Historic England - 4x Commissioners

Body: Historic England
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: London
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: Remuneration can vary between £4,090 and £7,600 per year. Reasonable and properly documented expenses will also be repaid.
Time Requirements: Around 15 days per year.


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

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport appoints five new Commissioners of Historic England

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    campaign reopened after closing on 12 June 2017

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Closing date extended to 5 May 2017 Closing date extended to 12 June 2017 Campaign reopened to close on 29 June 2017


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role of the Commission

The Commission is the governing body of Historic England and provides expert advice and guidance on heritage matters. It has corporate responsibility for establishing the overall strategic direction of the organisation and for monitoring its performance against strategic objectives and targets. The Commission ensures that the organisation carries out its statutory responsibilities, maintaining high standards of probity in the administration of public funds and the effective use of resources.

The Commission is assisted by 7 advisory committees, on which many Commissioners (including the Chair) additionally serve. These include the Historic England Advisory Committee and the London Advisory Committee, set up to offer expert advice to staff and the Commission upon the exercise of Historic England’s functions under the National Heritage Act 1983.

Further information about the Commission can be found here:  https://historicengland.org.uk/about/who-we-are/commission/

Person Specification

All Commissioners will be expected to contribute effectively to the overall work of the Commission and should be able to demonstrate:

  • Sympathy with the overall aims of Historic England in protecting the historic environment and handing on our national legacy of historic buildings and places to future generations
  • An understanding of Historic England’s work, the environment in which it operates and a commitment to its aims and objectives
  • An ability to think strategically and exercise sound judgment
  • Strong communication, influencing and persuading skills
  • An ability to work constructively with fellow Commissioners and wider stakeholders
  • An ability to represent their own area of expertise in the full range of Commission discussions
  • An ability to challenge and support the executive team on the full range of issues

We are seeking up to four new Commissioners with experience in one or more of the following areas:

– Audit and risk:

  • Ability to operate at Board level and on the Board’s Audit Committee
  • Ability to promote sound corporate governance and management of risk within Historic England, including scrutiny of the Annual Report and Accounts, financial processes and internal controls
  • Ability to provide appropriate advice, guidance and challenge to papers presented at Commission and Audit and Risk Committee meetings


– Business and finance:

  • Ability to exercise financial experience at a senior level
  • An understanding of developing revenue from commercial activities, including business process outsourcing and managing a mix of government and commercial income streams  
  • A background in accountancy is desirable


– Property investment or development:

  • Experience of property in a senior role including an understanding of development economics and dynamics
  • Experience of property development of historic buildings or in historic areas is desirable
  • An understanding of issues of sustainability, is desirable
  • Understanding of local authority planning systems


– Public engagement:

  • Experience of effective leadership in the private or public sector
  • Ability to build positive relationships with diverse communities, the public in general and partners
  • Ability to be an active voice for Historic England and the historic environment

Additional Information


Historic England was established by the National Heritage Act 1983 as the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England. It is the Government’s statutory adviser on the historic environment. It is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body with a Commission appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Historic England’s role is to champion and care for the historic environment. Its activities bring it into regular contact with local and regional government and with other central government departments, principally Communities and Local Government (CLG) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), who are co-signatories of its Funding Agreement.


How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4; this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards.
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
  • The conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Form. The Diversity Form will be kept separately from your application and Conflicts of Interest Form, and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.


Completed applications should be sent to: publicappointments@culture.gov.uk. Please put ‘Historic England – Commissioner’ and specify which role(s) you are interested in, in the subject title. Alternatively, they can be posted to Tarjit Chal, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

Historic England - Ministerial Message to Candidates
Conflicts of Interest Form
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
OCPA - Diversity Monitoring Form
Historic-England-Advert-FINAL (2)
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