Why Specialist Professionals are Critical Friends of the National Trust

Published : Tue 5th Feb

Looking after our special places for ever is a big challenge. As well as many diverse locations, we rely heavily on specialists from across a broad range of industries. We’ve talked regularly about specialist roles such as Conservators, Building Surveyors and Collections Managers, but we also use advisory groups to shape our policies and our approaches to certain work.

There are four groups within the Trust which are voluntary groups, made up of respected professionals in their own field. We have a Commercial Advisory group, Natural Environment Advisory group, Collections and Interpretation advisory group, and the Historic Environment Advisory group. Each of these groups are made up of professionals who give their time and act as critical friends to the Trust.

The role of an advisory group member, although voluntary, is critical to us. They advise us on all sorts of queries and issues, including monuments, archaeology, history, parks, gardens and even plant collections. This specialist advice impacts widely in the Trust, affecting decisions of a practical nature, a political nature and even wider policy.

We ask that advisory group members attend bi-annual meetings to help us shape the future of the National Trust There is also a requirement to spend some time on-site individually or working in mixed-discipline groups. The advice we gain from these professional volunteers is critical to our continued progress in these specialist areas.

We are looking for four new members who are change makers within their respective organisations that have worked at a strategic level and/or taken the lead on dynamic organisational change, with experience of taking responsibility for associated communication and risk-management. It would be beneficial for applicants to have expertise and interests covering one or more of the following areas:

  • Public programming with experience working at a museum, cultural institution or historic property to assist us with our audience engagement. Expertise in developing multi-channel programmes, exhibitions strategies and knowledge of interpretation and design would be relevant. 
  • Research Helping to provide support to our existing team with the development of thinking around future research priorities, funding bids and partners. Experience working with IROs is helpful. 
  • Museum Studies to advise on our museum practice, including collections management and audience engagement in a heritage setting. Helping to develop our strategies for collections management, curatorship, research, and public engagement 
  • Architectural Historian with knowledge of historic interiors and architecture, as well as an understanding of the research bid process or working on heritage change projects. Experience of working as a lecturer in architectural history or similar would also be valuable.

Applicants must submit a short CV and a covering letter expressing why they feel motivated to join the Group.

For further information about role and the work of the Collections & Interpretation Advisory Group, please contact Jessica Monaghan, Group Convenor: Jessica.monaghan@nationaltrust.org.uk

To apply: Email a brief CV and covering letter to Isabel Gilbert, Advisory Groups Coordinator Isabel.gilbert@nationaltrust.org.uk (01793 817574)

Closing date: 12:00, 26 February 2019. We are committed to equal opportunities. The National Trust is for everyone and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Interviews: 26 March and 1 April 2019

C&I Spring Meeting: 24 & 25 April 2019