English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites – from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, they bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The stories attached to the historic places in their care span six millennia and include palaces, houses, hill figures, castles, abbeys, industrial sites, Roman forts and even deserted medieval villages. Creating inspirational visitor experiences that bring the story of England to life and caring for our sites and collections for the benefit of this and future generations is a cornerstone of everything they do. The generosity of their Members, donors and other supporters enables them to do this.
Following Sir Tim Laurence completing two successful terms as Chair, English Heritage now seek outstanding candidates for the role of Chair. The Chair’s primary purpose is to provide effective strategic leadership to the Board, enabling Trustees to fulfil their responsibilities for the governance of the Trust and ensuring that the Board’s decisions take proper account of: EHT’s charitable objectives and governing documents; of the requirements of charity law and best practice; and of the relationship with Historic England, via which EHT operates under licence. The Chair will act as a critical friend to the Chief Executive, Kate Mavor, providing support and appropriate challenge to her, and manage key internal and external stakeholder relationships as required.
Successful candidates will be exceptional leaders, capable of chairing a high performing board effectively with business and financial acumen. They will be strategic thinkers, practiced non-executives and have the enthusiasm to act as passionate advocates for English Heritage’s vision and mission.
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to English Heritage Trust on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference EGND. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Monday 14 March.