Director of Estates and Conservation

Old Royal Naval College
Greenwich, London
£80,000 – £90,000 per annum

The Old Royal Naval College is the centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a long and celebrated 500-year history. Our magnificent Baroque buildings and grounds are open to the public and are one of London’s most popular visitor attractions, welcoming over 1.2 million visitors every year. The Greenwich Foundation was established in 1997 to conserve the Old Royal Naval College’s iconic buildings and riverside grounds. Via award-winning learning programme, volunteering initiatives and a wealth of events, the charity holds a central place within the local community and provides opportunities for diverse audiences to share its significance.

The Role

Conserving, managing, presenting and developing the estate are the heart of what this role is all about. We want as many people as possible to feel that this is a place for them, a cultural destination and an educational campus. As our Director of Estates and Conservation, you will play a critical role in delivering our strategy which promotes excellence in the care, conservation and stewardship of our magnificent UNESCO world heritage site, whilst developing inspiring and engaging experiences for a broad range of audiences. 

You will provide strategic leadership for our conservation programme, ensuring excellence in the care and presentation of the building, grounds and collections and plan and progress the next series of major development projects across our estate, unlocking hidden, under-utilised assets and bringing more of them into meaningful use. Alongside this, you will take ownership of the Foundation’s estates strategy, leading on the operational running of the entire site ensuring that all estate and visitor practices are safe and effectively controlled.

As a key member of our senior leadership team, you will also play an important role in shaping our overall organisational development and represent the Foundation at the highest level with key stakeholders, networks, museums, government agencies, other members of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, key funders and on-site partners on matters of heritage and conservation.

We are open to what sector you may come from but, whatever your background, you will be a creative and commercial thinker who is able to inspire and drive change as we deliver our ambitions. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.