Person Specification


  • Relevant, recent and substantial experience of working at a senior level in the arts, culture, heritage or not for profit sector, or other sectors closely connected to those fields, preferably with experience of grant making and Trusts and Foundations.
  • Leadership and line management of staff.
  • Building effective teams and managing complex situations.
  • Identifying emerging trends and opportunities.
  • Building productive partnerships.

Skills and Abilities

  • Leadership skills to undertake a complex management role.
  • Articulate; with the ability to build support and understanding across groups and cultures.
  • Financial literacy, competence and comfort in finance presentation/analysis.
  • Interpersonal and strong spoken and written communication skills which engage audiences, encouraging understanding and participation.
  • Facilitation skills and working with Trustees to enable good Governance and problem solving.
  • Liaison and partnership building skills with a wide range of people and organisations.
  • Public speaking to a range of audiences.
  • Influencing and relationship management with key stakeholders including inspiring the confidence of Trustees, other chief executives and organisations.


  • Regulatory requirements and best practice policy and guidance relating to:
    • Grant making and related policy issues in Social and Arts funding
    • Charitable Governance and Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Knowledge of and interest in the key sectors The Linbury Trust is involved in is essential. Namely, the arts, museums and heritage, and also social and environmental sectors


  • No one specific qualification is required, but evidence of recent continuing professional development in a professional area relevant to the post is required.

Personal Attributes and Other Requirements

  • Able to work some evenings and weekends and stay overnight where necessary.
  • Interest and curiosity in different fields of grant giving work, in particular Arts, Museum and Heritage as well as social welfare.
  • Enjoy working in a complex environment.
  • Works well in a team with a flexible approach to work.
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice and equal opportunities. An ability to apply awareness of diversity issues to all areas of work.

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