Trustee Recruitment

Could you be our next trustee?

We seek applications to join our Board of Trustees to help take the Royal Gunpowder Mills to the next stage of its journey.  Over recent years there has been much debate as to the future of this valuable historic site, which is a Scheduled Monument and Site of Special Scientific Interest.  The Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills Company Limited (a registered charity) holds the long lease and manages the site.  As part of our work we run education programmes for local schools and a visitor attraction.  Our mission is assisted by a large number of volunteers and we work closely with community.  Our vision is to conserve the Royal Gunpowder Mills and secure the long term viability of the site as a visitor attraction and interpretation centre for the history of explosives and propellants in a manner sympathetic to the site, and conserve the site for future generations.  This will require sustainable income.  The Board is determined to get the balance right between income generation which is proposed to include commercial letting, and public access and enjoyment of the site.

We seek applications from people able to contribute to high-level debate and decision making, able to uphold our collaborative and consultative approach.  

Please download our Trustee candidate pack, which sets out the skills and experience we seek.  In addition, we particularly welcome at this time applications from people with professional backgrounds in:

  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Heritage, Museum or Visitor Attraction Management
  • Marketing or Communications

To apply in confidence please first download and study our Trustee Candidate Pack which outlines the trustee role, person specification, key functions and responsibilities, and provides further information about the Charity.  Please submit your CV and a short supporting statement to:Fiona Baxter [email protected].

If you wish to discuss any aspect, please contact Fiona Baxter (as above)

Further information about the history and our activities can be found at and on social media platforms @gunpowdermills. 

Download the trustee pack now