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Commissioner Roles

We are currently recruiting three people to join our Commission, the group of experts that make up our governing body. We are seeking candidates with backgrounds in architecture, archaeology and heritage-based tourism. Find out more about these roles and how to apply below.

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An archaeologist patiently excavates timbers of a Bronze Age House. © Cambridge Archaeological Unit

What our Commissioners do

  • The Commission is Historic England's governing body
  • Commissioners establish the overall strategic direction of the organisation and monitor performance against those strategic objectives
  • They make sure we use public funds effectively and ensure probity
  • They can take part in advisory sub-committees offering expert advice in their specialist fields
  • They work with wider stakeholders in the historic environment sector and beyond

You can see more information on the Commission and sub-committees in our "who we are" section.

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Nottingham Old Market. Areas of Nottingham are part of the heritage-led regeneration schemes known as Heritage Action Zones. © Historic England,Image reference DP236667

What we are looking for in our new Commissioners

We are seeking to appoint up to three new Commissioners, each with a background in one of the following areas:


  • Experience of modern architecture and place-based design
  • Knowledge of preservation and the conservation of buildings and monuments, including in the context of the National Heritage Collection
  • Commitment to heritage as a driver of place-shaping and economic and social regeneration


  • Academic archaeological experience and reputation
  • Experience of archaeology in the field
  • Knowledge of archaeological research and archaeological science


  • Experience of the tourism industry, nationally or regionally
  • Experience of promotion and championing of the historic environment in relation to tourism
  • Engaging diverse public audiences through a range of media
  • A commitment to strengthening the link between heritage, culture and tourism

You can find more details including a full person specification in the advertisement below.

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A group of tourists at Bath © Historic England, James O Davies, image reference DP195103.

Seeking greater diversity in our Commission

  • We are particularly keen to improve the gender balance and ethnic diversity of our Commission membership.
  • Historic England recognises the positive value of diversity, and promotes equality and challenges discrimination.
  • We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented groups including women, disabled people, and black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) people.
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Leeds Town Hall, West Yorkshire © Historic England DP174187

How to apply

Please Apply via the Public Appointments website advertisement below.

To apply, you will be required to submit a short CV and supporting statement, and complete the Cabinet Office Conflicts of Interest and Diversity Monitoring forms.

If you would like to find out more information about the role of Commissioner before applying, please contact [email protected]

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