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Director of National Historic Ships UK

Job typepermanent
Salary£60,000 - £70,000 pa pro rata
LocationSouth East
Contact personAmy Richmond
Closing date21 February 2017


Operating from Royal Museums Greenwich, National Historic Ships - UK (NHS - UK) acts as the primary source of objective advice to the government and Heritage Lottery Fund on historic ship preservation and funding priorities. As the principal national focus for all matters relating to ship preservation, it also provides expert and informed advice to a range of organisations.

 As Director, you will co-ordinate the work of a small team of staff and volunteers as you oversee the direction and management of NHS – UK. Playing a key role in the implementation of a national policy for historic vessels, your focus will be on providing inspirational leadership and strategic vision, building the credibility and reputation of NHS – UK and the Advisory Council across the sector.

 In all of this, you will champion the value of the historic ship sector for the conservation and interpretation of our national heritage, as well as the economic regeneration, social development, education and learning opportunities that it brings.

With proven experience at Director/Chief Executive level in a related field, you will need to be financially and commercially astute with excellent communication, negotiation and presentation skills. Practical experience of policy development and implementation is also important, combined with the credibility to advise ministers and those at senior level in both the public and private sectors. In addition, you should have the ability to develop sound working relationships with all stakeholders and represent NHS – UK at conferences, public meetings and in the media.

You will work 32 hours per week, core days and hours to be agreed Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Ideally based in Greenwich but there is some flexibility.

There will be extensive UK travel including overnight stays; there may also be occasional overseas travel.  


Essential Qualities required:

  • skilled senior manager with experience in a related field at Director/Chief Executive level
  • financially and commercially astute with good negotiating skills
  • politically aware with strong facilitative and partnership building skills
  • excellent communication skills – written, verbal and in presenting to a wide range of audiences
  • experienced and credible in advising Ministers and those at Chief Officer/senior manager level in public and private sectors
  • high level of self motivation and commitment to the post, willingness to work flexibly outside normal office hours and to travel
  • team player with good people-management skills and an open participative approach
  • understanding of and empathy with the objectives of NHS - UK and the heritage sector, especially the UK’s heritage of historic vessels
  • practical experience in policy development and implementation in a related field of work at national or regional level
  • credibility with all stakeholders
  • educated to degree level or equivalent experience with professional qualifications in a relevant field

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Interview date: Monday 6 March 2017

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