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Would you consider becoming a trustee?

Northumbria Historic Churches Trust is seeking to add suitably experienced individuals to its Board of Trustees.

Thanks to the very generous legacy announced in the paragraph below, we are in a position to scale up our charitable activity, awarding grants for restoration and repair of churches throughout the North East which are in use for Christian worship.

Applicants will ideally have experience of working as a trustee of a charity. They will have a strong interest in restoring and maintaining our magnificent heritage of historic churches.

We are particularly looking for skills and experience in:

  • The legal aspects of running a charity
  • Finance, including accounting and capital investment
  • Marketing, communication and publicity.

Personal skills may include clear strategic thinking, decision making, ability to work at pace, influencing skills and creativity.

The role is voluntary and unremunerated, although reasonable travel expenses will be paid. The Trust meets quarterly at churches across the region, and in addition, there will be a time commitment for reading, discussion and decision making.

Tenure is three years, with the opportunity to renew.

Applications are invited by sending a recent CV and covering letter setting out why you wish to apply for the role, and what skills you would bring to it, with the names of two referees, to The Secretary at secretary@northumbriahct.org.uk.  Potential applicants are invited to discuss the role informally with the Chair; an appointment may be made by emailing the Chair at robinbrims@hotmail.co.uk.

Informal interviews will be held to ensure mutual fit.

Applications should be received by Friday 30 September 2022 with interviews to be held in October.

More information about the Trust and our recent activity can be found throughout this website.

The Trust is committed to equality and diversity principles and would particularly welcome applications from individuals from under-represented groups.

NHCT Announcement

The Trustees of Northumbria Historic Churches Trust are thrilled to share with you the news of a wonderful act of generosity by Bishop Alec Graham whom we very sadly lost in May 2021. Many reading this will have known Bishop Alec who became Bishop of Newcastle in 1981 and who retired to Cumbria in 1997. He was much loved in this region and more widely. We have been very touched to learn that we have been named as one of the four significant beneficiaries in Bishop Alec’s will.  We do not yet know the full value of his estate, but it is a gift highlighting Bishop Alec’s great love for the Church in the North East. We give thanks for this act of generosity and we are deeply blessed. This gift from Bishop Alec will allow our work to continue.

Another significant beneficiary is the Newcastle Diocese which made this announcement at the start of its Generosity Week. This creates the chance in that Diocese to recognise the spirit of generosity as we seek to serve our loving precious God and celebrate how being generous enables mission and ministry to flourish in our communities.

This legacy is of such significance, making us one of the wealthiest of the regional Historic Churches Trusts, that we need to reassess the trustee skills, financial management plans and grant making budgets.

Financial Support

To enable us financially to support planned work on churches in our region we rely on generous individuals, parishes and grant making trusts. Over the years we have enjoyed magnificent support from the Sir James Knott Trust and, more recently, its sister charity Samares Investments Limited. This page has a link to enable individuals to donate by JustGiving. Another idea that might appeal to some is to consider leaving a legacy to support our grant making work.

A Testimonial

“The Christian Heritage of the North East owes its character not just to the earliest growth of the Northumbrian Church, but to the energy of the Norman Conquest, the zeal of the powerful Catholic monastic orders of the Middle Ages, the Elizabethan Settlement and the strength of Anglicanism, backed later by the wealth of the Industrial Revolution. The variety of historic church building in the region is astonishing and there is a growing appreciation of their value alike to congregations, to the community and to visitors. Most churches and chapels are cared for at local level and many are now being adapted with a new sense of purpose for the benefit of wider community use. More than ever it is important that the fabric of these buildings should be repaired and maintained in good order.

Over many years we have had occasion to recommend to Church clients the support they might find in approaching NHCT for advice and grant. The Trust has been most helpful and even if their grant packages are relatively small the award is often appreciated as an encouraging endorsement. The policy of small but widely distributed grants makes that positive message clear. I see the Trust as a provider of accessible local support and a reassurance to carers that they are doing a responsible job. We hope the Trust prospers.”

Spence and Dower, Architects