Staff restructure at Hepworth Wakefield

Nicola Sullivan, 16.06.2015
The majority of senior management staff are understood to have left the gallery
The Hepworth Wakefield gallery has restructured its workforce and operations as part of a new business plan designed to increase profitability, boost visitor numbers and maximise resources.

A spokeswoman from the gallery said that alternative positions were offered to employees whose jobs were affected by the changes.

Museums Journal understands that none of the original senior management team, apart from the director, are still at the gallery.
 
The gallery said that the restructure would enable it to "more effectively realise its audience-focused and culture-led regeneration ambitions” and was not just a cost saving exercise.
 
A statement from the gallery said: “The realignment of the team was undertaken as an investment to enable the gallery to deliver our ambitious new business plan developed with our board rather than a cost saving exercise.

"The restructure enables us to address effectively the three key strategic imperatives of our business plan to increase footfall, increase income and maximise our resources and their impact.”
 
Hepworth Wakefield, employs 72 people, and is run as a charitable trust. It receives funding from Wakefield Council, Arts Council England, charities and private sponsors.

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