National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF)/Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) - 4 Trustee roles

Body: National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF)/Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Culture, Media & Sport, Science & Technology
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: Trustees are entitled to claim an allowance of £6,560 per year, paid monthly.
Time Requirements: At least 2-3 days per month on average. Currently Board meetings are held in London and occur every month except for January, July and August and take place in London usually on a Tuesday.


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

The Prime Minister has appointed Maria Adebowale- Schwarte, Claire Feehily, Sarah Flannigan, Rene Olivieri and David Stocker as Trustees of the HLF/NHMF Board.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Giles Smith

    Panel Chair

    DCMS Deputy Director - Head of Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Diplomacy • Departmental Official

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  • Sir Peter Luff

    Chair, NHMF/HLF • Representative of Organisation

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  • Elizabeth Passey

    Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

Four new Trustees are sought to join the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)/ National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) Board in 2018. The successful candidates will contribute to setting the strategic 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 over £2 million; decision making below £2m is delegated to local decision making committees and staff.  The Board have also agreed that the decisions for some programmes should be delegated to decision panels consisting of a sub-group of Trustees.

Most Trustees also sit on a local committee and sit on one of the Board’s committees: Audit and Risk; and Finance, Staffing and Resources. Two of the successful candidates will be required to Chair each of these Committees.

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.

Trustees assist the Chair and the Executives of the NHMF/HLF in delivering its statutory objectives and in formulating and implementing its other strategic aims.

These may change over the course of this appointment, but are currently as follows:

The Heritage Lottery Fund’s strategic framework for 2013-2019

2017-18 will be the fifth year of HLF’s Strategic Framework 2013-19.

The framework aims to give confidence to the sector, and provide some certainty about how we will deploy our resources, whilst retaining flexibility to respond to emerging needs and demands. We remain true to the core principles that have defined our distinctive approach for the past ten years: we invest in the full breadth of the UK’s heritage, and through our funding aim to make a lasting difference for heritage and people.

During this current strategic framework period we have attempted to drive forward our progressive agenda of investing in heritage that people value and broadening the range and depth of people’s engagement with heritage. We do not define ‘heritage’, instead encouraging people to identify their own heritage and explain why it is valued by themselves and others. In view of the flexibility offered through our current Strategic Framework to introduce changes or new initiatives when needed, Trustees agreed to extend the current Strategic Framework for a further year to 2019, and undertake full consultation on that during 2017-18.  As an organisation we are committed to increasing diversity in our governance, workforce and grant-making.

You can learn more about HLF’s framework in A lasting difference for heritage and people; 2013-2018 A copy of this document and a copy of our current Business Plan can be obtained through the following link: corporate documents 

Person Specification

For all 4 roles it will be essential to demonstrate:

  • A keen interest in heritage across the UK.  
  • An understanding of the work of NHMF and HLF, the environment in which it operates, and a commitment to its aims and strategic objectives.
  • Leadership experience in the public, private or third sector
  • An ability to think strategically and exercise sound judgement in relation to strategy, governance and grant giving
  • Strong communication, influencing and persuading skills


For one appointment it will be essential to:

  • Demonstrate a high level understanding of digital technology and how this could be used strategically to help organisations conserve heritage, engage people with it, and become more sustainable.


For the trustee who will chair the Audit and Risk Committee it will be essential to:

  • Evidence robust ability to promote sound corporate governance and management of risk at a senior level, scrutiny of Annual Reports and Accounts, financial processes and internal controls, tackling fraud and working with internal and external auditors.


For the trustee who will chair the Finance, Staffing and Resources Committee it will be essential to:

  • Evidence substantial experience of strategic financial management, budgeting and planning at a senior level, accompanied by experience in any of HR, IT, business process design, change management.


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

Additional Information

Please refer to the full briefing pack attached for further information about the roles and NHMF/HLF.   Further information can also be found on the following websites: and

Information on the legislative and regulatory position can be found on the Government’s website: National Lottery etc Act 1993National Heritage Act 1997; National Lottery Act 1998

Current membership of the  board

Sir Peter Luff (Chair), Baroness Kay Andrews (Deputy Chair, Trustee and Chair Committee for Wales), Sir Neil Cossons, Angela Dean (leaving), Anna Carragher (Deputy Chair, Trustee and Chair Committee for Wales), Jim Dixon, Perdita Hunt, Steve Miller, Professor Richard Morris (leaving), Atul Patel (leaving), Dame Seona Reid and Dr Tom Tew. Biographies are available here

How much time will I need to commit?

At least 2-3 days per month on average. Currently Board meetings are held in London and occur every month except for January, July and August and take place in London usually on a Tuesday.

Where will Board meetings be held?

7 Holbein Place, London, SW1W 8NR.

Is the position paid?

Trustees are entitled to claim an allowance of £6,560 per year, paid monthly.  Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed, subject to the HLF’s expenses policy.

How long is the appointment and when will it start?

Appointment dates will be staggered from March through to June. Appointees will be invited to observe a Board meeting before their terms commences. Board dates for 2018 are 20 March, 24 April, 22 May, 26 June, 25 September, 23 October, 13 November and 11 December.  Appointments will be for three years.


How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • a CV of no more than three sides of A4;
  • a supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, describing how you meet the person specification of the role – make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
  • the Monitoring Form concerning your personal information and political activity, and the Declaration of Interests Form.


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

Or, if this is not possible, post a hard copy to Stephanie Legg, Public Appointments Team, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ, by Friday 3 November 2017.

In case of difficulty, please contact Stephanie Legg in the DCMS Public Appointments Team on 020 7211 2314 or

For information on the roles and NHMF/HLF please contact Melanie Peddle, Head of Secretariat, Heritage Lottery Fund, on 020 7591 6015 or

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