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Volunteer board members sought to shape the future of landmark Gloucester site

The trust that runs one of Gloucester's historic gems is looking for fresh blood and fresh ideas who are capable of turning it into a thriving 21st century operation.

The Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust is advertising for new trustees and a new chair to join its board as it moves into the next phase of the Priory's reformation.

Formed in 2007 to manage, preserve and restore the Priory which led to it being opened as a venue and event space in 2018.

In August, James Kitto resigned from his post as chair of the Trust due to the pressures of his job at Bristol Zoo  with Jeremy Williamson taking his place as interim chair.

And now with the restoration work complete and the Priory embarking on a new era, fresh ideas are being sought.

The Trust's focus is changing from the rescue role of the last ten years to actively running a heritage venue.

They want to use the site's cultural value and work to develop a project with funders and stakeholders that has a 21st century purpose.

New trustees will bring the skill sets relevant to operating an exciting heritage venue, extending and complementing our current trustees, knowing the main restoration work has been done.

Interim Chairman, Jeremy Williamson said: "To date the Trust has been on a rescue mission and I and fellow trustees have had skills that matched that requirement.

"But, as we move forward, we recognise that new skill sets are required. It is for this reason that, after 10 years we are putting in train this recruitment exercise."

All of the positions are voluntary with Trustees expected to attend a minimum of four board meetings per year and monthly sub-committee meetings.

The Trust are particularly keen to recruit trustees with specific skill sets including a treasurer or financial controller with relevant accounts knowledge plus experience of working with a charity.

An expert in estates management is also being targeted with particular experience of historic building and site management.

The Trust are also keen to appoint a secretary to support its record-keeping and day-to-day operations and individuals from the business sector with relevant skills to a heritage operation.

Once appointed, the chair designate would work alongside the current interim chair to ensure a smooth handover with the objective of being formally confirmed at the 2020 AGM.

All Trustees will serve an initial three-year term with the option to stay on the board for a further three-year period. No term lasts longer than six consecutive years.

To find out more about these opportunities and receive an information pack please contact Sarah Gilbert, Trustee, on 07971 597430‬ or apply by e-mail to sarah.l.gilbert@gmail.com .

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