Job Opportunities

Job title: Director of Public Programmes




HOURS OF WORK: 36 hours net p/w

JOB STATUS: Permanent

SALARY PER ANNUM: Attractive salary

DIRECTORATE: Executive Directorate

LOCATION: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is the world-leader in plant diversity science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major visitor attraction that shows the importance of plants in all our lives. Kew’s mission is to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life. Following the appointment of a new Director last year and a subsequent restructuring that aims to strengthen Kew’s visitor offer, we are seeking to appoint a Director of Public Programmes to lead the visitor attraction strategy.

Reporting to the Director and a member of the Executive Board, the Director of Public Programmes will lead a reshaped and wide ranging brief including events and festivals, marketing and communications, commercial activity, digital media, visitor services, outreach, volunteers, and community engagement and learning. At the heart of the role will be the need to raise Kew’s performance and position us as a world-leading visitor attraction
that delivers an outstanding on-site experience.

You will bring ambition, commercial focus and the leadership and management experience to re-invigorate Kew’s public offering. With responsibility for a team of over 200, you will bring experience of leading major change to deliver improvements in organisational performance and income generation. This role will require energy, creativity and the desire to challenge the status quo.
You will understand the need to balance public purposes with commercial growth. Your leadership experience will most likely have been gained in the visitor attraction, culture or heritage sectors; whatever your background, you will share our passion and will be excited by the opportunity to apply your experience in a world-renowned organisation that plays an important role in educating, informing and inspiring the public about the importance of plants.

CLOSING DATE: 28 May 2013 at 12pm

INTERVIEW DATE: Early July 2013 at Kew

How To Apply

For full details of the role please click on the link to the appointment brief document.  For further information, including how to apply, please refer to the website of, our employment agency advisor, quoting reference GS14912 or contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Elliott Rae on 020 7426 3964 or Juliet Taylor on 020 7426 3990 for a confidential discussion.

Appointment brief and details of how to apply (Adobe)