New Museum Director Appointed

The Chairman and the Board of Trustees of the Weald & Downland Living Museum are pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Wardell to the role of Museum Director following a professionally managed, competitive selection process.

Former Interim Director, Simon Wardell, has accepted the Trustees’ invitation to take up the permanent position of Museum Director with immediate effect. Prior to supporting the Museum in an HR and management capacity since 2015, Simon worked as an independent consultant specialising in team building, individual coaching and business development for a variety of charitable organisations and individual clients in the South East. His career started at John Lewis Partnership where he spent 26 years across a variety of management roles.

With the opening of its Heritage Lottery Fund supported Gateway Project visitor centre in June 2016 the Museum has huge potential as it approaches its 50th anniversary in 2020. Simon has passion and enthusiasm for history and heritage, and as Museum Director he will continue his role in supporting the Museum’s staff and volunteers – building shared values and a shared vision, which will enable the Museum to deliver a truly exceptional visitor experience.

Commenting on his appointment to Museum Director, Simon Wardell said: “I am delighted to accept the permanent role of Director and I am looking forward to building a longer term relationship with the Museum.”

Commenting on the appointment Jo Pasricha, Chairman of Trustees of the Weald & Downland Living Museum, said: “We are delighted that Simon has accepted the role of Museum Director, where he will be able to continue his strong and supportive leadership of the Museum. I look forward to working with Simon as we continue to build upon the opportunities presented by our Gateway Project visitor centre to move the Museum forward.”