Chair of the Board of Trustees

This is an honorary position and would be a good opportunity for someone wishing to develop their experience of working within the heritage sector. The vacancy arises as the present Chair wishes to step down after 13 years in post.  The appointment would be initially for 3 years and would be subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. The Trust is a small charitable company, limited by guarantee.   It owns King John's House (Grade 1 listed) and Tudor Cottage, and leases King John's Garden and the Heritage Centre from Test Valley Borough Council.   It manages King John's House & Heritage Centre, an accredited museum in the heart of Romsey, manages the Garden and also runs Miss Moody's Tea Room.  The whole complex plays a very active part in the local community. The Trust employs a General Manager/Company Secretary, a Deputy Manager, a Catering Manager and tea room staff.  It is supported by many volunteers, including stewards, collections team and gardeners. The Trust meets 4 times a year on Wednesday evenings (February, May, August and AGM in November). The Chair of Trustees would also be a member of the Management Committee (6 meetings a year on Wednesday mornings), and would be a member of the Board of Executive Directors (which meets as required on an ad hoc basis). The role of the Chair of Trustees is to:
  • chair meetings of the Trust and the Executive Board
  • play an active part in the Management Committee
  • liaise closely with the Company Secretary/General Manager
This is an ideal time for a new Chair to take over, as we are currently drawing up our next forward plan and preparing our next return for Accreditation.  A new Chair would bring a new perspective as we consider our vision for the future. The Trust is looking for a Chair who ideally would:
  • have experience of chairing meetings
  • have proven leadership skills
  • be familiar with charity governance
  • be familiar with budgeting, annual returns and business planning
  • have an interest in local history and heritage
  • live within easy travelling distance of Romsey
  • know Romsey, the Test Valley and surrounding area
For further information please email the Company Secretary Mark Udall asap. Application should be made by email, with CV and covering letter explaining why you would like to be a Trustee and what your experience and skills could contribute to the Trust, to the Company Secretary.