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Board members now needed at Elvaston.
Could it be you?

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The Wise Owl at Elvaston?                                       Our image courtesy of Sandra Hull


The new board to facilitate the growth and development of Elvaston Castle is now being recruited.  Derbyshire County Council, in partnership with the National Trust and the local community, are the lead body for the development process…

‘…we’ve recently appointed a Chair of an advisory ‘Development Board’ for Elvaston Castle, and are now looking to recruit other Board members who can bring a range of expertise to bear including business planning and finance, fundraising, built and cultural heritage, and partnership working.

The Development Board will work in partnership with Derbyshire County Council and others to champion the formation of the new managing body for the Estate that will ultimately take on responsibility for the Estate and make the Vision a reality. Future Elvaston 10 Year Vision Plan.

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These historic gardens and buildings of this wonderful estate, situated between Derby and Nottingham, are in need of investment, sound strategic management of a new future, all combined with a sensitivity and acknowledgement to the work of preservation and community engagement that has gone before.

You can view, print and download a copy of the Role Profile and Terms of Engagement for the Board posts here.

For an informal discussion about the role and what it entails, you can contact contact Nick Sellwood, Elvaston Castle Project Development Manager, National Trust on 07876 591932

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 10th April 2015

Interview Date: It is planned to conduct interviews on Thursday 7th May 2015

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Development Board
Chair needed…

Elvaston Castle Estate is a much loved community asset owned by Derbyshire County Council. It is situated between Derby and Nottingham and attracts over 350,000 people every year, who enjoy its nationally important gardens and historic buildings.

It should be a real gem, but needs investment and a new approach to secure its future – one that protects its value for conservation, heritage and access whilst developing financial sustainability – and that’s where you come in.

The Castle and its current partners have worked closely with the local community and others to develop an exciting Vision for the future of Elvaston which we believe can be best delivered by a new managing body for the Estate such as a Charitable Trust.

Elvaston Castle is therefore looking for a strong Chair with the drive to recruit and lead an advisory ‘Development Board’ for Elvaston Castle.

The Development Board will work in partnership with Derbyshire County Council and others to champion the formation of the new managing body for the Estate that will ultimately take on responsibility for the Estate and make the Vision a reality

The Development Board will also bring commercial and business acumen, innovation, creative flair and enterprise to help shape initiation of the Vision.

The core of the Chair’s role will involve:

• Providing strong leadership of the Development Board and its input and advice to Derbyshire County Council during the early initiation, delivery and implementation of the 10-year Vision and Plan for the Elvaston Castle Estate – this will include informing business planning, funding bids and other investment, as well as partnership development

• Leading the work of the Development Board as an advocate for the proposed new managing body for Elvaston Castle and Estate and to work towards the creation of that body – this will include developing the potential governance and management model for the new body

Role requirements:
The Chair will need to demonstrate:

• A desire to break new ground, a pioneer not a settler

• Strong leadership – able to work in partnership and build consensus but also challenge when necessary

• Sound, independent judgement, have the ability to think creatively and be an effective problem solver

• Strategic thinking – able to set direction and see the big picture. Output orientated

• A thorough understanding and knowledge of business and/or commercial management, including financial management

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including communication across a range of media, tact and diplomacy – passionate about the work you are leading and able to communicate this powerfully and in a way that inspires others.

Key documents for this recruitment process:


pdfRole and profile of the Chair – view, print or download here.

pdfTerms of Reference for the Development Board – view, print or download here.

pdfOriginal text of advertisement for the Chair- view, print or download here.

Key web reference:

Submitting your application:

You can email your application to or send it by post to:

Nick Sellwood, National Trust, Hardwick Consultancy Office, The Croft, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ.

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Volunteer experts sought for Castle…

Derbyshire County Council are moving towards the creation of a Development Board for Elvaston Castle and the grounds.

The body created, if approved by elected members, will act as an advisory body to the Council, helping to provide a pathway towards a  Single Management Body, which will ultimately accept devolved responsibility for the management of the estate.

The Single Management Body will be tasked with delivering the core ten year vision for the estate, including all the elements that the House and Country Park can offer, from heritage, conservation and dedicated public access.

You can see the vision for Elvaston on our Futures page here.

The role’s of the expert panel will be voluntary, with expenses and childcare costs provided.

Useful web resources:

There are a variety of models for the creation of Advisory Boards and ‘professional’ volunteers to enable input to development plans.

English Heritage Advisory Board – you can see how a full, expert advisory board functions and its remit, set against a development framework here.

World Heritage Sites– although not explicitly relevant to local projects, the UNESCO model of selection and advisory management offers smaller projects some key insights into how heritage, the natural environment and public access can be measured and monitored. See the model on the pages of Wikipedia here.

St. John Canada, Growth & Community Development – this Canadian City offers an exemplar of how a public body manages and makes available practical, operationally focussed heritage management and information support for residents. This is Canada with heritage writ large.

You can see a fuller, local report about this interesting development in the Elvaston story on the web pages of the Derby Telegraph here.

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