Caro Howell, Director-General

Headshot of IWM Director-General, Caro Howell

Caro Howell took up the role of Director-General in May 2023.

The Director-General is the Board of Trustees’ Chief Executive and the Chief Accounting Officer. She is responsible for the effective development of IWM including management and staffing, the care of collections, the safeguarding of IWM's public funds and for its financial and other procedures.

She acts as the first point of contact with the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and Trustees.

Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) is an executive decision-making body. ELT supports the Director-General in the strategic leadership of IWM and establishing the vision, whilst maintaining executive responsibility for delivery. Following direction from the Board of Trustees, they take forward IWM's agreed strategic aims and objectives.

ELT monitors our use of public funds and ensures that best value for money is delivered. ELT ensures the maintenance of a transparent system of prudent and effective controls. This includes stewardship of funds and assets and the management of risk. They sign off major projects and investment in terms of impact, financials, and/or reputation as well as new strategy and policy changes.

ELT ensures that we meet our role and remit obligations and the needs of our audiences by exploring the causes, course and consequences of war through our permanent galleries, historic sites and temporary programming. 

  • Headshot of Françoise Harris, IWM's Executive Director, Collections and Governance
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    Françoise Harris

    Françoise Harris is Executive Director, Collections and Governance.

    Françoise has responsibility for caring for our collections and stewardship of the organisation.


  • Headshot of Vicky Stanbury, IWM's Executive Director, Commercial and Operations
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    Vicky Stanbury

    Vicky Stanbury is Executive Director, Commercial and Operations.

    Vicky is responsible for operations, the estate, sustainability, visitor experience and commercial activity across IWM’s five branches.

  • Headshot of Gill Webber, IWM's Executive Director, Content and Programmes.
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    Gill Webber

    Gill Webber is Executive Director, Content and Programmes. Gill is responsible for all programming and content across IWM’s five branches.

    Gill is also Executive Director of the IWM Institute for the Public Understanding of War and Conflict, our research, and knowledge exchange hub which explores the war and conflict subjects, themes and trends that will influence the museum's future work.