Trustee vacancy – North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Steaming ahead after the pandemic

At the NYMR we’re aware that running a heritage railway in the 2020s isn’t all about operating steam engines and rolling stock, although of course, that’s fundamental to what we do.  As a living museum, it means giving our visitors and supporters the opportunity to learn about the vital role played by railways and steam power in the development of industry, commerce, and society.

The Board of Trustees of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Trust is responsible for the strategic leadership and governance of the incorporated Charity’s activities and the achievement of its charitable purposes in line with charity and company law.  Achievement of these charitable purposes requires an understanding of education, heritage management, environmental conservation, and the volunteer ethos.

Our Charity’s Trust Board needs to reflect the skills and experience needed to help us continue and expand that work.  We welcome applications that would help us diversify in terms of age profile, skills, experience and background and we are particularly interested in candidates who can demonstrate that they can fulfil one or more of the following skills or experience categories:

  • Business, strategic and leadership appropriate to the Trust’s business.
  • Understanding and developing the volunteer environment.
  • Enrichment of learning opportunities.
  • Contemporary skills and qualifications in environmental protection.
  • Care and presentation of heritage estate and historic collections.
  • Other skills and experience demonstrably beneficial to the Board’s activities.

Board membership requires a significant commitment of time and energy.  There is a cycle of 10 Board meetings per year and Board Members will typically take on further special responsibilities, both directly and through the medium of Board Support Groups (sub-committees).  The commitment needed is in the region of 25 days per year and the length of a Trustee’s tenure is three years.  Trustees do not receive any payment nor reimbursement of expenses.

How to apply

If you feel that you have the skills and experience we are looking for, please go to where you will be able to download an application pack and the Annual Report and Accounts.  Applications can then be made by CV and a covering letter explaining how you would bring the capabilities we need to our Board to:

Closing Date:            Friday 19 November 2021

Interviews:                 Week commencing Monday 29 November 2021

Following the interview process, successful candidates will be proposed for election by the Charity’s membership in a postal ballot that will be conducted early next year prior to an Extraordinary General Meeting that is scheduled to take place on Saturday 19 February 2022.