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Painshill Park Trust appoints a new Director

Painshill Park Trust Ltd, is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Griffiths as the new Director of the 158-acre, Grade I listed 18th century landscape garden.

On 5th November 2018, Paul Griffiths will take over the management of Painshill landscape garden in Cobham Surrey as Director. Paul comes with over 20 years’ experience within the leisure and heritage sectors and has recently been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business for services to Tourism, Heritage and Conservation.

Paul, whose previous positions include Head of Operations for the New Mary Rose Museum and working at a senior level for London Historic Properties at English Heritage, is thrilled about this new opportunity:

“I am delighted to have been appointed as Director at Painshill and can’t wait to get started in the role.  The landscape garden is sensational and as a visitor attraction it is a real hidden gem.  I very much look forward to working with the Trustees, staff and volunteers to develop and deliver a strategy which will enable Painshill to realise its full potential.”

Over the coming months the new Director will work with the board of Trustees to secure a sustainable future for Painshill as a major heritage attraction and education centre. With Paul’s expertise on board, the Trust is confident that Painshill, which has won many awards for its exemplary restoration will become recognised as one of the finest 18th century landscape gardens in Europe.

“We must increase visitor numbers so that many more people are able to enjoy Painshill and to ensure it will be preserved for the benefit of future generations.  Paul has an impressive career background and we are very pleased that he has joined our team of staff and volunteers who are dedicated to achieving that result,” says Richard Reay-Smith, Chairman of Painshill Park Trust.