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Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust

Project Delivery Manager (Maternity Cover)

Salary: £30,000 pro-rata

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust and manage the delivery of a £1.25m prestigious project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the restoration and education of the Severn Valley Railway’s Falling Sands Viaduct, situated in Kidderminster.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic manager who is proactive and results driven, who will learn quickly and become a key team player in the delivery of the project.

This is your chance to join an amazing local charity that is committed to safeguarding the Severn Valley Railway for future generations.

Main Duties

  • Oversee delivery of the remaining programme of events and activities of the Falling Sands Viaduct project as agreed in the NLHF Action Plan and budget – including working with schools, oral histories and delivering community events.
  • Liaise with contractors, freelancers and local organisations to ensure project outcomes and evaluation reports are completed on time and to budget.
  • Report to the NLHF through progress reports and payment requests.
  • Manage the cash flow and project budget
  • Develop relationships with external partners and stakeholders to raise awareness and improve community engagement with the project.
  • Line manage the project support officer, who will be working 3 days a week on the project, including regular appraisals.
  • Chair regular project board meetings and update board members on project progress.
  • Keep donors updated on the progress on the project

Closing Date: 11 October 2020

For the full recruitment pack, see here.  Details on how to apply can be found here.

Sidney Nolan Trust


Salary: £40,000 pa

We are seeking a dynamic and ambitious new Director to lead our small and dedicated team at The Sidney Nolan Trust. As we prepare for a major Capital Development Programme to reintegrate Rodd Court into the Trust’s original site and make the facilities at The Rodd fit for twenty first century use, our new Director will need to have the vision to shape this major project from fundraising to completion.

Founder of the Trust, Sir Sidney Nolan (1917-1922), is widely recognised as one of the most innovative and provocative modern artists of the twentieth century. His work is represented in leading national and private art collections across the world. His vision in setting up the Trust in 1985 provides the continuing foundation and ethos of the Trust today.

Set on Nolan’s former farm estate in the scenic hills of the Welsh border, the Trust is a centre for artistic creativity, experimentation, risk-taking and cross-fertilisation across all forms of the Arts. The Trust runs a varied programme of exhibitions, residencies, artist camps, courses and workshops for all ages and abilities.

The new Director will be responsible for developing and leading the implementation of the Trust’s strategy and demonstrate high levels of ambition, enthusiasm and competence in delivering the Trust’s goals and objectives. The new Director will possess the creative and business vision and acumen to develop Business Plans for the Trust’s sustainable creative and financial future.

Please visit our website to download the Job Description and Recruitment Pack with details of how to apply. To receive this information in hard copy or large print format please contact Richard.catt@btinternet.com.

Closing Date: 11 October 2020

Volunteering Opportunities

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

Company Secretary

West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust, Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust and the City of Wolverhampton Regenerating Buildings Preservation Trust (‘the 3 Trusts’) are a consortium of building preservation trusts currently operating with a combined Council of Management (trustees), officers and shared services.

The 3 Trusts have a consistent record of delivering high quality conservation projects involving the rescue of historic, normally statutory listed, buildings at risk.

Recent examples of completed projects several of which have been short-listed for or in receipt of local and nationally recognised conservation awards include:
 a 16th century timber-framed house at 19-20 High Street, Kinver (1996),
 a Georgian townhouse at 12 George Street, Wolverhampton (2002),
 the former Victorian office building of The Harris and Pearson Company, Brierley Hill (2003),
 Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels and Lodge (now known as the Thomas Robinson Building Stourbridge area Register Office) (2016),
 18th century Weavers’ Cottages in the Horsefair, Kidderminster (2017).

At any one time the Trusts are also actively pursuing projects across their area of interest with two schemes currently at advanced stage of development and negotiations taking place on further potential projects.

We are looking for either a Trustee or Non Trustee (volunteer) to take on the position of Company Secretary to the Board of Trustees. We need someone who shares in our values and vision to save, sustain and champion vulnerable historic buildings and places in the West Midlands for the benefit of our communities.

Role Summary
The main responsibilities of the Company Secretary are to:
 work as part of a team comprised of the Trustee Board and Trustee officers;
 ensure that the 3 Trusts comply with charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations whilst actively pursuing their objects as defined in the governing documents.

Role Detail
 Maintaining the statutory registers including the register of members.
 Ensuring that all necessary documentation is sent to Companies House and the Charity Commission, including information about appointment or registration of Directors /Trustees, within set deadlines.
 Ensuring that people entitled to do so can inspect company records.
 Custody and use of the company seal.

Background: Company Secretary or experienced administrative secretary or lawyer with knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Companies Act.

For full details on the role, and to apply, see here.

For the trustee recruitment pack, see here.

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.

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

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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