We are looking to appoint up to two independent Trustees


Many thanks for your interest in becoming a Trustee of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust (the Trust).

The Trust, which was established on 11th November 2015, exists to enlighten and inspire future generations by celebrating, cherishing and bringing the Paralympic heritage and its stories of human endeavour to life.

In our first five years we have achieved a lot for a small organisation. As well as opening our Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire we have had temporary exhibitions across the country in Norwich, Bradford and Gunnersbury Park in London. We have plans in place for future exhibitions in Bath, Manchester and on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London as well as further developing our digital offer, which has become even more important in recent months.

In order to support us on the next stage of our journey we are looking to appoint up to two independent Trustees.

You could be drawn from the world of culture, heritage, disability or sport, or beyond, but you will share our passion for preserving and celebrating the heritage of the UK as the birth place of the Paralympic movement and it is likely you will have an understanding of, and access to, important networks or contacts in the sport and/or heritage sectors. You will also need to be committed to our aims and values, and to equality and diversity.

Whatever you bring, we want to be clear about what we are looking for from you and the recruitment information below is to help you understand more about us, and the role, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have. A downloadable pdf of the recruitment pack can be found here. Please contact us at [email protected] if you require an alternative format.

Nigel Purse

Your application and the recruitment process

Please find below details of the selection process, to assist you in completing and tailoring your application.

In order to apply you should submit:

  • An up-to-date CV which shows your full career history – we recommend that this is no longer than two pages.
  • A supporting statement explaining why you are interested in this role detailing how you meet the skills we are seeking – we recommend that this is no longer than two pages.

Please send your application, by email to [email protected]

Closing Date - Applications should be received by noon on Wednesday 8 July 2020.

You will receive an acknowledgement and we suggest that if you don’t receive this you should contact us to confirm your application has arrived.

Interviews will take place on Friday 17 July and Tuesday 21 July 2020 via video conferencing. 

Interviews will be carried out by a Nominations Committee acting on behalf of The Board of Trustees which will be comprised of Nigel Purse, Chairman, Emma Boggis, British Paralympic Association Nominated Trustee and Su Moore, Independent Trustee.

We very much see these as a two-way opportunity for us to find out more about each other and there will be an opportunity for you to meet members of the Trust staff.

Please do contact us if you wish to have an informal discussion about the role/organisation or if you have any other questions to help you decide whether to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you.

About Us

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust exists to enlighten and inspire future generations by celebrating, cherishing and bringing the Paralympic heritage and its stories of human endeavour to life.

Our statement of purpose is to cherish, capture and explore the heritage of the British Paralympic Movement past, present and future, for generations to come.

The United Kingdom has played a critical role in the history and development of the Paralympic Movement from its early beginning at Stoke Mandeville Hospital led by the inspirational Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann to the global spectacle it now is.

The Trust has three founding members which are the British Paralympic Association, Buckinghamshire Council and WheelPower – British Wheelchair Sport, each of whom provide two trustees.

In addition the Trust has an independent Chairman and three independent Trustees who bring experience from the heritage, sporting and commercial worlds.

This recruitment is for up to two further independent Trustees who we wish to appoint to strengthen the Board.

Over the next 3 years the Trust aims to:

  • Deliver regional exhibitions in Manchester and Bath.
  • Implement a dynamic learning and engagement programme that includes a range of direct and virtual delivery.
  • Review and deliver the cataloguing programme for collections and archives.
  • Develop permanent exhibition plans for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
  • Devise and begin the delivery of a long-term strategy and sustainability plan.

The Trust was awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant of over £1M in 2016 towards its objectives. In addition, the Trust has secured funding from its member organisations, the Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, The Rothschild Foundation, HS2 and a range of other grant giving bodies and is now on a programme of work through to 2027.

About the role

Skills and Experience

We are looking for Trustees who have skills and experience in one of the following areas:

  • Working knowledge of collections documentation (e.g. accessioning, cataloguing, using databases, object photography) and general collections care (e.g. environmental conditions, storing and mounting requirements, stabilisation of problematic objects).
  • Experience in creating interpretive materials, in particular those aimed at young people and hard-to-reach audiences.
  • Expertise in a range of digital communications platforms AND/OR Using a range of digital tools for engagement.
  • Income generation with a particular focus on building commercial partnerships or fundraising.

A track record of leadership and operating at Board level in the private, public or voluntary sector is helpful but not essential.

Key responsibilities (jointly with other Trustees):

  1. Ensuring that the Trust has a clear vision and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these.
  2. Being responsible for the overall performance of the Trust and for its culture and ethos.
  3. Ensuring that the Trust complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  4. Acting as a guardian of the Trust’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application.
  5. Ensuring that the Trust’s governance and probity is of the highest possible standard.

Person specification 

  1. A strong and visible passion and commitment to the Trust and its aims and ambitions.
  2. A broad understanding of the heritage and sporting landscape in the UK, including the political environment, at national and local level, would be ideal.
  3. An interest in disability issues, including but not limited to sport, is desirable.
  4. A knowledge of the trust and foundation landscape in the UK in order to support the fundraising needs of the Trust.
  5. The ability to develop and maintain the Trust’s strategic focus and direct the organisation towards its future.
  6. Be able to make a commitment to the Trust and devote the necessary time.
  7. Have strategic vision, independent judgement, an ability to think creatively and a willingness to speak your mind.
  8. A clear commitment to improving diversity and equality.
  9. Have knowledge of good governance and commitment to highest standards.

Time and commitment

Trustees are expected to attend each of the four Board meetings per annum, which usually take place in central London or Aylesbury/Stoke Mandeville. Trustees are also expected to support the Board sub Committees and also encouraged to meet with funders and stakeholders as required.

In addition, you will be encouraged to attend events to increase the awareness and profile of the Trust.


The appointment is for a three-year term, and up to three consecutive terms can be served.

The independent Trustees are appointed by the Board through an open recruitment process led by a Nominations Committee made up of Board members.

The role is voluntary. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Commitment to equality and diversity

We value diversity throughout our organisation and through our Equality and Diversity Policy we are striving for a diverse Board of Trustees. 

We are specifically looking to increase the representation of people with a disability and the ethnic diversity of our board. 

As well as welcoming applications from everyone, we are therefore particularly keen to encourage candidates with disabilities and from black and minority ethnic groups to apply.