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Heritage Trust Network: Chief Executive Officer

Salary Scale: c£50,000 per annum (pro rata and dependent on experience)
Reporting to: 
Day to day line management by Heritage Trust Network Chair
Central Birmingham with travel throughout the UK
Holidays: 24 days per annum plus 8 Public Holidays
Automatic Enrolment into a NEST Pension Scheme or another equivalent

Thanks to funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and other funders, the organisation will be going through a period of rapid expansion of services and staffing over the next 3 years as it delivers the “Unlocking the Power of Communities” project. The Heritage Trust Network will also be running a series of training and capacity building events, in partnership with Locality, as part of the Architectural Heritage Fund’s ‘Transforming Places’ programme.

A new CEO is required to provide leadership, strategic direction and guidance at this exciting time in our development. The post holder is tasked with developing the long-term sustainability and resilience of the organisation by way of growing income streams and sponsorship, raising funds and developing membership services and partnership working. This post is funded by Historic England and comes with the requirement that least 62% of the CEO’s time should be dedicated to work in England.

It is essential that the needs and challenges faced by our members remain the focus of the organisation’s development and that the Heritage Trust Network continues to develop its reputation as an organisation that supports and enables its members to succeed.

The Chief Executive Officer will be required to:

1. Assist the Board to deliver its Strategic Plan by developing a detailed 3 year action plan to ensure sustainable growth and long term legacy from this project

2. Establish organisation financial sustainability through the development of income generation and sponsorship opportunities, particularly targeting Talent Bank, legacy giving, grant applications or consultancy opportunities as they become available

3. Set and manage budgets (using Excel), working with the Heritage Trust Network central finance co-ordinator, especially for grant drawdowns, and work with the accountants on annual returns

4. Ensure that HTN maximises any opportunities to improve its profile, through developing targeted marketing plans and improved social media campaigns

5. Grow the membership through the promotion of HTN’s services

6. Promote innovation and deliver new initiatives that help empower members, but also broaden the diversity of organisations and individuals joining the network

7. Maintain and build collaborative partnerships (primarily with sector specific organisations such as the Architectural Heritage Fund) to maximise resource and explore models for joint projects

8. Liaise with funders at a strategic level, participate in relevant national debate on policy, where relevant to the membership and where appropriate lobbying on issues of importance to the sector

9. Oversee the delivery of the “Unlocking the Power of Communities“ project to ensuring that all outputs are achieved. This will include managing the Evaluation, Digital and Partnership consultancies

10. Establish and manage a Steering Committee to peer review and support the delivery of the NLHF programme, to include representatives from partner organisations and youth representatives.

11. Manage and support staff and graduate interns to maximise their potential, increase organisational efficiency through improved systems and ensure appropriate health and safety measures are in place to safeguard staff. This will include managing staff who are not based regularly at HTN’s offices.

12. Initiate any relevant research to assist HTN’s development

13. Help with championing the achievements of our members and the repair and conservation of historic buildings and their environments.

Requirements of the post:
The ideal candidate will have several years of experience of managing a cultural or community organisation, involving strategic planning, staff management and finances. They should have a broad-based interest in historic building/ built environment matters and should be knowledgeable in the range of not for profit organisations working to benefit local communities.

Application deadline: Noon on Friday 3 April 2020. Interviews will be held on Thursday 9th April 2020 and are likely to be in Birmingham, unless circumstances require virtual interviews.

The candidates selected for interview will be contacted earlier in the week with details of timing and venue.

Apply to: elizabeth.perkins@heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk providing your cv with at least two referees and an expression of interest highlighting relevant experience.

If you would like to talk to some one about the post please phone Elizabeth Perkins on 07722 644460 or Beverley Gormley on 07470 350439

Supporting documents:


HTN Summary Strategic Plan 2020-2023

HTN Management Structure

HTN CEO Job Description

HTN Board of Trustees

Forres Area Community Trust: Forres Town Hall Project Officer

12 months from April 2020 – extension subject to funding.
30 hours per week, to be worked flexibly
Probationary period of 2 months
Salary £ 20,826 Immediate start


Following its acquisition of Forres Town Hall from Moray Council via a Community Asset Transfer and with grant support from the Scottish Land Fund, Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) is seeking a Project Officer to work on the development of Stage 1 of the £2 – £3m Town Hall Regeneration


This will secure the future of this significant Category B Listed Building as a multi purpose hub for the local community.

The appointed Project Officer will be required to work flexibly under the direction of FACT’s Development Manager on a wide range of tasks, grouped largely under three headings, namely, Design Strategy, Funding and Procurement Strategy and Administrative Duties.

 The Design Strategy will involve liaison with the design team led by LDN Architects up to Planning Permission / Listed Building Consent stage. It will also involve the preparation of the design and conservation brief in line with FACT’s aims and objectives for the project.
 The Funding and Procurement Strategy will involve liaison with potential funders, preparing funding applications, framing project programmes; drafting notices and tenders for placing post Planning Permission design team tenders; and supporting the appointment of the team for the development of Stage 1.
 The Administrative Duties will involve liaison with FACT’s Building Sub-Committee; attending all project and design team meetings; preparing and retaining project records; processing invoices and payments; and compiling regular progress reports and presentations for FACT’s Board of Trustees.

Applications for role of Project Officer must be submitted on an application form and details of relevant experience in the field; and be returned no later than 12 noon on the 23rd March 2020 by post to Debbie Herron, FACT Development Officer, Forres Town Hall, High Street, Forres IV36 1PB or by email to info@forresarea.org.

The Forres Town Hall
High Street
IV36 1PB
01309 674388

Interviews will be held the week commencing the 30th March 2020

Person Specification
 Degree level qualification in the relevant subject or equivalent experience
 Experience of commissioning and writing briefs, managing tender processes, managing contracts, processing payments, achieving value for money
 Excellent communication skills and an approachable manner
 An organised approach to work, prioritising a heavy workload and excellent time
management skills and ability to work to deadlines
 Experience of working with and supporting people including volunteers, professionals and contractors
 Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative
 Cooperative attitude
 Proven ability to project manage complex projects
 Proven track record for working successfully in partnership with a range of stakeholders
 Ability to prepare and present evidence and information clearly with competency in Word processing and spreadsheets, knowledge and experience in using social media
 The post holder will be expected to attend occasional meetings, events and activities held in the evening and at weekends
 The ability to travel to various locations in our catchment area

 Familiarity with 3 rd sector organisations
 Knowledge of local Forres community and organisations in the area

Key Tasks
 Supporting the Project Manager to deliver key project objectives
 Supporting the development and delivery of project briefs, contracts and project outcomes
 Supporting the marketing of the programme through social media
 Maintaining accurate records including monitoring and evaluation of the project
 And any other relevant duties that may arise as the work of the project evolves


You can download the application form here.

Aurora Wellbeing Centres: Evaluation Consultancy 

Location: The Old Library and Museum, Memorial Avenue, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 2BJ
Fee: The maximum fee available for delivery will be £13,500 (excluding VAT).

The Aurora Wellbeing Centre would like to commission a consultant to work with them on the following project which has a number of strands:

  • Develop innovative work exploring heritage and health which demonstrates the potential for improving the wellbeing of clients diagnosed with cancer and Long-Term conditions and the local community.
  • Develop a heritage activity programme, volunteer programme and partnerships to significantly broaden opportunities for engagement with clients of Aurora and the local people of Bassetlaw.
  • Create a new heritage space for the people of Worksop to celebrate their heritage within the centre to including physical displays and an innovative virtual museum to tell stories of the area and the building.
  • Renovate, conserve and restore the Grade 11 listed 1938 Old Library and Museum building, creating a multi-use centre, accessible to all.

This post is offered on a consultancy contract funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Evaluation Consultancy will be accountable to Aurora Wellbeing Centres, who will act as the client and set out all the requirements of the role.

The consultancy will be required to work collaboratively with Aurora Wellbeing Centres Board, staff and all project partners and stakeholders to develop the project and deliver all targets to a high standard.

The evaluation consultant will work as part of a team approach to evaluation. We would expect the Consultant to have skills in health and heritage and wellbeing evaluation be able to demonstrate the following:

Experience and skills:

  • Experience of evaluating grant aided projects following the requirements of the National Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Experience of working with a professional team.
  • Knowledge of the heritage sector or visitor attractions.
  • Experience of community engagement.
  • Understanding of the Aurora Wellbeing Centres and appreciation of our aims and anticipated outcomes.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A high level of advocacy and negotiating skills.
  • Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively and forge effective working relationships.
  • Ability to identify appropriate advice and information.
  • Good time-management skills.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • A good standard of written and spoken English.

Attributes and aptitudes:

  • A current DBS check
  • Driving Licence and access to a vehicle.
  • Public Liability Insurance.
  • Leadership.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside normal office hours.

The full evaluation brief is available here.

Caistor and District Community Trust

Project Manager


Our Market Place: a sustainable future for the heart of Caistor’s Community

In the middle of this well-preserved Lincolnshire Georgian Market Town is Caistor’s market place. At its heart, there is a complex of five Georgian Grade II listed buildings. Some areas have been empty for decades and the front section for the last ten since the site’s owners, Lincolnshire Cooperative, moved to a modern unit. The prominent position of these buildings on the Market Place makes them important to the local community and a successful future for this site is critical to enhancing Caistor’s amenities.

Last year a Trust was formed to work in partnership with Lincolnshire Co-operative to oversee the regeneration of these buildings. An outline scheme of retail units, holiday-lets, business hub, craft workshops and function room/ public space has come out of initial public consultation.

To take this exciting project to the next stage, the Trust now wishes to appoint a project manager to oversee the development stage of the project. The role will include:

 Appointing a professional team to produce plans to RIBA stage 4 and obtain consents.
 Procurement of specialist reports
 Securing key partners to run areas of the business
 Collecting evaluation baseline data.
 Piloting an activity programme and engaging with the local community in the development
 Writing and submitting our Round 2 Heritage Fund application

This post is offered subject to funding. The Trust will be offering a 12-month freelance consultancy contract funded through a National Lottery Heritage Fund Development Grant under the Heritage Enterprise programme. The Project Manager will be accountable to Caistor and District Community Trust (CDCT), who will act as the client. There is the potential for the post to be extended by three years into the delivery phase, subject to a successful second stage funding application. Subject to satisfactory first round funding, we hope to make an appointment to commence February 2020.

Closing date: Open

The full brief can be found here.
For more information and informal discussion in the first instance, please contact:

Neil Castle
Caistor and District Community Trust Ltd
14 Marris Way

Email: canddctltd@gmail.com
Telephone: 01472 852 840

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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