Trustees — Fulham Palace House & Garden

The Fulham Palace Trust offers an exciting opportunity for up to four new Trustees to join its Board. It is looking for candidates with backgrounds in finance and business planning, museum and heritage experience, or education and community outreach. (Deadline: 26th September)

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Fulham Palace is a truly remarkable place. Home to the Bishops of London for over 1,300 years, the Palace’s charming Tudor and Georgian courtyards nestle gracefully amongst 13 acres of peaceful botanic gardens on a reach of the Thames where Fulham ebbs into Chelsea, just yards from Putney Bridge. Fulham Palace ranks amongst England’s most important heritage sites, with the main building listed Grade I, the gardens registered II*, and the entire site is a scheduled ancient monument. When considered within its exceptional setting, it's fair to state that Fulham Palace is entirely without peer in London.

Fulham Palace Trust was established in April 2011 to manage and restore this historic estate and promote Fulham Palace and gardens for public use. Following two major restoration projects in 2005-06 and 2010-11, the Trust completed a further capital project in 2017-19 to restore the Tudor section of the building and provide enhanced public access to the Tudor rooms, including interpretation and exhibition spaces to tell the fascinating stories of Fulham Palace and the Bishops of London.

Leading on from this restoration project there will be further development and restoration projects to complete the renewal of this unique site and strengthen the Trust's commercial income, including the restoration of its Victorian chapel, creation of new public gardens, refurbishment of office and residential accommodation, and creation of a new event space. The Trust seeks to ensure that it increases public footfall and adds value to the local community.


Role specification

Fulham Palace Trust seeks to appoint up to four Trustees with a strong alignment with its vision and mission who, in addition to formal Board meetings, will be willing to undertake informal engagement with the Trust and its executive team.

Responsibilities of the Trustee will include:

  • Contributing to the Board’s collective role in setting the charity’s strategic direction and providing effective oversight of its operation and governance
  • Ensuring that the charity uses its resources in line with its charitable objects
  • Carrying out the core responsibilities of charity governance, as set out in Charity Commission Guidance and the Charity Governance Code
  • Safeguarding the reputation and values of the charity and have an active concern for diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to increasing the impact of the charity
  • Acting as an ambassador for the charity and using its networks to promote its work
  • Attending and engaging in training and events as required

Trustees will be passionate about heritage and the Trust's work to involve people in history and horticulture. Candidates will be strategic thinkers, well networked in their area of expertise, and able to develop strong working relationships with Trustees, staff and external stakeholders.


Person specification

Trustees play an essential role in the Fulham Palace Trust's future success, working closely with the Board and Executive team, bringing independence, external skills, perspectives and challenges to financial and strategy development.

In order to complement the skills of the Trust's current Board, it is especially interested in hearing from candidates with expertise or experience in one of the following areas. Other areas of expertise are welcome, please see the attached job pack here.

  • Accountancy/financial management: Candidates should be a qualified accountant and be prepared to chair the Finance, Risk and Audit Sub-committee. The Trust would also be interested in hearing from candidates who are not so specialised in finance and accounting, but who may have commercial and budget management experience.
  • Museum and historic buildings experience: Candidates will have a strong understanding in one or more of the following areas of the museums and heritage sector: curatorial, conservation, research, archaeology, or architecture. They should be aware of legislation and best practice related to museums, historic sites and gardens. The Trust would ideally like to hear from candidates with operational experience, but would also be keen to hear from candidates who can provide academic experience in these areas.
  • Education and community outreach: Applicants will be passionate about the educational aspect of the Trust's work and be keen to develop its learning provision to the public and surrounding community. The ideal candidate would have museums and heritage experience as well, but the Trust is keen to hear from candidates who have senior-level experience developing and delivering learning and education services to adults, children and young people, which promote inclusion, equal opportunities and diversity.

The Fulham Palace Trust is keen to improve the diversity and representation on its Board. For more information, please see the Diversity section for more information.


Terms of appointment

The time commitment for these roles consists of six Board meetings per year and ad hoc engagement where needed. Candidates may be asked to join additional sub-committees (such as the candidate with finance experience chairing the finance, risk and audit sub-committee), which meet once per month in addition. These roles are unremunerated, but pre-agreed reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. The initial term would be for three years, with the opportunity to renew.


Diversity

The Fulham Palace Trust welcomes applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. As individuals with disabilities and individuals from an ethnic minority background are currently under-represented on the Board, applications from those candidates would be particularly encouraged. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process. In line with the Equality Act 2010, however, the organisation may employ positive action where diverse candidates can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.


The deadline for consideration is 26th September.

If you would like to register your initial interest in this role, please fill in the form below. A member of the Nurole team will be in touch ahead of the deadline to let you know whether it would be worth submitting an application and to discuss the process further.