Chelsea Physic Garden
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Primary Practice Group: Global Non-Profit and Social Impact Practice
Salary & Benefits: The role is voluntary but reasonable expenses can be claimed.
Closing Date: 07/02/2022
Formal Interview Date: Early-mid April
One Garden, One Place.
Situated on the banks of the Thames, Chelsea Physic Garden is one of the oldest and most respected botanic gardens in Europe. Our mission is to demonstrate the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the survival and wellbeing of humankind. Our purpose is to Sow the Seeds of Discovery through three key themes: People, Plants, and Place, all in the spirit of One Garden, One Place.
As we approach the milestone of our 350th anniversary in 2023, we are in a period of large-scale project development: the first phase of the project is focused on the restoration and re-presentation of the Victorian Glasshouses, and their important and fragile collections. We have successfully reached our fundraising goals for this hugely exciting restoration, efforts towards which have included a successful match funding capital fundraising appeal and a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant. The Garden is in a strong position, and we have found new and creative ways to engage with our visitors and audiences, including through significant activity in our newly established Learning and Public Engagement department, which has supported our engagement with over 6,000 learners, both onsite and online. Looking ahead, the Garden will seek to continue its exceptional success in fundraising to restore its current buildings, to engage with new audiences, and to continue to emphasise the power and importance of plants for this generation, and for those to come.
Following the successful leadership of Michael Prideaux, we are seeking a Chair to lead us into the next period of our long history. You will be instrumental in achieving our goals and will provide support and counsel to the Director and to the Board as we face various strategic questions in the years to come.
You will be an enthusiastic and committed supporter of horticulture with an understanding and appreciation of the curatorial and heritage significance of the Garden. You will have a track record of prior non-executive experience, preferably in the charitable, heritage or cultural sectors. You will bring chairing skills, a focused, decisive and inclusive leadership style and an understanding of the dynamics of Board working and the need for a strong and positive relationship with executive management. You will be a compelling advocate for the Garden externally, especially in relation to current and future capital projects. We are looking for someone who combines good judgement with excellent strategic and diplomatic skills, as well as the capacity to think creatively and offer fresh perspective.
The Garden is keen to receive applications from a broad range of individuals and to consider various professional backgrounds for the role. Although there is a preference for those with experience gained in the charitable, heritage, or cultural sectors, we encourage applications from those who may be less familiar with those sectors, but who would offer the requisite skills to Chair and a passion for plants.
We are committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion amongst the representatives who serve on the Board and for it to be representative of the communities within which it works now and in future. As such, we encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates from all cultural or socio-economic backgrounds.
How to Apply
Chelsea Physic Garden is being supported in this appointment process by executive search firm Perrett Laver. For a conversation in confidence, please contact Research Associate, Henry Atkin email@example.com
To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification, quoting reference 5506. The deadline for applications is 9am GMT Monday 7th February 2022.
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