Do you want to play a leading role in providing strategic oversight to guide the development of The Sussex Archaeological Society? The search is on for dynamic, forward-thinking individuals to bring a fresh approach in helping the Society enhance the richness of life in Sussex and beyond.

About the Society 

The Sussex Archaeological Society (a registered charity) was founded in 1846 and is the oldest group of its type in England. It welcomes over 120,000 visitors each year to its portfolio of listed buildings, historic gardens, museums, and ancient monuments located across Sussex.

The Society encourages research through its libraries, archive collections and research grants, and offers a variety of talks and conferences on the archaeology and heritage of Sussex in addition to publishing the Sussex Archaeological Collections annually and twice-yearly editions of Sussex Past & Present.

The Society is a membership organisation with 2,500 members from across Sussex and beyond. Members range from academics undertaking internationally important research to families who want to learn more about our historical properties in their local area.

 About the role

Previous Trustee experience is not essential but successful candidates will bring professional skills and senior level experience to the Society. Experience of delivering or governing organisational change will be an advantage.

On this occasion, the Society is specifically seeking applications from candidates with significant senior level experience in one or more of the following:

• Learning and Participation (knowledge and experience of the requirements of the national curriculum and/or of delivering community outreach and engagement an advantage).

• Fundraising (experience of securing grant funding and major donations and/or delivering successful fundraising strategies and appeals an advantage).

• Human Resources (experience in enabling and encouraging cultural change and/or developing extensive volunteering opportunities an advantage).


• Legal and Compliance (experience in all aspects of Charity law an advantage).

How to apply

Those interested in applying to become a trustee with the Society are encouraged to read the Trustee Recruitment Information Pack which can be accessed by clicking here.

Candidates are asked to submit a comprehensive CV together with a covering letter setting out how they would make an excellent Trustee for the Society. An Equalities Questionnaire will also be required to be completed. All 3 documents should be submitted by email to TrusteeRecruitment@sussexpast.co.uk by the closing date.

The closing date for applications is 6pm, Monday 30th October with interviews being held week commencing 6th November. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview which will provide an opportunity to meet with Trustees, including the Chair, Deputy Chair and Chair of Governance to hear more about the Society and its ambitions.

Final appointment is subject to election by our membership at AGM.

If candidates would like to discuss their application in advance a conversation with the Chair and/or Executive Director can be arranged by emailing chair@sussexpast.co.uk.


“When I stood for election as a Trustee of the Society, little did I know how much I would fall in the love with its work, its people and the wonderful properties in its care. The Society has recently been through some troubled times, but I passionately believe in its potential to be a leading light in the social and economic life of our beautiful county.”
Amanda Jones, Trustee and Chair of Council


“The Sussex Archaeological Society has played a hugely important role in the county for over 176 years. As well as supporting research, we care for extraordinary properties that span thousands of years of our collective past, shining a light on events of local, national and international importance. When I joined the Society, I was struck by the ambition of the organisation. There is real drive and determination to ensure it thrives for many years to come. Experienced, supportive and strategic trustees will be crucial in helping shape that future.”
Leanne O’Boyle, Executive Director


 Supporting documents

• Trustee Recruitment Information Pack

• Equalities Questionnaire

The Sussex Archaeological Society – Trustee Report Accounts 2021-22