Chair of the Northern Ireland Regional Advisory Board – National Trust


Working with the National Trust in a non-executive capacity is an opportunity to have a real say in our current and future operations. In return for your time, knowledge and expertise, you’ll have the chance to work alongside a senior executive as you grow the nation’s love of special places.

About the role

As a member of our Advisory Boards you’ll advise, support and challenge directors and their teams, helping them to deliver the Trust’s strategy across Northern Ireland.  You’ll also advise the Board of Trustees, and take action on all matters relating to Northern Ireland.

The Advisory Board formally meets three times a year at properties, taking part in a round table discussion based on pre-issued operational and strategic papers. In addition, some Advisory Board members will also work with staff teams on ad hoc matters or projects. The role is voluntary but we reimburse expenses. 

You can view the Regional Advisory Board’s terms of reference at the bottom of this page.

About you

We’re looking for people who have a real passion for Northern Ireland, who know the region and appreciate its special character. Our ethos is based on looking after and sharing special places and as Chair for Northern Ireland, you’ll have an appreciation for the life and landscape of this fantastic region. You’ll also play a key role in helping the Trust to create new relationships and build on existing ones, acting as an advocate for the Regional Director and her team.

Ideally, you’ll have experience of chairing similar panels or committees in a non-executive and/or voluntary capacity. Knowledge of the charity sector and an understanding of the National Trust would be an advantage but is not essential. Another advantage would be if you’re connected in some way to the worlds of business, culture, conservation or tourism.

You can view a personal message from Heather Thompson, Director for Northern Ireland at the bottom of this page.

Time commitment

The appointment is for an initial term of three years from 1 March 2016.  The time commitment is approximately 16 days a year on Advisory Board business, although this may be slightly higher in the first year to allow for a full induction. The successful candidate would be invited to attend the Regional Advisory Board meeting on 10 March 2016 as chair-elect.

How to apply and contacting us

Please provide the following:

  • A letter which explains your interest and how you are suited to this role
  • A full CV
  • The names and contact details of two referees
  • A completed equality and diversity form here/at the bottom of this page.

You can contact us and send your application to:

The Secretary, National Trust, Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon,SN2 2NA


Telephone 01793817663

Fax 01793817401

Closing date

The closing date is Monday 25TH  January 2016 at 11.59pm.  Please ensure your application is sent sufficiently in advance of the closing date to reach us in time as late applications will not be accepted.


Candidates can expect to hear from us by the end of January about progress with their application.  Interviews for short listed candidates will be held in Northern Ireland on 26 February 2016.

Further information

Further information about the National Trust and governance roles can be found at:

National Trust NI RAB Chair

RAB Terms of Reference with attached Values Behaviours