Paul Rigg and Jo Pasricha

Museum Chairman Retires and New Chairman is Appointed

Chairman to Retire After 10-Year Tenure and New Chairman Appointed to Board of Trustees

Paul Rigg, Chairman of Trustees of the Weald & Downland Living Museum, retired after ten years in post at a Board meeting on Monday 14 May 2018. Paul had been Chairman of Trustees since April 2008 and has now been elected a Vice-President of the Museum.

During his tenure as Chairman, Paul led the Museum’s transformation through the addition of a new visitor centre, introductory galleries, café and community space opened in May 2017. Ten years in the planning and delivery, this new complex has transformed the Museum’s visitor experience thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Museum’s own robust fundraising campaign.

Commenting on his retirement, Paul says:

“It has been an exciting time and an honour for me to be involved with the Museum. The Museum provides so much pleasure to so many people through its education programme, events and important conservation of our heritage. I am confident that under the stewardship of my successor it will go on to greater things.”

New Chairman of the Trustees Appointed

Jo Pasricha was appointed Chairman of Trustees of the Weald & Downland Living Museum at a Board meeting on Monday 14 May 2018. Jo Pasricha is a Business Development Consultant with a portfolio of private and corporate clients.

Jo has worked in a wide range of areas of marketing, sales and business development in Europe, Hong Kong and the USA. During her career Jo was a Partner with Ernst & Young and a Commercial Vice Consul with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Jo grew up in East Sussex and has lived in West Sussex for the past 10 years with her husband Nick and their teenage son. With a very keen interest in history Jo is currently studying for a Masters in British Cultural History at the University of Chichester. Jo and her family have been visiting The Weald and Downland Living Museum regularly for years; Jo joined the Museum as a volunteer and later became a Trustee, joining the Board last year.

Commenting on her appointment as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Jo says:

“In an increasingly uncertain and fast paced world, my family and I love visiting the Weald & Downland Living Museum to have fun, learn a bit about history or just relax in the beautiful surroundings with a picnic and our dog. I am honoured to be leading the Board as we continue Paul’s excellent work to take the Museum in to the future.”