1. The Heritage Alliance

Trustee of The Heritage Alliance


Are you passionate about our diverse cultural and natural heritage and the forward-facing role it could play in enriching places and communities for everyone? If this is you, you may be ideally placed to join our Board of Trustees.

Closing date for applications

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 role

Join The Heritage Alliance as a

Are 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 work alongside committed Trustees, staff and volunteers to
influence government policies and regulation, and support heritage

If this is
you, you may be ideally placed to join our Board of Trustees.

We 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 times.

Our context

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.

We 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.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for one
Trustee to join us immediately and up to three in early 2025 to continue to
build the capacity and diversity of our Board.
As 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.

We are particularly
looking for people who have experience and skills in any of the areas

Historic places of worship; gardens, parks and natural heritage;
archaeology; diverse, intangible and community-based heritage, construction and
commercial heritage;

Climate Change and sustainability, planning policy, fiscal frameworks,
soft power and international, local government;

Advocacy and policy, legislative process;

Large-scale organisational leadership.

What’s expected from me as a

are the people who lead a charity and decide how it is run by shaping strategy,
advocating for and representing the sector, monitoring our performance against
objectives and supporting and advising the small Executive team.

You do not
need to have been a Trustee before as training will be provided. The board
meets formally six times a year including at our Annual General Meeting.
However, additional meetings may take place, as necessary, and Trustees are
encouraged to engage with our members and the wider sector.

You will
play an exciting role in championing and promoting our vision and objectives.
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 in London.

How will I be supported?

Trustees will receive an induction to their role. As a minimum, each new
Trustee to the Heritage Alliance receives:

A thorough introduction to the work of the Trust and the role of

The chance to participate in supporting the future of the heritage

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

If you are
interested in the role and would like to know more about both The Heritage
Alliance and being a Trustee, 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.

If you are
unable to attend either session or would prefer a one-on-one conversation, it
may be possible to arrange an informal conversation with either our Deputy
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 outlining briefly:

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 Alliance

If you require any reasonable adjustments during the candidate process.

deadline for applications is Monday 4 March. Successful candidates will be
asked to interview in person in mid-April.
For advice or support with your
application, or to ask any prior questions, please email [email protected]

Supporting document(s)

Closing date for applications

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