Historic Properties Director

Historic Properties Director
Employer: English Heritage
Salary: £110,000 - £120,000
Location: London

At English Heritage we care for over 420 historic buildings, monuments and sites, from world-famous prehistoric places to grand medieval castles; from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker. Historically a public sector body, we made a bold transition to become an independent, charitable organisation in April 2015. Our plans are rightly ambitious, but we believe we can achieve our aims and our first four years of autonomous performance have been strong.

The Historic Properties Director has an annual P&L of £75m and a significant capital budget. Only just over 100 of our sites are pay to enter. The rest are completely free, which means that the emphasis needs to be more on involving local communities to tell their stories and provide a positive visitor experience on our behalf.

This role at English Heritage is a critical leadership role within a unique organisation and one of the most high profile roles in the heritage sector.

This role of Historic Properties Director is responsible for all aspects of the care, management and commercial development of our sites across the country and for our on-site visitor experience. It is also a key role on the Senior Management Team that drives forward and takes ownership of our large capital investment programme.

You will lead a skilled and committed national team of over 1,500 employees and 3,500 volunteers through six direct reports, all senior managers in their own right. As well as steering this capable team, ensuring that commercial and charitable objectives are met and developing strategy for future development, this role plays an active role on the Senior Management Team, supporting the Chief Executive and her other direct reports to lead the organisation.

We need a commercial operator, for sure, but candidates also need to understand that this role is also about winning the hearts and minds of local communities. You need to have a strong charitable mindset and appreciate that what matters is our care, interpretation and conservation of the National Heritage Collection for generations to come.

If you are excited by this opportunity and have the experience required to help us become a thriving, community-oriented and well-loved charity, then we would be delighted to hear from you. You would be joining us at an interesting time of rapid growth and significant change.

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