Gordon Seabright appointed new Chief Executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens

Gordon Seabright has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens. Currently Chief Executive of Creative Land Trust, he will take up his new post at the Horniman in June.

Gordon Seabright has been Chief Executive of Creative Land Trust, a charity tackling the loss of creative workspace for artists and makers in the UK, since 2020. He has a broad experience of environmental and heritage charities, including as CEO of the Eden Project, Chief Executive of Cycling UK, and senior roles at the Royal Horticultural Society and English Heritage.

He joins the Horniman as it begins its Nature + Love transformation – a capital project supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, which will redisplay the historic Natural History Gallery and breathe new life into underused areas of the Horniman Gardens, creating two additional visitor attractions.

Gordon Seabright said: “What a privilege it is to join the brilliant team at the Horniman! 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.”
Michael Salter-Church, Chair of the Board of Trustees said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Gordon to the Museum and Gardens. His blend of experience complements the talents within the team and will ensure we celebrate our 125th birthday in 2026 in great shape, including with the delivery of our Nature + Love project. The Horniman is at the heart of the community in Forest Hill, but our relationships and reach are global. Gordon will help us capitalise on this sense of ‘place’ as well as attracting new visitors to see and learn about how human culture, ecology and the environment work together.”
Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, Minister for Arts, Heritage & Libraries said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Gordon Seabright, who brings a wealth of experience with him and joins a brilliant team at the Horniman Museum. I look forward to working with him as the museum heads towards its 125th anniversary and continues to inspire new generations about the planet around us.”

Seabright succeeds Victoria Pinnington who has been interim Chief Executive of the Horniman since February 2024 following the departure of Dr Nick Merriman OBE.

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