London, Greater London


Job Description

About Crossness Engines Trust 

Crossness Engines Trust is an award-winning charity working to conserve and interpret the Grade 1 listed Crossness Pumping Station, opening it up to over 4,000 visitors a year as an important national heritage site and a valuable educational resource.

Built in 1865, by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, as part of a revolutionary new sanitation system for London, Crossness features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world today and is an inspiring example of excellence in architecture, engineering and public health. 

The Role

The Trust is looking for a passionate and committed Chair to:

  • Hold the Board, its supporting committees and executive team to account for delivering the Trust's Mission, Vision and Strategic Plans;
  • Provide inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, executive and volunteers;
  • Ensure that each Trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities and that the Board functions as a unit to achieve agreed objectives;
  • Act as an ambassador and the public face of the Trust.

As the Trust is undergoing significant organisational change, the Board currently meets every four weeks. This is expected to reduce in the future. 

The Trust is seeking a Chair with the following qualities: 

  • Passion and commitment to the Trust, its strategic objectives and cause;
  • Strong leadership skills and personal gravitas to lead a significant national organisation;
  • Strong inter-personal and relationship-building abilities;
  • Tact and diplomacy in an ambassadorial role;
  • The ability to motivate staff and volunteers and foster a collaborative team environment;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the charity sector and current issues affecting it. 

The Trust is also looking for individuals with experience and knowledge of:

  • Senior strategic leadership;
  • Trust governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees;
  • Financial management and Trust finance;
  • Defining and implementing successful organisational change;
  • External representation, delivering presentations and managing stakeholders;
  • Chairing meetings and events.

Application Process

To apply, please click Apply Now to send us your CV and covering letter, paying particular regard to our requirements as set out above.

Interviews: 30 April 2019