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Gordon Seabright appointed Chief Executive of Horniman Museum

Gordon Seabright outside the Horniman Museum's clocktower

The museum leader, formerly of Eden Project and other heritage organisations will guide the museums’ Nature + Love revitalisation initiative

Gordon Seabright has been named the new Chief Executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

He will assume this role in June 2024, succeeding Victoria Pinnington, who has served as interim Chief Executive since February 2024 after the departure of Dr. Nick Merriman OBE.

Seabright is currently the Chief Executive of Creative Land Trust, a charity dedicated to preserving creative workspaces for artists and makers in the UK, a position he has held since 2020.

His prior experience includes leadership roles at various environmental and heritage organisations, such as serving as CEO of the Eden Project, Chief Executive of Cycling UK, and holding senior positions at the Royal Horticultural Society and English Heritage.

Seabright’s appointment comes as the Horniman Museum and Gardens embarks on its “Nature + Love” transformation project, a capital initiative supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The project aims to redesign the historic Natural History Gallery and revitalise underutilised areas of the Horniman Gardens, creating two additional visitor attractions.

On his appointment, Seabright said: “I’m grateful to the Trustees for appointing me as Chief Executive, and excited to begin working with my new colleagues. The Horniman is a very special place, and we’ll be working to make it even more successful for our local communities and for national and international audiences.”