Heritage Lottery Fund / National Heritage Memorial Fund Trustee for Scotland

Body: Heritage Lottery Fund / National Heritage Memorial Fund
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Head office is in London. There are ten local offices across the UK. The Scotland office is based on the first floor, at 38 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EN.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The Trustee for Scotland/Deputy Chair will be entitled to claim an allowance. This is currently £20,749 per year, and is paid monthly.
Time Requirements: The Trustee for Scotland will need to give an average of at least five days per month to HLF/NHMF business, plus time to read the necessary papers. The Trustee for Scotland meets regularly with the Head of HLF Scotland and attends meetings, project visits and openings. This represents around three days per month for HLF business in Scotland.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Prime Minister has appointed Ray Macfarlane as the Scotland Trustee of the Heritage Memorial Fund/The National Lottery Heritage Fund Board (formerly Heritage Memorial Fund/Heritage Lottery Fund) for a term of three years, commencing on 1 April 2019.

Date: 12/02/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    07/11/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    12/02/2019 at 10:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role of the Board of Trustees

The Heritage Lottery Fund / National Heritage Memorial Fund (HLF/NHMF) Chair and up to 14 Trustees are appointed by the Prime Minister. The Board operates within laws made by Parliament and directions given by Government. Their decisions about individual applications and matters of policy are made entirely independently. The HLF/NHMF Board set the strategic and policy framework within which grants to benefit the heritage of the UK are awarded. The Board determines the Strategic Framework and annual Business Plan, which sets out the activities which enable the HLF/NHMF Funds to deliver their strategies.

The Board makes decisions on NHMF funding and on HLF grants currently over £1 million; decision making below £1m is delegated to local decision making committees and staff. This will change to £2m from April 2019.

Most Trustees also sit on a local committee and sit on one of the Board’s committees: Audit and Risk or Finance, Staffing and Resources (see page 10 for more information on Board committees). The Trustee for Scotland is also the Chair for the Committee for Scotland. Trustees are invited to attend project openings and can be asked to engage with the media and speak on behalf of the organisation at public events.

The role of the Trustee for Scotland

The Trustee for Scotland presents an exciting and challenging opportunity for an individual with a strong commitment to, and enthusiasm for Scotland and rest of the UK’s diverse heritage, to make a lasting contribution.

In addition to the responsibilities common to all Trustees, the Trustee for Scotland:

  • is a Deputy Chair of the Board along with the Trustees for Northern Ireland and for Wales;
  • has particular responsibility for representing NHMF/HLF in Scotland and for representing the interest of Scotland at the Board. The successful appointee will be required to actively engage with stakeholders in the heritage and cultural sectors in Scotland and with the Scottish Government; and
  • is also appointed by the Chair of the NHMF/ HLF Board as Chair of the Committee for Scotland, making funding decisions on grants within parameters delegated by the NHMF/ HLF Board.

Person Specification

Candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • a keen interest in heritage across the UK, and in particular the breadth of the heritage of Scotland;
  • an understanding of the work of NHMF and HLF, the environment in which it operates, both in Scotland and across the UK, and a commitment to its aims and strategic objectives;
  • leadership experience in the public, private or third sector in Scotland;
  • an ability to chair meetings, and enable consensual decision-making;
  • an ability to think strategically and exercise sound judgement in relation to strategy, governance and grant giving; and
  • strong communication, influencing and persuading skills.

Applications are welcomed from individuals from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled people and individuals across all age groups.

Additional Information

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF)

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) is the fund of last resort for the nation’s heritage, coming to the rescue by funding emergency acquisitions. NHMF receives grant in aid from DCMS and has a grants budget of £5m for 2018/2019. It is unique in its ability to save a wide range of heritage treasures and masterpieces from trains to paintings, sculptures, wildlife havens and manuscripts. In 1994, the NHMF Trustees were given the major task of distributing the heritage share of Lottery money for good causes, which it now operates through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

HLF distributes a share of the money raised by the National Lottery for Good Causes. HLF was set up by Parliament in 1994 to give grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom.

HLF is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK and the leading advocate for the value of heritage. HLF enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about the UK’s diverse heritage. HLF funds the entire spread of heritage – including buildings, museums, natural heritage and the heritage of cultural traditions and language.

Since 1994 HLF has awarded over £8 billion to over 45,600 projects across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, helping open up our heritage for everyone to enjoy. In 2018-19 we will commit around £190m to new heritage projects. More information on projects funded can be found on page 8 and page 11 provides some facts on projects funded across the UK and in Scotland.

How to Apply

Please send the following:

  • a CV of no more than three A4 sides; and
  • a supporting statement of no more than two A4 sides, describing how you meet the person specification for the role; and
  • the Monitoring Form concerning your personal information and political activity, and the Declaration of Interests Form.

If you have any queries about the role and NHMF/HLF contact Melanie Peddle, Secretary to the NHMF/HLF Board on 020 7591 6015.

Completed applications should preferably be emailed to: publicappointments@culture.gov.uk –please put HLF/NHMF Trustee in the Subject line.

Or, if this is not possible, post a hard copy to Priya Mistry, Public Appointments Team, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ.

In case of difficulty, please contact Priya Mistry in the DCMS Public Appointments Team on priya.mistry@culture.gov.uk

Please note:

  • The deadline for completed applications is 12:00pm (midday) 24 October
  • Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on 12 December 2018.

Please visit http://www.nhmf.org.uk/ and www.hlf.org.uk to further understand the work of the Funds.


Please note DCMS does not fund travel and subsistence for candidates attending interviews

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