Become a Kiplin Hall Trustee

About us

Kiplin Hall is an intriguing Jacobean historic house, which was built in the 1620s for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of the US state of Maryland.  A member of the Historic Houses Association and Accredited museum, the house and gardens are open to visitors and host a varied programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year.

Why join us?

Kiplin Hall is undergoing an exciting period of transition, as we look to grow our visitor numbers and increase income from our Estate.  We want to make our visitors’ experience of Kiplin Hall even better, and are developing plans for the house and grounds, as well as investing in new systems to help us improve the service we offer to visitors.  As a trustee of Kiplin Hall, you have the opportunity to contribute to the strategic direction of Kiplin Hall, ensuring that we can operate sustainably and fulfil our potential as a locally and nationally significant historic house.

Role summary

Trustees have the ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of Kiplin Hall, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run and delivers the charitable outcomes for which it has been set up.   The main responsibilities of the role are set out below.  This role is voluntary and unremunerated.

Main responsibilities of the role

  • To contribute to Kiplin Hall’s business strategy and forward plan, giving firm strategic direction for the Hall and Estate by setting objectives and evaluating performance against objectives.

  • To ensure the financial stability and sustainability of Kiplin Hall and the proper investment of funds.

  • To be an advocate for Kiplin Hall, raising its profile locally and nationally.

  • To ensure Kiplin Hall is managed effectively and efficiently, including oversight of:

    • Care for Kiplin Hall’s collection;

    • Estate property, maintenance and contracts;

    • Financial management and budgets;

    • Health and Safety and HR policies and procedures.

  • To ensure that Kiplin Hall complies with relevant legislation and regulations, in particular ensuring that Kiplin Hall prepares and submits its reports, annual returns and accounts as required by law.

  • To ensure that Kiplin Hall complies with the requirements and rules set out in its governing documents and ensure that Kiplin Hall applies its resources exclusively to pursuing its objectives.

  • Keep informed about the activities of Kiplin Hall and wider issues which affect its work.

  • Act with integrity, to avoid conflicts of interest or misuse of Kiplin Hall’s funds or assets.

  • Use specific skills, knowledge and experience to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions.

Time commitment

The Trustee Board meets three times a year.  In addition to attending these meetings, Trustees will undertake work to meet the specific requirements of their role, as well as participating in other tasks where appropriate.  Some Trustees also sit on the Management Committee (which generally meets 4 times a year) and/or are Directors of the Trading Company (Kiplin Hall CIC).  The time commitment is flexible to meet the needs of the individual and the role.  Trustees are normally expected to serve a minimum of four years on the Board, where possible.

Person Specification

We welcome applications from people with a wide range of skills and experience.  At this time, we are particularly seeking trustees with skills and experience in finance, business, managing visitor attractions and curation/collections management.  However, if you are interested in this role and feel that you have different skills to contribute, please apply, as all applications will be considered.

Applications

To apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter detailing your relevant experience and why you are interested in the role to alexlindley@email.com.  

You can find copies of our annual report at https://www.gov.uk/find-charity-information.  We are listed as Kiplin Hall CIO and our registered charity number is 1155907.

For further information or to discuss the role, contact Alex Lindley on 07960 070944.  


The deadline for applications is Wednesday 4th October.  We will invite successful applicants to an open day on Friday 13th October, which will include a tour of the Hall and gardens and an informal interview with trustees.  If you would be unable to attend on 13th October, please let us know as part of your application so we can make alternative arrangements.