Chief Executive

1st October 2021 - Closing Date

Chief Executive
37 hours per week (including some weekends, Bank Holidays and evenings)

The Role
The eight-hundred-year-old Palace sits at the heart of the medieval city, among fourteen acres of stunning gardens. Owned by the Church Commissioners, the site is operated by The Palace Trust which is a registered charity and manages it as a heritage visitor attraction.

The Palace welcomes over 120,000 visitors across the drawbridge, offers a first- class café – The Bishop’s Table – and holds regular events, exhibitions and functions. The magnificent gardens are recognised by the RHS as a partner garden. It attracts visitors from all over the world and in recent times has been a source of solace, recreation and comfort for local people.

The Chief Executive will lead a small but talented senior management team, staff of c40 and a dedicated team of volunteers. They will be ensure that the charitable objectives of the Trust are embedded into the day-to-day operation, evolving and moving the organisation forward through the delivery of a five year strategy, working closely with a dedicated board.

The Candidate
We seek an inspirational leader for the role of CEO. You will have excellent leadership and management skills, be a brilliant communicator and have the ability to build relationships and partnerships with a wide range of both stakeholders internally and externally.

Understanding the challenges of preserving historic buildings would be beneficial, as would senior management experience in cultural, heritage, arts organisation or visitor attraction, with an understanding of how to run a charitable organisation profitably.

You will be a confident communicator and presenter with the ability to be the face and voice of The Trust. You will also have strong financial planning and budgeting skills and be commercial in your outlook.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners:

William Pringle
Berwick Partners
[email protected]

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Closing date for applications: Friday 1st October 2021

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