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Chair Heneb: the Trust for Welsh Archaeology

A unique and exceptional opportunity to Chair Heneb: the Trust for Welsh Archaeology at the formation of this brand-new trust that oversees the newly-merged four Welsh Archaeological Trusts.

  • Location: Remote with occasional visits to Trust offices
  • Salary: Voluntary
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

Heneb: the Trust for Welsh Archaeology will unite the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts. These comprise:

The four Welsh Archaeological Trusts were established in 1974-75 to help conserve, understand and interpret the archaeology of Wales. Although originally conceived as reactive bodies, responding to threats to the archaeological resource, the four Trusts have evolved over time to be more proactive and to broaden their remit.

The Trusts have flourished for five decades by maintaining their core values through service to their respective regions, whilst adapting to changing circumstances and modernising to meet challenges. As a result, they have continued through changes in national and local Government organisation, the new Welsh historic environment legislation and regulation and the professionalisation of archaeology that has revolutionised practice. At a local level, the Trust has worked with communities in developing a mutual appreciation of their heritage and fostering “pride of place”.

The four Trusts have recently agreed to merge to form a single regionally-based national trust to serve the best long-term interests of the people of Wales in the care of archaeology in Wales. The newly formed Trust for Welsh Archaeology (Heneb) will be a more robust, sustainable and energised organisation able to respond to changing challenges and to take opportunities for growth, specialisation and innovation.

The Chair and CEO of this newly-forming organisation will have the exciting and exacting responsibility for setting its tone from the outset and leading Trustees, staff and volunteers along new avenues, ensuring that the established strengths of the four regional Trusts are maintained while extending their remit and expertise delivering a wide range of archaeological services and raising the organisation’s national profile.

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust outreach project 2021

Footage: © Crown CHERISH Project 2021.

About the role

This role provides an exciting opportunity for a collaborative and engaging leader with a commitment to Welsh cultural heritage to lead a newly formed Board of Trustees to develop the organisation and guide the Trust along new avenues to deliver its strategy into the future.

Together, the Chair and CEO will set the tone for the whole organisation, championing the Trust’s values of inclusive, open and accountable leadership.

Leading the Board of Trustees of the newly-formed Trust, the Chair will ensure it delivers its charitable objective to advance the education of the public in archaeology. The Chair will steer the strategic direction of the Trust, engaging with national strategic partners in the historic environment sector and seeking opportunities for effective collaboration.

The Chair should be able to visit the Trust and its regional offices and projects from time to time; reasonable expenses will be paid for doing so. Communication takes place mainly via email, with conferencing software used for some meetings.

The Chair’s first task will be to support the CEO to unite the four pre-existing Regional Trusts to form a successful, regionally-based body. The Chair will oversee the expansion of the Board, ensuring new governance arrangements are well-established.

Promoting a culture of openness and debate, the Chair is responsible for leading the Board to ensure effectiveness in all aspects of its role. Together with the CEO, they will ensure a culture of transparency and openness in which staff are respected and empowered.

They will cultivate effective communication between the Board and regional advisory panels, and between the Trustees and the Executive. Alongside the CEO, the Chair will mentor the team and will ensure the Board considers key issues and opportunities facing the Trust, championing equity, diversity and inclusion.

The Chair will work collaboratively with the CEO and Board of Trustees to develop the vision, strategy and business plan for the Trust. The Chair will ensure that the voice of the regions is heard, and regional interests are considered in a balanced way in forming policy and strategy.

The Chair will be a key conduit in ensuring consistent engagement with funding bodies and stakeholders and will promote the vision, philosophy and achievements of the Trust, representing the views of the Board to the public. They will ensure effective engagement and communication with the Welsh Government and Cadw and other stakeholders such as local authorities and RCAHMW.

The new Chair will ensure the Trust reports to the Welsh Government, stakeholders and clients and will promote outreach to new communities in Wales.

Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust Newtown Mound excavation 2022

Who we are looking for

The Trust is seeking a highly motivated Chair who possesses high standards of integrity and probity in governance, decision-making and financial management.

The new Chair will be a person of the highest integrity, recognised for their contribution to public service in Wales, particularly in archaeology, heritage, or culture.

With an informed interest (or the ability to develop it) in the archaeology, architectural history, history and the historic environment of Wales, and the role of local and national government and the voluntary sector in its management.

An experienced, empathetic and diplomatic leader with strong interpersonal, communication, collaboration and negotiation skills, they will have experience in developing trusted relationships with senior Government officials and elected representatives. Exhibiting a high degree of emotional intelligence, they will have experience in leading and motivating teams and in overseeing the development of strategies, plans and budgets.

With experience in overseeing strategic change, including modelling vision, values and behaviours, they will have an understanding of charity and company law with an awareness and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship.

With a willingness to advance the language and culture of Wales, they will bring an understanding of the requirements of Welsh language legislation.

The Chair will oversee:

  • strategic, business and resource planning
  • development and risk management

The Chair will act as an;

  • ambassador for the Trust’s external profile in its strategic relationships with stakeholders, funding bodies and the media.

Time commitment

The Board of Trustees meets at least 4 days a year plus its annual general meeting plus regular contact and checking in with the CEO and executive. Additionally, attendance at other meetings held with the regional advisory panels, Cadw and other partners will be required. Initially, the time commitment will be around 2 to 3 days per month.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Rebekah Abbott

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Clwyd Powys

Welcome from Heneb: the Trust for Welsh Archaeology

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Heneb: the Trust for Welsh Archaeology. We’d like to introduce you to this new venture, an important step forward in the care and management of the historic environment in Wales.

The four Welsh Archaeological Trusts – Clwyd Powys, Dyfed, Glamorgan-Gwent and Gwynedd, were created in the mid-1970s in response to the growing requirements of archaeological management in Wales posed by increased pressures, primarily from development and intensification of agriculture. Though separate charitable trusts, they have always been collaborative and mutually supportive, unique in the UK in providing a comprehensive service to every part of the country and enjoying a special relationship with government and local authorities.

The four-trust system has flourished for nearly 50 years, adapting and enhancing its offer to include educational and outreach activities and support for Welsh Government’s protection and monument management programmes; throughout their life, the trusts also continued to expand their commercially-funded work in excavation and survey commissioned by outside bodies.

Over the last few years, there has been a growing recognition of the fact that the trusts would benefit from diversifying their capacity to serve the changing needs of the care of the historic environment of the country. The best way of achieving this is to merge into a single national Trust, serving the whole of Wales with sufficient staff and income to develop skills, embark on new specialised projects, and enter into partnerships with other national and international archaeological, countryside or natural environment-focused bodies. Regional identity and engagement, a distinct strength of the existing system, will be maintained by keeping regional centres and staff, but more co-ordinated services, a unified Historic Environment Record, and pan-Wales projects will bring a greater uniformity and cohesion, as well as flexibility and resilience. We aim to be a well-respected lead body in the provision of archaeological work in Wales, helping inspire communities to cherish and understand their cultural heritage.

The trustees and staff are immensely proud of what has been achieved since 1975 and are determined that this new venture will continue to demonstrate our enthusiasm for the Welsh historic environment. We believe that investigating, understanding and sharing knowledge of the past is really important, bequeathing value to all members of society, the economy, and the environment. There is a huge potential for the new leaders of the Trust to exert a positive, long-lasting impact on the organisation, defining and delivering innovative strategic direction for its future. We cannot wait to get started.

Heneb: Ymddiriedolaeth Archaeolegol Cymru

Croeso, a diolch i chi am eich diddordeb yn Heneb: Ymddiriedolaeth Archaeolegol Cymru. Hoffem eich cyflwyno i’r fenter newydd hon, sy’n gam pwysig ymlaen o ran gofalu a rheoli’r amgylchedd hanesyddol yng Nghymru.

Cafodd y pedair Ymddiriedolaeth Archaeolegol yng Nghymru  – Clwyd Powys, Dyfed, Morgannwg-Gwent a Gwynedd – eu sefydlu yng nghanol y 1970au mewn ymateb i ofynion cynyddol rheolaeth archaeolegol yng Nghymru yn sgil pwysau mwy a ddaeth yn bennaf o ganlyniad i ddatblygu a dwysáu amaethyddiaeth. Er eu bod yn ymddiriedolaethau elusennol ar wahân, maent wastad wedi cydweithio a chefnogi ei gilydd, yn unigryw yn y DU o ran darparu gwasanaeth cynhwysfawr i bob cwr o’r wlad, a mwynhau perthynas arbennig gydag awdurdodau lleol a llywodraeth.

Mae’r system pedair ymddiriedolaeth wedi ffynnu dros bron 50 mlynedd, gan addasu a chyfoethogi ei chynnig i gynnwys gweithgareddau addysgol ac allgymorth a chefnogi rhaglenni rheoli henebion a diogelu Llywodraeth Cymru; drwy gydol eu bodolaeth, mae’r ymddiriedolaethau hefyd wedi parhau i ehangu eu gwaith cloddio ac archwilio a ariannwyd yn fasnachol ac a gomisiynwyd gan gyrff allanol.

Yn ystod yr ychydig flynyddoedd diwethaf, bu cydnabyddiaeth gynyddol o’r ffaith y byddai o fudd i’r ymddiriedolaethau petaent yn amrywio eu capasiti i wasanaethu’r anghenion newidiol yng ngofal amgylchedd hanesyddol y wlad. Y ffordd orau o gyflawni hyn yw cyfuno’n un Ymddiriedolaeth genedlaethol, gan wasanaethu Cymru gyfan gyda staff ac incwm digonol i ddatblygu sgiliau, dechrau ar brosiectau arbenigol newydd, a mynd i bartneriaeth â chyrff cenedlaethol a rhyngwladol eraill sy’n canolbwyntio ar archaeoleg, cefn gwlad neu’r amgylchedd naturiol. Caiff hunaniaeth ac ymgysylltiad rhanbarthol, sy’n gryfderau unigryw y system bresennol, eu cynnal drwy gadw canolfannau a staff rhanbarthol, ond gwasanaethau mwy cydlynol, Cofnod Amgylchedd Hanesyddol unedig, a phrosiectau ledled Cymru fyddai’n arwain at gysondeb a chydlyniad gwell, yn ogystal â hyblygrwydd a gwytnwch. Ein nod yw bod yn gorff arweiniol uchel ei barch o ran darparu gwaith archaeolegol yng Nghymru, gan helpu i ysbrydoli cymunedau i werthfawrogi a deall eu treftadaeth ddiwylliannol.

Mae’r ymddiriedolwyr a’r staff yn hynod falch o’r hyn sydd wedi’i gyflawni ers 1975 ac maent yn benderfynol y bydd y fenter newydd hon yn parhau i amlygu ein brwdfrydedd dros amgylchedd hanesyddol Cymru. Rydym o’r farn bod archwilio, deall a rhannu gwybodaeth am y gorffennol yn hollbwysig, gan gymynnu gwerth i bob aelod o’r gymdeithas, yr economi, a’r amgylchedd. Mae potensial enfawr i arweinwyr newydd yr Ymddiriedolaeth ddylanwadu’n gadarnhaol a hirdymor ar y sefydliad, gan ddiffinio a chyflwyno cyfeiriad strategol arloesol ar gyfer ei ddyfodol. Edrychwn ymlaen yn eiddgar i ddechrau arni.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

About Heneb

Heneb: the Trust for Welsh Archaeology is a registered charity whose object is “To advance the education of the public in archaeology”.

Since their inception, the regional Trusts have provided historic environment advice to local authorities in Wales. This feeds into both strategic planning policy and practical decision-making to ensure that archaeological remains are conserved, recorded and made publicly accessible as part of the development and larger-scale infrastructure projects.

Heneb continues to maintain the historic environment record and alongside this, active outreach and public engagement projects are undertaken, often in partnership with other heritage bodies and community groups.

The Trust undertakes project work on behalf of Cadw, the Welsh Government body responsible for the historic environment in Wales.

Alongside its advisory service, the Trust operates a commercial operation that bids for archaeological work across Wales. It has strict protocols guaranteeing that historic environment advisory services and commercial activities remain separate.

Wales is unique in the UK in that the Welsh Government makes historic environment records a statutory requirement, formalised within the Historic Environment Act 2016 — this is currently fulfilled by the Welsh Archaeology Trusts.

The Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015, again unique to Wales, offers opportunities through the seven well-being goals to work across Wales for the benefit of communities, vibrant culture, health, prosperity, equality and more — all areas the historic environment can influence.

Mission, vision and strategy

Our core belief at Heneb is that Wales, its regions and communities within them can greatly improve well-being by understanding their historic environment and developing pride of place. Hence, our charitable object is “the education of the public in archaeology”.

Regionality is a key principle, and we are firmly rooted in our four distinct regional operations, from which we derive our unique strengths.

Our mission

Inspiring communities to connect with their past by discovering and safeguarding the archaeological heritage of Wales.

Our vision

A resilient, authoritative body promoting the understanding, conservation and enjoyment of the historic environment of Wales for the benefit of all, now and into the future.

Our strategy

Our purpose in forming the single trust for Wales is to enable its sustainable growth and resilience to improve the delivery of our mission with Welsh communities.

Key strategic aims are to:

  • Foster a better understanding of the historic environment by undertaking and promoting research, survey and investigation. There is a need to improve knowledge and understanding to achieve the effective management, promotion and conservation of the historic environment and to realise its full potential as an economic and social asset.
  • Improve the effective management and conservation of the historic environment for present and future generations to study, enjoy and draw inspiration from. The Trust will provide the advice and encouragement necessary to achieve a sustainable historic environment within a framework that allows for social and economic development and improved quality of life.
  • Raise awareness of the historic environment and promote physical and intellectual access through educational, outreach and community programmes. It aims to encourage a wider appreciation of the historic environment to engender a greater sense of community identity, social cohesion and place.
  • Develop the Trust by utilising the combined resources of the four regions and building on their expertise. Current skills will be expanded across the four regions, and into wider geographic areas. At the same time, new skills will be identified and assimilated.

Regionality is a key principle, and we are firmly rooted in our four distinct regional operations, from which we derive our unique strengths.

Heneb: the Trust for Welsh Archaeology

Governance and management

Trustees

The Board of Trustees will have 11 members (8 regional and 3 national) who meet at least four times per year to agree on the strategic direction and to discuss the progress of the organisation.

The Chair will chair this Board and the CEO will manage and lead the Trust on a day-to-day basis.  The current Board consists of 8 regional Trustees, all of whom will form part of the new Heneb Board, leaving 3 further Trustees to be appointed in addition to the Chair.

Regionally-based organisation with national leadership

Regional presence, depth of knowledge, community links and identity have been a distinguishing feature of the Welsh system.  Our communities and stakeholders in the Welsh government could not be clearer that we must preserve this at all costs. Therefore, regional presence has been designed into the legal framework for the Trust, its vision, strategy, organisational structure and staffing.

Each region will also establish a Regional Advisory Panel to represent the various sector interests, influence the strategy for archaeology in that region and feed into the Trust’s overall strategy and plan.

Following the appointment of the CEO and Chair, it is intended to appoint a Chief Finance Officer who will work directly with the CEO.  Four regional managers will also report to the CEO as part of the leadership team.

The philosophy is one of a virtuous circle of regional activity and knowledge feeding into pan-Wales projects and specialisms, which will in turn feed a national perspective back into regional activity. Part of the CEO’s role will be to evolve the leadership team and regional collaboration in line with national strategy and opportunities.

Following the appointment of the CEO and Chair, it is intended to appoint a Chief Finance Officer working directly with the CEO. The whole organisation will be supported by a small national administrative hub. Four regional managers will also report to the CEO as part of the leadership team.

The philosophy is one of a virtuous circle of regional activity and knowledge feeding into pan-Wales projects and specialisms, which will in turn feed a national perspective back into regional activity. Part of the CEO’s role will be to evolve the leadership team and regional collaboration in line with national strategy and opportunities.

Learn more about us - our team

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Further information

  • Dyfed Archaeology’s offices in Llandeilo are in an old building. Some parts of the building are only accessible by steps, but there is a step-free side entrance to the building, giving access to a disabled toilet, kitchen area, two offices and a small meeting room.
  • We can provide instantaneous English/Welsh translation if required.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 10th January 2024
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