England, United Kingdom
Voluntary (expenses paid)
Job description

Why is this important?

Working with the National Trust in a non-executive advisory capacity is an opportunity to contribute to the delivery of our strategy. In return for your time, knowledge and expertise, you’ll have the chance to work alongside our trustees and senior executives, supporting us to look after special places, forever, for everyone.


About the SMRC

This Committee manages the remuneration and terms of employment of senior managers. The Committee’s remit includes the remuneration of the Director-General, her Executive Team and grade 2 senior directors. The Committee oversees senior succession planning, maximising our managerial talent, ensuring our high-calibre senior management team can deliver the Trust’s strategy and annual business plan.

The Committee is made up of at least three members of the Board of Trustees, and one or two external independent members. The Committee meets formally twice a year although our independent members are often asked to provide advice or input every couple of months.

Our Committee members are champions of the Trust. You can read an article on our website by David Conroy, one of our former independent members, about what it’s like to support us in getting reward right for our senior executives.  


About you

We are looking for someone who has a real passion for the Trust and understands and appreciates our core purpose and strategy. Our ethos is based on looking after and sharing special places and as a member of the Committee you’ll have a valuable part to play in how this happens. You’ll be helping to ensure we attract, recruit, retain and motivate the very best people to lead our organisation forward and deliver our strategy.

We’re looking for someone that has extensive HR experience, gained in large complex organisations, or as an experienced HR consultant. You will have worked at a senior level in different organisations, across a number of sectors. You’ll have a good understanding of compensation and benefits and you’ll be able to share your extensive HR experience, encouraging the things we’re getting right, and supporting us to develop ways in which we might do it better. It’s not about approvals but generating the big ideas. It’s about enhancing existing strategies and helping us develop new ones. And it’s about making a real, tangible difference to the organisation you love.

Knowledge of the charity sector and an understanding of the National Trust would be an advantage but is not essential.

We are keen to encourage diversity of background and thought in our SMRC community.


Time commitment and expenses

The appointment is for an initial term of three years from 1 October 2019. The time commitment is approximately two to four days a year on Committee business, although this may be slightly higher in the first year to allow for a full induction. The successful candidate would be invited to attend the Committee’s next meeting in the autumn of 2019 as member-elect.

The role is voluntary but we reimburse expenses.


How to apply

For further information, please visit our website’s governance page by clicking on the apply button. 

Please provide a full CV and a covering letter which explains how you are suited to the role, along with details of two referees. Please also complete an equality and diversity questionnaire which can be found on our website.


Posted on: 17 June 2019
Closed date: 28 July 2019
Tags: Human Resources, Governance