The Ashmolean is structured under 5 departments:

  1. Audiences & Content
  2. Collections
  3. Commercial
  4. Development
  5. Operations

Find out more about the different departments and the people behind them below.



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The Audiences & Content Department is responsible for visitor experience, audience insight, interpretation and content, online engagement, membership, formal learning and academic engagement, and informal learning and public programming.

Director of Audiences & Content – Gina Koutsika

Head of Audiences & Online Engagement – Sarah Casey

Head of Digital Content & Interpretation – Jane Cockcroft

Head of Formal Learning & University Engagement – Clare Cory

Head of Informal Learning & Public Programmes – Jo Rice

Head of Visitor Experience – Emma Hermon


The Ashmolean has 7 different departments: Antiquities, Eastern Art, Western Art, the Heberden Coin Room and Cast Gallery are all responsible for the administration, scholarship and curatorship of our objects. Conservation work with objects across the different departments to preserve (in the case of conservation) and engage the wider university in using object based learning in their taught courses and assessments. Our Digital Collections Team work to improve internal systems and processes, and enable our collections to be published and connected online.

Sackler Keeper of Antiquities – Paul Roberts (currently on sabbatical until end 2022)
Acting Keeper of Antiquities – Paul Collins (Jaleh Hearn Curator of Ancient Middle East)

Keeper of Eastern Art – Dr Mallica Kumbera Landrus

Keeper of Western Art – Professor Catherine Whistler

Keeper of Heberden Coin Room – Professor Chris Howgego

Keeper of the Cast Gallery – Professor Bert Smith

Head of Conservation – Daniel Bone

Head of Digital Collections – Dr Aruna Bhaugeerutty


The Commercial Department operates a thriving retail, catering, publishing and venue hire business. In addition, the Department manages the Corporate Membership programme, licensing portfolio, picture library and photography studio.

The Ashmolean commercial profit is invested back into the museum to support the annual operating costs, to enhance the collections and further the Museum's research.

Commercial Director – Claire Lane

Head of Events, Corporate Membership & Filming – Wendy Ball

Head of Publishing and Licensing – Declan McCarthy


The Development Department is responsible for acquiring funding to support the Museum and to help fund projects within the Museum.

Head of Development – Jules Foster (maternity cover)


The Ashmolean Operations Directorate is responsible for major projects, our exhibitions, all 3D and 2D design, safety and security, museum facilities, finance, IT and HR.

Operations Director – Rachel Davies

Head of Finance – Karen Thorne

Head of Health, Safety and Security – Mike Finneran

Head of Major Projects & Exhibitions – Aisha Burtenshaw