The V&A

Director of Design, Estate and Public Programme

The role

The internationally renowned and iconic V&A is evolving into a family of museums dedicated to the power of creativity. Our mission is to champion design and creativity in all its forms, for everyone, to advance cultural knowledge and inspire makers, creators, and innovators everywhere.

The Director of Design, Estate and Public Programme leads a large multi-disciplinary team comprising the Estate, Projects, Design, Exhibitions and Sustainability departments, to deliver an outstanding and unique visitor experience across all of our sites, and connecting audiences with a world inspired by creativity. Working with the best established and emerging architects, designers, engineers and expert consultants, you will ensure that all of the V&A’s physical interventions are ambitious, imaginative and of the highest design quality.

We are seeking an inspirational leader who combines a design sensibility with the ability to deliver complex programmes; someone who will set a high bar for strategic leadership in the planning, development and implementation of all design and building led initiatives.

For a confidential conversation, please contact our retained advisors at McLean Public: Jonathan Swain on 07733 304094 or Rebecca Rampat on 07957 730837.

For a confidential discussion, please contact our retained advisers Jonathan Swain and Rebecca Rampat of McLean Public

To apply, please provide an up-to-date CV with a supporting statement of your credentials and suitability for the role by Tuesday 16th April 2024 at 9:00am. These can be emailed through to

  • CV
  • Supporting Statement
Action Date
Closing date for applications 9:00am on Tuesday 16th April 2024
Longlist meeting 22nd / 23rd/ 24th April 2024 (TBC)
Shortlist meeting 7th & 8th May 2024 (TBC)
V&A shortlist interviews w/c 13th May 2024 (TBC)
Stakeholder sessions & final panel interviews w/c 20th May 2024 (TBC)

McLean Public is committed to inclusive recruitment practices. If there are any adjustments required to enable a more accessible experience, please do not hesitate to let us know.

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Up to £120,000



16th April 2024


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