The Royal High School Preservation Trust searches for Chair and Trustees

4 January 2024
The Royal High School Preservation Trust searches for Chair and Trustees

Charity looks to fill leadership roles to shape the future of ambitious project 

The Royal High School Preservation Trust (RHSPT), the charity behind the transformation of Edinburgh’s Royal High School into a National Centre for Music, is searching for a Chair and Trustees to help lead the project.

The appointed individuals will play a key decision-making role in bringing the new National Centre for Music to fruition alongside the development of stunning new grounds and a catering offering. The Trust is particularly looking for individuals with expertise in; capital building project delivery and construction management (ideally within the cultural sector), finance and audit, risk management, trading and retail and PR and communications. 

With its rich cultural and architectural heritage, the former Royal High School, created by architect Thomas Hamilton is one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and a key physical link between the city’s Old and New Towns. The building closed its doors in 1968 but a progressive new plan from the RHSPT and a £45m grant from Dunard Fund will see the development of a new National Centre for Music, inspiring grounds for the public to enjoy and a range of cultural activities to make music accessible to everyone. 

The new Chair and Trustees will be joining an already established group of experts in their field, all of whom have helped get the project to where it is today. 

Grant Mackenzie, executive director of the Royal High School Preservation Trust said: “We are looking for engaged and enthusiastic individuals to drive and deliver the project working closely with our board and operations team. We’d love to hear from anyone who has experience, knowledge and strong leadership skills and believe they are a good fit for the project. We’re also really keen to hear from anyone who has a genuine passion for the project and feels like they have something to add.

“ The restoration of the Royal High School and the creation of the National Centre for Music is an internationally significant cultural project and will open up and secure the future of one of Edinburgh’s most important heritage sites. It will be an exciting and rewarding campaign to be part of and we’d urge anyone with a passion for music or built heritage to get in touch. ”

Applications for the roles close on Monday 22 January at 12noon with interviews taking place in February 2024. These are non-remunerated roles. Applications and further information can be found here.