Angela McConville has been appointed Chief Executive of the Old Royal Naval College to succeed Brendan McCarthy, who retires on October 3rd after over 5 years leading the organisation. Angela was appointed after an extensive search by the Board of Trustees.

Angela has a strong educational background BA 1st Class in Literature, MSc Multimedia Systems both from Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA from Henley Business School. She was initially with the Management Consulting division of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and then moved into the charitable sector working in community based regeneration organisations. She is currently Chief Executive of Westway Trust in West London. Angela has a strong interest in heritage and its role engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. She is also passionate about education and is motivated by the significant role the Old Royal Naval College can play in stimulating learning and creative enterprise. Angela has been an active Trustee of the successful London Transport Museum since 2013, also serving as a member of the Board of its commercial subsidiary.

Tony Hales, Chair of Trustees of the Old Royal Naval College, said: “I would first like to thank Brendan for a job well done. Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece is in better shape than for many years, the conservation of the Painted Hall and its undercroft is firmly underway, and our staff and volunteers have never been more welcoming to visitors. I welcome the appointment of Angela, a talented and proven leader, who is committed to continuing the conservation of our amazing World Heritage Site and attracting more visitors, locally, nationally and internationally to enjoy and learn from their experience”.

Angela will take up her appointment on 30 October 2017.

Commenting on her move, Angela said: “The Old Royal Naval College is the heart of one of the world’s greatest heritage sites and the Painted Hall is an extraordinary work of international importance – the work of 19 years by Sir James Thornhill. There remains much to do to complete the funding and work on the Painted Hall ahead of our early 2019 re-opening, and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the whole of the Old Royal Naval College site. My ambition is to develop it into not just a top heritage destination but also one of London’s leading cultural destinations that supports and amplifies our educational aims. I look forward to meeting the staff, volunteers, partners and supporters who make all this possible, and finding out how I can best deliver their ambitions for our future”.


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About the Old Royal Naval College:

The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich is Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece. This British landmark encompasses some of the finest buildings in the world, and is the must-see architectural centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

Visitors can see the magnificent Painted Hall and the Neoclassical Chapel, hear the stories of the site and of those who lived and worked here, and enjoy the beautiful historic grounds.

With a bar and restaurant serving locally sourced quality British food, the Old Royal Naval College is the perfect destination for a great day out. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Established as the Royal Hospital for Seamen by King William III and Queen Mary II in 1694, the buildings of the Old Royal Naval College were designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and from 1705 provided accommodation for retired sailors, housing as many as 2,700 residents at its peak in 1814. In 1869 the site became home to the Royal Naval College, an officers’ training academy, until 1997. When the Navy left, the site was opened to the public as an extraordinary cultural destination to enlighten, enrich and delight for present and future generations. 

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