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The Kelmarsh Trust – Trustee Vacancies

The Kelmarsh Trust is an independent Charity responsible for the management of the historic Kelmarsh Hall (a Grade 1 listed building); it’s Grade 2* listed Gardens and the wider Kelmarsh Estate.

We are looking to appoint a number of new Trustees to join our Board.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Trust managing one of Northamptonshire’s finest country estates which is a major heritage site, visitor attraction, events venue and education centre as well as being a working estate with several farms and a number of let properties.

We are looking for individuals with a passion for the traditional country house and estate, some experience of working at Board or senior management level and who have an interest, expertise or background in at least one of the following disciplines – estate management; garden design and landscape management; heritage architecture and surveying; interior design; rural planning; education/community work; event management.

We look to have a strong contingent of Trustees who are based locally to Kelmarsh but not to the exclusion of suitable individuals from further afield.

The Trust meets four times each year and there are sub-committee and other ad-hoc meetings.
These posts are not remunerated but out of pocket expenses are paid.

In line with our Equal Opportunities Policy we welcome applications from the widest possible and most diverse range of individuals.

Please apply by writing in with a short covering letter and CV to Lesley Denton, The Estate Office, Kelmarsh Hall, Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire, NN6 9LY
Or email to

Closing date for applications is 30th November 2022.

The Kelmarsh Trust – Trustees – Role and Background Information

The Role

  • the delivery of the Trust’s objectives as set out in the Articles of Association
  • setting a strategic direction for the Trust supported by a clear vision and values
  • formulating a corporate plan which sets out the Trust’s priorities and ambitions
  • agreeing and monitoring the annual budget
  • looking at strategic opportunities for Kelmarsh to improve it’s financial stability in a way that is consistent with it’s heritage, ethos and objectives
  • ensuring the operation of the Estate is well run by having a strong management team which is well led, efficiently organised and properly resourced
  • appointing and overseeing the relationship with key external advisors – in particular the accountants and land agents
  • ensuring that best governance practice is followed in line with Charity Commission Guidelines        
There will also be opportunities for Trustees to serve as directors of Kelmarsh (Events) Ltd (the wholly owned commercial subsidiary of the Trust which manages the events business), to be members of the Finance Sub-Committee which is responsible for advising the Trust on financial matters and other ad-hoc sub-committees that may be set up from time to time.
The Trust meets quarterly at Kelmarsh. The Events Board and Finance Sub-Committee also meet quarterly either at Kelmarsh or via Zoom. There are occasional ad-hoc meetings (eg strategy days, social occasions) which are normally held at Kelmarsh.
Trustees are appointed for an initial period of three years with the scope to extend their period of office for a further three year term. These posts are not remunerated but out of pocket expenses are paid.

Background Information

 Kelmarsh Hall is an 18th century Grade 1 listed property, set in iconic Grade 2* listed gardens at the centre of a traditional working agricultural country estate of 3500 acres.

The Kelmarsh Trust was established in 1982 following the death of the last member of the Lancaster family who had owned the estate since the beginning of the 20th century. 

 It’s purpose is to promote, conserve and protect the heritage of the Hall and it’s environs, to make the Hall and Gardens open and accessible for public appreciation and to provide an education resource and facility for a variety of interested individuals and organisations.  

The Trust is working to make Kelmarsh one of Northamptonshire’s major visitor attractions with a variety of events open to the public – including garden walks, musical evenings, food and drink markets, children’s activities, picnics and seasonal fairs.

The Trust has a number of sources of revenue including rental income from six working farms and thirty residential properties (which comprise the wider estate); income from a successful Events business which utilises the Hall and grounds for weddings, festivals and corporate events; income from a wind farm located on the estate; returns from a tea room and shop; investment income and occasional grants from various external bodies. The total annual income is c£1m.

The management of the Trust is led by Lesley Denton our CEO,  who leads a small dedicated and highly effective team of full and part time staff ably supported by our fantastic volunteers and our first class professional advisors.


Volunteering at Kelmarsh

Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens owes much to the dedication and ongoing support of our volunteers, who are vital in helping us to open the Hall and Gardens for the enjoyment of visitors, to bring the stories of Kelmarsh Hall alive and secure Kelmarsh Hall for future generations. In return we hope to offer you a rewarding experience, through gaining new skills and meeting new and exciting people.

We are currently recruiting for new Hall Stewards to join our volunteer team.
Please note at the moment we are not recruiting for any other roles in 2022, but will be hosting our next recruitment day in 2023.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens and would like to know more about Hall Stewarding volunteer roles, please get in touch via email to or call directly on 01604 686543.

You can also download the full application form here, and return it to

Our Hall Steward Volunteer Role at Kelmarsh plays an important part in opening the Hall, Servant’s Quarters and Laundry area to visitors. You will be key in providing a warm and friendly welcome, distributing information about the history of Kelmarsh to visitors, and ensure they are having a fantastic day!

This role will include assisting the Kelmarsh team with setting up and closing down the hall at the beginning of the day as well as checking ticket and helping visitors find their way around.

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