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Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust: Executive Manager

£50,000-£55,000 Full time, 3 year fixed term Contract Location: Great Yarmouth/ home working

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust was established in 1979 as a registered charity, with a vision to preserve, safeguard and promote the cultural heritage of Great Yarmouth. One of the longest-running building preservation trusts in the UK, the Trust has established itself with a pioneering approach to community engagement, building repair and reuse.

This is a pivotal role with Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, we require an Executive Manager to champion our heritage and lead and grow the charity. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the full range of skills and experience detailed in the job description and personal specification.

Purpose of role:

Job Description

  1. To be the lead officer, representative and principal advisor on conservation, heritage and design matters for GYPT.

  2. To manage the delivery of GYPT’s charitable aims.

  3. To take the strategic lead on the development of all conservation, heritage and design strategies, which will include the development and implementation of strategies and their underpinning action plans.

  4. To organise and manage the staff within Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and Norfolk Conservation Ltd.

  5. To be the principal contact with Historic England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and other major funding bodies.

  6. Co-ordinate and programme work on conservation, heritage, culture, and act of project director.

  7. To advise and maintain appropriate records on matters relating to property portfolio, ongoing projects, ancient monuments, conservation areas and sites of archaeological importance.

  8. To develop and implement robust business plans both at an organizational level and at a project level.

  9. To work to ensure that GYPT is self-sustainable within 5 years by developing projects and activities to achieve this and by taking a commercial and business focused approach to grow revenue streams and income.

  10. Be responsible for the ongoing management and maintenance of buildings in the ownership and care of GYPT.

  11. To be responsible for the preparation of reports and policy for the organizational stability and ongoing delivery of GYPT’s aims and objectives.

  12. To lead and work with external stakeholders in the development of bids for external funding.

  13. To develop and deliver training and skills development to others, including volunteers and persons in education.

  14. To be responsible for the following functions: Develop a strategic approach to trust activities ● Management of trust budgets ● Providing management support to the trust employees ● Ensure delivery of trust activities through coordinating and delivering trust projects, including the management of external funders ● Report to the Trusts board of Directors as appropriate

  15. To undertake any other duties consistent with those listed above and appropriate to the title of the post.

Person specification

Essential Requirements

Knowledge / Experience:

  • 10 years experience working within the heritage sector with 5 years in a senior position.

  • Detailed understanding of conservation and heritage matters including detailed experience of current legislation effecting the historic built environment.

  • Experience of working with funding bodies, including the successful submission of grant applications.

  • Detailed project management experience to include the delivery of capital/construction funded projects.

  • Detailed knowledge of the construction techniques of and repair of historic structures.

  • Knowledge of traditional building techniques.

  • A track record of running self-funding sustainable heritage sector organisations.


  • Degree level qualification in the field of architecture, conservation and or heritage.

  • A post graduate qualification in the field of architecture, conservation and or heritage.

  • A full member of IHBC

  • Membership of RIBA

For further details please contact

To apply please send a CV and letter of application to

Closing Date: is the 21st of April Interviews to be held in Great Yarmouth on the 27th of April 2023


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