Interim Heritage and Culture Program Lead

Stoke on Trent Temporary
  • Great client, with lots of work and flexible working allowed
  • Interesting and varied work! Good length of contract

About Our Client

Stoke-on-Trent Council is prioritising the protection of its beautiful Culture and Heritage.

Job Description

Key Duties / Responsibilities

Strategic Management

  • Responsible for the development and coordination of the culture and heritage programme, ensuring that the various projects and activities are co-ordinated and established as part of a coherent programme taking account of their interdependencies. Working within the programme's defined governance structure you will work with a wide range of external partners and internal colleagues to ensure integrity of the programme and delivery against its priorities.
  • Lead on the refresh and delivery of the cultural strategy and prepare a culture and heritage prospectus to provide clear direction to the city council and partners on priorities for the city
  • Support the creation of a Heritage Congress to bring together a number of key heritage stakeholders in the city, with national stakeholders eg Historic England, private developers and heritage property owners to discuss and examine the formation of a Stoke-on-Trent Preservation Trust


  • Develop a shared approach to culture and heritage with partners, across national, regional and local organisations such as Arts Council England and local universities and arts organisations, and across public, private and voluntary sectors, linking to the shared aspirations for the city.
  • Ensure the delivery of culture and heritage programmes and projects within the parameters set by external funding requirements.
  • Create standardised programme office tools and templates for use by project lead officers, partners and stakeholders, and establish a consistent document management system for all programme level information.
  • Prepare and/or refine the annual delivery plan and other programme documents required through the governance structure, and keep them under review.
  • Develop, populate and review the programme tools including the risk log and issues log escalating and resolving matters as they arise.

Resource Management

  • Identify national and regional funding opportunities for culture and heritage projects and programmes and develop external funding bids in support as and when opportunities arise.
  • Work with colleagues to ensure that the city council's cultural fund grants contribute to the priorities of the cultural strategy and provides a robust and transparent mechanism to support local cultural activities.
  • Work closely with colleagues and partners to support and co-ordinate the delivery of a range of heritage-based regeneration programmes and projects including investing in and re-purposing historic buildings, heritage parks and public spaces.
  • Commission and manage external specialist consultancy support to aid delivery of the programme as and when required.
  • Commission and manage external resources to deliver projects within the programme, and/or support client lead officers, as and when required.
  • Provide matrix line management that offers advice and guidance through the programme to individual project lead officers and partners as appropriate.

The Successful Applicant

The Interim Culture and Heritage Lead would ideally have the following experience:

Knowledge and Qualifications

  • A detailed understanding and awareness of government strategy and policies in relation to the culture, heritage or regeneration.
  • A detailed understanding of the budgetary process required in managing a programme, including budget setting, financial monitoring and reporting.
  • A detailed understanding of public sector funding processes including liaison with external funding bodies, grant claims, monitoring and evaluation and audit.


  • Proven ability at a senior level of coordinating large and complex programmes of multiple projects and implementing business change.
  • Demonstrative experience of delivering a complex portfolio of projects preferably in a culture, heritage or regeneration environment.
  • Track record of managing complex programmes and projects.
  • Proved ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders at national, regional and local level to deliver shared outcomes
  • Extensive experience securing external grant funding for programmes including the preparation of funding bids.
  • Managing liaison with external funders, consultants and other external bodies.
  • Have experience of successfully managing multi-disciplinary teams including matrix management.
  • Experience of interpreting, analysing and using data metrics and knowledge. Using commercial and technical knowledge to evaluate detailed proposals to identify options and make recommendations.

What's on Offer

The Interim Culture and Heritage Lead would be offered a daily/ hourly rate in line with the current market. It would be an inside IR35 role with flexible working arrangements. Part time would also be considered.

Matthew Masters
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Phone number
+44 121 230 9397

Job summary

Public Sector
Programme Manager
Public Sector
Stoke on Trent
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Consultant name
Matthew Masters
Consultant phone
+44 121 230 9397
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