Head of Development

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
Chatham, Kent
£40,000 - £45,000
Closing date
17 Jan 2022

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Fundraising, Management, Events Fundraising, Supporter Development, Trusts & Foundations
Professional & Commercial, Environment / Conservation, Arts / Culture
Full Time
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Funding from external partners has been critical to the success of The Historic Dockyard Chatham since its closure as a Royal Navy Fleet Base in 1984.  Since then, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has been fortunate to secure over £60m of funding to create the outstanding mixed-use estate that all our users enjoy today. 

We are looking to recruit a Head of Development to help Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust secure critical external funding to support a wide range of projects that directly impact against our joint charitable purposes of Preservation and Learning.  As a key member of the Trust’s Extended Management Team, this post will work closely with the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust Senior Management Team, lead all fundraising and development opportunities and the post will have responsibility for developing and building corporate sponsorship, capital fundraising programmes, individual and legacy giving. 

This is a new role for Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and we are looking to recruit an experienced fundraiser with a proven track record of success.  Experience within the cultural and heritage sector is highly desirable but not essential. 

If you have experience in fundraising and development, we want to hear from you.

Deadline for applications:  17th January 2022 (17:00)


If you are interested in joining our team and wish to apply for this vacancy, please complete our application form and send it back to us along with a copy of your CV and a covering letter (no more than 2 sides A4) outlining your motivations for applying to this role.

Completed application forms can be emailed to kchilds@chdt.org.uk or posted to:

Kerry Childs

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

The Fitted Rigging House

The Historic Dockyard




If you require assistance in completing the form or need to make your application in an alternative format, please contact Kerry Childs on 01634 823800 or email: kchilds@chdt.org.uk

We are an equal opportunities employer and committed to providing our employees with a work environment free from discrimination in which all can develop and thrive. We acknowledge and value the benefits of a diverse workforce and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and are committed to ensuring that our recruitment process is transparent, fair and as inclusive as possible for all applicants.

Please note, due to the volume of applications we received, we are not able to contact all unsuccessful candidates.

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The Royal Dockyard at Chatham (Kent) was established in Tudor times. In the 17th Century it became Britain’s fleet base before becoming its principal warship construction and repair yard of the age of sail in the 18th Century.  The dockyard played a pivotal role during this period, supporting the Royal Navy to secure worldwide command of the oceans and in doing so, laying the foundations for Britain’s future trade and the country’s economic prosperity.  

The dockyard closed in 1984 leading to mass unemployment, high levels of deprivation and loss of community pride and wellbeing. At the time of closure, Government established Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust (CHDT) as an independent charitable trust (no. 292101) to take stewardship of the dockyard of the age of sail, an 80 acre site which contains 100 buildings, 47 scheduled ancient monuments, 12 Grade I and 32 Grade II* listed buildings.   The Trust has two charitable objectives: preservation and education.  CHDT’s key business strategy is one of ‘preservation through re-use’ - an entrepreneurial approach that involves key strategic investments in buildings to make them available for appropriate re-use and as places where people live, work and visit, generating resilient income streams that will eventually lead to the Trust’s sustainable future whilst also meeting charitable purposes. Today, The Historic Dockyard is a vibrant mixed-use site with 400 residents, over 100 businesses and 170,000+ visitors per annum.  Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has an impressive track record in delivering major capital projects and has won a number of prestigious awards including a Europa Nostra Medal, the National Lottery Awards’ Best Education Project, the Beautiful South’s Large Tourist Attraction of the Year Award and most recently a Sandford Award for Heritage Education.

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