We’re seeking a new Director of Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – could this be you?
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey, Hampshire, is an internationally renowned attraction that welcomes 200,000 visitors every year with one of the most diverse hardy plant collections in the world. With its roots dating back to 1953, this award-winning garden and charity has been at the heart of horticulture, conservation, education and recreation for sixty five years.
We're now embarking on an exciting period of change and development, so we're looking for a new Director to lead the way and ensure we are financially sustainable for the future. This will be done by continuing to drive up primary and secondary income streams, growing our visitor and membership numbers, and delivering the development plan for the Gardens.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is 180 acres in size and grows over 12,000 species of plants. We have 14 National Plant Collections and around 400 Champion Trees - more than any other collections in the UK. We have an impressive membership of 21,000, which also gives free entry to eminent gardens like the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Wakehurst Place.
Working alongside our dedicated team of 45 members of staff are 170 volunteers.These fantastic volunteers have also helped us deliver many events and education opportunities that would not be possible without their tireless passion and commitment.
Your role as our Director will be incredibly diverse. A typical working week might involve developing a strategy with your team to boost retail income, reporting to the Advisory Committee or Trust Board, giving a guided tour to potential partner representatives, leading major fundraising activities, and supporting the site volunteer programme.
To deliver this we are seeking an effective leader, who is a great communicator, with excellent business acumen and the drive to maintain Sir Harold Hillier Gardens' position as one of the premier public garden attractions in the south. Experience of managing a visitor attraction and of fundraising is needed, and knowledge of the charitable sector, botany, horticulture or conservation will be an advantage.
Joining our high-performing authority gives you access to a range of benefits. For more information please read about our offered benefits package.