1. Historic Chapels Trust

Trustee

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Historic Chapels Trust (HCT) is a Registered Charity set up to care for redundant non-Anglican churches, chapels, and places of worship across England.

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Who we are

Historic Chapels Trust (HCT) is a Registered Charity set up to care for redundant non-Anglican churches, chapels, and places of worship across England. We rescue places of worship no longer in use by congregations, and hand them onto future generations in order to maintain their condition as physical records of vital strands of our history.


The role

Historic Chapels Trust (HCT) is a Registered Charity set up to care for redundant non-Anglican churches, chapels, and places of worship across England. We rescue places of worship no longer in use by congregations, and hand them onto future generations in order to maintain their condition as physical records of vital strands of our history.

Recently, our long-term revenue funding stream has been withdrawn and COVID has reduced or closed potential replacement funding sources. As a result, HCT is currently delivering a programme of sympathetic disposals of our magnificent collection of 20 Grade I and Grade II* listed redundant chapels to organisations better placed to care for them. A programme of major repairs to the chapels at greatest risk will also be undertaken to improve their prospects for disposal. By March 2026, it is our aim that the majority of chapels under the care of HCT will have new owners and the charity will wind down for closure.

We are looking to strengthen our existing Board of Trustees with further skill sets and experience to help make this happen. We particularly welcome applications from those with an interest or experience in:

  • Property disposal / regeneration
  • Community asset transfer
  • Charity wind up

The commitment we will be asking of all Trustees will be a 3-year term in line with the programme for disposal and closure of the Charity. We expect Trustees to contribute actively to the Board by setting and maintaining strategic direction; setting overall policy; defining goals and setting targets; fundraising, evaluating performance; ensuring the charity’s effective and efficient administration and financial conduct; ensuring compliance with the law; and promotion of the mission of Historic Chapels Trust. The average time commitment is between 8 to 12 hours per quarter, and the majority of responsibilities can be carried out remotely. Trustee Meetings are held quarterly, usually on weekdays and online via Google Meet.

There is no need to have trustee experience to apply. HCT holds and promotes the values of equality, diversity and inclusivity and we are seeking trustees who would be ambassadors to these values. We particularly welcome applications from people of minority ethnic backgrounds and people who are trans or identify as non-binary as they are underrepresented on the current board.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend quarterly meetings, some additional special meetings and one annual planning day via Google Meet
  • Fulfilling administrative, financial and legal requirements
  • Assist with fundraising
  • Willingness to familiarise yourself with the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Be a challenging advocate, as well as diligent and passionate about the current mission and work of the Historic Chapels Trust.

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