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Current Vacancies

Caistor & District Community Trust: Evaluation Consultant and Digital Consultant for the repair and conservation of 2-4 Market Place, Caistor

Lincolnshire Cooperative and Caistor & District Community Trust have been awarded development phase funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop a project of regeneration and repair on 2-4 Market Place in the heart of Caistor.

The Stage 2 submission is scheduled for March 2021, with works due to commence on site in late autumn 2021. The project will see the repair and conservation of a complex of buildings of historic buildings which make up a significant proportion of Caistor Market Place, and its economic regeneration as a mixed-use development of retail, office, and holiday let accommodation. There will also be a programme of community engagement and activities including work with schools and local young people, as well as interpretation and digital resources. The total project budget is currently forecast as being in the region of c£1.6million.

Lincolnshire Cooperative and Caistor & District Community Trust are now seeking creative people passionate about community engagement and heritage to deliver the following services:
– Evaluation Consultant; and
– Digital Consultant.

Both contracts will be awarded for the Development and Delivery Phases with a break clause after the Stage 2 application submission. After this the project will continue into the delivery stage should the Stage 2 bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund be successful.

The deadline for submission of tenders is midday Monday 15th June 2020. Interviews will be held in late June (TBC), with the contract to commence in early July 2020 (subject to National Lottery Heritage Fund approval).

For further details, please see here or Contact Nicola Dyer, Project Manager – nicola.dyer@greenwoodprojects.com

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust: Consultants

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust is looking to commission consultants for their ongoing restoration project.

Landscape Consultant
The Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust is seeking to commission a Landscape Masterplan Consultant. The role will be concerned with the development of landscape and garden masterplan as part of the current project known as MP1 and MP3a – Camellia House and Stables which has received a Round 1 pass by National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Round 2 submission is planned for April 2021.

For further details please contact David Trevis-Smith at David@dts-solutions.co.uk
Tender return deadline: Monday 1st June 2020

Volunteering Opportunities

Environment Trust
Heritage Trustee

Environment Trust is an established buildings preservation and natural environment conservation charity operating in the London Boroughs of Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow. We educate, empower and mobilise people to improve, preserve and protect their neighbourhoods for the benefit of nature and people everywhere.

This is an exciting time to get involved with Environment Trust as the organisation undergoes a process of transformation to raise our profile and our impact as the leading body protecting and promoting nature and heritage conservation in Southwest London.

Role title: Heritage Trustee
Direct report : Chair of Trustees
Time commitments: Attend Trustee Board meetings normally six times a year and the AGM. In addition, have sufficient time to attend meetings of the Property Committee, meet with and support the Heritage Project Manager. Represent and promote the Trust at various events and meetings with key people. Generate and process key documents and papers.
Remuneration: The post is voluntary and not remunerated
Location: Meetings are normally held at the Trust’s office – ETNA, 13 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham, TW1 2AR

Purpose of the role
The Heritage Trustee has the same statutory responsibilities as all trustees:
1. To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations;
2. To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document;
3. To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the organisation must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are;
4. To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets;
5. To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation;
6. To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation;
7. To ensure the financial stability of the organisation;
8. To protect and manage the property of the charity

For more details, please see here.

Chance Heritage Trust
Construction Director

Chance Heritage Trust (CHT), formerly the Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust, was formed in March 2015. It is a Community Benefit Society, with the aim of restoring the historic buildings on the Spon Lane site and enriching their status in being of great historical and cultural significance.

CHT is now seeking to appoint a Director to supplement its existing Board. A skills audit of existing Directors has been undertaken and a number of gaps have been identified including the need for a local community representative. The main purpose of this role will be to support CHT with approaches to include the local
community, support any proposed community consultation and to grow links with relevant local partners.

Role title: Director (with Construction Experience)
Direct report: This Director role will work with the other members of the Director Board and with the Project Organiser. Where necessary the Director will report to the Chair or other nominated Director depending on the work to be undertaken.

Location: The majority of meetings will be held in the local area, including site visits.

Purpose of the Role: CHT intends to submit a first round application to the HLF for Development Phase funding. This will enable CHT to develop Phase 1 of the masterplan, to securing planning and listed building consent, prepare a Conservation Management Plan, Full Business Plan, Activity Plan and other necessary supporting documents. The aim is to start site assembly negotiations during this phase and to have acquired the necessary legal ownership by the time the Delivery Phase commences (which is the repair and conversion of a number of the historic buildings).

Specific responsibilities for the Construction Director Role
 To support and advise on project development proposals for the refurbishment of the historic buildings;
 To oversee the development of the design proposals and securing planning and listed building consent;
 To advise on the development of contractor tenders and procurement;
 To act as Project Sponsor for the Delivery Phase and advise, where appropriate, on issues arising during the refurbishment of the buildings, whilst the contractor is on site;
 To support the procurement of and negotiations with potential Development Partners; and
 During the Operational Phase advise on maintenance and management issues relating to the historic buildings and where appropriate wider site matters.

Ideally, the Construction Director should have a professional qualification in engineering, surveying, project management or other similar qualification or have hands on building construction experience.

The above list of duties is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Director will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

Time commitment: At present the Board of Directors meets 5 times a year for two to three hours on a weekday morning. It is intended that up to three sub-committees will be established to support the development of the project and each Director will be asked to sit on at least one committee, which will also meet either monthly or bi-monthly. There are occasional other time requirements, for example, to visit other projects to understand lessons learned and also specific individual meetings to promote the role of the Trust.

Directors terms are for three years and can be extended for a further term if agreed.

For the full role specification, see here.

Belper North Mill Trust

The Belper North Mill Trust runs the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre and a small, independent accredited museum ‘Strutt’s North Mill’ within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in Derbyshire.

This is a critical and challenging time for the Trust as it works to secure a sustainable future for the North Mill within the Belper Mills site (currently the subject of a planning application for redevelopment) and examines how an enhanced, sustainable visitor attraction can be developed within the proposed regeneration plans, to benefit the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the town and wider community.

The Trust is looking for new trustees who share its ambitions and are prepared to get involved with new protects and income generation initiatives. Current skills needs are in: marketing, income generation, cultural and heritage tourism, and company and charity law.

Trustees are appointed for a three-year term and may be re-appointed.

For information about Strutt’s North Mill see the website:

For details about the Trust and its current work e-mail: companysecretary@belpernorthmill.org.uk

West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust / Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust / City of Wolverhampton Regenerating Buildings Preservation Trust

West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust (WMHBT), Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust (WBPT) and the City of Wolverhampton Regenerating Buildings Preservation Trust (CWRBPT) = (‘The 3 Trusts’) are a consortium of building preservation trusts that have been working together since 2017. These are challenging times for all charitable organisations and the quantity of historic
buildings at risk across our area of interest continues to be significant. By joining forces and sharing our experience, knowledge and resources we believe we can be stronger together.

We share our board of Trustee Directors and have recently undertaken a skills review which has identified some important gaps in our expertise that we need to fill in order to grow and strengthen our Trusts. In particular we are looking to recruit architects with buildings conservation knowledge and someone to help us develop our public profile including that on digital media. These are honorary trustee roles.

We have also recently undertaken a Strategic Review which has helped us to clarify our vision for the future and set ourselves achievable aims and objectives to secure our long term sustainability. We need Trustees who are looking for a position where they can make a hands-on contribution towards delivering our goals and in return you will have the satisfaction of being involved with conserving historic buildings at risk across the West Midlands and engaging with local communities who care
passionately about their history and heritage.

Our Trustee Recruitment pack contains information about the 3 Trusts and how to apply to become a Trustee.

Comms and Social Media Trustee information

Conservation Architect Trustee information

Also see our website at www.wmhbt.org.uk


An information pack is available by contacting the same email address.

The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT)

Since our foundation in 1969, we have valued the work of local volunteers supporting local churches. Over recent years volunteering has become central to all that we do, with volunteer numbers now reaching over 1800 across the country. Without the extraordinary contribution of volunteers we would not be able to carry out our award-winning work.

Without volunteers, the organisation would not be able to care for its churches, raise the funds it requires, welcome the thousands of visitors to its churches, and develop vital links to local communities..

Our commitment is to make sure that volunteers have the chance to play a role in every aspect of our life as an organisation – from the vital jobs caring for local churches to taking decisions about the future direction of the organisation.

See vacancies here.

Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust (CGWHT)


CGWHT was established in 2015 with the objective of regenerating the Chance Glassworks site in Smethwick, which was famous for making the glass for Crystal Palace built for the Royal Exhibition in 1851 and the glass for numerous lighthouses around the world.

We are now looking to appoint up to three new trustees to work with a highly experienced Board of Trustees to develop the proposals to regenerate the site, creating a mixed-use retail, commercial and residential scheme, restoring over 8,000 m2of listed buildings and creating nearly 5,000 m2new build space, generating nearly 500 new jobs, with a focus on skills training and volunteering and attracting in the region of 25,000 visitors per annum.

Purpose of role:
The three Trustee roles focus around finance and accounting; site development and construction; and local community support and engagement.

Activities involved in the role:
Will include attending Trustee meetings, joining and supporting a sub-committee (Land Assembly, Community and Fundraising), advising on your area of expertise, attending one-off promotional events and community and partnership meetings.

Skills, experience and ability:
Potential trustees should ideally have had previous experience in a trustee role and should have practical and demonstrable experience in the role they wish to apply for. They should also have an interest in historic buildings or the Chance Glassworks site in particular.

The time commitment, location and timings:
Trustees will require to spend 1-2 days a month supporting the project. The majority of meetings will be in and around the Chance Glassworks site.

Support offered:
Training on trustee governance will be provided if required.

Contact details
If you are interested in finding out more please email a copy of your CV and indicate which role you are interested to suzanne.wenczek@cgwht.org, asking for a Trustee Pack and Role Descriptions and to arrange a meeting with Mark Davies the Chair to discuss the role.

Hartlebury Castle

House Steward

House Stewards play a vital role in welcoming visitors to Hartlebury Castle,
inspiring them to discover more about our fascinating history and engaging
with them to bring the Castle to life, ensuring they have a truly enjoyable visit.

What you’ll do:

  • Give visitors a warm and friendly welcome on arrival
  • Help to bring the history of Hartlebury Castle to life by chatting about our building, Bishops, rooms and collections
  • Direct people around the Castle, assisting them to make the most of the new audio-visual experience
  • Help ensure the safety of visitors, the Castle and its contents
  • Assist with the evacuation of visitors in case of an emergency

Where you’ll be:

In the State Rooms and the first floor of the Castle

Time commitment:

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one shift a fortnight but preferably one shift a week.
Hartlebury Castle is open Tuesdays to Sundays
Weekday shifts are 3½ hours, 10am-1.30pm or 1.30-5pm
Weekend shifts are 3 hours, 11am-2pm or 2-5pm

Skills you need:
House Stewards are Hartlebury Castle’s ambassadors and they need to be:

  • Warm, friendly and welcoming
  • Willing to chat to visitor and to enjoy meeting new people
  • Keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm
  • Interested to learn about the history of the Castle and happy to answer visitors’ questions
  • Reliable
  • Able to be part of a team but also to be on their own at times

What’s in it for you:

  • Welcoming and enjoyable volunteer experience
  • Chance to become part of our friendly and dedicated team
  • Opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and make new friends
  • Chance to enjoy new experiences and learn new skills
  • Opportunity to learn about the Castle’s history, inhabitants and contents
  • Invitations to volunteer social events
  • Free entry to Hartlebury Castle and a 10% discount in the shop plus free entry to the Commandery in Worcester.
  •  Opportunity to do something different and have a bit of fun!

Training and support:

  • Volunteers will receive training sessions that will include a tour of the Castle and grounds, customer care, health and safety, and fire evacuation
  • Volunteers will be given detailed information packs about the Castle’s history, Bishops, rooms and furniture and encouraged to learn some basic details
  • Information packs will be available for volunteers to use during each shift
  •  All volunteers will have a trial period followed by an induction when they’ll receive a Volunteer Handbook and their Volunteer Discount Card
  •  New volunteers may be assigned mentors/buddies to shadow, to help them learn the role

Practical considerations:

  • Volunteers will be provided with individual Volunteer badges to wear during their shifts, so visitors can easily identify them
  • The dress code is smart casual
  •  New heating has recently been installed but it can be chilly in parts of the Castle
  • Volunteers will be able to sign up to shifts and log their hours from home and when on-site, via our cloud-based volunteering database system

How to apply:

Apply online by visiting www.hartleburycastle.com
On the home page scroll down and click on the link ‘Volunteer’
Complete the online application form.

Other information:

For further information about the House Stewards role, or help with completing an application form, contact:
Jacqueline Smith, Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@hartleburycastle.com, 01299 250797

If you’re passionate about giving Hartlebury Castle’s visitors the best experience possible, have heaps of enthusiasm and above all are friendly
and welcoming with a commitment to outstanding customer service, then
come and join us – we’ll be delighted to welcome you to the team!

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