Wells, Somerset (Hybrid)
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Voluntary, The average time commitment is 6-8 days per month.
Job description

Chair of the Board of Trustees, The Palace Trust,
The Bishop’s Palace, Wells

This post is unremunerated although we do pay reasonable expenses. The average time commitment is 6-8 days per month. Board meetings are currently bi-monthly and certain ongoing strategic projects require Board-level input.

Our current Chair is retiring after 13 years supporting the Trust through a considerable period of change and development. Following this period of successful growth, the Palace Trust is at a pivotal moment strategically and we now seek an inspirational leader to provide guidance, support and vision for the Board, CEO and the senior management team.

A demonstrable track record of senior leadership, preferably within the heritage/conservation/charitable trust sectors is needed alongside the essential quality of commitment to our shared values. Our key objective is to reach a greater and more diverse audience so raising awareness of and support for our charitable objects is essential.

Some background for The Palace Trust:

  • The Bishop’s Palace, and the adjacent Cathedral, are the two principal attractions in Wells, England’s smallest city, whose income is largely derived from tourism. 
  • Each year, the Palace welcomes some 140,000 visitors to its historic buildings and gardens.
  • We boast a popular café, with a strong local customer base.
  • We deliver a programme of events, exhibitions and functions, providing income and raising our profile.
  • The magnificent gardens are recognised by the RHS as a partner garden.
  • The Palace attracts visitors from all over the world and during the recent pandemic the gardens were recognised as a particular source of solace, recreation and comfort for local people.
  • The Palace is still the home of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and his offices and those of the Bishop of Taunton share the site, hence the relationship with the Bishops, their staff and their own requirements on the Palace are deeply important.
  • Annual turnover is circa £1.6m. The Trust employs around 40 staff under a new Chief Executive who is, in turn supported by a talented senior management team. A growing volunteer base (currently 150) donate their time and expertise to the running of the Palace, including garden and building maintenance and running of events. Many are very local and have a strong affection for and association with the Palace.

If you are motivated to learn more, we recommend that you visit the Palace and contact the current Chair for an informal discussion about the role.


Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a covering letter, stating why you would make an inspirational Chair and outlining your suitability for this post, together with a copy of your CV

Posted on: 05 July 2022
Closed date: 31 July 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Trustees, Business Development

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