National Trust
26th January 2024
17th March 2024
Job Type


Unremunerated – Expenses Paid

The National Trust protects and cares for places so that people and nature can thrive. We look after hundreds of historic houses and buildings, close to a million objects as well as vast areas of coastline, countryside, woodland and parks – for everyone’s benefit. This makes us the biggest conservation charity in Europe

The Trust has three Advisory Groups: Historic Environment, Natural Environment and Collections & Interpretation, each consist of a chair and 11-15 members who have varied skills, knowledge and experience. These groups have a key role advising senior leaders on strategy and supporting Trust staff to make fully informed decisions. The Trust welcomes the added value that this high-level advice from independent, external, and authoritative sources provides.

We are looking to appoint one new Chair and six new members to the Collections & Interpretation Advisory Group. We seek individuals who can work at a strategic level with Executive Directors, chair group meetings, provide insightful and constructive advice in a collegiate and professional manner during meetings and are keen to get out to National Trust sites when required.

You will have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

o  Designing and developing experiences across entire sites

o  Children and young people, at the leading edge of engagement practice

o  Outdoors experiences planning and development

o  Transformational change at established historic places

o  Curatorship of historic interiors and object collections with an audience focused approach

o  Collections management strategy: managing object collections dynamically in a wide range of settings across hundreds of locations. Advice on strategic approaches such as from back end systems, digital access and audience-focused outcomes is of particular interest

The role of the Chair of CIAG

We are looking for a great chair to succeed Dr Nick Merriman following his appointment as Chief Executive of English Heritage. The Chair is a crucial role to convene the group’s discussions, advise the Executive Director for Curation and Experience and other senior leaders, and work across a wide range of specialisms encompassed by the group. Member roles require a commitment of up to six days a year and for the Chair it is ten to 12 days per year.

The National Trust value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture. They actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, religions, sexual orientations and those with disabilities, believing that a diverse leadership helps them better deliver their mission of promoting and preserving places of natural beauty and historic interest for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

If you would like to find out more about these opportunities, please visit our microsite:


Closing date for your application: 11:59pm Sunday 17th March 2024

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