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Chair of Board of Trustees Portsmouth Historic Quarter

Join the Board of Portsmouth Historic Quarter, a charity regenerating and breathing life into a vibrant and historically rich area integral to England’s naval and maritime history.

  • Location: Portsmouth
  • Salary: £1800 per annum / 3 year renewable term
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 9th September

Who we are

We are an ambitious and collaborative charity taking great pride in our stewardship of the buildings and spaces within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Priddy’s Hard in Gosport, as well as the historic vessels in our collection. Our role extends beyond mere physical preservation; we are the custodians of their stories.

Our position is unique, entrusted with the care and preservation of the buildings and spaces linked to the Royal Navy around Portsmouth Harbour. This responsibility is not just our priority but our passion.

At Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, we cultivate a welcoming environment and reinforce its status as the city’s historic heart. Through collaboration with key tenants and partners, we are dedicated to transforming it into a vibrant, living dockyard.

Likewise, we are committed to the development of Priddy’s Hard into a thriving, diverse community. Rooted in its heritage, we seek to unlock its potential to drive regeneration along the Gosport waterfront, generating income and activity for the area.

About the role

As our new Chair, you join us at a time of great potential and opportunity. Following our rebrand, renewal of our Board and in the midst of delivering an ambitious strategy, we have a fantastic springboard to drive forward on our mission and play an integral role in this world-class visitor destination.

You will work alongside an expert group of trustees and team, diverse partners which include amongst others, the heritage, maritime and naval sectors, all united by a passion for preserving and revitalizing our rich maritime history.

Who we are looking for

You’ll be someone who shares our ambition and is excited by the opportunity to provide people access, enjoyment and engagement with this crucial site, and the part it has played in naval history.

Our ideal candidate will be an experienced and credible leader; someone who has a strong reputation in their field and is used to achieving impact in a complex organisation. Commercially astute and able to ensure our sustainable future, we are also looking for a collaborative and facilitative Chair. You will bring the authority to influence and engage with our different stakeholders, be diplomatic and nuanced in your interactions and able to develop further potential to work together.

You will have a strong appreciation of best practice in governance and have the leadership qualities to enable our Board Members to contribute the very best of their expertise. A key part of the role will be working alongside the CEO to develop strong relationships with partners, both at the  Historic Dockyard and beyond, and you are likely to bring new connections and networks as well as support the development of our own. As an effective ambassador, you will also support us in advocating in the wider heritage community, sharing our know-how and influencing in the heritage sector.

Terms of Appointment:

  • The Chair is appointed on a 3-year renewable term.
  • The role is remunerated at £1800 per annum.

Although the exact time commitment required will differ from month to month, ad hoc engagement may be required at any time which is likely to average 4 days per month, including time at PHQ sites, events or meetings.

There are four meetings of the Board of Trustees per year, an Away Day and other events and committee meetings throughout the year.

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

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Welcome from David Butters (Chair of Trustees) and Hannah Prowse (CEO)

Thank you for your interest in becoming the next Chair of PHQ, formerly Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, from April 2025.

This is a wonderful opportunity to lead a multi-faceted organisation responsible for restoring, maintaining and establishing sustainable uses for historic buildings and other assets within the historic dockyard at Portsmouth Naval Base and at Priddy’s Hard in Gosport.

As the custodians and developers of the historic estates, we have a vital role in working closely and collaboratively with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Mary Rose Trust, the Royal Navy, Portsmouth City Council and other stakeholders to optimise the success of both as Destinations and Visitor Attractions.

Since Hannah joined as CEO in April 2021, we have re-set our strategy and vision with a commitment to four strategic aims of Preserve, Develop, Educate and Enjoy.

You will be leading a dedicated and involved Board of Trustees working with a strong and effective SMT. We are looking for an active facilitator as the new Chair who can take the charity forward and be a recognisable and trusted representative of PHQ.

If this sounds like an interesting proposition, please read on and we hope that you will consider applying.

David Butters

Hannah Prowse

About Portsmouth Historic Quarter

Portsmouth Historic Quarter develops Portsmouth Harbour’s vibrant maritime heritage culture through building regeneration, boat restoration, volunteer activity and community collaboration. We’re committed to preserving our rich maritime and industrial legacy. We’re opening new horizons and enriching lives through our dedication to heritage, arts and culture.

We are an ambitious and collaborative charity working with heritage and other partners to develop and manage a world-class visitor destination. We sustain strong relationships with the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Mary Rose Trust at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and are an active landlord working in partnership with all our tenants. We actively create authentic, educational and enjoyable places, experiences and opportunities, achieving and maintaining high standards in interpretation, accessibility and engagement for all.

As custodians of historic buildings, boats and spaces in and around Portsmouth Harbour, we breathe new life into this naval heritage, creating energy and vibrancy and ensuring that it is sustainable and accessible for all.

Ours is a world where creativity thrives. Through collaborations with artists, students, and local businesses, we’re transforming our spaces into dynamic hubs of creativity, showcasing the seamless blend of heritage and contemporary expression.

Our Aims and Objectives:

Preserve: Being active in the conservation, restoration and regeneration of important assets and places which are at risk, or under-utilised.

Develop: Operating a sustainable charity with a long-term vision and sufficient reserves to intervene and make a difference.

Educate: Achieving and maintaining high standards in interpretation and education.

Enjoy: Working with heritage and other partners to develop and manage a world-class visitor destination, centred on Portsmouth Historic Dockyard; developing a thriving and happy community at Priddy’s Hard.

Our historic buildings sit within 50 acres of heritage landscape including Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Priddy’s Hard in Gosport. From majestic boathouses to ancient tunnels, these buildings stand as testaments to centuries of naval innovation, each space having a story to tell.

We meticulously restore and safeguard a plethora of vessels from small sailing boats to military-related craft. These diverse arrays of historic vessels embody a century of nautical and naval innovation and many of these boats are fully operational offering firsthand experiences through boat trips and charters.

Our People – Trustees and Leadership Team:

Ours is a world where creativity thrives. Through collaborations with artists, students, and local businesses, we’re transforming our spaces into dynamic hubs of creativity, showcasing the seamless blend of heritage and contemporary expression.

At Portsmouth Historic Quarter Trust, our Board of Directors is composed of Trustees who bring a wealth of expertise in architecture, chartered surveying, attractions management, commercial property development, finance and education. They’re passionate about our heritage and dedicated to shaping its future.

Accessibility information

Employer Statement: Portsmouth Historic Quarter

Some of our historic buildings and vessels are difficult to access due to their construction and preservation needs. Where we cannot make physical changes to improve accessibility, or where changes still do not make them fully accessible, we have the flexibility to use different buildings and rooms to seek to accommodate specific physical access requirements.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.

We don’t have hearing loops in either of the two rooms generally used for trustee meetings, but we could investigate installation in the medium term. We could arrange an interview offsite (where there is an induction loop) if this is requested as a reasonable adjustment.

Accessibility dogs – we would require advance notice in order to liaise with MOD security as there are protocols around dogs on site, but this should be possible.

We don’t have an internal interpreter but could source one if needed.

Committee timetables are fixed a year ahead. These are generally attended in person but could be accessed via Teams.

EDI stats – data currently limited:

37 employees

  • 54% male
  • 46% female

(54% full-time, 46% part-time)

Age breakdown:

  • 18-24yrs 11%
  • 25-34 yrs 16%
  • 35-44 yrs 14 %
  • 45-54 years 27%
  • 55+ years 32%

We are in the process of writing a new EDI strategy, which is currently in draft and due to go to the Board of Trustees in September for approval.

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

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 9th September 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Monday 16th September 2024
    Interviews: Tuesday 24th September 2024

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