Canal & River Trust: National Heritage & Policy Advisor

logoUp to £45,000 + pension + holidays + other benefits
Full time (37 hrs) Mon-Fri, Permanent position
Based: Leeds, Gloucester or Birmingham

We are the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water.  Every role across the Trust plays it’s part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.  We are now looking for a National Heritage Policy Advisor, to be Trust’s leading heritage expert for the 200-year-old waterway network which is the third largest historic estate in the country, after the National Trust and the Church of England.

The Role
The National Heritage Policy Advisor is the leading heritage expert on our collection of canals, listed buildings and structures, UNESCO world heritage site status, together with our museums and archives and is accountable for developing heritage strategy, policy and standards for management and safeguarding of the Trust’s significant heritage assets, many of which are legally protected.   The National Heritage Policy Advisor is the chief advocate and champion for waterways heritage to external bodies and contributes to the development and implementation of the Trust’s asset management strategies.

This is a fantastic opportunity to shape and influence national heritage policy development and to promote how waterway heritage can help transform places and enrich lives.

About the role:

  • Shape and influence national heritage policy development, through:
  • Making timely, robust and defendable formal responses to consultations from UK and Welsh Governments, Whitehall and Welsh Government Departments and their sponsored bodies on all heritage related policy, procedural changes, legislative reforms and technical matters (including giving oral and written evidence to select committees);
  • Production of annual review report on the state of waterway heritage, other heritage policy advisory notes and other documents; and
  • Being a representative on advisory groups and networks for heritage matters.
  • Provide expert advice, guidance and support to the Trust’s Regional Directors and their regional teams on heritage matters;
  • Responsible for developing heritage policy, strategy and in-house heritage standards; and for developing and ensuring maintenance of appropriate levels of heritage training and competency (including certification, where appropriate) throughout the Trust; and for monitoring, quality assurance and reporting of all Trust heritage data.
  • Represent the Trust as the national policy expert on national networks and expert panels; conference speaker and discussion panels to ensure the Trust is building and maintaining its profile and influence in the heritage sector.
  • Being a nationally recognised leading expert, including maximising opportunities for favourable media coverage of the Trust’s heritage activities at a national level (written press, radio and TV interviews, social media) to represent the Trust and develop greater public awareness of, and advocacy for, the Trust.
  • Work with the National Asset Strategy Team to strategic and expert advice into the development and implementation of relevant asset management strategies with focus on heritage assets.
  • Management of the Trust’s Heritage Advisory Group, ex officio member acting as Secretary to the Group.
  • Work in partnership with higher educational establishments, investigate the potential and development of, experiential learning courses in industrial archaeology and canal heritage.
  • Work with the Service & Outcomes Development Team and the Strategy, Insight & Evidence Team on outcomes development, evaluation and measurement linked to cultural and environmental assets

About you:

  • Degree or Postgraduate qualification (MA, MSc, PhD) in heritage conservation or equivalent in heritage discipline
  • Full membership of professional institute (IHBC)
  • Extensive expert knowledge of industrial archaeology in England and Wales. Sound knowledge of the historic waterways is desirable.
  • Advanced positioning, lobbying, persuasion and engagement within the heritage policy area and sector
  • Proven record in engaging, making representations and negotiating effectively with UK and / or Welsh Government departments with responsibility for heritage and culture and their respective sponsored bodies – Historic England and Cadw.
  • Experience in production of annual review reports, heritage policy and guidance; media coverage (written articles, radio and TV interviews); conference speaker and panel member at events and conferences; and in convening and administering an Advisory Group

Additional Info
In addition to your annual salary, you will benefit from a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, great holiday entitlement and numerous other employee benefits.

You will also get the opportunity to immerse yourself in our unique and wonderful environment and share in helping us to manage our very special assets.  Surrounded by and working with experts across the organisation and different stakeholder groups every day will be a fantastic way to guarantee your continued professional growth & development.


Closing date: 30th September 2018 (midnight)

We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.

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