National Heritage Memorial Fund / National Lottery Heritage Fund - 3 x Area Trustees

Body: National Heritage Memorial Fund/ National Lottery Heritage Fund
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Various
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £13,500 per annum
Time Requirements: 5 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    09/07/2021 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    17, 19 and 24th January

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Prime Minister wishes to appoint three new Trustees who will also serve as Chairs for the England Area Committees for The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) Board. These appointments are made with the advice of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport.

Applications are encouraged from all sections of the community to help ensure that the NHMF/ NLHF board is as representative as possible of the diverse society it serves. The NHMF would particularly welcome applications from individuals who are based outside of London and preferably connected to the Area they would like to represent.

Person Specification

The Fund is looking to recruit three Trustees each of whom will be the Chair for one of our three England Area Committees (London & South, Midlands & East and North). These committees are tasked with overseeing the distribution of National Lottery funds and acting as advocates for The Fund in their geographic area. As Chair of the Committee, the Trustees will work closely with their respective Directors to promote the Fund and help achieve the strategic goals in their respective areas.

To be a Chair of one of these Committees you must be connected to the respective Area by residence or otherwise and have an understanding and passion for the area you will serve, the opportunities its heritage can provide and the communities that live in the area.

Candidates should also be able to demonstrate in their application: 

  • a keen interest in heritage across the UK;
  • an understanding of the work of the National Memorial Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the environment in which it operates and a commitment to its aims and strategic objectives;
  • a commitment to preserving cultural heritage, and improving education and understanding of British history; 
  • leadership experience in the public, private or voluntary sector, with an ability to chair meetings and enable consensual decision-making;
  • an ability to exercise sound judgement in relation to strategy and governance, regulation and accountability and
  • strong communication and influencing skills.

Within these three positions The Fund is also looking for:

  • one Trustee with expertise in Land and Nature;
  • one Trustee with expertise in Digital and;
  • one Trustee with expertise in running a museum or visitor attraction.


The role of the Trustee

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

As a member of the Board of Trustees, each Trustee will be expected to contribute to:

  • strategic planning and management of the organisation;
  • The Fund’s objectives for leading and funding the UK heritage
  • making decisions regarding the allocation or distribution of monies from The Fund; 
  • overseeing the activities and performance of its committees and panels;
  • financial planning and monitoring, including reviewing and approving the organisation’s business plans and annual reports and accounts; 
  • ensuring the effectiveness and adequacy of the organisation’s risk management, internal controls and governance procedures and processes; 
  • managing change within the organisation and organisational development; 
  • ensuring the organisation and its executive team meet performance objectives;
  • building relationships with key stakeholders and supporting strategic partnerships;
  • ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded at all levels of the organisation and across its activities and;
  • Adhering to and demonstrating the values and behaviours of the organisation.


The board of Trustees also bring skills, knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Understanding and experience of UK heritage 
  • general business, commercial and/or public sector management experience in either a medium sized or large organisation; 
  • Chairing meetings
  • recruitment, remuneration, employment law and/or HR matters; 
  • information technology strategy and systems; 
  • the activities of audit committees; 
  • corporate governance and/or non-executive leadership; 
  • sustainability and/or climate action; 
  • stakeholder engagement and public affairs at a national level;
  • devising and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives;
  • digital transformation, with a focus on ensuring IT systems have relevant audience insights and best customer care practice; and
  • an insight into the processes of local government and community development.

Additional Information

About the NHMF / NLHF

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) was established in 1980 to save the most outstanding parts of our national heritage at risk of loss to the nation, as a memorial to those who have given their lives for the UK. The Fund has a current annual budget of £5 million. 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.

In 1994, the NHMF became the distributor of the heritage share of National Lottery money for good causes, which it now operates through the National Lottery Heritage Fund (‘The Fund’ formerly the Heritage Lottery Fund). Since its inception in 1994, the Fund has awarded over £8 billion to over 44,000 heritage projects across the UK from money raised by the National Lottery for good causes.

The Fund’s Strategic Funding Framework (SFF) 2019-2024: Inspiring, leading, and resourcing the UK’s heritage set out a radical new approach to delivering around £1.2BN for the UK’s heritage over five year timeframe.

As part of the SFF, The Fund decided in 2019 to delegate funding decisions up to £5 million to committees in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and three new geographical areas in England – North, Midlands & East; and London & South. This accounts for a significant proportion of our annual budget and therefore highlights the key role which our Committee Chairs will play, not only as Trustees but as leaders of decision-making in their respective areas.

In the SFF, the Fund also identified two key priorities for heritage: Landscapes and Nature and community heritage. All projects supported by The Fund will be required to do their utmost to reduce biodiversity loss, maintain the beauty and quality of urban and rural landscapes, and help people to reconnect with the UK’s natural heritage. Likewise, there will be continued support for local and community heritage in several ways highlighted in its SFF.

The Fund has the ambition to achieve greater inclusion in Heritage, and this will be achieved through measures aimed at reaching millions of people in the UK who are typically under-represented in heritage; most notably through requiring all projects achieve its new inclusion outcome: “A wider range of people will be involved in heritage.”

The Covid-19 crisis has had a significant impact on the UK’s heritage sector, particularly during the lockdown period through summer 2020. In response to the pandemic, The Fund halted its core grant-making activities and pivoted efforts towards an emergency response fund, known as the Heritage Emergency Fund. This was The Fund’s immediate response to the pandemic and provided much needed financial assistance to over 900 organisations. As the pandemic continued we reviewed our approach to funding as set out in the SFF and asked ourselves how we could best support the sector and the UK as we begin to recover. On 8 February 2021 The Fund reopened its full breadth of funding (£3,000-£5m) and set out our funding priorities over the next year under the National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021-22.

Alongside our normal Lottery work, The Fund is delivering an unprecedented level of grant-in-aid on behalf of multiple government departments. This has included working closely with DCMS and Defra on the delivery of the Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Green Recovery Challenge Fund and with devolved governments advising and delivering their support packages for the heritage sector. The result of which is that by the end of the 20/21 financial year The Fund will have invested £500m into the sector. This work will continue in 21/22 as we respond to the longer-term impact of Covid-19.

Please visit and provide more information about The National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund, respectively. For specific information on the English areas, follow this link.

 The role of the Board of Trustees

The National Heritage Memorial Fund was established by the National Heritage Act 1980 (NHA1980). The fund is vested in and administered by a body corporate known as the Trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (the ‘Board of Trustees’). The functions of the Board of Trustees are set out principally in the NHA1980 (as amended) and the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 (NLA1993). Trustees are appointed by the Prime Minister.  

The Board of Trustees sets the strategic and policy framework within which its statutory functions in relation to The Fund are discharged. The Board of Trustees also makes decisions concerning the distribution of monies from The Fund and has delegated certain of its decision-making powers to committees and staff who are able to make more local decisions concerning the distribution of monies from The Fund. Under our current Strategic Funding Framework, 80% of decision making has been delegated to a local level with staff and Committees making decisions of grant awards up to £5m.

 Trustees will be expected to attend project openings, to represent The Fund in the media and speak on behalf of the organisation at public events in relation to the area they represent.

NLHF Area Trustee Role Description.docx
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