Appointment of Chair for RHSPT


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Welcome from the CEO 

Thank you for your interest in the transformative former Royal High School project, the neo-classical masterpiece of architect Thomas Hamilton, standing proudly as a physical link between the city’s Old Town and New Town.  It is unarguably one of Scotland’s most important A-Listed buildings, but despite this extraordinary position and history, since closing its doors to pupils in 1968 it has struggled to find a new purpose. The Trust is now in a strong position to progress its ambitious and realistic vision for a new future for the site.

The Royal High School Preservation Trust (RHSPT) is delivering the ambitious project, having secured a 125-year lease for the building. The Preservation Trust has worked hard with a broad range of partners to identify and fund a new use for the site which befits its importance.  Our project includes the development of a new National Centre for Music, the establishment of the inspiring grounds open to the public and a range of cultural activities designed to make the building a part of the day-to-day cultural life of Edinburgh and Scotland.

You, therefore, can be part of this exciting project at a key point in its development. We are looking for engaged and enthusiastic individuals to drive and deliver the project and to work with our Board and Team. If you feel your experience, knowledge and leadership are a good fit then we would very much welcome an opportunity to discuss this with you. It is an opportunity to be part of an internationally significant cultural project, that will open up and secure the future of one of Edinburgh’s most important heritage sites.

Grant MacKenzie, Executive Director, Royal High School Preservation Trust

December 2023

The Royal High School Preservation Trust (RHSPT) was set up in 2015 to preserve the A-listed Old Royal High School, Thomas Hamilton building, which is located at the foot of Calton Hill, Edinburgh.

Their charitable purposes are:

  • To ensure the conservation of the Thomas Hamilton Building
  • To ensure the protection of the setting of the Thomas Hamilton Building
  • To identify an economically sustainable use for the premises
  • To provide a culturally suitable use for the premises and
  • To facilitate a suitable and sustainable public or charitable use for the premises


Funding of £45 million from Dunard Fund has been secured to deliver the capital project. It is proposed that a National Centre for Music will be established on the site in tandem with the development of the grounds and catering offer. The capital project is expected to be a 2-year build, with works commencing late 2024. Further information is available on the RHSPT website.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people with at least one of the skills and experience detailed below:

  • Capital Building project delivery and/or construction management, preferably within the Cultural Sector
  • Finance and Audit
  • Risk Management
  • Trading and Retail
  • PR and Communications


We’re looking for people who embrace the organisations values, can take a proactive part in Board’s discussions, and will engage in healthy debate, respect others’ viewpoints, and then support a consensus view.

Organisational Values:

  • Quality
  • Collaboration
  • Equality
  • Openness
  • Respect


If you think you’ve got the skills, experience, and personal qualities to support us in taking our next vital step, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please refer to the individual job pack for position of Chair.

For further information or to arrange a confidential discussion about this vacancy, please contact either Alan Surgeon or Donna McKay at AWS Executive:

e. [email protected] / [email protected]

t. 07795954029 / 07554424901

Interview Date: February / March 2024

Suitable applicants will be invited to apply via the Apply button below, with a CV and Cover Letter outlining their suitability for the post.

When you click on ‘Choose Files’ in the Apply section, please upload both CV and Cover Letter attachments at the same time.

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