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New CEO Announcement

Posted: 11 March 2020

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Chaplin who will be joining as CEO of Arcadia in September 2020. He will take over from Anthea Case, who is stepping down after 15 years at the Fund. She will remain a member of Arcadia’s Advisory Board.

Simon will join Arcadia from the Wellcome Trust where he has been Director of Culture and Society since 2014.  Before that he was Head of the Wellcome Library, where he oversaw a successful major digitisation programme and championed the Trust’s open access policy.

Before joining Wellcome, Simon was Director of Museums and Special Collections at the Royal College of Surgeons, where he led the curatorial team behind the highly acclaimed redevelopment of the Hunterian Museum. He originally trained as a zoologist before his interest in the history and philosophy of science and medicine led him to join the Science Museum, where he worked on the Wellcome medical collections. He holds a PhD from King’s College London on the history of anatomical museums and has lectured and published widely on the work of the 18th-century anatomist John Hunter.

“We are delighted that Simon will join us as we grow our grant making and seek to use our knowledge and experience to influence others to share and support our vision. His experience, spanning as it does all three of Arcadia’s themes, will increase our impact and accelerate our efforts to preserve culture, protect the environment and promote open access” said Peter Baldwin, chair of Arcadia Donor Board.

Looking forward to his new role, Simon said ‘I am excited to be joining Arcadia and working with Lisbet, Peter and the team to build on the success of the past fifteen years. Arcadia’s mission, core values and belief in the power of patient investment and innovation to create sustainable, long-term solutions place it at the forefront of 21st century philanthropy, and I am looking forward to helping increase its impact and influence as the fund continues to develop and grow.’