Trustees, Elvaston Castle & Gardens Trust

Voluntary role
10 Oct 2016
02 Dec 2016

Derbyshire County Council are looking for up to 10 Trustees for an exciting opportunity which has arisen to transform the visitor offer at Elvaston Castle Estate and build future sustainability.

Elvaston Castle Estate is a much loved community asset owned by Derbyshire County Council. It is situated between Derby and Nottingham and attracts over 350,000 visitors every year, enjoying its nationally important gardens and historic buildings.  Elvaston has lots of potential but requires investment and a new approach to secure its future – one that protects its value for people and heritage whilst developing financial sustainability - and that’s where you come in.

Working with the local community and other stakeholders we have developed an exciting Vision for the future of Elvaston, which we believe can best be delivered by transferring the Estate to a new managing body, the Elvaston Castle & Gardens Trust. 

As a Trustee you’ll be involved in creating and building the Elvaston Castle and Gardens Trust into an effective charity to work collaboratively with Derbyshire County Council. Your work in the early years will include:

  • Finalising a draft 3 year business plan for the new Trust
  • Working with the Council to undertake detailed master-planning for the Estate’s regeneration and associated capital programme
  • Shaping an emerging fund-raising strategy and working with the Council to secure major funding to implement the first phases of the master-plan
  • Identifying, shaping and implementing new commercial initiatives and opportunities
  • Subject to funding, recruiting a Project Development Officer to support the early development of Trust

You’ll also be involved in planning how and when the proposed long lease transfer of the Estate and staff takes place, so that the Trust and Elvaston has the best chance of long-term success. 

Role requirements:

As a Trustee you’ll bring your innovation and entrepreneurial skills to generate and build on new ideas.  You’ll also need to demonstrate:

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Good knowledge of property regeneration, business planning or major fundraising
  • The ability to work on your own initiative but also a good team player
  • Excellent influencing skills
  • The ability to identify, build and maintain support

Additional Details:

It is expected that membership of the Board will require about 1-2 days of time per month for each member.

The post-holder must be able to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends as the role may require from time to time

Reasonable agreed travel and childcare expenses will be paid by Derbyshire County Council, subject to annual review.

How to Apply:

The National Trust has been engaged by Derbyshire CC to co-ordinate the recruitment process. The recruitment pack, application form and information about an information event can be found at:

Application is either by email or post stating by completing an application form stating:

  1. Why you are interested in becoming a Board Member of the Elvaston Castle & Gardens Trust, and why the future of the Elvaston Castle Estate is important to you
  2. Telling us about yourself, detailing your skills and experience and explaining the reasons you feel would make you a good Board Member for the Elvaston Castle & Gardens Trust, with reference to the role profile and person specification

In addition, please:

  • Include the details of two references who may be contacted at the shortlisting stage
  • Complete the skills matrix in the application form
  • Provide a curriculum vitae no longer than 2 pages in length

Email your application to or send it by post to:

Nick Sellwood, National Trust, Hardwick Consultancy Office, The Croft, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ

For an informal discussion about the role, please do not hesitate to contact Nick Sellwood, Project Manager, National Trust on 07876 591932

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 2nd December 2016

Interview Date: It is planned to conduct interviews on the 19th and 20th January 2017