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Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust

General Manager

This is an exceptional opportunity to lead an important and high profile community enterprise in Richmond.

Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust was formed in 2003 to restore and develop The Station into what has become a vibrant community enterprise based on key themes of Food, Film and Art, welcoming over 350,000 visitors each year. We are continually and actively looking for other ways to contribute to and support the restoration of heritage buildings across the area. More information can be found at richmondshirebpt.co.uk and thestation.co.uk

Reporting to the Trust’s Director of Operations, you will be expected to …

  • contribute to the development and delivery of the Trust’s strategic
  • commercial and community aims and objectives
  • further develop The Station as a leading-edge attraction, for local residents and visitors

You must be able to clearly evidence your ability to …

  • manage complex and varied commercial operations and contractual relationships
  • contribute to essential financial and IT solutions
  • develop and promote effective business plans
  • deliver collaborative and motivational leadership

Hours of work are negotiable and dependent on experience, but are not expected to exceed 30 hours per week; the role does require attendance on most weekdays and there is an on-call requirement to cover emergencies.

Salary : c £23.5k per annum for a 30 hour week.

This is a fixed term contract for 2 years.

Applications are required by 17.00hrs on Friday 29 January 2021; CV’s along with an accompanying letter stating why you believe you have the necessary skills and experience for this role should be sent by email to chris.barnes52@btinternet.com

Interviews will be held in late January/early February.

For more details, see here.

Historic Coventry Trust

Charterhouse General Manager

We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and innovative General Manager to set up and run a new heritage visitor attraction at Coventry’s Grade I listed Charterhouse.

Historic Coventry Trust is an ambitious and entrepreneurial charity with a mission to act as the champion of all heritage at risk in Coventry and to become its permanent guardian. We are a pioneering ‘heritage development trust’ on a journey to create a self-sufficient charity using revenue generated from property income to sustain a portfolio of 22 heritage assets which are being transferred to our care from Coventry City Council. You have the opportunity to join us at a formative stage – helping to create the projects, activities, teams and culture that will ensure we succeed in restoring and reusing Coventry’s heritage for the future.

As our National Lottery Heritage Funded repair and landscaping works draw to a close at Charterhouse we are recruiting for the team who will prepare and open the site to the public in 2021. This new full-time role will manage a small team of staff and volunteers to ensure the Trust’s flagship project provides a great visitor experience at one of Coventry’s new visitor attractions during City of Culture year and beyond.

If you have experience in running heritage visitor attractions, managing teams of staff and volunteers, creating new business opportunities and ensuring a fantastic visitor experience then this is an opportunity for you.

The post will be based at Charterhouse, Coventry.

For more details, see here.

Historic Coventry Trust

Charterhouse Head Gardener/Park Ranger
Part-time 0.5 FTE (annualised hours – full time until end March 2021) 

We need an experienced, certified and confident Head Gardener to plan, manage and lead a diverse team of volunteers in delivering a fantastic outdoor experience for the public at a key Grade 1 heritage site in Coventry.

Historic Coventry Trust is an ambitious and entrepreneurial charity with a mission to act as the champion of all heritage at risk in Coventry and to become its permanent guardian. We are a pioneering ‘heritage development trust’ on a journey to create a self-sufficient charity using revenue generated from property income to sustain a portfolio of 22 heritage assets which are being transferred to our care from Coventry City Council. You have the opportunity to join us at a formative stage – helping to create the projects, activities, teams and culture that will ensure we succeed in restoring and reusing Coventry’s heritage for the future.

As our National Lottery Heritage Funded repair and landscaping works draw to a close at Charterhouse we have support from the Cultural Recovery Fund to establish the role of Head Gardener/Park Ranger. We plan to open to the public in June 2021 and this part-time annualised hours role will be central to maintaining and developing the gardens, training and supporting a dedicated group of volunteers and ensuring people have a great visit to Charterhouse and the wider Heritage Park.

If you have experience in implementing and managing new garden schemes, maintaining wildlife-rich landscapes, working with volunteers and ensuring a fantastic visitor experience we’d love to hear from you.

For more details, see here.

Historic Coventry Trust

Drapers’ Hall General Manager

We are looking for an experienced, cultural events venue General Manager/Programmer to set up and run the finest new events’ space in Coventry at the Grade II* listed Drapers’ Hall.

Historic Coventry Trust is an ambitious and entrepreneurial charity with a mission to act as the champion of all heritage at risk in Coventry and to become its permanent guardian. We are a pioneering ‘heritage development trust’ on a journey to create a self-sufficient charity using revenue generated from property income to sustain a portfolio of 22 heritage assets which are being transferred to our care from Coventry City Council. You have the opportunity to join us at a formative stage – helping to create the projects, activities, teams and culture that will ensure we succeed in restoring and reusing Coventry’s heritage for the future.

As our repair and restoration works at the Regency Drapers’ Hall are drawing to a close we are recruiting for a creative, energetic and experienced manager of cultural venues to prepare and open Drapers’ Hall to the public for City of Culture year, and to ensure that there is a compelling programme of music and events which brings life back to the building. Initially for a 6-month set up period, this role is intended to be long-term subject to funding.

If you have experience in setting up and running music and cultural venues, creating and delivering compelling and financially sustainable cultural programmes and managing teams of staff and volunteers, then this is an opportunity for you.

The post will be based at Draper’s Hall, Coventry.

For more details, see here.

Wentworth Woodhouse

Head of Hospitality

Wentworth Woodhouse is arguably the most challenging and exciting regeneration project of our generation. Prior to COVID-19, the business is growing exponentially and will do again. It is an exciting time to play a significant part in that growth. Hospitality is one of the key areas of expansion and we now require an experienced and dynamic leader to drive this area of the organisation forward.

You will be a talented, and ambitious senior manager, with experience of running multiple outlets including food, beverage and hospitality functions. This is a key role within the organisation and as such you will report directly to the CEO, as you look to grow the business over the coming decade.

As Head of Hospitality you will be responsible for the further development and growth of the two existing on-site catering outlets, our satellite mobile units, our weddings and corporate functions, events catering, afternoon tea offer and bar service. You will also work closely with the architectural design team to help produce plans for the formation of a new hospitality offer at the Camellia House and an international events centre at the Stables and Riding School.

You must be passionate about making this side of the business your own, whilst holding our strategic direction and brand values close to heart. This is an exciting time to join the team at Wentworth Woodhouse, with huge potential for this role to grow with the business.

For the full job specification, or details on how to apply, see here.

Wentworth Woodhouse

Events and Programming Manager 

Wentworth Woodhouse is arguably the most challenging and exciting regeneration project of our generation. Prior to COVID-19, the business is growing exponentially and will do again. It is an exciting time to play a significant part in that growth. Events at Wentworth Woodhouse are key to our success, as we expand our innovative events programme. We are seeking an energetic, creative and effective Events Manager.

Working with our in-house team and external providers, the post holder will conceptualize, plan and deliver new events for our annual programme operating within the house and its grounds. The post holder will have a flair for creativity and be well-networked in the cultural events sector. This will be teamed with excellent organisational skills, a proven track record in event delivery, and the ability to negotiate with suppliers and keep events to budget.

The ability to deal with a varied and busy workload is essential, as is the ability to analyse issues and propose creative solutions. Candidates will ideally have experience of leading teams of staff and volunteers, including staff development, preferably within the heritage, culture and arts sector.

For the full job specification, or to apply, see here.

Application deadline: 18th January

Volunteering Opportunities

Chamberlain Highbury Trust

Chair

The Chamberlain Highbury Trust (CHT) is looking for a new Chair to take over the leadership of the organisation on, or before, the end of March 2022 following an introductory 9 month period as a board member. The CHT will also be recruiting a number of new trustees to take up forthcoming vacancies on the Trust.

The Board currently comprises 10 members from a variety of backgrounds, including two Birmingham City Councillors. CHT was registered with Companies House and the Charity Commission in 2016. The Trust enjoys the support of 4 patrons; Tristram Hunt, Sir David Eastwood, Anita Bhalla OBE and Col. Oliver Chamberlain.

The principal objectives of the charity are:

  • to promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the land and buildings known as the Highbury Estate on the borders of Moseley and Kings Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands. This comprises Highbury, the home of the politician Joseph Chamberlain, which is listed Grade II* and its gardens forming part of the Grade II registered historic park;
  • to advance the education of the public in: o the history of the Chamberlain family and in particular (but not limited to) their legacy in relation to civic leadership; o the history and heritage of the Highbury Estate; and
  • to the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment
  • to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society;
  • to advance the education of the public by promoting, fostering and encouraging the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts in particular (but not limited to) the Birmingham area; and
  • to further such other exclusively charitable purposes according to the law of England and Wales as the Trustees in their absolute discretion from time to time determine.

From the outset, the Trust has been developing a project that will restore the building and grounds of the Highbury estate to a high standard of conservation, and that will secure a long-term future for the property. The project aims to provide a sustainable and resilient future for Highbury through enabling the inclusive growth of incubator businesses, home workers and community organisations in the area. Simultaneously, it will connect the place’s legacy as the home of the Chamberlain family to the creation of future civic leaders from Birmingham’s young people.

A recruitment pack is here.

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
Trustee

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:
www.belpernorthmill.org.uk

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)

Trustees

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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