Become a Trustee

The Historic Houses Foundation is currently seeking new people to join its Board of eight Trustees.

The Historic Houses Foundation, set up in 2005, is a charitable grant-giving body which provides funds for the repair and conservation of rural historic buildings and structures, and in exceptional cases their contents, in England and Wales, particularly those which were or are part of landed estates.  While it regularly grant aids public and charitable bodies, the HHF continues to help plug an important funding gap for the survival of Britain’s heritage through its almost unique ability also to fund private owners.  Its independence allows it flexibility to act quickly and very cost-effectively, to help rescue exceptional structures for which the future is uncertain. 

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HHF works in close partnership with other organisations in the sector.  Through its grants to private owners it secures public benefit particularly through creating or maintaining public access.  To date, over £13.6 million has been awarded to 220 projects, spanning 1,000 years of history – encompassing buildings from castles to cottages, and from iron bridges to orangeries.  Details can be seen on this webpage. 

Now, we are seeking to reinforce our team with additional members who can bring significant knowledge, skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:


  • estate and business management of historic properties

  • design and management of historic building repair and conservation projects

  • the law and practice relating to land ownership and planning

  • the re-purposing and re-use of historic buildings for a wide range of uses

  • charity or public sector finance, including the management of an investment portfolio

  • charity fundraising.


Trustees give their services on a honorary basis and receive no remuneration, except for expenses reasonably incurred in the performance of such services.  The time requirement is approximately the equivalent of one full day per month.  This currently includes four half-day Board meetings to determine all applications, other sub-committee meetings as necessary, time to study papers, and site visits, which are an essential part of the process.


If you would like to join the Board of this small but highly-regarded heritage charity, please send a brief CV and a covering letter setting out why you would like to join us, to our Secretary, David Price:


If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of HHF and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your application.    We welcome applications from all sections of the community. 


Norman Hudson OBE