Board & committee recruitment

Committee members talk about what it is like to be involved in an HLF Committee
Working alongside the staff of HLF, our decision-makers come from a variety of backgrounds - bringing a range of skills and experience to the organisation.

Some have a professional background in the heritage sector; others have a community or voluntary sector background, or for example, experience in economic regeneration, tourism, education or in the commercial sector. Members share their experience and learn from others on the committee. Many have found their committee member role has offered a personal development opportunity and has provided them with transferable skills which have helped further their careers.

About our Board

Our National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Board consists of a Chair and 14 Trustees who are appointed by the Prime Minister with the advice of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The Board determines the Strategic Framework and annual Business Plan, which sets out the activities which enable the NHMF and HLF Funds to deliver their strategies.

The Board makes decisions on NHMF funding and on HLF grants over £2million; decision making below £2m is delegated to local decision making committees and staff. Most Trustees also sit on a local committee and most sit on the Audit and Risk Committee,  Finance Staffing and Resources Committee and Communications Committee.

About our Committees

There are 12 committees across the UK, supported by our local teams. Each year we recruit to replace committee members who have reached the end of their appointment period. Chairs and members are normally appointed for three years in the first instance with potential for a second term.

  • Committees meet four times a year and are responsible for making decisions on grants applications from £100,000 up to £2m
  • Chairs guide their committee, managing meetings effectively, promoting constructive debate and ensuring robust decisions are taken
  • Committees recommend the funding priorities for applications of £2million and above, as well as for those submitted within the targeted initiatives and decided by the Board
  • Committees maintain a strategic oversight of decision making within the grants programmes for awards under £100k. Both chair and members attend some of the small grants meetings where decisions are delegated to staff
  • Committee chairs and members have an important role to play as representatives of, and advocates for, HLF in their locality. This may include attending a meeting or visit with staff or project openings and events

Upcoming vacancies

We will be taking applications from 1 September 2016 for the following roles: 

  • A new chair for each of the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber committees
  • At least one member for the Yorkshire and the Humber committee
  • At least one member for the Scotland committee
  • At least two member for the Northern Ireland committee
  • At least one member for the London committee

We are an inclusive organisation and keen to receive applications from a wide range of people.

A good mix of personalities, skills and outlooks enables us to better represent cultural identity and the communities that we serve. HLF’s committee members come from varied professional backgrounds and bring their own personal and professional experience and local knowledge to committees  and share this with other members and officers. The role offers a personal development opportunity and helps broaden an individual’s knowledge and skills. Members often comment that they have “experienced a journey and have learned so much”. Many say the role has helped to further their careers and diversify professional networks.

We particularly welcome applications from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled people and younger individuals who can enrich the skills and experience of our committee and contribute to the future of our shared heritage.

If you would like to speak to someone about any of these roles please email us.

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