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Heritage Project Manager: Inner City Trust

Salary £42k per annum pro rata 37.5 hours per week.
The appointment will initially be for a 3 year period and may be extended following a review.

The Inner City Trust (Derry) is seeking to recruit a Project Manager to lead an exciting major heritage buildings project for the city of Derry. This project, which will run for 3 years, is funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund and National Heritage Lottery Fund. The successful candidate will coordinate the effective delivery of the Heritage Development Programme targeting at risk properties and be responsible for managing resources and budgets relating to the Programme.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates. Secondment will be considered where your employer is supportive.

Candidates should have:

• A minimum of 2 years Relevant experience working in a project management role.

• A relevant degree, or 3rd level qualification, in a relevant discipline eg, built environment conservation, town & country planning, environmental, architecture, engineering.

The Panel reserve the right to increase the shortlisting criteria in the event of a large level of interest.

For an application form and full details of the position, the personnel specification; salary and terms and conditions please contact Margaret Mary McGowan, Operations Supervisor, at email MargaretMary.McGowan@innercitytrust.com OR ring 02871260329. CVs may be accepted in lieu of application forms but must include information to enable shortlisting.

The CLOSING DATE for applications is Thursday 7th March 2024 @ 4pm.

It is anticipated that shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview on 15th March 2024.

Face to face interviews will be necessary before an appointment may be confirmed.

The Inner City Trust is an equal opportunities employer.

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Interpretation & Fit Out ITT: Focus Consultants – The Auckland Project

Our Partner members Focus Consultants are project managing for The Auckland Project (TAP) and are inviting Tenders from appropriately qualified companies, individuals, and collaborations to help deliver a fully comprehensive Design & Build service in respect of interpretation for the Saint Paul Burning of the Heathen Books Tapestry.

The following tender is included in this project, and is advertised as below:
• Interpretation Design Team & Fit Out Contractor

The Consultant shall provide the Scope of Service described with an excellence of service as expected of a competent, professional person of the relevant discipline in the performance of their services who is experienced in carrying out such services in relation to works of similar size, scope and nature to the proposed works.

This section includes the following scopes for consultant services to be provided by the Interpretation Design Team in connection with The Burning of the Heathen Books project at the Faith Museum as part of The Auckland Project.
Note that due to the time constraints it is intended that the fit out contractor will be appointed at the same time as the Design Team to work alongside the team and take ownership of the production drawings and final costings. This Tender is to procure a joint submission from a Design Team and Contractor. The Designers In the team should submit their fees for development of the
work and the contractor should submit day rates for their trades and overheads & profit percentages.

The Design Team will be required to provide the following services:
• Lead Interpretation Design
• Lighting Design
• Audio-visual (AV) software brief development, design, and production
• Audio-visual (AV) hardware specification and installation
• Interactive brief development (mechanical and/or digital)
• Graphic design
• Services design
• Structural design
• Principal Designer

The Interpretation Fit Out Contract is to comprise of the following as required by the emerging concept:
• Setworks, bespoke joinery, scenic and set dressing
• Showcases
• Mounts
• Mannequins
• Protection, barriers (for objects on open display)
• Furniture and seating throughout
• Specialist lighting design for all interpretative design and display areas
• Audio-visual (AV) content
• Audio-visual (AV) hardware
• Interactive design (mechanical and/or digital)
• Multimedia
• Graphics
• Interpretative artworks
• Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) Services directly associated with the interpretation works
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• Structural considerations in connection with the interpretation works i.e. any specific structural fixings required to support the installations and ensure structural integrity
• Prototyping

Tenders should be via our Project Manager, Focus Consultants. During the Tender period, should the Tenderer wish to submit questions or seek clarification on any information contained within this ITT, they should be issued to administration@focus-consultants.com with the subject heading: The Auckland Project, Interpretation Design & Fit Out.

A Project Launch Event will be held via Zoom at 14:00 – 16:00 on 22nd February 2024.
Please use this link for access:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 820 2336 7231
Passcode: 411475

You can download the full tender document here. 

You can download the GA Plan here. 

You can download the GA Empty here.

If successful in being shortlisted for interview, interviews will be held on 19th March 2024.

Tender deadline: 8th March 2024

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Festivals and Events Manager: Glasgow Buildings Preservation Trust

This role is full time. However, candidates wishing to propose delivering the role in a part time capacity might be considered.

The post will initially be offered on a probationary period of 6 months.

The starting salary will be £30,000 – £32,500.00 per annum, dependant on experience.

The post is largely office-based, at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust offices at the Wellpark Enterprise Centre, 120 Sydney Street, Glasgow.

Occasional home working can be accommodated, and the role will involve visiting buildings, attending meetings out with the office and evening and weekend working, particularly during the festival itself. Time off in lieu will be granted for agreed working out of normal working hours.

Following successful completion of the probationary period, you will be eligible for enrolment into the company’s pension scheme including an employer’s contribution of 6.0% of salary.

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust are looking to recruit a Festivals and Events Manager.  The trust is a charitable social enterprise that works to rescue, repair, and restore historic buildings at risk across the city.

As well as saving some of Glasgow’s most significant and well-loved buildings, the Trust also delivers heritage activities across the city, supporting communities to explore their local history and heritage often, but not always, in relation to building restoration.

Having brought the concept to the UK in 1990, they run the annual Glasgow Doors Open Day Festival in September each year, which attracts over 30,000 visits to over 200 events, including opening historic buildings, in-person, and digital heritage trails, talks and other activities.

This is the largest part of a family of Doors Open Days events taking place throughout Scotland co-ordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust and which in turn, with Scottish Archaeology Month, forms Scotland’s contribution to European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union.

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival is a prestigious event in the city’s cultural and heritage calendar.

The Role
Managing the Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival is a key aspect of this role.

The Trust hold other events including civic receptions, building launches, workshops, consultations, and heritage activities across the city.

Reporting to the Director, the Festival and Events Manager will:

• Deliver Glasgow Doors Open Day Festival, including fundraising, developing a programme, liaising with participants and partner organisations, marketing, press and publicity for the event (in conjunction with GBPT’s Marketing and Audience Development Officer).
• Devise and manage other heritage events relevant to the Trust’s core activities, including working with colleagues on funding applications and developing the Trust’s projects.

Job Description
• Co-ordinating and curating Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival
• Ensuring the event is inclusive and as far reaching as possible to involve all Glasgow’s citizens, particularly those in areas of significant deprivation
• Development of the programme – seeking out new participants in response and programming additional events
• Identifying an annual theme and encouraging participant organisations to programme specific activity based on this theme
• Devising and co-ordinating other activities, including cultural events, aiming to ensure the event remains relevant, fresh, and innovative.
• Developing, programming, and managing a talk series at the pop-up Festival Hub
• Encouraging a series of walks and digital tours and incorporating these into the programme
• Fundraising including writing applications for grants, developing an offer for sponsors, and securing sponsorship and advertising income
• Drafting and management of the festival budget
• Producing information and guidance for partner organisations, participating venues and talk leaders
• Development and maintenance of Glasgow Doors Open Days website including copywriting / proofing participants’ marketing copy
• Producing and delivering a cost-effective marketing strategy in conjunction with the Trust’s Marketing and Audience Development Officer, including management of social media channels
• Liasing with the volunteer walk leaders, participant building operators, partner organisations, and the national Doors Open Day Co-ordinator based in the Scottish Civic Trust
• Recruitment and management of freelancers (Volunteer Co-ordinator, Tech Manager, Web Developer, Photographer, Videographer, etc) festival volunteers and interns
• Fostering educational links with local schools
• Producing and distributing visitor and participant surveys, maximising survey responses, and collating feedback for final eventIMPACTS report
• Writing an evaluation report for the festival and distributing this to funders
• Considering risks, conducting risk assessments as required and considering insurance requirements in relation to the festival and other events
• Representing the Trust in official meetings with statutory bodies, funding institutions, volunteers, etc
• Occasional public speaking and media appearances
• Assisting with the preparation of the Trust’s Annual Report
• Assisting with other project development work associated with building projects and community engagement work as and when required. For example, preparation of funding applications, liaising with professional consultants and co-ordination/delivery of projects
• General office administration in relation to the role

You can download the full job information document here.

Please apply in writing including a covering letter (no more than 2 sides A4) outlining your suitability for the role and an up-to-date CV.

Please submit your application by email to david@gbpt.org no later than 12.00 noon on Monday 11th March 2024.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Friday 15th March 2024 and interviews will be held on 20th March 2024.

If you have any queries prior to making your application, please email david@gbpt.org.

Haverfordwest Heritage

Chief Executive Officer: Haverfordwest Heritage

Fixed-term for 2.5 years, renewal dependent on funding.
Salary: £42,000 pro rata (0.8 FTE).
Home-based with weekly visits to Haverfordwest, and other travel as necessary.

Haverfordwest is the central town in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales, boasting a large number of 18th and 19th century buildings. With approximately 350 listed buildings, the town centre contains one of the most densely concentrated collections of listed buildings in Wales. However, the town has been in decline for over two decades resulting in many heritage buildings now empty, neglected and deteriorating.

Haverfordwest Heritage was formed in 2023 to reverse this decline by bringing buildings back into use. With three years of funding and support from the Architectural Heritage Fund, their aim is to re-establish a strong sense of community and positive economic, social, and cultural outlook by creating vibrant spaces for commercial, residential and community use within their historic buildings.

They are seeking an experienced heritage development leader to drive forward their mission to revitalise Haverfordwest through the regeneration of their heritage buildings. This is an exciting time to join their new organisation. You’ll not only help shape a new, dynamic, heritage development trust, but will help transform the physical, economic, social and cultural landscape of the town.

Fixed-term for 2.5 years, renewal dependent on funding.
Salary: £42,000 pro rata (0.8 FTE).
Home-based with weekly visits to Haverfordwest, and other travel as necessary.

To apply, see job description and person spec.

Closing date for applications is 1 March 2024.

To find out more or to arrange an informal conversation, please contact Richard Blacklaw-Jones, Chair of Haverfordwest Heritage, info@haverfordwestheritage.org.uk

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Operations Manager: Riverside House

£30,000 per annum fixed term contract initially for three years
40 Hours per week, 52 weeks per year, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.
Responsible to: Operations Director and Board of Directors

Riverside House is looking to appoint an Operations Manager.  The post holder will be part of a fabulous team of people in a beautiful environment. They will participate in how the project develops, helping to leave a legacy for the local community. They will have opportunities to creatively participate in developing the inspiring cultural life of the organisation and community and have opportunities to develop new skills and abilities.

Job Purpose
The remit for the Operations Manager is broad and extensive and because of its dynamic role requires someone who is able to demonstrate competence in a wide range of situations, and who can apply a range of knowledge, skills & understanding to further develop their offer.

This includes:
• People: working with vulnerable adults and children; coordinating and managing volunteers.
• Provision: administrative support for the project; designing workshop curricula; developing cultural impulses; developing art and crafts programmes.
• Place: ecological and environmental stewardship; practical land-based management.

The successful candidate will be developing the project in the way it is described above and will need to be flexible and adaptable in the role to enable the project to fulfil its aspirations.

Experience
The role would ideally suit an individual who has experience working in the third sector or social enterprise organisations. Embracing Riverside House’s objectives, vision, values, purpose, and method, the successful applicant would ideally have hands-on practical experience in land stewardship, ecology and project management, including implementing stewardship and site management plans. Experience of working with a wide range of beneficiaries, including adults and children with autism, learning disabilities and mental health challenges would be an advantage.

Riverside House is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Level Disclosure.

Closing date Midnight 12th March 2024.

Interviews on 16th March
For full job specification and application form please email inquiries@riverside-house.org.uk

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Senior Conservation Officer: SAVE Britain’s Heritage

Location: Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, central London. An element of flexible working is negotiable.
Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week, with occasional evening work and national travel
Salary: circa £32- 35,000 depending on experience
Annual leave: 28 days including 3 days between Christmas and New Year

SAVE Britain’s Heritage are an independent, national charity that campaigns to protect historic buildings and places of all ages and types from demolition and decay. They stand out from other organisations in our field by working with architects, engineers and developers to come up with re-use proposals. Where possible and with advice from our lawyers, they take legal action to prevent needless loss. Find out more about their campaigns and work.

As a result of some significant high-profile public inquiries in recent years, including the M&S Oxford Street public inquiry, Anglia Square in Norwich, the Custom House in the City of London, Smithfield General Market, and the Welsh Streets in Liverpool, they have a high profile in the heritage and planning sectors and beyond and a track record of success as they head towards their 50th anniversary in 2025.

The need for SAVE’s work is as important as ever. We face significant challenges in relation to ongoing demolition, neglect and decay of historic buildings, and major planning policy gaps. The pressing need for a new approach to demolition and re-use in the construction sector in the face of the climate crisis is a key priority. It goes hand in hand with their work to save and re-purpose remarkable buildings that people cherish.

SAVE now have a fantastic opportunity for you to become their Senior Conservation Officer. This is a key role in the SAVE team. You will co-ordinate their responses to major planning applications affecting historic buildings or places, and act as a primary point of advice for casework in the office. You will liaise with a wide range of people from members of the public and community groups to decision makers on all levels from local authorities and amenity societies to national organisations and government. You’ll be prioritising, planning and co-ordinating campaigns in conjunction with the Director, and Editorial and Communications Manager – from organising public meetings and drafting petitions, to speaking at events, or helping craft press releases.

You will co-ordinate SAVE’s comments on planning applications, assessing proposals in terms of impact/significance within statutory timeframes, and occasionally making representations to planning committees as well as liaising with legal advisers, architects or developers where appropriate. You will give media interviews or comment to the press in liaison with the Editorial and Communications Manager and contribute copy for online content and hard copy publications. This post reports to the Director and manages an Assistant Conservation Officer. It is a small, busy and friendly team. No day is the same.

Download the full job description here.

How to apply: Please send your CV, and a covering letter (no more than two pages) stating why you would like to work for SAVE and how you fit the person specification for the role advertised to Leigh Stanford, Administrator: administrator@savebritainsheritage.org

They welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith, or disability.

Deadline: 1st March 2024, midnight.

Timetable: 1st interviews will be held on 11-13th March, 2nd interviews will be held 25-26th March

For an informal chat, please ring or email Henrietta Billings, director: 0207 250 3500 henrietta.billings@savebritainsheritage.org

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Invitation to Tender – Evaluation Consultant: Birmingham Museums Trust

Our Partner Members Focus Consultants are working with Birmingham Museums Trust to put together a team for the trust’s Laying the Foundations project.

Birmingham Museum Trust is on the road to significant transformation. It is therefore essential to document and record our findings, learn and improve as they progress. They are committed to embedding new ways of working and are seeking external evaluation support to assist them in this process.

In order to evaluation the Resilient Heritage Laying the Foundation Project, they require the following:

• Baseline benchmarking of organisational culture and capacities.
• Establishing the evaluation framework for the project – defining the what, how, when, who, and why.
• Periodic evaluation reports.
• A post-project review will be required to be submitted to the NLHF in line with their guidance.

What they’re looking for:

The collective team will bring to the table big ideas and ambition that creatively respond to the vision, unafraid to challenge accepted norms, collaborating to support the client in further refining their vision and objectives, rooted in community needs. The team should have a strong sense of Birmingham and its unique characteristics and super-diversity. You will need to have a deep understanding of this area of work, but you do not necessarily need to be a bricks and mortar consultancy firm. They welcome responses from individuals, companies, or collaborations.

Ultimately, they do not mind who you are (although if you are not based in the city, they hope that you would see the benefit of spending ample time here to get under the skin of its residents). Their teams are diverse, as is the city, and your work will recognise, celebrate, and respond to this.

If you consider yourself suitable for certain parts of the brief but not the whole, they would still like to hear from you as they are looking to create the right team who can bring something to the table, which may involve a certain amount of matchmaking with those who have different skill sets. They want you to understand their passion for change, appreciate the exploratory nature of this work, and be robust and brave with your assertions.

Download the Evaluation Strategy brief here.

Download the Laying the Foundations Invitation to Tender here.

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Invitation to Tender – Citizens Jury: Birmingham Museums Trust

Our Partner Members Focus Consultants are working with Birmingham Museums Trust to put together a team for the trust’s Laying the Foundations project.

BMT is currently commissioning a team of experts to review its Governance, Business Model and Fundraising, with a view to recommending new approaches to create a radically democratic museum and the structures, skills and capacities to deliver them and the Citizen’s Jury is integral to this work.

They are looking to have representatives from all sections of society involved in a single conversation about what Birmingham means to them and what roles the museum could play in enhancing the life of the city. They wish to delve deeper than what is currently possible in focus groups, advisory panels or surveys, and host at least 30 hours of facilitated conversations with at least 25 representatives.

They are looking for consultants to:
• Carry out the required planning, design, liaison and project management.
• Work with us to set up the Oversight Group and facilitate Oversight Group meetings.
• Work with the Oversight Group to identify key expert witnesses and source other expert witnesses to address topics raised by the participants.
• Planning and facilitation of CJ sessions with participants.
• Management of participants including vouchers, onboarding and childcare.
• Facilitate launch and public closing event.
• Commission a documentary film of the event.
• Submit final report.

What they’re looking for:

The collective team will bring to the table big ideas and ambition that creatively respond to the vision, unafraid to challenge accepted norms, collaborating to support the client in further refining their vision and objectives, rooted in community needs. The team should have a strong sense of Birmingham and its unique characteristics and super-diversity. You will need to have a deep understanding of this area of work, but you do not necessarily need to be a bricks and mortar consultancy firm. They welcome responses from individuals, companies, or collaborations.

Ultimately, they do not mind who you are (although if you are not based in the city, they hope that you would see the benefit of spending ample time here to get under the skin of its residents). Their teams are diverse, as is the city, and your work will recognise, celebrate, and respond to this.

If you consider yourself suitable for certain parts of the brief but not the whole, they would still like to hear from you as they are looking to create the right team who can bring something to the table, which may involve a certain amount of matchmaking with those who have different skill sets. They want you to understand their passion for change, appreciate the exploratory nature of this work, and be robust and brave with your assertions.

Download the Citizens Jury Brief here.

Download the Laying the Foundations Invitation to Tender here.

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Support Officer Northern Ireland: Architectural Heritage Trust

Vacancy: Support Office (Northern Ireland) 0.5 FTE / 17.5 hours a week
Salary: £32,000 pro-rata (0.5 FTE role: £16,000), plus 8% pension contributions
Duration: Permanent

Application: Please submit a CV and covering letter to ahf@ahfund.org.uk, by email.

Deadline: 26 February 2024
Interviews: w/c 4 March 2024

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is currently seeking a Support Officer for Northern Ireland. Reporting to the Development Manager (Wales) and to the Development Manager (Northern Ireland), you will be responsible for managing a caseload of projects in Northern Ireland, advising and guiding projects with special focus on the earliest stages of a project’s lifecycle, ensuring grants where offered are allocated in accordance with the programme’s criteria and priorities, and liaising with external partners to achieve common objectives as appropriate.

They are looking for a candidate able to demonstrate a breadth and depth of experience across the principal duties of this post. A working knowledge of the heritage, social enterprise and social investment sectors and clear relevant work experience in heritage development, project management, grants management, community development, regeneration, or a similar area. The candidate must be a team player, with excellent interpersonal, influencing, negotiating and communication skills. They should have experience of analysing and evaluating information from a wide variety of sources and presenting it in an appropriate format to a variety of audiences. Candidates must have strong numeric and financial skills, excellent attention to detail and be a confident user of common IT system Office packages. They are looking for someone who stands out, is enthusiastic, target orientated and in particular, committed to achieving beneficial social outcomes through heritage.

For a full job description please click here.

About the AHF
AHF is a leading heritage charity founded in 1976 to help charities and social enterprises across the UK find solutions for vulnerable historic buildings. They do this by offering advice, grants, and loans. You can find more details of the AHF and the impact of their work at: www.ahfund.org.uk

Commitment to diversity
In accordance with their commitment to promote equality of opportunity and diversity across all of their areas of work, they particularly welcome applications from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled people and younger people, who are currently under-represented within the AHF.

How to apply
If you would like to apply for this post, please send a CV and a covering letter (by email only) that demonstrates your suitability for the vacancy to ahf@ahfund.org.uk. Your application should reach them no later than 5pm on 26 February 2024. They will contact you if you have been selected for interview; interviews will take place the week commencing 4 March 2024.

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Investment and Programmes Assistant : Architectural Heritage Trust

Salary: £25,000 – £27,000, plus 8% pension contributions
Duration: Permanent
Application: Please submit a CV and covering letter to ahf@ahfund.org.uk, by email.
Deadline: 26 February 2024
Interviews: 13th March 2024

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is currently seeking an Investment and Programmes Assistant. Working closely with the Director of Investment and Director of Programmes and members of both of those teams, the post holder will help to deliver an efficient and robust funding function across the Architectural Heritage Fund’s (AHF) Investment and Programmes Teams. You will be responsible for the day-to-day administrative functions of the teams including maintaining key files and records.

They are looking for a candidate with 1- 2 years’ experience of administration and/or customer facing role, ideally in a financial or funding capacity with a social investor, charity lender or funder. The candidate must have excellent organisational, written, and oral communication skills. They must have excellent numerical and general IT skills and have experience of using database system(s) and Excel. The candidate must have ability to work effectively as a member of a predominantly remote working team, and the ability to work effectively on their own initiative with a willingness to learn new skills.

Ideally candidates will be educated to degree level or equivalent, have knowledge of charity lending and other social investment sectors and experience of working within a charity or voluntary sector organisation; however, these are not essential criteria. Also, candidates should demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to built heritage and the AHF’s mission – to help deliver a sustainable future for historic buildings throughout the UK through community enterprise.

For a full job description please click here.

 About the AHF

AHF is a leading heritage charity founded in 1976 to help charities and social enterprises across the UK find solutions for vulnerable historic buildings. We do this by offering advice, grants, and loans. You can find more details of the AHF and the impact of our work at: www.ahfund.org.uk

Commitment to diversity

In accordance with our commitment to promote equality of opportunity and diversity across all of our areas of work, we particularly welcome applications from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled people and younger people, who are currently under-represented within the AHF.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this post, please send a CV and a covering letter (by email only) that demonstrates your suitability for the vacancy to ahf@ahfund.org.uk. Your application should reach us no later than 5pm on 26 February 2024. We will contact you if you have been selected for interview; interviews will take place on 13th March 2024.

Volunteering Opportunities

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Trustees: Robert Burns Ellisland Trust

The Robert Burns Ellisland Trust is recruiting to its board of trustees, including a Chair of the Board.  These appointments are critical to strengthen and develop the trust at an exciting time in its history. The Trust are moving forward as a newly accredited museum and embarking on an ambitious plan to develop the heritage site as a cultural destination of international significance. This will require the Trust to raise significant funds, support the maintenance and development of the farm buildings and collection and monitor and manage a major capital project.

The Chair provides leadership to the Board and Executive Team, harnessing and directing the Trustees’ efforts in support of the Ellisland’s wide-ranging conservation, learning and engagement activities. This is a crucial time for the Trust as they prepare for a significant capital redevelopment of the site of Ellisland Farm. The new Chair will help them to develop the Ellisland Farm’s future strategy, navigating the opportunities and challenges of the coming years and building upon our previous track record of success. They will be a strategic thinker, a creative communicator and have an unwavering commitment to the heritage of Robert Burns and his wife Jean Armour, in a spirit of equality, diversity and inclusion. A key focus for the Chair over the next five to eight years will be fundraising and the completion of the capital redevelopment and development of their new Business Plan for 2023 and beyond. They will also be recruiting for additional Trustees during the course of 2023 and the Chair will lead on this exciting chance to expand the skillset and representation at Board level.

  • Key Responsibilities
  • Strategic Leadership and Advocacy
  • Develop the strategic direction for the Trust in conjunction with the Trust’s senior officers and ensure the execution of the strategy by the Executive Team.
  • Actively support an efficient and visible fundraising function at Board level, enabling Trustees to understand, support and contribute to fundraising to enable to the organisation to execute its ambitions.
  • Set high level direction for and manage the performance of the Trust’s senior officers.
  • Assist in and, where appropriate, lead the Robert Burns Ellisland Trust’s positioning and reputation management, representing the Trust at functions both internal and external, within Scotland and nationally throughout the UK.
  • Engage with tourism and economic development appropriate to the international importance of Ellisland Farm.
  • Oversee relations with funding bodies and key national bodies. Board Management and Governance.
  • Lead the Board of Trustees, ensuring that Trustees fulfil their responsibilities for governance of the Trust, meeting legal and constitutional requirements.
  • Chair general and extraordinary Board meetings, away days and sub-committee as appropriate.
  • Work to ensure strengthening of Board membership and support the recruitment of new Board members in line with our skills audit and contribute to induction of new Trustees.
  • Take principal responsibility for Corporate Governance ensuring that an appropriate organisational, process and control environment is established.
  • Maintain a full understanding of the Trust’s operations and the sectors in which it operates together with the Trustees, oversee the Trust’s revenue funding agreements and outcomes associated with these.
  • Appoint sub committees for specific areas of the Trust’s work, with the approval of the Board and delegate functions as necessary.

Staff

  • Provide support to the Trust’s senior officers and review and monitor their performance and delivery on the Trust’s strategic objectives as set out in business plans.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience.
  • Demonstrate active interest in the heritage of Robert Burns and Jean Armour and of the local area around Ellisland.
  • Understand opportunities and challenges facing the UK cultural and tourism sectors and the social, cultural and financial context within which the Robert Burns Ellisland Trust operates.
  • Preferably have experience of major capital redevelopment project
  • Have experience in setting and reviewing strategic direction and achievement
  • Commit to giving the time to prepare for and lead board meetings, and attend sub-committee meetings where appropriate
  • Have a working knowledge of governance and management and understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trustees.
  • Understand financial data, approval of annual accounts and maintenance of financial solvency, whether in commercial, public or not-for-profit sectors, and be able to monitor the financial performance of the Trust.
  • Preferably have experience as a Board member of a charity or similar organisation.
  • Be committed to the Trust’s vision, mission and values.
  • Demonstrate good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.
  • Balance tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise.
  • Be strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The Chair will be expected to:

  • Champion the work of the Trust, helping to raise our profile at all levels.
  • Ensure proper and effective governance of Robert Burns Ellisland Trust, guiding its strategic direction in line with their charitable purpose.
  • Actively support the team in fundraising efforts, proudly searching and advocating for philanthropic and commercial support of the Robert Burns Ellisland Trust to existing and prospective funders.
  • Use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board reach sound decisions.
  • Monitor the internal and external risks facing the Trust and ensure measures are in place to mitigate risk wherever possible.

More information can be found here.

To apply: Please e-mail a one-page expression of interest outlining your skills and past experience, why the experience outlined would benefit the Ellisland Trust, and why you want to join. Email to ellislandchair@gmail.com

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Trustees: Robert Burns Ellisland Trust

The Robert Burns Ellisland Trust is recruiting to its board of trustees. These appointments are critical to strengthen and develop the trust at an exciting time in its history. The Trust are moving forward as a newly accredited museum and embarking on an ambitious plan to develop the heritage site as a cultural destination of international significance. This will require the Trust to raise significant funds, support the maintenance and development of the farm buildings and collection and monitor and manage a major capital project.

Trustees have an active role in managing and helping fundraise for the work of the Trust.

They will be expected to:

  • Offer firm strategic direction to the organisation.
  • Set overall policy.
  • Define goals.
  • Set targets.
  • Evaluate performance against agreed targets to safeguard the good name, and values of the organisation.
  • Ensure the financial stability and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • Protect and manage the property of the trust.
  • Ensure appropriate investment of the Trust’s funds.
  • Appoint any officers and monitor their performance.
  • In general comply with all trustee fiduciary duties under charity law.

They will also need to demonstrate:

  • Preparedness to be involved directly in management supervision and
    fundraising for the Trust.
  • Business acumen.
  • A strong sense of accountability.
  • Ability to think strategically.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Board level experience of the private or public sector is also desirable.
  • Knowledge of and passion for Dumfries and Galloway.

The trust is specifically looking for trustees with some of the following skills and experience:

  • Fundraising
  • Project management
  • Business development
  • Tourism and economic development
  • Local and/or national government
  • Accountancy
  • Working with trusts and foundations
  • Working with individual giving
  • Cultural heritage
  • Marketing and communications specific to the cultural sector
  • Education and community development
  • Charity governance
  • Legal issues
  • Human resources

More information can be found here.

To apply: Please e-mail a one-page expression of interest outlining your skills and past experience, why the experience outlined would benefit the Ellisland Trust, and why you want to join. Email to ellislandchair@gmail.com

Trustees: Wymering Manor Trust

Would you like to join the Wymering Manor Trust, which is planning the future of one of Portsmouth’s oldest houses?

Built by Catholics in 1581, its Elizabethan timber frame wraps round the great hall with its dramatic twisting staircases to the fine rooms and attics above, while the nineteenth century extensions offer several larger spaces. It’s listed Grade II*, and its atmospheric interiors and garden attract enthusiastic volunteers and many visitors on Open Days.

The trust’s aim is to restore, convert and build a sustainable future for the manor, for local people to enjoy as their ‘home from home’, as they manage the building to earn its keep by letting rooms for events, meetings, education and training, putting on plays, ghost hunting, socialising and new activities. Once restored, it will be a centre for the local community and a catalyst for regeneration of this deserving area of the city, offering help in wellbeing, tackling loneliness and isolation, developing personal skills and bringing the community together to shape its future.

They’re on track to raise the funds they need with the application to the final stage of lottery funding and matched fundraising. They have consultants’ plans for business development, financial feasibility, design options, audience development, catering and weddings and interpretation. Now key areas of focus for the trustees are developing their forward plans, strategy development and maintaining their financial viability.

To make their plans a reality, they are seeking new trustees and a secretary who recognise the contemporary role of heritage places, spaces and culture, valuing the contribution they make to sustaining people’s social wellbeing as well as their educational, environmental and economic development. They also recognise the importance of volunteering in their community. Together the trustees are shaping the key next stages of the manor’s future. They are particularly interested in applications from people with specific expertise or experience in the following fields:

*local engagement / networking
*event management
*legal advice
*surveying and property management
*health and safety
*commercial and small business development
*public relations and social media

Please apply via email to applications@wymeringmanortrust.org.uk. When they receive your application, they will send you further information.

They are also looking for volunteers to care for the house and garden and to lead tours. Apply to annmarie.ridgway@wymeringmanortrust.org.uk.

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Volunteers: Tolpuddle Old Chapel Trust

Are you looking for a new challenge and can give an hour or two of your time?

Tolpuddle Old Chapel Trust is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can make a contribution to to their continued work to preserve a unique and historic building, as well as providing a new amenity for the village and surrounding areas.

A wide range of opportunities are available – stewarding, supporting educational visits, fundraising, maintenance, planning and organising events, finance.

  • No specific experience required
  • Training offered
  • Work as part of a team
  • Meet new people
  • Learn about and gain experience of the heritage sector

Interested? Email deliverymanager@tolpuddleoldchapeltrust.org

Trustees: Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust

Do you have an interest in historic buildings and landscapes? Do you have a passion for the built and historic environment of Clackmannanshire? Would you like to contribute to help save some of the Wee County’s heritage? If the answer is YES, then Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust want to hear from you.

Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust is a charitable company established in 1988 to protect, maintain and improve historically important buildings and the landscape of Clackmannanshire. The main current project is the restoration of Sauchie Tower, a medieval Tower already in remarkable condition for its age, to a fully functional space. The Sauchie Tower project is in its infancy, but has a huge momentum behind it, and it is therefore an ideal time to get involved and play your part in its restoration.

The Trust would like to be more visible and connected to the communities of Clackmannanshire, highlighting the very special buildings and places of the county, and giving people a pride in their heritage, with the aim that they will support and take action to protect it. Part of this is through the development of a new website and have a social media presence.

The trust are seeking new Trustees to join their board on a voluntary basis and help drive their aims forward. There are four board meetings a year (held on a Friday morning) as well as occasional site meetings; Trustees are also expected to contribute to at least one Working Group. Meetings of the Working Groups are usually held online using Zoom.

They aspire to be an active and diverse board of Trustees and would be particularly interested to hear from individuals with skills and experience in:

• Digital Communications

• Marketing

• Fundraising and grant funding applications

• Administration

• Charity governance/Legal

The Trust welcomes applications from anyone with a strong connection to Clackmannanshire who wants to play an active role in protecting, conserving, and restoring its built heritage.

To apply, please send a covering letter and a brief CV telling us more about you. Please outline in your letter how your skills and experience will help the Trust to develop its work further and benefit the local community and its built heritage.

All applications/ and any questions you may have are to be submitted initially by email to: CHT Secretary at: chtrust@btinternet.com

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Volunteer Treasurer: Runcorn Heritage Development Trust

Runcorn Heritage Development Trust needs passionate and dedicated people to help us grow and make real change in the historic environment of Runcorn.

We are looking for a volunteer treasurer to join Runcorn Heritage Development Trust.  This is a key position within the committee, enabling us to grow as a charity and support the valuable work of RHDT as well as adding value to the local community.

In particular, we’d like help with:

  • Oversee preparation of budgets, accounts and financial statements, and present these to the committee
  • Putting in controls and ensuring we are fully compliant
  • Advice on all things financial and budgeting
  • Monitor the finances of the group and discuss this with the committee
  • Contribute to fundraising ideas and fundraising applications

What we are looking for:

  • Treasury experience preferred but not essential
  • Strong aptitude for numbers
  • Excellent attention to detail, combined with strong organisational skills
  • Efficient and thorough approach
  • Interest in the heritage and history of Runcorn and wanting to make a different to its current buildings

For more information, or to apply, email runcornhdt@gmail.com

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Volunteer Secretary: Runcorn Heritage Development Trust

Runcorn Heritage Development Trust needs passionate and dedicated people to help us grow and make real change in the historic environment of Runcorn.

We are looking for a volunteer secretary to join Runcorn Heritage Development Trust.  This is a key position within the committee, enabling us to grow as a charity and support the valuable work of RHDT as well as adding value to the local community.

In particular, we’d like help with:

  1. Ensuring meetings are effectively arranged, organised and minuted
  2. Maintain effective records and carry out the relevant administrative tasks.
  3. Contribute to fundraising ideas and funding applications.

What we are looking for:

  1. Good communication and organisation skills
  2. Excellent attention to detail
  3. Efficient and thorough approach
  4. Interest in the heritage and history of Runcorn and wanting to make a different to its current buildings

For more information, or to apply, email runcornhdt@gmail.com

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