Perpetuating the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian age


The William Morris Society is recruiting for a new Executive Director position.

The trustees of the William Morris Society are seeking to appoint the charity’s first executive director to lead a programme of renewal and transformation. Founded in 1955 to improve and diffuse knowledge of the life, work and influence of William Morris, the great Victorian designer, poet and political thinker and activist. The Society will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2025. On the road to this milestone celebration, this is an opportune time for a motivated and experienced charity leader to bring innovation and creativity to delivery of the Society’s mission. The Society offers flexible working and a delightful working environment at Morris’ former home on the riverside in Hammersmith, west London.

This new role will report to the Chair of Trustees and will manage the curatorial and administrative staff and volunteers. Working closely with the finance, general purposes and business committee, the postholder will make a crucial contribution to the Society’s development by developing and implementing a strategic forward plan which leads to the Society being a resilient and sustainable organisation.

The contract will be for 24 months with future contract arrangements negotiable subject to performance review and mutual compatibility of ambition. Working arrangements are initially part-time at 21 hours per week or an equivalent monthly number of hours, subject to a minimum of 2 days per week based at our Hammersmith premises.

The ideal candidate will have fundraising and income generation experience as well as good administrative, digital communication and leadership skills and an interest in late 19th Century artistic, literary or social history. We are looking for an individual who is self-motivated, flexible but determined and thrives on variety and delivering successful projects. Experience of museum management, event management and stakeholder relations will be an advantage.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please send to Sarah Hardy by email by 28th November a CV and covering note of no more than 2 sides of A4 explaining how your skills, experience and enthusiasms meet the requirements of the role. We expect interviews to be held in the week of 5th December at our premises in Hammersmith or by videoconference, with a view to making an appointment before Christmas.

Download the job description here.