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Trustees wanted

Highgate Cemetery is looking for new trustees

Highgate Cemetery is owned by a Charity, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust (FOHCT). Like all charities, the Trust has a Board of volunteer trustees. The trustees are not responsible for managing the Cemetery on a day-to-day basis.  However, they have overall control of the Charity and are responsible for making sure that the charity is doing what it was set up to do. Its aims are,

  • to preserve Highgate Cemetery as a place of historic and other interest and beauty;
  • to permit the Cemetery to be used as a public burial ground; and
  • to secure the repair, restoration and preservation of the Cemetery for the public benefit.

There are twelve trustees on the FOHCT Board and they have to stand down after a maximum of six years. In 2023 we will be looking for four new trustees.

The Cemetery is at a particularly exciting time in its history and is engaged in the early stages of a major conservation plan.  This ambitious project, involving our landscape, historic buildings, monuments and visitor activities aims to secure the Cemetery’s long term future as a world class heritage site.  The programme seeks to develop further our social outreach and ensure we continue to serve the community as a working cemetery.

Accordingly, this year we are particularly seeking candidates with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Oversight of large projects
  • Fundraising
  • Finance

However, we value diversity of perspectives and would also welcome applications from individuals possessing other knowledge and experience (including knowledge and experience of living or working in the local community) who can show commitment to, and interest in, the objectives of the FOHCT.

Experience of being a trustee is not essential. For several members of the current Board, this was their first experience of the role.

We welcome applications from all suitable candidates regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, socio-economic backgrounds or beliefs., The only age limitation is that you must be over 18.

You don’t need to have previous board experience; you’ll be valued for the skills, insight and knowledge you bring. You will almost certainly acquire new skills and knowledge. We will also pay for you to attend relevant training courses.

Trustee meetings are held six times a year in the early evening and usually last about two hours. Trustees also participate in one or more of the Board’s committees or working groups, depending on their interests and experience. Again there are six meetings, usually lasting one to two hours. You will also need to spend time preparing for meetings by reading the papers issued in advance. Because of the conservation projects, there are likely to be a substantial number of pages to read for most Board meetings.

The trustee role is unpaid but reasonable expenses can be paid.

Find out more

Please read our Trustee Candidate Pack which has lots of information about the role and the Charity, and there is also helpful guidance on the website of the Charity Commission

We’re holding an information session where we can answer your questions in person on Sunday, 29 January 2023 at 11 am at the Cemetery. Please register here if you would like to attend.

HOW TO APPLY

You do not need to be a member of FOHCT to apply, but you will have to join before your name is put forward for election.

Read our Trustee Candidate Pack, then please click here to upload your CV with a covering statement no longer than two pages. Your statement should cover your reasons for applying, your strengths, experiences and priorities together with any other issues you see as significant.

Applications are due by 5pm on Thursday 9 March 2023.

Interviews

All applications will be reviewed by our Nominations Committee. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview between 13 and 17 March 2023.

Election

The Nominations Committee puts forward names of recommended candidates to the Board of Trustees. If the Board accepts the recommendation, then your name will be put to members as a recommended candidate for election at our AGM in May 2023.