Andover Museum is one of the venues operated by the trust

Hampshire Cultural Trust CEO steps down months after job losses

Robert Picheta, 08.08.2018
Janet Owen to leave after turbulent year for charity
Janet Owen will step down as the CEO of Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) after a turbulent year for the charity, which saw it cut a number of jobs following a reduction in its funding.

Owen has headed the organisation since its creation in 2014, when it took control of 24 sites previously run by Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council.

The body agreed to a 10% cut in its council grant for 2018-19 when it was established, and announced a number of redundancies in January.

Three trustees were among those to voluntarily leave the charity in the same month, and concerns were also raised about the future of artefacts at the trust's venues following the budget cuts.

Sites managed by HCT include Winchester City Museum, Andover Museum, and Rockbourne Roman Villa.

Owen's resignation will take effect in October. She is leaving to "pursue her long-standing interest in cultural heritage which has been inspired by her academic work", according to a statement from the trust.

Alan Lovell, chair of trustees at HCT, said: "Janet has been a real asset to the trust and has delivered some remarkable achievements in her tenure: I would like to thank her for commitment over the past four years."

She will be replaced by Paul Sapwell, the organisation's current chief operating officer, who joined HCT in 2016. He said: "It is a huge privilege to be taking over the helm at such an exciting stage in the trust's development as an independent charity.

"I am so proud to have the opportunity to lead such a passionate and dedicated team that is committed both to preserving and developing the outstanding culture that Hampshire has to offer."

Last month, the trust was awarded full Accreditation for the museums it operates in Hampshire and Dorset. It says visitor numbers at its sites have risen by 14% this year.

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Tim Schadla-Hall
Reader in Public Archaeology, University College London
09.08.2018, 14:08
I just hope the replacement CEO will do something to restore the pre-eminence of Hampshire's Museums and also the morale of what is left of the expert staff.