House of Illustration opened in the heart of King’s Cross in London in July 2014 and over the past four years the organisation has become a significant cultural force, representing and championing the very best of an art form that, in spite of its rich heritage, contemporary significance and broad appeal, is rarely explored by other museums and galleries.
The organisation has successfully raised the profile of illustration to a broad, receptive and diverse audience of over 2 million people by curating critically acclaimed exhibitions, commissioning new work, running international competitions, putting on high-profile events with some of the world’s leading illustrators, running a successful retail operation and taking exhibitions on tour in the UK and internationally.
House of illustration is now entering an exciting new phase of its development and is in the process of purchasing a major site in central London which features a range of listed historic industrial buildings set in their own land. These extraordinary and unique buildings will provide approximately 1000 square metres of space, just over twice the current capacity.
The organisation is now looking for a new Chair to lead its board and support the director to deliver the ambitious building and capital development programme and the next phase of its growth.
The successful candidate will possess a strong interest in the cultural and creative sector, have experience of implementing a significant level of organisational change as part of an executive or non-executive role, and have a good understanding of governance, as well as the skills, intellect and stature to be an effective Chair of a high-calibre board.
Above all, the Chair also needs to have the ability to act as an advocate and an ambassador for HOI across a diverse range of senior stakeholders and take an active role in developing a highly effective fundraising function to support both House of Illustration’s core activity and its capital project.
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the House of Illustration on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference EAEXB. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Tuesday 4 June.