Historic Royal Palaces x1 Trustee Appointment

Body: Historic Royal Palaces
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Board meetings are held in one of the Palaces, and this will include Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.
Skills required: Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Trustees give their services on an honorary basis and receive no remuneration, except for expenses reasonably incurred in the performance of such services.
Time Requirements: The time commitment is typically the equivalent of about one full day per month although more might be required from time to time. This includes six half-day Board Meetings, an annual strategic review session, other sub-committee meetings as necessary, plus time to study papers, and to attend events.


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

The Secretary of State has appointed Sarah Jenkins as Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces for three years from 2 September 2019.

Date: 13/08/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    17/04/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Role

The Board of Trustees consists of a Chairperson and eleven Trustees who are appointed by either HM The Queen or the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Once appointed, all Trustees must act in the best interests of the charity. This appointment will be made by the Secretary of State.

The Board of Trustees is ultimately accountable for the organisation and for ensuring that the Charter aims are met. It delegates authority within agreed limits to the Executive Board and provides oversight, monitoring, support and advocacy. Trustees retain the authority to contribute to and approve operating plans and budgets, and other major projects and strategies. The Executive Board, comprising the Chief Executive and eight Directors, is responsible for preparing operating plans and budgets and for the day-to-day operation of the organisation.

Historic Royal Palaces has a fundamental charitable commitment to help everyone learn about the palaces in their care and the stories that they hold. It shares its work with the public on-site, off-site and on-line, and in many ways – for example through public programming, formal and informal education programmes, outreach activity and as an Independent Research Organisation. We work in partnership with schools, arts and theatre groups, community organisations and many more. We are award-winning and regarded as internationally-leading in the heritage sector, and we want to build further on this record of achievement.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following qualities:

  1. A successful track record in marketing (including digital), sponsorship, communications and brand.
  2. Relevant experience in the cultural, leisure or tourism sectors.
  3. Ability to make a significant contribution to the overall strategic direction and governance of HRP, and to think strategically so as to be able appreciate the complex organisational balance between charitable aims and financial and commercial pressures.
  4. Commitment to Historic Royal Palaces, its cause and fields of interest, and heritage.
  5. Ability to engage constructively with Trustees, the Executive Board, staff and stakeholders on the range of issues necessary to achieve our aims and be able to connect with people effectively at all levels.
  6. A firm commitment to promoting diversity in all its aspects.
  7. An understanding of the principles of non-profit governance and a willingness to support fundraising appropriately.

Additional Information

Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) is the independent charity charged with the management of six royal palaces and their associated contents and landscape. We aim to stir every spirit, to inspire people and provoke changes in their understanding, the way they feel, think and act.

As custodian of some of Britain’s most iconic historic buildings, HRP is responsible for the care, preservation and presentation to the public of the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House at Whitehall, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. It welcomes nearly five million people every year.

The five London palaces are owned by Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Crown and are held for the benefit of the nation by Government through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Hillsborough Castle is owned by Government and is The Queen’s Royal Residence in Northern Ireland.

HRP was established by Royal Charter in 1998. Under the Royal Charter, HRP has two primary aims:

  • to manage, conserve, renovate, repair, maintain and improve the palaces to a high standard consistent with their status as buildings of royal association and historic and/or architectural importance; and
  • to help everyone learn about the palaces, the skills required for their conservation and the wider story of how monarchs and people together have shaped society by providing public access, by exhibition, by events and education programmes, by the preparation of records, by research and by publication, and by such other means as are appropriate.

Since 1998, HRP has been responsible for the five London palaces under contract with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Responsibility for Hillsborough Castle is under contract from the Northern Ireland Office.

HRP is a public corporation and receives no public revenue funding: all costs are met by self-generated income. Current annual turnover is c. £100 million, the majority being from visitor admissions.

HRP has nearly 1,000 employees and in excess of 300 volunteers. HRP has an extensive record of development and achievement in recent years and ambitious plans for the future at all its sites.

We have a new Cause, strategic framework and an ambition to reach more people and to stir more spirits, which will guide our work in the coming years.

Further information about HRP is available on our website; www.hrp.org.uk.



How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • a CV of no more than two sides of A4;
  • a supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
  • completed OCPA Monitoring Form and Conflicts of Interests Form.

Completed applications should be sent to: publicappointments@culture.gov.uk Please put HRP Trustee in the subject title. Alternatively, they can be posted to Public Appointments Team,4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ.

For queries in relation to HRP or further information on the role, please contact Rachael Gilleard, Head of Governance at HRP, on 0203 166 6610 or Rachael.Gilleard@hrp.org.uk

If you have any questions regarding the Public Appointments process please contact Priya Mistry, in the DCMS in the Public Appointments team on priya.mistry@culture.gov.uk

This campaign closes at 12:00 NOON on Wednesday 17th April. Please not that applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.


DCMS promotes equal opportunities. Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process, and these appointments are regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Each application will be assessed against the criteria for the role, as published in this document. Applications are welcomed regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation, or whether or not you have dependants

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