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Head of Historic Building Climate Change Adaptation


This is an exciting opportunity to join Historic England’s Technical Conservation Team.  As Head of Historic Building Climate Change Adaptation, you will be a powerful and persuasive advocate on how our country’s historic building stock can play its part in achieving Net Zero Carbon 2050.  You will lead our work on developing and promoting best practice in sustainable building conservation.  This will include delivering authoritative evidence-based technical advice, managing a programme of technical research, as well as representational and outreach activities.

The post will be based in either our London or Swindon office. Home-based working may be considered, subject to being within reasonable travelling distance of one of these offices

Key responsibilities:

We are looking for an Architect or Chartered Building Surveyor with extensive post-qualification experience in adapting historic and buildings of traditional construction to meet modern performance requirements and expectations.  You will provide leadership on current legislation, policies and best practice for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and environmental sustainability. In addition, you must have in-depth knowledge of building conservation principles and practice and an analytical approach to finding solutions.

You will act as an influential advocate on the appropriate methods, repair and adaptation of the historic building stock to meet the challenges of becoming a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy by 2050. You will be a visible leader working closely with internal and external stakeholders and engaging with others to provide an authoritative voice of attaining the combined objectives of achieving a net zero emissions economy while sustaining the values of the historic environment.

What we are looking for:

  • An architect or chartered building surveyor with extensive post-qualification experience in specifying works to traditional buildings
  • You’ll need to be a brilliant leader, inspiring across the board as you achieve targets and deliver the results we’re looking for.
  • Strong stakeholder management and influencing skills

Interviews will likely take place on 25th September 2020, via a Zoom video call. If you would like more information please email Sally Embree at

We are an equal opportunity employer which values diversity and inclusion. If you have a disability, we would be happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the job with you. Having just won the Gold Award from MIND, we also recognise the importance of a healthy work -life balance. We offer a wide benefits package including a competitive pension scheme, a generous 28 days holiday, corporate discounts, free entry into English Heritage sites across the county and development opportunities to ensure you achieve your goals.

Head of Historic Building Climate Change Adaptation

London or Swindon office

Published on 14 Sep 2020