Chiswick House & Gardens has a new director. Xanthe Arvanitakis has run both the Visitor Experience at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and commercial operations at the Sir John Soane’s Museum
and will take up the post in March.
At Greenwich she launched the new visitor experience, with the re-opening of the Painted Hall following a £8.4 million award winning conservation initiative.
Sir John Soane’s Museum also went through a transformation on her watch, with the restoration of Soane’s private apartments and opening up of other rooms and exhibition spaces.
Before working in museums, her career was in digital marketing, working with clients from a wide range of industries developing digital marketing, e-commerce and mobile solutions.
Sir Derek Myers, recently appointed as Chair of the Chiswick House & Gardens Trust, said:
“I am delighted that Xanthe has agreed to take up the Directorship of CHGT at such an important time in the Trust’s development. Xanthe is the ideal person to lead the Trust as this exciting time and I look forward to working with her to look after this magnificent estate that is well-loved by all who use it.”
Xanthe, who lives locally and took part in the half marathon which started in the grounds of Chiswick House in October, said:
“I am thrilled to take up the role as Director of Chiswick House and Gardens Trust and have the opportunity to work with the Trustees, staff and volunteers to help shape the future plan and ensure the magnificent Grade 1 listed house and gardens continues to thrive”.
She sounds like a breath of fresh air. Chiswick House competes with Osterley Park and Gunnersbury Park for visitors, both of which have very full programmes of activities on offer for children and adults.