23rd January 2023

The Nautical Archaeology Society, a charity registered in England & Wales and Scotland, is seeking a suitable candidate for the position of Fundraising Lead.

This is an important, exciting and challenging role to help guide and develop one of the leading UK and international charities in the maritime cultural heritage sector. It operates both within the UK and overseas, publishes the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, and has a strong membership, training and education programme.

The trustees would prefer the position to be that of a trustee, to sit on the executive board and be part of the decision making process, but are open to applications from those who would prefer to become or remain a member of the society.

Whilst the role does not require any specific or regular commitment of time, the trustees would expect the post holder to maintain a focus on funding opportunities, to seek and manage applications both for the society’s work in general (‘unrestricted funds’) and for specific projects (‘restricted funds’), and report progress and seek approvals at the monthly (online) Management Committee meetings. A useful yardstick might be one to two days per month.


The initial term would normally be three years but the successful applicant may continue to serve for further terms if desired and, in the case of a trustee, be re-elected.

Overall Duties
• Identify funding opportunities for the society’s activities and development.
• Assess them for suitability and brief suitable opportunities to the trustees.
• Work with management and trustees as appropriate to apply for and manage applications.
• Advise management and trustees on the subject of charity fundraising (compliance, restrictions, etc).

Experience and Qualities
• Working knowledge and current experience of fundraising practice relevant to voluntary, community and / or charity organisations would be desirable.
• Experience of, and / or interest in, heritage preservation and archaeology in the coastal and maritime environment would be beneficial.
• An interest in the effects on heritage driven by climate change would be beneficial.
• Business development and project management experience would be beneficial.
• Ability to communicate clearly.
• Keen, committed and a willingness to help.

If you are interested, or would like further information or a friendly chat about the position, please contact our CEO, Mark Beattie-Edwards, at [email protected]

This position is not intended to replace a paid role