The Old Royal Naval College employs a hundred members of staff from front of house, facilities management, communications, administration, fundraising to learning.


Matthew Mees, Interim Chief Executive and Director of Finance, IT & HR  

Matthew is a senior finance professional with over twenty years’ experience gained with a range of commercial businesses in different sectors. In his most recent role, he was Director of Finance, HR & Legal for a private-equity backed start-up business in the real estate and flexible office provider sectors, which developed, designed and operated five events and workspaces in London.

Previous to this he was Finance Director of a privately-owned, non-branded, multi-site business that owned and managed over 20 venues including heritage pubs, contemporary bars and boutique hotels around London and the South-East of England. Prior to joining this, Matthew was Finance Director for the Covent Garden property portfolio of a FTSE250 company having joined from being Interim Finance Director and Financial Controller for two central London Exhibition Centres.

Matthew has worked also as Chief Financial Officer of a private hospital in Chelsea, Group Accountant for a luxury London department store and also for a luxury goods group working both in London and New York. Matthew qualified as an accountant in 1998 and became a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2003.


Xanthe Arvanitakis, Interim Director of Marketing and Commercial Enterprises


Xanthe joined the Old Royal Naval College in January 2018 in the role of Director of Marketing and Commercial Enterprises. Xanthe’s remit involves leading the communications and commercial team to develop the strategy to grow visitors and income. Xanthe was previously Director of Commercial and Operations at the Sir John Soane’s Museum where she was responsible for the development of a sustainable commercial and operational model for the Museum, and was part of the team at Jane Wentworth Associates.


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