Board and committee opportunities

The HLF London committee strike a pose
Our board and committees help make decisions on where to invest funds from the National Lottery.

Our Board

The NHMF and HLF Board consists of a Chair and up to 14 Trustees, appointed by the Prime Minister to NHMF. Find out more about the Board of Trustees.

The role of the Board is to:

  • determine HLF’s Strategic Framework and the annual Business Plan
  • make decisions on NHMF funding and on HLF grants over £2million
  • make decisions on specific grant programmes

Find the minutes from our Board meetings.

Want to find out more about being a Trustee? Read our interview with Trustee Atul Patel.

Our committees

HLF has 12 committees based across the UK, supported by our local teams. The committees meet four times a year. 

We recruit for our committee members once a year and encourage applications from a wide range of people. We welcome individuals with experience from across the cultural sector as well as those from other relevant backgrounds. A good mix of personalities and skills enables us to better represent the cultural identity and the diverse communities that we serve.

The role of the committees is primarily to:

  • Make decisions on grants from £100,000 to £2m
  • Recommend the funding priorities for applications of £2m and above

Find the minutes from our committee meetings.

Join our committees

Our committee members are united by a passion for and commitment to heritage and to supporting our aim to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities.

Our committee members come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds such as heritage, community, charity, voluntary, commercial, financial, public, private, cultural, regeneration, tourism and academia.  

HLF welcomes applications from people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, disabled people and younger individuals. 

Find out more about the roles by watching our film on our YouTube channel. Read our interviews with Jenny Cousins, Joff Whitten, Rachel Chiu and committee chair Maria Adebowale-Schwarte.

We are currently not recruiting for our committees. If you would like to register an interest please do so via our online portal. Our recruitment campaigns tend to run during the autumn, with committee member appointments starting on 1 April.

Do email us if you have a general query and would like to speak to someone about the recruitment process. The document below sets our frequently asked questions which may provide useful context.

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