The Unicorn Preservation Society
The Unicorn Preservation Society

Charity registered in Scotland SC002771

The Unicorn Preservation Society is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.  The Society has managed 'the oldest British built warship' for nearly 50 years and is now entering an exciting phase as it plans to move the ship to a dry dock, covering it with a built structure of and make it a significant part of Dundee's radical waterfront development (which includes the building of the first outpost of London's Victoria and Albert Museum).


Current vacancies

Chair & Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Dundee (On site)
  • Closing 3rd June 2024

HMS Unicorn & The Unicorn Preservation Society for succession planning and growth is seeking several quality trustees

Background

The Unicorn Preservation Society, known as UPS, is an exceptional charity responsible for a unique and precious 200-year-old heritage asset: HMS Unicorn.

The Society is in one of the most exciting phases in the history of the ship readying it for migration to a sustainable, secure berth. UPS has raised c£1m funding various preliminary works and investigations. These preliminary works and investigations were essential to develop the evidence needed for applications for major funding that will ultimately see the ship as an integral part of Dundee’s exciting water-front development.

During 2023, the Society was awarded major funding of more than £1m to undertake hull significant strengthening work as a precursor to being moved into her new home.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a new Trustee to become our Chair elect. There are four essential duties:

• Provide leadership, be an effective strategist and a good networker;

• Promote the Society effectively to all stakeholders and prospective stakeholders;

• Ensure that the Board operates effectively; and

• Promote good standards of governance inside and outside the “boardroom”.

We are also seeking up to 3 further Trustees. Applicants for the role of trustee with experience in the following areas will be prioritised:

o Finance, project finance or financial services;

o Architecture, large scale projects, regeneration or engineering; and

o Entrepreneur, experienced and connected business person.

We would like applicants to:

• Empathise with the vision, mission and aims of the organisation;

• Demonstrate a willingness and ability to devote the necessary time and effort;

• Have experience of exercising sound and independent judgement;

• Be able to think and apply knowledge creatively and strategically;

• Keep themselves and the charity mission-focused;

• Be able to analyse and evaluate information and other evidence in the execution of their duties.

Time commitment and remuneration

Trustees are not remunerated. In 2024, the Board of trustees plans to meet four times in the year with an additional awayday (in person). In addition, trustees will be asked to join at least one of the Board Committees with a similar time commitment.

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Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Dundee and hybrid*
  • Closing 28th February 2023

HMS Unicorn & The Unicorn Preservation Society for succession planning and growth is seeking several quality trustees

Background

The Unicorn Preservation Society, known as UPS, is an exceptional charity responsible for a unique and precious 200-year-old heritage asset: HMS Unicorn.

The Society is in one of the most exciting phases in the history of the ship readying it for migration to a sustainable, secure berth. The current Board has raised almost £1m funding various preliminary works and investigations. These preliminary works and investigations are essential to develop the evidence needed for applications for major funding that will ultimately see the ship as an integral part of Dundee’s exciting water-front development.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a new Trustee to become our Chair elect. There are five essential duties:

• Provide leadership, be an effective strategist and a good networker;

• Promote the Society effectively to all stakeholders and prospective stakeholders;

• Ensure that the Board operates effectively;

• Promote good standards of governance inside and outside the “boardroom”; and

• Understand and give advice on the treasury position of the charity.

We are also seeking up to 3 further Trustees. Applicant for the role of trustee with experience of the following areas will be prioritised:

o Architecture, design, construction or engineering ;

o Management of [heritage] visitor attraction(s); and

o Entrepreneur, experienced and connected business person

We would like applicants to:

• Empathise with the vision, mission and aims of the organisation;

• Demonstrate a willingness and ability to devote the necessary time and effort;

• Have experience of exercising sound and independent judgement;

• Be able to think and apply knowledge creatively and strategically;

• Keep themselves and the charity mission-focused;

• Be able to analyse and evaluate information and other evidence in the execution of their duties.

*All 2023 meetings are planned to be Hybrid meetings. We would expect trustees attend at least 1 Board meeting and the awayday in person with costs covered by the charity in accordance with its travel policy.

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Treasurer

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Dundee
  • Closing 6th May 2022

The Unicorn Preservation Society for succession planning and through growth is seeking several quality trustees

Background

The Unicorn Preservation Society, known as UPS, is a unique charity accountable for a unique and precious 200-year-old heritage asset: HMS Unicorn.

We are entering one of the most exciting phases in the history of the ship as we embark on this new phase of the conservation journey of this floating museum and educational resource; an integral part of exciting new Dundee water-front development.

We are looking for a new Trustee to become our treasurer. There are five essential duties:

  • Approve payments by the Society;
  • Review the annual budget;
  • Review the quarterly management accounts;
  • Review the statutory accounts; and
  • Understand and give advice on the treasury position of the charity

If you have experience of:

  • Strategic finance;
  • Audit and assurance;
  • Banking or asset management; or
  • Project finance.

we would really like to hear from you.

We would like applicants to:

  • Empathise with the vision, mission and aims of the organisation;
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to devote the necessary time and effort;
  • Have experience of exercising sound and independent judgement;
  • Be able to think and apply knowledge creatively and strategically;
  • Keep themselves and the charity mission-focused;
  • ]Be able to analyse and evaluate management information and other evidence in the execution of their duties.
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Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Dundee
  • Closing 31st August 2021

The Unicorn Preservation Society for succession planning and through growth is seeking several quality trustees

Background

The Unicorn Preservation Society, known as UPS, is a unique charity accountable for a unique and precious 200-year-old heritage asset: HMS Unicorn.

We are entering one of the most exciting phases in the history of the ship as we embark on this new phase of the conservation journey of this floating museum and educational resource; an integral part of exciting new Dundee water-front development.

Who we are looking for

If you have experience of:

  • Architecture and design;
  • Fundraising and engagement for major projects;
  • Digital innovation and/or digital interpretation of heritage assets
  • Heritage visitor attractions.

we would really like to hear from you. We are seeking high quality individuals from all backgrounds, to help support our development and continued growth. We would like applicants to:

  • Empathise with the vision, mission and aims of the organisation;
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to devote the necessary time and effort;
  • Have experience of exercising sound and independent judgement;
  • Be able to think and apply knowledge creatively and strategically;
  • Keep themselves and the charity mission-focused;
  • Be able to analyse and evaluate management information and other evidence in the execution of their duties.

Get in touch

If you would like to have a discussion in advance of making an application, please contact our Company Secretary, Tom Mitchell by telephone on 0797 375 1120, or by email at recruitment@hmsunicorn.org.uk.

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