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Director of Estates and Preservation

The Historic Dockyard Chatham from River Medway

Full Time. Salary c.£65,000 p.a

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, the best preserved of all Georgian dockyards, is the world’s most complete dockyard of the Age of Sail; a time when the Royal Navy dominated the oceans, establishing Great Britain as a global power.  Upon the closure of the dockyard in 1984, The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust was established as the custodian of the historic estate, to preserve and educate on the historic and architectural significance of The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Today, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, is the leading example of a mixed-use heritage estate.  A vitally significant historic estate delivering outstanding preservation, an award-winning independent museum, commercial estate, Higher Education campus, leading film location. and residential community.

The Role

Preserving, managing, presenting, and developing the estate are at the heart of what this role is all about. As our Director of Estates and Preservation you will play a critical role in meeting our Preservation charitable objective, promoting excellence in the care, conservation and stewardship of this world-class heritage site.

You will provide strategic leadership for our preservation programme, ensuring excellence in the maintenance, presentation and management of the buildings and estate.  You will be instrumental in the delivery of our strategy of ‘Preservation Through Re-use’, including major development projects and unlocking under-utilised assets to bring them into meaningful use.

As a key member of our senior leadership team, you will also play an important role in shaping our overall organisational development, representing the Trust at the highest level with key stakeholders and partners on matters of heritage and preservation.

We are open to what sector you may come from but, whatever your background, you will be an expert in the care and preservation of historic buildings, a creative thinker who is able to inspire and drive change as we deliver our ambitions. 

how to apply

If you are interested in joining our team and wish to apply for this vacancy, please complete our application form and send it back to us by 10am Monday 11 December 2023.

Completed application forms can be emailed to or posted to:

Kerry Childs
Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
The Fitted Rigging House
The Historic Dockyard

If you are interested in applying for the role, would welcome a conversation, or would like further information from the Chief Executive, please contact Kerry Childs to make an appointment.

Please note, due to the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to contact all unsuccessful candidates.

It’s all in the detail

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please take time to read the job description and person specification.

You can download the application form by clicking on the link below.

If you require assistance in completing the form or need to make your application in an alternative format, please contact Kerry Childs on 01634 823800 or email:

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Feeling a little unsure?

Not sure if you meet all of the qualifications? Let us make that decision.

Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend not to apply for jobs when they feel like they don’t meet every qualification, when often they do. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

Equal Opportunities

As part of our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, we aim to ensure a balance of representation and lived experience across our teams. We are committed to providing our employees with a work environment free from discrimination in which all can develop and thrive.

We acknowledge and value the benefits of a diverse workforce and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. The application process aims to ensure that no real or perceived barriers exist and we are committed to ensuring the process is transparent, fair and as inclusive as possible for all applicants.