumb

Tobias is the Director of North Star. He is a senior leader who has been working in the museum and heritage sector for over 20 years. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, master planning, directing projects, developing content and interpretation, exhibition design as well as setting and delivering public programmes.

Tobias has gained a unique range of experience, working on many public funded projects in diverse roles. As a Senior Designer for Continuum Group, Tobias designed and delivered the ‘Unlocked’ visitor attraction at Oxford Castle, a Heritage Lottery Fund project, in a Grade 1 listed Scheduled Monument.

As Senior Project Manager at the National Railway Museum, Tobias delivered a programme celebrating the 75th anniversary of the locomotive Mallard, breaking the world steam speed record. This hugely popular season was seen by 365,000 visitors in 6 weeks. As Head of Public Programmes at the National Railway Museum, Tobias was responsible for the exhibition, events and learning teams, as well as exhibition led capital projects. Highlights from this time include an Arts Council England funded theatre collaboration with York Theatre Royal and the delivery of the site wide Master Plan. Tobias was also the Project Director for the £15 million Great Hall redevelopment project.

For the last five years, Tobias has been Project Director for the £11.5 million Eureka! Science + Discovery Centre. He led all stages of the project, securing the funding, procuring and managing the design teams, for both the base build and the exhibition fit-out, as well as delivery of all aspects of the new attraction.

Matt Johnson

Matt is a multi-skilled Project Manager and Designer with over 20 years of experience in the museum and heritage sector, in which time he has delivered over 60 projects. He holds a degree in Museum and Exhibition Design, which, along with his project management training, skills and knowledge, means he understands and can successfully manage schemes from concept to completion.

Matt has managed a wide range of projects, including museums, visitor centres and attractions, working in many historic and listed buildings. He works closely with teams, including senior management, curators, conservators, architects, engineers, exhibition designers, specialist fabrication contractors, graphic production companies and building contractors. In previous roles, he has managed the design and build of projects, for both client teams, design consultancies and specialist fabrication contactors, bringing this unique perspective to each project.

Matt’s experience includes managing content generation, the creation of object lists and conservation schedules, graphic design and production, 3D design, specialist set build and showcase fabrication, the creation of interactives, artefact installation, and AV displays. The one consistent element is always to ensure that content and storytelling is at the heart of the experience, as well as being accessible for all audiences.

Most recently, Matt was the Exhibition and Interpretation Project Manager for the delivery of the £11.5 million Eureka! Science + Discovery Centre. He worked closely with the exhibition designers, client team and other consultants, to ensure the successful development of content and to oversee the design and delivery of this co-created project.