Who we are
The Heritage Alliance is the largest collaboration of independent heritage organisations in the UK, with over 180 members representing more than 7 million members, volunteers, Trustees, and staff.
The Heritage Alliance as Our New Chair
you passionate about our diverse cultural and natural heritage and the
forward-facing role it could play in enriching places and communities for
everyone? Do you want to make a difference by supporting the people who care
for it? Could you lead committed Trustees, staff and volunteers to influence
government policies and regulation, and support heritage organisations?
this is you, you may be ideally placed to act as our new Chair of Trustees.
are The Heritage Alliance, the largest collaboration of independent
heritage organisations in the UK, with over 200 organisational members
representing more than 7 million people, from visitors to volunteers, trustees
to staff. We are a charity which supports our members and the wider heritage
sector by influencing decision-makers and funders, by promoting the importance
of heritage to everybody’s lives, and by supporting the sector through training
and networking, which has proved a lifeline to many in these continued challenging
Heritage Alliance is a growing membership organisation and charity, passionate
about the contribution heritage makes to prosperity, wellbeing, our
environment, creativity and social resilience. To help us deliver, we are
committed to promoting new thinking and new conversations, and to ensuring that
our sector better reflects the varied geographical, ethnic and cultural
characteristics of the UK.
gather insight and evidence so that we can effectively influence policy making
locally and nationally, run sector support programmes with major partners such
as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, and twice every
year we bring members together with the wider sector for our renowned Heritage
Debate and Heritage Day. The Heritage Alliance is committed to supporting our
membership to succeed and we want to reflect that diversity of focus and
thinking on our own Board.
We wish to see a
society in which England’s historic environment and wider cultural heritage is
valued, supported and able to enrich everyone’s lives.
Chair is an important public face of The Heritage Alliance, representing its
members in a range of forums and to key decision-makers and influencers in
politics and Government. The Chair will also work closely with the Chief
Executive (Lizzie Glithero-West) to support the smooth running of the
Who we are looking for
are looking for a strategic leader to chair our vibrant Board and act as a
powerful advocate for the organisation and its work. At the same time, we are
looking for someone who will prioritise the business of running a successful
advocacy charity and support the work of the executive as we seek to grow our
support to the sector through delivering new fundraising and sector resilience
activities. We are therefore looking for a Chair with passion and vision who
can work with us to shape how our dynamic organisation develops in the coming
for our Chair we are looking for someone who:
· Can demonstrate a strong and visible passion
and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives and cause;
· Has personal gravitas and diplomacy to lead a
significant national heritage organisation;
· Possesses strong leadership skills, and the
ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together;
· Offers networking capabilities that can be
utilised for the benefit of the Alliance;
· Is well equipped to support fundraising and
· Has a good understanding of charity governance
and has significant experience of chairing meetings and events;
· Is collaborative and able to work closely with
fellow trustees, the CEO and staff of the Alliance in a strategic and
· Is a self-starter and confident to work with a
· Can commit time to conduct the role well,
including travel and attending events out of office hours;
· Is committed to the principles of diversity and
a sector support body committed to positive change and supporting our members
to be fit for the future, we feel passionately that our Trustee Board should be
truly representative of the people it serves. We therefore welcome applications
from a variety of backgrounds, especially those who are under-represented on
our own board and across the heritage sector.
addition, we recognise that each member of the Board brings their own
expertise, experience and skill set to the work of The Heritage Alliance, so
while an interest in, or commitment to the heritage sector is essential, we are
keen to consider a wider range of varied professional and lived experience, new
perspectives and sound judgment.
What’s expected from me as Chair?
Chair’s main role is to lead the Board of Trustees and ensure effective
governance of the charity. The Board of Trustees set the overall vision and
strategic direction for The Heritage Alliance’s work supported by the Chief
Executive and the team.
Chair will have demonstrable and proven ability to deliver the following
· Provide leadership to the board, helping to
maximise the service the Alliance provides to its members and deliver its
overall charitable purposes.
· Work with the Trustees, supported by the senior
staff, to set the strategic direction of the organisation, horizon scanning,
assessing risk, and harnessing opportunities for the future.
· Be a visible ambassador for the Alliance and
for the cause of the independent heritage sector.
· Maintain good contacts within Government and
with key political stakeholders, while helping to build other contacts, looking
beyond heritage sectors where relevant for possible new sources of support.
· Represent the Alliance at external events,
where necessary as a speaker and vocal advocate for the Alliance’s priority
· Be a spokesperson for the charity and maintain
good relations with key media contacts.
· Help to promote membership growth and
fundraising for the organisation.
· Oversee sound governance arrangements for the
· Chair quarterly meetings of the Board of
Trustees, bringing impartiality, objectivity and collective ownership to the
· Oversee the recruitment and participation of a
diverse and experienced Board of Trustees.
Relationship with the
Chief Executive and other staff
· Have a close, strong and effective working
relationship with the Chief Executive (Lizzie Glithero-West) ensuring she is
supported and held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives.
well as the above, the Chair will be expected to perform all such additional
duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role. The Deputy
Chair (Ingrid Samuel) supports and acts for the Chair when she or he is not
Chair, you can be based anywhere in the UK, and while the role is not
remunerated, reasonable expenses will be paid to enable you to attend any
in-person meetings and events, which will normally, but not always, take place
How will I be supported?
Trustees will receive an induction to their role.
a minimum, each new Trustee to the Heritage Alliance receives:
· A thorough introduction to the work of the
Trust and the role of Trustees
· The chance to participate in supporting the
future of the heritage sector
· A schedule of formal meetings at least six
months in advance to plan around your other commitments
· Opportunities to network with other
professionals and like-minded individuals from across the heritage sector
· Exposure to invaluable, transferable skills and
a chance to gain experience in new settings
· Reimbursement of reasonable costs in line with
our Expenses Policy
· Guidance and support on delivering on your
legal duties as a Trustee
How to apply
you are interested in the role and would like to know more about both The
Heritage Alliance and our Board of Trustees, please do join us for an informal
virtual conversation open to all potential candidates. These will be held on
Zoom at the following times:
· 1pm-2pm on Thursday 8
February – register here.
· 11am-12 noon on
Wednesday 28 February – register here.
you are unable to attend either session or would prefer a one-on-one
conversation, it is also possible to arrange an informal conversation with
either our (currently Acting) Chair (Ingrid Samuel) or our Chief Executive
(Lizzie Glithero-West) by contacting [email protected].
send applications via email to our Acting Chair, Dr Ingrid Samuel OBE at [email protected]. Please also attach a covering letter
· Why you want to join The Heritage Alliance, and
what you would bring
· Your relevant skills and experience
· How you would support the work of The Heritage
· If you require any reasonable adjustments
during the candidate process.
The deadline for applications is
Monday 4 March. Successful candidates will be asked to interview in person in
late March. For
advice or support with your application, or to ask any prior questions, please
email [email protected]
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