Meet the team

Simon Wardell
Museum Director

Former Interim Director, Simon Wardell, accepted the Trustees’ invitation to take up the permanent position of Museum Director in June 2018. 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. 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.

Lucy Hockley MA AMA FRSA,
Cultural Engagement Manager

Lucy is responsible for coordinating informal learning opportunities at the Museum and the way we explain our collection and environment to visitors. This includes our work with schools and families. These areas of activity are delivered by a small team of staff and freelancers alongside many volunteers. She is also involved as part of the team working on the Heritage Lottery Funded Gateway Project and looks for collaborative opportunities or projects to develop the programme we offer at the Museum to enhance the visitor experience.

Lucy is a community governor of a local primary school, Council member of Europa Nostra, Jury member of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra awards, Treasurer of Sussex Museums Group and Networking group member of a European Network for religious heritage. Previously she has volunteered for a number of different heritage organisations, worked on learning activities at the British Museum and for English Heritage, volunteered and worked for a children’s educational charity and delivered academic and business intensive training courses in Europe and beyond.

Ilona Harris 
Commercial Manager

Ilona manages the Museum’s Commercial Team, which comprises of the shop, cafe, events, venue hire, filming and fundraising. Her remit, and that of the commercial team, is to increase the Museum’s income in a way that respects and protects the Museum’s ethos and integrity.

Emma Keen
Marketing Manager

Emma is responsible for all things marketing. From communications, PR, advertising, design and print, content generation, website maintenance, social media and more. Emma ensures our wonderful events and the great work of the museums staff and volunteers are promoted to generate awareness, increase visitation, course enrolments, memberships and donations.

Shiobain Fox
Finance Manager

Julian Bell,

Julian is responsible for the care, research, interpretation and development of the Museum’s Designated buildings and artefact collections, and improvements to their public access. His team work to achieve these goals, undertaking projects such as digitising the Museum’s slide collection, providing digital images for all artefacts, repairing and conserving larger items around the Museum’s site, and facilitating both permanent and temporary displays. Julian’s team also administers the Museum’s woodyard, which is currently under major redevelopment. Once completed, the team will resume demonstrations using the timber crane, rack saw and hand tools. Julian also undertakes various green woodworking demonstrations at the Museum’s events and also externally, helping to publicise the Museum and its activities.Besides his role within the Museum, Julian acts as a mentor for the Museums Association, helping to guide and develop external museum colleagues undertaking the AMA Diploma (Associateship of the Museums Association).

Julian’s previous roles include: Reserve Collections Manager at the National Maritime Museum, Operations & Liaison Officer at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Assistant Keeper: Conservation Management at the Staffordshire Arts & Museum Service, and Documentation Officer at Oldham Museum.

Further contacts

View the Board of Trustees or for a full list of contacts at the Museum, visit our contact us page.