Brendan McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Old Royal Naval College, has announced that he will be retiring in the autumn.

Brendan has served as Chief Executive since February 2012 and leaves the Old Royal Naval College in a strong position, having restructured the organisation, developed the Heritage Lottery Funded Painted Hall Project and led two major fundraising campaigns. He has also brought in a strong volunteering ethos and, with partners, developed some large external events, notably Greenwich Music Time, the five-day annual music festival held in Grand Square each summer. This has all helped to develop a wide support base for the Old Royal Naval College, including in the US, where the American Friends group is now established.

“I’ve enjoyed myself immensely, working with really talented and committed people at all levels in the organisation.

“I’m delighted that we are now well underway with the Painted Hall Project. It is really uplifting to see our visitor experience transform, and to see considerable sums raised to help fulfil our ambitions.

“Although plenty of challenges remain, we have a good foundation for our future. In the autumn, we will be finalising our strategy for the next five years, giving my successor the opportunity to polish and have ownership of it.

“I am very confident that whoever follows me as Chief Executive will, as I have done, enjoy it immensely and relish the great support provided by such an inspiring group of staff and volunteers.”

The process to appoint Brendan's successor as Chief Executive has recently begun.