An exciting opportunity to join the board of Nottingham Castle Trust and help create an international visitor attraction bringing 1,000 years of history and creativity to life through innovative events and programmes.
Nottingham Castle Trust was incorporated as a charity in 2018 and established to oversee the strategic and financial sustainability of Nottingham Castle which reopened in June 2021 after a transformative £30m refurbishment project.
We were established to manage the Castle to become an international visitor attraction that celebrates the history of the Castle and City and the legend of Robin Hood, through exciting and innovative visitor and educational events and programmes.
The Castle is much more than an iconic landmark and historical site. It’s a living, breathing museum, which follows and protects Nottingham’s rich social and creative history. We are committed to helping preserve our cultural and historic heritage so that visitors from around the world will enjoy the castle for many generations to come.
During 2021, we faced a number of challenges, and continue to do so, but in order for us to be better and to realise the vision for the Castle to evolve into a world-renowned visitor attraction, we need a highly effective and committed Board to support the Castle to be an outstanding success. We wish to recruit new people to the Board, who will bring a fresh perspective, and who can contribute to a strategic, cohesive, diverse, and effective Board.
This is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to the Castle, the Nottingham community and future of the city. In particular we are looking for up to four people who bring a range of strategic skills including, senior commercial experience in visitor attraction, strategic finance, legal, marketing, communications, digital and governance. Overall, we are looking for people to join us who have enthusiasm, commitment, and a passion to support the Castle for Nottingham and its people.
The time commitment is 1-2 days per month, to include attending board meetings currently every 6-8 weeks, held in the afternoon for around 90 minutes, participation on a committee, either Finance or Risk and Audit, an annual strategy away day, reading and preparation, attendance at events and occasional interaction with the executive team. The term of office is 3 years with an option to be reappointed for one more 3-year term.
By becoming a Trustee of Nottingham Castle Trust, you can have an impact on our organisation and the opportunity to influence key decisions at a critical time in our development. You will develop knowledge of the charity and cultural sectors and develop your leadership skills. You will have the unique opportunity to support the Castle at a key point in its history.
We would love to hear from you if you believe you have the skills required and if you care about Nottingham Castle and its impact on our communities and city and if you have the time to dedicate to being a Trustee. We are keen to encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including people from ethnic minority backgrounds and LGBTQIA+ and Disabled candidates. If you are interested in learning more, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners.
Nottingham Castle opened in June last year after undergoing a transformative £30m refurbishment which revitalised the site for national and international visitors and for the citizens of Nottingham. We tell the Castle’s story and its role in the birth of social and democratic ideas and celebrate Nottingham Castle’s diverse heritage. We capture the drama of the Castle site, we increase access to the unique caves, we restore the breath-taking gallery spaces within the Ducal Palace and provide exceptional exhibitions of our world class collections.
Visitors can explore 1,000 years of history beginning with the Castle landscape, a valuable green space within an urban environment. The site’s unique network of caves reveals layers of history, as do the significant surviving medieval Castle remains. Through the charm of the Brewhouse Yard Cottages, to be opened later this year, visitors will learn about former local inhabitants and how they played their part in Nottingham’s creative and rebellious history. A highly creative outdoor Hood’s Hideout play area allows children to access and interpret the Castle’s environment through imaginative and physical play.
Nottingham is also home to extraordinary creativity through craft and industry, and we spotlight the city’s achievements in dedicated galleries that focus on medieval alabaster sculptures, salt-glazed pottery, and Nottingham Lace. Treasures of the art world showcase pieces held in the museum’s permanent collection and within our temporary exhibition space which will host three or four world-class exhibitions each year.
Since opening the Castle it has featured an exhibition of Sir Paul Smith, Nottingham born and one of Britain’s leading designers, and has also featured the work of two important female artists, Nottingham born Dame Laura Knight RA and the British contemporary artist Caroline Walker in her first museum solo show within the UK.
As an independent charity, the Trust has a 30-year concession agreement with Nottingham City Council for the overall development and management of the site and galleries.
The Trust is a self-sustaining charity which generates its income through the support of visitors, donors, and volunteers and this requires a strong focus on financial sustainability. All income goes directly towards education, upkeep, preservation and improvement of the Castle, collections, and landscape for the long-term benefit of visitors. We are also committed to using a proportion of this income to increase the diversity of our visitors, especially local audiences which are currently less engaged in arts, culture, and heritage.
Nottingham Castle Trust has championed the re-development and the castle site, from the Caves to the Ducal Mansion. We have worked to raise the necessary finances including £3 million private funding needed to complete the £30 million Castle Redevelopment Project and to make the castle a world-class visitor attraction. As well as fundraising, the Trust supports education programmes, open days, lectures, and talks, and many other visitor activities. In both 2021 and 2022, the Castle received a share of support packages from the Culture Recovery Fund, to help overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Trust was supported by an independent charity, Nottingham Castle Foundation, which helped to raise the capital funding.
The Trust also has a wholly owned separate company, Nottingham Castle Services, which oversees the Castle’s trading activities, including retail, events and catering.
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If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.
To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.
Please ensure that your application is emailed to email@example.com inserting “Trustee – Nottingham Castle Trust” into the subject field.
For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:
Liz Holderness | firstname.lastname@example.org | 07872 031079
Jennifer Horan | email@example.com | 07519 070497
We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.
All applications will be considered solely on merit.
Disabled applicants 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.
Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 27th June 2022
Candidates informed of outcome: Monday 4th July 2022
Interviews: Tuesday 12th July and Wednesday 13th July 2022
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