Finance Trustee

Founded in 1975, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust is the registered charity that operates and cares for Highgate Cemetery, London’s most famous Victorian burial ground, for the public benefit. The site is both a visitor attraction and an operational cemetery, but shortage of space means that creative solutions will be required to preserve its fabric and significance. With around 90,000 visitors a year and over 200 volunteers, the Trust is in a strong position to move forward. It is hard at work on a conservation plan, the foundation of the strategy which will guide this outstanding Victorian cemetery through the twenty-first century. This is an exciting time to be involved.

The charity receives no regular public funding and so relies entirely on self-generated income and donations.

We are looking for potential trustees who share our passion and commitment and who have the knowledge and experience to the support the work of the Trust.

What do trustees do?

The role of a trustee is varied, exciting and hugely rewarding. Key responsibilities are:

  • Work with the Board and the executive to promote the vision and values of the Trust and enhance its profile.
  • Provide and pursue strategic direction, encouraging new partnerships, opportunities and ways of working.
  • Set overall policy, defining goals and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • Exercise expert judgement and scrutiny for the Trust, contributing fully to Board meetings and sub-committees to ensure excellent governance.
  • Support the Chief Executive and wider senior team, where appropriate.
  • Promote the credibility, ethos and values of the Trust.

Trustee meetings are held six times a year in the early evening. Trustees also participate in one or more of the Trust’s subcommittees depending on their interests and experience.

Qualities required

We welcome applications from candidates with the relevant skills and expertise to undertake the role effectively. We are particularly interested in candidates who have skills and experience in finance and/or estate management, although those with other relevant skills are also encouraged to apply. Please see the role descriptions on our website at

How to apply

Please first read the role descriptions on our website. You should submit a CV and covering letter by 5pm on Friday 23 February 2018 to You should explain how your background enables you to make a special contribution in these or other relevant areas. You do not have to be a member of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust to apply but you will have to join before your name goes forward for election.  We expect to interview in late February / early March.

If you are selected by the Board, your name will go forward to members as a recommended candidate for election at our 2018 Annual General Meeting which will be held at the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

We value diversity of perspective and lived experience and we particularly welcome applications from disabled candidates, people of colour, from all backgrounds and fields.