Katie Childs, former Head of Partnerships and Stakeholder Relations at the Imperial War Museum, begins her new role in February.

Chawton House is delighted to announce that Katie Childs, who led the 2018 First World War Centenary commemoration at the Imperial War Museum, will begin her new role as Chief Executive in February.

Katie Childs has had a prolific career in the heritage sector, joining the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the summer London was awarded the Olympics, working as International Programme Manager at the British Museum, and later becoming Policy and Projects Manager for the National Museum Directors’ Council, before taking up her role at the Imperial War Museum.

Of her appointment as Chawton House’s Chief Executive, she says: “The organisation has undergone immense changes over the past two years and I am excited to join it at such a pivotal moment. Having finished 2018 with the Armistice commemorations, the time felt right to face a new challenge. I look forward to continuing the work of this significant cultural and literary destination and help develop a sustainable future for the charity.”

Louise Ansdell, Chair of the Chawton House Board, writes: “Katie impressed us with her experience, and her immediate and articulate grasp of our aims, potential and opportunities. Chawton House already works in partnership with local, national and international organisations to secure the importance of Jane Austen Country, and we look forward to welcoming increasing numbers of visitors. We all look forward to Katie’s arrival, and the contribution that she will bring.”

Chawton House has seen a significant increase in visitor numbers in recent years. Prior to 2015, members of the public needed to book a guided tour on set days to see the house. Now, Chawton House is open to the public seven days a week from March to December. Visitors can enjoy the Elizabethan manor house, extensive grounds and unique library collection. The charity remains committed to maintaining its outstanding collection of early women’s writing, accessible to all readers who wish to consult it.

The board of Trustees, alongside the dedicated staff and volunteers, are looking forward to Katie leading Chawton House into its new future.