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Estates Officer/Manager: Wallingford Town Council 

SCP 31, £34,728 – This is a full-time position.

Wallingford Town Council is looking for a highly skilled, passionate and forward-thinking Estates Officer/Manager who has building/surveyor with Heritage experience, together with Financial, Project Management and Supervisory skills.

The Town Council are custodians of a unique estate comprising three heritage parks, scheduled monuments, a number of commercial properties, some Listed, and an iconic 17th Century Town Hall.

The Estates Officer/Manager will manage this estate on behalf of the Council, ensuring compliance with Town & Country Planning, Listed Building and Heritage legislation, and manage a portfolio of remedial work requirements and Health and Safety requirements to support financial and project planning.

You will be part of a busy Town Council Team reporting to the Town Clerk and have a flexible approach to working remotely, office based and on site.

To request a full job description and job pack, giving full details of the role and how to apply, please contact senioradmin@wallingfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or telephone: 01491 835373

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Director: Historic Coventry Trust

Fulltime c £50,000

An experienced and entrepreneurial Director is needed to lead Historic Coventry Trust through its next stage of development.

Historic Coventry Trust is an ambitious and entrepreneurial heritage development trust with a mission to act as the champion of all heritage at risk in Coventry and to become its permanent guardian. Their vision is to find innovative ways to sustain historic places and to inspire, involve and connect people with the city’s heritage.

The Trust are 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 their care from Coventry City Council. You have the opportunity to shape the next stage of their development as they operate an estate of buildings in the city, open Charterhouse as a new visitor attraction, and move onto the next phase of project development and delivery.

In the last three years they have completed restoration and transfer of 19 buildings to the Trust, opening a new music venue and 6 holiday cottages to the public, as well as running a growing creative programme of activities, events and volunteering. The Trust is now looking for a new full-time Director with a track record of creating sustainable cultural businesses.

If you have experience in successful management of heritage/cultural venues, charity leadership, fundraising, managing and motivating staff, excellent project and financial management skills and the ability to inspire others by engaging them in stories of Coventry’s past then this is an opportunity for you.

To find out more and apply go to: www.rockpools.co.uk

Application deadline: 9am on the 13th June

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Head Gardener/Park Ranger at Charterhouse: Historic Coventry Trust

Part-time 0.5 FTE (annualised hours), c £23,000 pro rata

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. They 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 their care from Coventry City Council.

Charterhouse is a Grade 1 listed 14th Century Carthusian Monastery, one of only nine built in Britain. Later in 2022, Charterhouse’s rich and varied history will be revealed and it will open to the public as a heritage visitor attraction. The gardens are compact but rich with historical interest; starting life as produce gardens for the monks in the silent order, then in the 18th century becoming a prominent nursery, a pleasure garden for its Victorian owner, and most recently a bowls club. The role of gardener will be key to bringing these stories to life for our visitors.

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. The role will also focus on developing appropriate management regimes in the wider Heritage Park and sourcing funding/leading capital projects to develop the Heritage Park. The post will involve primarily outdoor activities, with regular weekend working.

There is no direct line management within this role but you will be responsible for a dedicated team of volunteers. You will also be responsible for managing placements/interns and contractors working on behalf of the Trust as appropriate. The appointment will be subject to full DBS checks.

The applicant for this role will have significant practical experience in horticulture, supported by appropriate qualifications to RHS level 2 or 3 or similar vocational experience. Also required is a sound knowledge of plant husbandry and horticultural techniques and experience of managing small budgets effectively, procurement and running contracts.

The ability and experience of leading small teams, in particular the approach to reward, recognise and motivate volunteers is key in this role.

Competence with machinery/ equipment is required, such as compact tractors, brush cutters, lawn mowers and chainsaws with associated experience of Health and Safety compliance and maintaining safe working regimes for volunteers.

Historic Coventry Trust is a small team, so the applicant would need to be a collaborative team-player, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as good time management.

For more information go to: www.rockpools.co.uk

Application deadline: 5pm on the 22nd May

Rotherham Rise: Supporting Survivors

Heritage Buildings Project Manager: Rotherham Rise

Rotherham Rise, a charity supporting those who have been affected by domestic abuse or sexual exploitation,  are looking to recruit a freelance Heritage Buildings Project Manager to support them in developing and managing a repair and renovation programme to their property 15 Vicar’s Lane / 18 High Street in the centre of Rotherham.

Rise House is a Grade II listed building and they are looking to appoint a Project Manager with experience of working on heritage buildings.

The position is offered as a freelance contract to support Rotherham Rise deliver all aspects of Phase 1 of a 3 phased programme of work. The role will provide technical advice to support the charity’s further fundraising for further phases of work on the building.

The full brief can be found here.

Application deadline: Noon, 19th May 

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Heritage Development Officer: Hearth Historic Buildings Trust

Hearth Historic Buildings Trust, the longest established building preservation trust in Northern Ireland, wishes to appoint a Heritage Development Officer to manage its stock of properties and to develop an exciting new project at Riddel’s Warehouse in the centre of Belfast. This is an opportunity to be involved in a major restoration project and to be part of Hearth’s future development.

The full job description can be found here.

The closing date is 16 May 2022.

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Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors: Greenwood Projects

Greenwood Projects is an award-winning consultancy offering services across a wide variety of sectors including education, health, commercial, leisure and residential. As well as traditional Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Employer’s Agent and CDM, they also have specialists in Funding Support, Business Planning, Project Evaluation, and more.

They are seeing growth in all their regions and a wide variety of other opportunities are available so they’d love to hear from any talented individuals looking for a new challenge in a dynamic, caring company.

Be part of a small business with big ambitions, where staff come first and there is no limit to opportunity.

For details on the vacancies currently available, or to find out more, see here.

Volunteering Opportunities

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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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Trustees: The Carnegie Theatre Trust

The Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre is one of West Cumbria’s much loved historic buildings and premier theatre and community cultural hub.

Despite the challenges created by COVID-19 our ambition is to grow and develop our arts and cultural offer beyond our popular theatre programme. Transforming ourselves by developing strong partnerships, flourishing audiences, our learning programme and unique arts spaces.

We’re therefore looking to bring our board back to full strength and broaden the range of knowledge and perspectives as we look forward and ambitiously plan for the next five years. We are particularly keen to hear from people with an arts and culture background, education, legal, finance and other professions however we also want a board that represents the community we serve.

More information can be found on their website and you can download the full trustee role description here.

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Chair of Board: The Middleton Hall Trust

Do you have what it takes?

Middleton Hall Trust is looking for its next Chair for our Board of Trustees, to supply clear strategic drive in the next step of our Master Plan.

Middleton Hall (and Gardens) is a Grade 2* listed building with SSSI grounds. It dates back to the 13 century and was occupied until the 20th century. It was rebuilt from a ruin 40 years ago by volunteers. The buildings and grounds are now a popular and successful heritage visitor site, and the Trust is still operating effectively despite last year’s difficulties.

Middleton Hall has been the recipient of grants from significant heritage funders and we have a cohesive and effective Board and staff group. We will welcome applicants with the motivation, experience and attributes to take the Trust forward to deliver our mission to restore and maintain Middleton Hall and its grounds for the enjoyment of the public. This includes a major restoration project: the Tudor Barn; protection and development of the Georgian garden and SSSI lake and grounds; and widening and strengthening links with diverse local communities. The Trust is also looking to develop commercial activities to increase income.

As Chair you will lead the governance of the Trust constructively. Under your leadership Middleton Hall will take the next step to becoming financially and organisationally stable and deliver its mission to serve the community as a place of creativity and discovery.

We looking for

· Clarity of purpose – vision and focus to identify priorities for action

· Willing and able to lead the organisation in partnership with the Chief Officer

· Excellent interpersonal, influencing and communication skills and able to develop good relationships with all stakeholders

· Demonstrable commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion at all levels

· Some knowledge and enthusiasm of the heritage sector, the voluntary sector and community

· Experience and knowledge of best practice in corporate governance and finance

· Ability to recognise and celebrate success

This is a trust with great potential and increasing credibility as an organisation, having secured substantial grant funding from the NHLF, Architecture Heritage Fund, Historic England and the local North Warwickshire Borough Council over the past three years. The challenge and achievement of the position will be to pursue the organisation’s development and to secure a future for a wonderful community asset. There is a supportive culture amongst the Board, staff and a group of critical friends and professionals in the Heritage industry, which will provide support and encouragement to the critical but rewarding position of Chair. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, race, faith, disability, age, gender, sexuality and class.

If you are interested, please contact Deb.Laycock@middleton-hall.co.uk

Middleton Hall Trust
Tamworth
Staffordshire
B78 2AE

If you would like more information or wish to speak to someone, please email us at boardoftrustees.middletonhall@gmail.com.

The trust’s masterplan can be found here.

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