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Expression of Interest: Cowdray Heritage Trust

The Cowdray Heritage Trust, a registered charity, benefits from a former Tudor House, colloquially known as the Cowdray Ruins, located in Midhurst, West Sussex.

Due to outstanding maintenance works the Ruins are not currently accessible to the public.

The Trust has recently benefited from an endowment from which the Trustees are keen to invest in professional support to ultimately re-open the Ruins as a vibrant visitor attraction which meets all the charitable objectives.

The Trustees are therefore keen to identify an individual or firm who will become part of the Trust team and work with the Operations Manager to:

  • Consult on and agree the form and model of the visitor attraction.
  • To lead the fundraising strategy required to deliver the aspired position.
  • To project lead and be responsible for delivery over an agreed timeframe.

The Trustees consist of a group of professional individuals who acknowledge that they are unable to commit the required time to delivering this exciting project. The individual/firm will therefore report directly to Trustees and support them throughout this exciting opportunity.

Interested parties should contact Rachel Usher who will book a call with a Trustee: rachel.usher@cowdray.co.uk

Closing date for Expression of Interest 14th July 2024

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Community Engagement Manager: The Abbotsford Trust

Part time at 17.5 hours a week, salary of £16,530-17,877 (£33,060-35,755 pro rata ft) per annum dependant on experience.

Work somewhere where a job is not just a ‘job’, where you can be part of a team with a passion for sharing Scotland’s heritage and making a real difference to local lives. Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, is one of Scotland’s most important heritage sites and easily accessible from Edinburgh by road and rail. Now cared for by an independent charity, they are seeking an exceptional individual to manage and develop their award winning community work.

In this interesting and varied part time role you will be responsible for the Trust’s volunteering, educational, and mental health programming. Managing a team of two, you will call on the whole charity to support you in your work, integrating programmes into the fabric of the charity’s operations at every level. As a small charity run by staff and volunteers, you should be personable and flexible in your approach to others, and be prepared to be bitten by their passion for Scott and Abbotsford.

Part time at 17.5 hours a week, salary of £16,530-17,877 (£33,060-35,755 pro rata ft) per annum dependant on experience.

Application Process

For more details of the role, please follow the link Abbotsford – The Home of Sir Walter Scott (scottsabbotsford.com) and download the Job Description.

To apply, download and complete the Application Form. Candidates are asked to send the completed document, and if they wish an additional CV, to vacancies@scottsabbotsford.co.uk.

Enquiries: giles.ingram@scottsabbotsford.co.uk 01896 752043 / 07811 100182

Closing date for applications is 9am on 4th June.

Interviews are scheduled for Tue, 11th June.

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Project Assistant (Rossendale Heritage Futures Project): Valley Heritage

Salary: £20, 750
Hours: 30 hours per week, distributed flexibly across the week.
Holidays: 187.5 hours per year (25 days @ 7.5 hours per day), including Bank Holidays. Pension: Auto-enrolment into a NEST workplace pension, 5% employee contribution, 3% employer contribution.

Valley Heritage believes the Valley’s past plays a significant part in our present and future. The forgotten buildings around us are part of our shared past and must have a role in our future.  There is so much potential for our old buildings to be brought back to life, be important to communities once more, and full of people.

Established in 2015, Valley Heritage are a charitable organisation looking to bring a strategic approach to the preservation and promotion of our historic places.

They have recently been successful is securing a Regional Capacity Building Grant from Historic England, which will provide 3 years’ of revenue support for the Rossendale Heritage Futures Project.

The project will proactively seek to find and deliver solutions to the many redundant and derelict heritage assets across Rossendale, all through partnership working. The Project Assistant role will be critical to the success of the project.

The Project Assistant will help them to deliver the project up to March 2027, supporting the Project Officer and Valley Heritage’s Trustees with organisational and administrative tasks to assist the project and the organisation. This will include stakeholder engagement, assisting with the management of appointed consultants, the organisation of the Project Steering Group and research on the various buildings in scope. It will also include social media and producing project related content for their website.

You will have experience of administrative work and a desire to develop a career in heritage led regeneration / community development . You will be passionate about Valley Heritage’s mission and be well organised, IT literate and with a willingness to learn.

You will report to the Project Officer and represent Valley Heritage in developing a range of partnerships and collaborative relationships.

The role will be a fixed term post up until March 2027. It will be focused on Rossendale, with a desk provided at the Alliance co-working space in Bacup, where you will be expected to work at least 1 day per week and co-ordinate your work with the Project Officer. Valley Heritage will provide a laptop, mobile phone and access to software.

You can find the full details of the role here.

Application deadline: 31st May

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Invitation to Tender: Activity Planner – Holy Trinity Hastings

Focus Consultants are working with Holy Trinity Hasting to secure a consultancy team.

Holy Trinity Hastings is seeking an Activity Planner to lead the development of the Activity Plan for the Heritage at HTH Project. This crucial role involves creating a detailed strategy that ensures the project is both ‘people-focused’ and ‘heritage-focused,’ whilst aligning with National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) guidelines. As an Activity Planner, you’ll collaborate closely with the team to identify target audiences, analyse engagement barriers, and design innovative activities that meet the diverse needs of our community.

As Activity Planner, you’ll develop a comprehensive Activity Plan that reflects the unique goals and objectives of Holy Trinity Hastings. Tasks will include reviewing strategic contexts, analysing audience profiles, and identifying gaps in engagement. Working with partners like The Keep Falmer and Hastings Museum, you’ll coordinate consultation programs to ensure under-represented voices are heard and integrated into our planning process. Additionally, you’ll liaise with the Interpretation Planner and Evaluation Consultant to align strategies and evaluate the success of our activities. If you have experience in writing Activity Plans, a knack for creative problem-solving, and a commitment to inclusive engagement, they invite you to join them in shaping the future of Holy Trinity Hastings.

This work has a budget of £30,000. This should include travel and expenses but excluding VAT. The consultant is expected to tailor their work to the demands of the programme and some occasional evening working may be required. There is some room for movement if this is not considered sufficient for the work required.

Holy Trinity Hastings are also procuring the following consultants should these opportunities be of interest:

· Quantity Surveyor

· Architectural Design Team (Including Principal Designer, Conservation Architect,

· Structural Engineer, MEP Engineer, Access Consultant, Lighting Designer)

· Interpretation Planner

· Business Planner

· Evaluation Consultant

· Fundraising Consultant

For full tender documentation please contact administration@focus-consultants.com with “Holy Trinity Hastings – Activity Planner” in the subject heading.

Deadline for submissions: 22nd May

You can down load the full brief here.

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Conservation & Interpretation Officer NLHF Burton: Exploring without Boundaries: Habitats & Heritage

Hours: 21 hours per week (Fixed term contract 3 days per week, 18-months)
Annual Salary: £32,086 pro-rata
Reports to: Burton Project Manager
Location: Habitats & Heritage Office, ETNA, 13 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham TW1 2AR
On-site and opportunities for remote working available

Habitats & Heritage is seeking a a Conservation & Interpretation Officer for their National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Burton: Exploring Without Boundaries , which centres around the Grade II* mausoleum of nineteenth-century explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton and Lady Isabel Burton. This
is an exciting and varied role which will help to secure the future of an historic building, overseeing the conservation of the mausoleum, re-instating the door, and improving the interpretation, accessibility and sustainability of the site.

The role will include working with the local authority, stakeholders, contractors and volunteers to carry out conservation works, training and research. You will work with the local community and organisations, delivering talks and events to increase the number of people engaging with and participating in local heritage. The post holder will be inventive and enthusiastic about heritage, producing accessible information for diverse audiences to raise awareness of Sir Richard Burton and the mausoleum. You will recruit, manage, and oversee volunteers who will contribute to a research and maintenance programme.

Burton: Exploring Without Boundaries additionally delivers an educational programme focused on the life of Sir Richard Burton, exploration during the British Empire and the impact that this may have had on different communities. The Conservation & Interpretation Officer will be expected to liaise closely with the Outreach & Education Officer.

The project will centre around southwest London but may require travel to other parts of the UK for research and engagement.
This is a unique opportunity to help with the conservation of a listed structure and to better present the life of Sir Richard and Lady Isabel Burton.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks
1. Oversee the conservation of the Grade II* listed Burton Mausoleum
2. Work with stakeholders such as Historic England, local authorities and local communities to achieve better heritage presentation and local benefit
3. Lead a research programme into the mausoleum and its context
4. Develop and produce material related to project, for on-site and digital interpretation
5. Recruit, train and manage volunteers
6. Complete monitoring report forms, volunteer records and other administrative tasks
7. Organise and oversee events and engagement opportunities, such as Open House London
8. Develop local knowledge of the historic environment, civic societies and community groups
9. Contribute to ongoing fundraising, through trusts, foundations, events and donations
10. Work closely with the Outreach & Education Officer and Burton Project Manager to deliver NLHF project plan
11. Work closely with the Church to improve accessibility and sustainability of the site
12. Undertake training where appropriate
13. Establish and train a friends group to oversee continuing maintenance of the site

The role requires an individual with experience in conservation, project managing and good interpersonal skills.
The role will require occasionally working during evenings or weekends.
The role will require regular travel to the mausoleum in Mortlake, the Habitats & Heritage office in Twickenham and other venues.

You can download the full job specification here.

Submission deadline: Tuesday 21st May, 12pm
Interview: Friday 31st May

Please submit your CV and a covering letter of no more than two pages to the Burton Project Manager, Caitlin Jones, by 12pm Tuesday 22nd May caitlin@habitatsandheritage.org.uk.Start Date: Wednesday 5th June (or as close as possible)

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Outreach & Education Officer – Burton: Exploring without Boundaries: Habitats & Heritage

Hours: 21 hours per week (Fixed term contract 3 days per week – 24month contract)
Annual Salary: £32,086 pro-rata
Reports to: Burton Project Manager
Location: Habitats & Heritage Office, ETNA, 13 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham TW1 2AR
On-site and opportunities for remote working available

Habitats & Heritage is seeking an Outreach and Education Officer for their National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Burton: Exploring Without Boundaries , which centres around the Grade II* mausoleum of nineteenth-century explorer Sir Richard Burton and Lady Isabel Burton. This is an exciting and varied role which will help to secure the future of an historic building and will play a key role in increasing the number of people participating in local heritage.

They are looking for an individual to develop an outreach programme that will provide opportunities for active engagement with the story of Burton, particularly with underrepresented and marginalised groups to encourage a shared and connected understanding of history. The role will consider his contribution to Empire building and how the empire has influenced communities in modern Britain and the countries Burton visited. The project will evaluate Burton’s travels in light of the evolving contemporary understanding of the British Empire and Victorian exploration, and reassess Burton’s expeditions, in particular Burton’s relationship with Islam. This will allow them to present a fuller understanding of a nationally important Grade II* mausoleum and iconic British explorer.

The post holder will produce information and educational resources, overseeing the production of an educational film and teaching resources tailored for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. You will devise an education programme and host lessons that allow people to engage with and experience the project, working alongside local community groups and religious communities. You will recruit, manage, and oversee volunteers who will collaborate with outreach and research.

Burton: Exploring without Boundaries will also include the conservation of the Burton mausoleum and a project to improve the accessibility and sustainability of the heritage structure and its context. The post holder will be expected to liaise closely with the Conservation & Interpretation Officer.
The project will centre around London but may feature travel to other parts of the UK for research and engagement. This is a unique opportunity to help with the conservation of a listed structure and to better understand the effects of Victorian exploration and the role of Sir Richard Burton.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks
1. Carry out and oversee research, develop and produce educational material related to project
2. Lead an education programme compatible with the UK national curriculum, for Key Stage 2, 3 & 4
3. Lead assessment of Sir Richard Burton and Victorian exploration, with consideration of legacy and influence on communities in modern day Britain
4. Engage with stakeholders such as Royal Geographical Society, Museum of Richmond and local communities
5. Recruit, train and manage volunteers
6. Oversee the production of a short film about the site and related discourse
7. Devise opportunities for engagement with the project
8. Complete monitoring report forms, volunteer records and other administrative tasks
9. Develop local knowledge of the historic environment, civic societies and community groups
10. Contribute to ongoing fundraising, through trusts, foundations, events and donations
11. Work closely with the Conservation & Interpretation Officer and Burton Project Manager to deliver NLHF project plan
12. Undertake training where appropriate

The role requires an individual with experience in education, an understanding of Muslim culture, DBS check, good interpersonal skills.
The role will require occasionally working during evenings or weekends.
The role will require occasional travel to the mausoleum in Mortlake, the Habitats & Heritage offices in Twickenham and regular travel to schools and other venues.

You can download the full job specification here. 

Submission deadline: Tuesday 21st May, 12pm
Interview: Friday 31st May
Start Date: Wednesday 5th June (or as close as possible)

Please submit your CV and a covering letter of no more than two pages to the Burton Project Manager, Caitlin Jones, by 12pm Tuesday 22nd May caitlin@habitatsandheritage.org.uk.

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Heritage Assistant- West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust

The West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust is seeking to employ a Heritage Assistant for current and future projects led by WMHBT, CoWRBPT, or WBPT. Reporting to the relevant Project Organiser and line managed by the Administrative Manager, the role will support the Trustees of the three Trusts with administration, finance and communications tasks linked to live projects being developed by any of the three Trusts.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small friendly team, working in a flexible hybrid role, mainly home-based with occasional office-based team sessions at the Trust’s office, attending meetings and events at project locations. The organization you will be joining is an experienced heritage Trust held in high regard, with a successful track record in working with local communities in rescuing historic buildings.

For more information about the role and how to apply, please visit: https://wmhbt.org.uk/blog/current-vacancies/

Closing Date: 12 noon, Tuesday 28th May 2024

SAVE Britain's Heritage
Conservation Officer – SAVE Britain’s Heritage

SAVE is a national charity that intervenes to help historic buildings and places in serious danger of demolition or decay. They stand apart from other organisations by bringing together architects, engineers, planners and investors to offer alternative proposals. Recent high profile campaigns such as M&S Oxford Street in central London have put SAVE at the centre of the debate around heritage and sustainability. They have a track record of success as we head towards our 50th anniversary in 2025.

They are a small, dynamic and friendly team, and this is an ideal post for someone who wants to help make a real difference to our historic built environment. You will liaise with local groups, conservation officers and other heritage bodies, comment on planning applications, as well as help mount campaigns to save threatened buildings.

Excellent writing and analytical skills are essential for this position. You will have a genuine enthusiasm for architecture and the ability to work quickly and with flexibility to tight deadlines. From drafting press releases and researching reports, to liaising with journalists and community groups, no single day is the same.
SAVE is a registered charity and it is governed by a committee of trustees.

Full time and part time (4 days a week) positions will be considered.
Salary: £32k full time, depending on experience (4 day week pro-rata).

See the job description and more information here.

To apply, please send CV and covering letter to Leigh Stanford administrator@savebritainsheritage.org

The closing date for applications is Friday 31st May 2024.
Interviews will be held on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th June 2024.
For more information or an informal chat about the role, call Henrietta Billings, Director, on 020 7253 3500

Victoria Baths Director

Salary: £45,551 to £48,474

Hours: 35 hours per week (full-time)

Reporting to: Chair of Trustees

Employed by: Victoria Baths Trust and Victoria Baths Trading Ltd

Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 15 May 2024

The Victoria Baths Trust is seeking a new leader with strategic vision grounded in project management, to take Victoria Baths forward.

The new Director will lead a team of ten current staff covering events, building, finance, and engagement, and a project sponsor to be appointed. You will work with the staff team, Trustees, and volunteers to drive our new strategic objectives and bring our values to life.

In brief, we’re looking for someone who will be responsible for developing, managing, and building the reputation of Victoria Baths as a cultural events space, visitor attraction, and vital community resource set within a historic building.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a mid-career leader in the heritage or events sector to make their mark.

Find out more victoriabaths.org.uk/job-vacancies

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Quantity Surveyor

Holy Trinity Hastings is seeking a Quantity Surveyor whose pivotal role will encompass both the Development and Delivery phases, ensuring meticulous cost management and adherence to budget constraints. The consultant will support the church on their project to conserve the heritage fabric and provide modern facilities for the congregation, heritage visitors and the range of audiences that use it now and hope to in the future.

You will need experience of Listed Buildings, churches, National Lottery Heritage Fund projects and interpretation/exhibitions. You’ll collaborate closely with our team to ensure that all financial aspects are managed efficiently and effectively, from procurement to final account settlement.

The budget for this appointment is £23,000 excl. VAT in Development Phase and £53,600 excl. VAT in Delivery Phase based on a value of £2,140,309 for Construction Costs (excl. inflation and contingency) and £100,000 for Interpretation Costs (excl. inflation and contingency).

For full tender documentation please contact emma.kersey@hthchurch.org with “Holy Trinity Hastings – QS” in the subject heading.

The deadline for tender submissions is 21st May 2024.

You can download the full brief here. 

Volunteering Opportunities

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Chair of Trustees: West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust

As three West Midlands-based building preservation trusts experiencing unprecedented growth, we are seeking a strategic leader with a passion for historic buildings and their conservation. West Midlands Heritage Trust, a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation, is being established to strengthen our organisational resilience and delivery capacity, with the volunteer Chair helping to shape the direction of this exciting, new Trust.

For further information or to arrange an informal discussion about this opportunity with our Project Director, please visit: https://wmhbt.org.uk/blog/current-vacancies/

Closing Date: 12 noon, Friday 7th June 2024

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Committee Members for England – Midland and East: National Lottery Heritage Fund

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals with an enthusiasm and commitment to heritage and the good outcomes that heritage delivers for communities and people to become involved in the Fund’s work. The role will give experience in grant-giving and consensual decision-making. As one of the only UK-wide Lottery funders, being a Committee member will give a unique insight into how a national organisation works and experience of working towards one national strategy whilst also striving to achieve local priorities.

You can find the full details of the role here. 

Applications close on 22 May 2024.

Interviews are expected to take place on 10 July 2024.

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Trustee: Middleton Hall and Gardens

Middleton Hall is a grade 2*listed building and Garden situated in North Warwickshire, run by a board of Trustees and a large team of volunteers and full-time staff.

They are looking to add to their board of Trustees and are seeking individuals with experience of any of the following areas:

  • The role of Treasurer
  • Organisational development,
  • Fundraising in third sector organisations,
  • Grounds and garden development,
  • Conservation and land management
  • Qualified chartered accountant / financial qualifications and experience
  • Human resource systems,
  • Strategic management in public sector organisations.

The Trustee will be part of a Board of experienced personnel managing the Middleton Hall Charitable Trust and reinforcing its effectiveness as a not-for-profit heritage site. Trustees will also be members of the Board Sub Committees which oversee the human resource processes, the finance position, strategic planning, and tenant’s issues.

Board meetings are approximately every two months, and are held in the evening with occasional addition sessions for strategic planning updates.

Potential Trustees are encouraged to work with them by attending Board meetings, for a maximum of three months, before a final decision is made as to the preferred long-term role with the organisation.

Contact pat.collins@middleton-hall.co.uk

Vacancy: Board Members from BAME Background

Deadline: 9am Friday 31 May 2024

Interviews: June 2024

Appointment beginning of July 2024

Govanhill Baths Community Trust are recruiting people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to join our dynamic board. We aim to ensure that we have a wider representation on the board to reflect the diversity of Govanhill as we go forward with the reopening of the Baths as a Wellbeing Centre. We’re looking for committed individuals who are keen to help the Trust re-open the Baths and to contribute to the social, cultural and physical regeneration of Govanhill as a community in the Southside of Glasgow.

For more information on the role and application process click here.

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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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