Chelsea Physic Garden: Chair

The Board of Trustees of the Chelsea Physic Garden are seeking a dynamic new Chair, to provide strategic guidance and inspire Chelsea Physic Garden.

Chelsea Physic Garden

The role involves collaborating closely with the Director and the Board of Trustees to steer the Garden towards achieving its commitment to adapting and evolving, especially in the face of climate change. Following the successful £3.2m restoration of its historic Glasshouses, the Garden is in a strong position and confident in its ability to create a sustainable future.

Founded in 1673 by The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, the Chelsea Physic Garden began as a space for apprentices to study medicinal plants. Over centuries, it has evolved into one of the world’s foremost centres of botany and plant exchange, with a unique focus on medicinal, herbal, and useful plants. As an independent charity, the Garden relies on visitors, friends, and supporters to protect and nurture the Garden for future generations.

The successful candidate will lead the Board in reviewing strategic aims and objectives, work alongside senior staff, and engage in public and community activity programmes. Your leadership will be instrumental in ensuring the Garden’s continued impact and growth.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for horticulture and a deep appreciation for the curatorial and heritage significance of the Garden. You will understand the importance of fundraising and be eager to act as an Ambassador, particularly in relation to current and future capital projects, for one of the world’s most historic botanical gardens.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as the employment agency advisor for the Chelsea Physic Garden to fulfull this appointment.

For further information about the role, including details about application can be found here. Applications should be received by noon on Monday 1st July 2024.