William Burlington’s career began in photography. After studying under Jorge Lewinski, he worked for eight years as a portrait photographer before setting up Jasmine Photographic Studios Ltd. After his grandfather died in 2004, William began to devote more time to his family’s businesses, primarily at Chatsworth in Derbyshire and Lismore in County Waterford, Ireland. Among other responsibilities, he is Chairman of the Devonshire Educational Trust, which oversees approximately 20,000 educational visits per year. He also chairs the family’s sustainability and social responsibility steering group and he recently undertook a management programme at Harvard Business School, graduating in 2017. He has been Chancellor of the University of Derby since 2018 and has served on the boards of various charities and trusts, currently including the Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust, Peak District Artisans, Towers and Tales children’s literary festival in Lismore and a fundraising advisory panel for the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Selected former charitable roles include: Governor of the Byam Shaw School of Art; Trustee of the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust; Waterford County Council Economic Think Tanks panel member; Trustee of the Chisenhale Gallery; Patron of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In 2005, he converted the derelict West wing of his family’s home in Ireland in to a state-of-the-art contemporary gallery and arts centre, which hosts exhibitions by Irish and international artists. Lismore Castle Arts also runs a busy programme of lectures, classes and workshops.
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