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  • Organisation: National Paralympic Heritage Trust
  • Salary: The role is voluntary and expenses will be reimbursed
  • Contract: 3 year term with up to 3 terms served
  • Closing Date: 18 December 2021 | Non Executive Director

Trustee Vacancy

About Us

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust exists to enlighten and inspire future generations by celebrating, cherishing and bringing the Paralympic heritage and its stories of human endeavour to life.

Our statement of purpose is to cherish, capture and explore the heritage of the British Paralympic Movement past, present and future, for generations to come.

The United Kingdom has played a critical role in the history and development of the Paralympic movement from its early beginning at Stoke Mandeville Hospital led by the inspirational Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann to the global spectacle it now is.

The Trust has three founding members which are the British Paralympic Association, Buckinghamshire Council and WheelPower – British Wheelchair Sport, each of whom provide two trustees.

In addition the Trust has an independent Chairman and five independent Trustees who bring experience from the heritage, sporting and commercial worlds.

This recruitment is for one independent Trustee.

Over the next 3 years the Trust aims to:

  • Continue to deliver regional exhibitions including in Bath;
  • Continue to develop our dynamic learning and engagement programme that includes a range of direct and virtual delivery;
  • Review and deliver the cataloguing programme for collections and archives;
  • Develop permanent exhibition plans for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London;
  • Devise and begin the delivery of a long-term strategy and sustainability plan.

The Trust was awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant of over £1M in 2016 towards its objectives. In addition, the Trust has secured funding from its member organisations, the Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, The Rothschild Foundation, HS2 and a range of other grant giving bodies and is now on a programme of work through to 2027.

About the Role

Skills and Experience

We are specifically looking for candidates who have skills and experience in income generation with a focus on building commercial partnerships or fundraising.

We may also consider candidates who can show an understanding of the schools and FE sector to inform our engagement and learning work or those who have experience of working in heritage and collections management.

A track record of leadership and operating at Board level in the private, public or voluntary sector is helpful but not essential.

Key responsibilities (jointly with other Trustees):

  1. Ensuring that the Trust has a clear vision and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these.
  2. Being responsible for the overall performance of the Trust and for its culture and ethos.
  3. Ensuring that the Trust complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  4. Acting as a guardian of the Trust’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application.
  5. Ensuring that the Trust’s governance and probity is of the highest possible standard.

Person Specification

  1. A strong and visible passion and commitment to the Trust and its aims and ambitions.
  2. A broad understanding of the heritage and sporting landscape in the UK, including the political environment, at national and local level, would be ideal.
  3. An interest in disability issues, including but not limited to sport, is desirable.
  4. A knowledge of the trust and foundation landscape in the UK in order to support the fundraising needs of the Trust.
  5. The ability to develop and maintain the Trust’s strategic focus and direct the organisation towards its future.
  6. Be able to make a commitment to the Trust and devote the necessary time.
  7. Have strategic vision, independent judgement, an ability to think creatively and a willingness to speak your mind.
  8. A clear commitment to improving diversity and equality.
  9. Have knowledge of good governance and commitment to highest standards.

Time and Commitment

Trustees are expected to attend each of the four Board meetings per annum. Whilst these have been virtual for the last two years we have started to meet again in person and anticipate a hybrid approach going forward, with meetings in central London/Aylesbury/Stoke Mandeville, retaining the option for people to join virtually as required.

Trustees are also expected to support the Board sub-Committees and also encouraged to meet with funders and stakeholders as required.

In addition, you will be encouraged to attend events to increase the awareness and profile of the Trust.


The appointment is for a three-year term, and up to three consecutive terms can be served.

The independent Trustees are appointed by the Board through an open recruitment process led by a Nominations Committee made up of Board members.

The role is voluntary. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Commitment to Equality and Diversity

We value diversity throughout our organisation and through our Equality and Diversity Policy we are striving for a diverse Board of Trustees. 

We are specifically looking to increase the representation of people with a disability and the ethnic diversity of our board.  We are also keen to recruit male trustees to help support a good gender balance to the Board.

As well as welcoming applications from everyone, we are therefore particularly keen to encourage candidates with disabilities, male candidates and those from black and minority ethnic groups to apply.

To Apply

For more information and to apply select the apply now option located on this page. 

The deadline for receipt of applications is midday on Monday 22 November 2021. 

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