By Comms — 30/04/2021

Re-Form Heritage begins recruitment process for new Chief Executive

Re-Form Heritage has today announced that they are recruiting for a new Chief Executive.

Re-Form Heritage, the heritage and community regeneration charity which owns and manages Middleport Pottery, has today announced that they are recruiting for a new Chief Executive. This follows the announcement of the departure of current Chief Executive Clare Wood, who is leaving the charity to take over as Chief Executive and Artistic Director for the British Ceramics Biennial.

Over recent years Re-Form Heritage has gone from strength to strength, with achievements including a high-profile campaign to seek to reinstate bell founding to the former Whitechapel Bell Foundry site, an outstanding visitor offer at Middleport Pottery, and a solid financial footing despite the restrictions of COVID19. A significant recent success story for the charity is the commencement of the Harper Street regeneration, a construction project which will see £2.6m invested into the transformation of the long-derelict Victorian terrace and a programme of activities delivered with the local community.

Re-Form Heritage Chairman Stephen Musgrave said:

“We are sad to see Clare go. In her three years with Re-Form Heritage she has led the charity with skill and she leaves it in excellent health and with a much higher local and national profile. Under her stewardship Re-Form Heritage has further enhanced its reputation as a leading charity in repurposing our at-risk industrial heritage buildings as epitomised by its work at Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, and the nearby restoration of Harper Street.

We look to an exciting future for the charity and will recruit a worthy successor to take us forward. As Clare will remain in Stoke-on-Trent we will not be losing her. We look forward to many future partnerships with her and she goes with all our thanks and best wishes.''

Clare Wood said:

“Being Chief Executive of Re-Form Heritage is a wonderful opportunity and I have enjoyed every minute of my time in this role. To play a part in the guardianship and future prosperity of some of the UK’s most significant historic places is an honour. The Re-Form Heritage model of creating living, breathing heritage sites that respect and celebrate the stories and skills that are unique to an area has proved to be a highly effective model for regeneration, growth and community support.

Much of the pleasure of running a charity like Re-Form Heritage is about the people that you work alongside. The trustees, staff, volunteers and all those associated with our sites demonstrate fantastic skill, knowledge and dedication every single day. It is that passion combined with the incredible atmosphere of the buildings we care for that resonates so loudly with visitors and supporters of our work. I look forward to seeing how Re-Form Heritage continues to develop and prosper in coming years.”

The recruitment process is now underway for Re-Form Heritage’s next Chief Executive.