|Director Sought to Lead Chiswick House Gardens Project|
Appointment "crucial to site’s success, both during restoration project and beyond"
Following the recent success of the Heritage Lottery Fund bid to restore Chiswick House Gardens, a new role is being created to take the regeneration project forward.
The Chiswick House and Gardens Trust is currently looking for a Director to be responsible for the phased delivery of the Chiswick House and Gardens master plan and the implementation of the business plan.
Working alongside Head Gardener, Fiona Crumley, the new Director will also be the main interface between the Trust and its partners, English Heritage and Hounslow Council. Once the gardens are fully restored, the Director will be responsible for running the entire site.
The successful candidate must have experience of delivering a major project, as well managing complex site operations within the heritage or leisure sectors.
Commenting on the new role, Rupert Hambro, Chairman of the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust said, “After years of uncertainty and continuing decline, the magnificent gardens and park surrounding Chiswick House in west London are to be restored. The appointment of the Director is crucial to the site’s success, both during the restoration project and beyond by ensuring financial sustainability and sound operational management.”
The closing date for the post is 22 February with interviews taking place on 10 and 11 March. Further details about the role are available on the Trust’s website: www.chgt.org.uk.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £7.6 million towards the £11.7 million restoration project and work will begin at the site in spring 2008. Meanwhile the fundraising campaign continues in order to secure the remaining million pounds needed.
The project will see miles of paths renewed, over 1600 new trees planted, the conservatory brought back to life so that the rare camellia collection can continue to thrive and a new café and lavatories built.