Chief Executive Officer

Job Description (October 2014)

Responsible to: The Trustees of the Woodchester Mansion Trust

Line Manager: Chair of the Trustees of the Woodchester Mansion Trust 

Oversight: All staff employed by the Woodchester Mansion Trust; contractors, consultants and advisors; volunteers on Trust business

Salary & conditions: Within range £40-50,000; Full-time


The Chief Executive Officer will support the Trustees and lead on the further detailed development and implementation of the Woodchester Mansion Trust Strategy (2014-2020). This includes:

  • The creation of a series of bids to major funders for the two phases of capital development outlined in the business plan, and their successful implementation/delivery as projects i.e.
    • Phase 1 – The Welcome: improving access and visitor facilities at the Mansion site and
    • Phase 2 – The Restoration: restoring the Mansion to the glory in which it was left in 1873, making it water and bird-tight; the further development of facilities and assets to ensure a fully sustainable future for the Mansion and Trust;
  • The oversight and completion of the plans for operational development begun in 2014 including more regular and predictable opening, improvements to visitor facilities and welcome, and the further development of the volunteer programme/support.

Main functions of post:

1)    To be responsible to the Trustees for the implementation of the Woodchester Mansion Trust Strategy including:

a)    The creation and implementation of plans to ensure the capital and other development priorities are delivered to time, budget and high quality

b)    To encourage good working relationships with partners, stakeholders and supporters of the Mansion, and maintain effective communications with them all – on site, locally (Gloucestershire and the South-west) and nationally.

c)    To act as the executive spokesperson and advocate for the Trust and its work.

d)    To develop and implement a fundraising strategy and plan for the Trust.

e)    To oversee the creation of a sustainable business for the Woodchester Mansion Trust.

2)    To oversee, on behalf of the Trustees of the Woodchester Mansion Trust, the smooth management, operation and maintenance of the Mansion site as a visitor attraction, and education and training centre, mindful of its layered protected status, including:

a)    Ensuring that all health and safety, environmental, employment and other legal and licence requirements are adhered to and implemented to the highest standards.

b)    The appointment, management and development of all staff and volunteers.

c)    The drawing up, monitoring and reporting on budgets and accounts, including the creation, with the Trustees, of the annual report and accounts.

d)    The maintenance of the Trust as an economically sustainable business

e)    The delivery of the Trusts conservation, education and learning, and public engagement/communications programmes and plans.

f)     The delivery of best practice in visitor experience and care, including the interpretation, retail and catering offer.

g)    The maintenance of the building, its services and the grounds.

Person Specification:

Qualifications and Training:

  • Essential - Degree level or equivalent;
  • Desirable – professional qualification in heritage and/or visitor attraction sector; professional management qualification



  • Senior management experience at a senior level (e.g. CEO or deputy) preferably within the heritage, museums, visitor attraction sectors
  • Fundraising for capital projects, preferably including compiling successful bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund and statutory/public bodies 


  • Leading the delivery of learning/interpretation, conservation and/or public engagement programmes;
  • Experience of being involved in a large capital development project
  • Work within the charitable/not-for-profit sector
  • Working with volunteers

Personal qualities, knowledge and skills:

  • Enthusiastic champion for heritage
  • Strategic thinker and deliverer
  • Self motivated and able to inspire others
  • Excellent communications and presentation skills, and developed writing ability; able to present issues clearly in writing and verbally at meetings and in management reports;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, approachable with a positive and enthusiastic attitude;
  • Able to work creatively, as part of a team, yet able to lead by example and make decisions;
  • Able to multi-task, manage multiple priorities and remain calm under pressure;
  • Able to create, understand and manage budgets and accounts;
  • Able to be flexible, including a willingness to work some weekends and late/evenings, when required.


  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft and other software systems for word processing, spreadsheets, project management and presentation
  • Full driving licence