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Chief Executive | Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust (PNBPT)

As they embark on their next strategic phase, PNBPT now seek a forward thinking, agile and entrepreneurial Chief Executive who can develop and implement their strategy and help them realise current and new opportunities to conserve and regenerate important historic assets.

  • Location: Portsmouth
  • Salary: c.£100,000 per annum

About the role

Established in 1986 by the Ministry of Defence and English Heritage to be the custodians of land and buildings at Portsmouth Naval Base and in the South East Hampshire area which are surplus to operational requirements, PNBPT is a charity that restores, maintains, protects and finds new uses for the historic buildings, vessels, docks and berths associated with Her Majesty’s Naval Base at Portsmouth.

Examples of PNBPT’s work include a recent project at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (PHD) the restoration of one of the main Boat Houses which provides accommodation for the International Boat Building Training College Portsmouth, run by the Trust, which fosters boatbuilding and heritage skills. Beyond PHD, a major development at Priddy’s Hard Gosport is currently underway, restoring scheduled monuments and buildings and partnering with a developer on a residential scheme.

PNBPT also plays an important role in enabling access and enjoyment of the naval base buildings for the public engagement in naval history, playing a key part in preserving the historic fabric of this site as well as enhancing understanding of the people who built, lived and worked in the area through education and interpretation.

As a property regeneration agency, a landlord and asset manager, the Trust works with a variety of tenant partners and key stakeholders on the site, within the city and nationally playing a vital and creative role in conservation, regeneration and interpretation.

As they embark on their next strategic phase, PNBPT now seek a forward thinking, agile and entrepreneurial Chief Executive who can develop and implement their strategy and help them realise current and new opportunities to conserve and regenerate important historic assets.

This is an unique and multi-faceted role which requires a leader who will champion and deliver the preservation and sustainability of historic assets and work collaboratively to build consensus with key partners and stakeholders (both at a local and national level). You will play a key role in building the organisation’s capacity and financial sustainability to continue to deliver on its mission and further potential.

Who we're looking for

You will be a great leader of people, able to build and inspire cohesive and cooperative teams as well as developing robust organisational processes and systems. Experienced in strategy development, you will craft and deliver our new strategy, help us consolidate, and then seize future opportunities as we navigate and adapt to the challenging environment post COVID-19. You will possess strong financial and commercial acumen and be skilled in negotiation, influencing and representation as a key part of this role will be as an ambassador for the Trust and our work.

We are open minded to background, but senior management and organisational leadership is essential and a proven ability to lead in a complex multi-stakeholder environment. Some experience of Visitor Attractions within the Heritage Sector and regeneration through the use of property assets would be preferred.

For more information and a confidential conversation about the role, please contact our consultants:

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

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 12th October 2020

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

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees, David Butters

Thank you for your interest in becoming Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust’s next Chief Executive.

This is a wonderful multi-faceted opportunity to lead our organisation’s continuing focus on 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 property owner and landlord, we have vital roles 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 locations and the major Visitor Attractions.

As we say goodbye to our long standing CEO, Peter Goodship, we want to welcome a new CEO who will help us develop and deliver our strategy at an exciting but equally challenging time. We have already made adaptations following COVID-19 but will need to continue to be agile and creative as we navigate this continuing shifting landscape.

Whilst we want to continue to drive forward on our mission, we expect you will initially help us consolidate, reevaluate and then re-set so we can ensure we are in the best possible position to continue our active and creative conservation, restoration and regeneration of these important assets.

We are looking for a person who can lead effectively in a multi-stakeholder and complex environment, work co-operatively with a myriad of partners and funders, both locally and nationally, and enable and empower our dedicated staff and volunteers. We will welcome your new ideas and stimulus and you will have the support of a dedicated and expert board, strong staff team and volunteers.

There is considerable scope to build on the great legacy Peter will be leaving and, if this sounds an interesting proposition and you would like to join us, please read on and I hope you will consider applying.

David Butters

About Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust

PNBPT is a charitable property company responsible for the conservation and re-use of the buildings in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is the publicly accessible part of Portsmouth Naval Base.

It holds a 99-year lease of the area from the Ministry of Defence and sub-lets property to the Historic Dockyard attractions and to commercial tenants. The Trust is also the freehold owner of Priddy’s Hard in Gosport, a former Royal Ordnance Yard for the Royal Navy dating back to around 1760.

The Trust’s main function is that of landlord/property owner and guardian of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Priddy’s Hard. The majority of buildings and structures on both sites are Grade 1 and Grade 2* Listed Buildings or Scheduled Monuments.

The Trust is responsible for keeping the historic buildings and structures in a good state of repair, for collecting rent and service charges from its tenants, and for refurbishing empty or redundant buildings for appropriate new commercial uses. This ensures that the historic buildings and structures are safeguarded for the enjoyment of future generations.

On Queen Street, the Trust also owns and operates the Historic Dockyard Car Park and is the landlord of some retail units at Admiralty Quarter. The Trust is also the freehold owner of the residential development above where the individual units have been let on long leases.

The Trust received an initial government endowment to start putting the Historic Dockyard buildings into a reasonable state of repair, and now generates funding from donations, grants, trading income, property development, rents and service charges, and income from investments.

Aims of the Trust

The following is a list of the Trust’s aims in relation to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and its remit also extends to other land and buildings surplus to the Royal Navy’s operational requirements at Portsmouth Naval Base and in the South-East Hampshire area.

  • To restore and find appropriate uses for buildings and structures of outstanding architectural and historic interest
  • To extend the estate as surplus Ministry of Defence land and buildings become available
  • To create an enduring maritime heritage centre of the highest class in the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth, so that it may be enjoyed by the public for generations to come
  • To protect the ethos of the Historic Dockyard and of any other related historic estate so that new development, or further commercial activity, is sensitive to its unique atmosphere
  • Together with other stakeholders set and maintain the highest standards in education, interpretation and collections
  • To enhance public awareness of the role of the civilian workforce in supporting the Royal Navy by promoting the establishment of a Museum of the Dockyard
  • To ensure that visitors have a comprehensive and enjoyable experience of the Historic Dockyard

Examples of Historic Building Developments

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    If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

    Lucy Mavers |07947 935068| lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

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    Closing date: 9am, Monday 12th October 2020
    Longlisting: Friday 16th October
    Preliminary interviews: Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd October
    Final interviews: Wednesday 4th November

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