Introduction

The Greenwich Foundation looks after the glorious Sir Christopher Wren baroque masterpiece at Greenwich, on the banks of the River Thames. During its 500-year history, the site was the most important Tudor Palace, then the Royal Hospital for Seamen and then the Royal Naval College. The major conservation project to restore the Painted Hall and King William Undercroft, including a cellar from the Henry VIII era, is nearing completion. In addition to its unique heritage, the Foundation aims to develop the site into a major cultural destination. Our aim is for every resident in London to feel proud of this gateway to Greenwich welcoming local residents, tourists, and students to enjoy the heritage, space and cultural activities on offer.  In 2016-17 we welcomed 1.4m visitors to our historic buildings, cultural events and learning activities. 

The Greenwich Foundation is a charity established in 1997 to preserve the art and architecture for the nation, enabling access for the public and providing educational opportunities.  We enjoy important relationships with the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, whose presence as principle tenants on site guarantees a dynamic, energetic and intriguing cultural atmosphere.  The site is also a premier film and photography location, the setting for many history programmes, advertisements, television dramas and blockbuster movies. 

The opportunity of reopening the Painted Hall to the public in 2019 has given us the opportunity to reimagine our full visitor offer.  We are developing a new approach to interpreting the site and sharing much more of its rich history, whilst capitalising on the once in a lifetime opportunity that comes with the reopening. In imagining the site’s future, we have re-doubled our commitment to telling more and better the distinct royal and naval histories of Greenwich. We are introducing a new ticketed offer which will include an expert-led site tour and access to the newly conserved Painted Hall and a new Visitors’ Centre & Gallery - which brings the King William Undercroft into meaningful public use for the first time in its history. Within the Painted Hall, visitors will be able to explore the space with a multimedia guide; access expert talks, family trails and children’s activities including wonderous treasure chests – all of which will help bring the many stories from the paintings to life.

 

Trustee Appointment

The Greenwich Foundation wishes to appoint a new trustee to join the Board. This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining the charity.  The Painted Hall reopening in the Spring of 2019 with a greatly enhanced interpretation means our expectations are high; we want to attract more than 0.5m visitors each year to the Painted Hall alone.

Our 10-year plan will transform Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece into one of London's leading cultural destinations.  With a 17-acre riverside estate, and already enjoying 1.4m visits a year to our vibrant arts, cultural and entertainment programme - we have a wonderful foundation on which to build.

Economic self-reliance is one of our key goals and to that end we are reviewing the range of creative and commercial opportunities we can offer across the estate.  Given our invigorated visitor offer launching in 2019, and our commitment to first class visitor and community experiences, we are particularly keen to attract a talented marketing professional, with proven experience in the visitor destination market, to join our Board. Candidates should be experienced across the spectrum of marketing skills including the use of digital.  Experience with heritage assets, in visitor attraction settings or in working with cultural institutions would be a distinct advantage. The role is for a Non-Executive Board member, who will contribute to strategy, governance and performance oversight as well as providing mentoring support at times to the Executive team. There are usually 5 board meetings per annum plus a limited number of committee meetings. The role is unpaid but expenses will be reimbursed.

We are keen to extend the diversity of the board, and would particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups.


If you're interested in this role and would like to find out more you can call Angela McConville, our Chief Executive for an informal discussion on 020 8269 4750.

Closing date: 12pm, 14th January 2019

If you would like to apply please send your CV and a supporting statement to:

Rachel Mollitor

The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College

2 Cutty Sark Gardens

Greenwich

SE10 9LW

Or by email to [email protected]