Director Of The History Of Parliament Trust

History of Parliament

Applications are invited for the post of Director of the History of Parliament Trust (HPT) for a fixed term of three years from 1 January 2018. The post will cover the period during which the current Director, Dr Paul Seaward, will be on research leave, holding a British Academy/Wolfson Foundation Research Professorship. During the period concerned, the History expects to publish two of its major research projects, and complete a third, and come to important decisions following an independent review of its work, and implement them. It may also decide to seek alternative accommodation at the break point of its lease, which occurs in late 2020.

The Trustees and Editorial Board of the History are looking for a person to fill the post who is of serious academic standing and possesses leadership skills, good managerial ability, and a commitment to engagement with Parliament and the public. She/he will need to be able to command the confidence of staff, Editorial Board and Trustees, and a range of external stakeholders.

The Trustees are open to proposals that the post be held as a secondment from another institution.

The salary of the Director will be set by negotiation at a professorial level subject to the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

For further details of the post, and the application process, please see the History’s website:

Timetable for applications

The deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday 4 August 2017 at 5pm (GMT).

Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Friday 25 August.

Interviews are likely to be scheduled on Wednesday 6th and/or Wednesday 13th September.

A panel composed of members of the Trustees and Editorial Board will interview shortlisted candidates.  Candidates may be asked to make a brief presentation to the panel, and may also be asked to meet separately with History of Parliament staff.

How to apply

The History confirms its commitment to equal opportunities in all its activities. It is intended that no job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of political belief, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or social class. Selection and promotion criteria will be kept under review to ensure that individuals are treated on the basis of the job requirements and on their relevant personal merits, and are not disadvantaged by conditions or requirements, which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

Applicants are asked to provide:

  • a covering letter of not more than 2,000 words explaining how they meet the criteria in our person specification, what their interest in the role is and what skills they bring to the role in terms of experience and personal achievements
  • examples of their recent published or unpublished work , particularly in relation to broad academic, professional, managerial or creative matters, that they might think helpful or of interest to the interviewing panel
  • a comprehensive CV
  • a completed application form (attached)  with contact details for two referees.  Referees will not be contacted until a shortlist has been selected and the candidate’s prior permission sought.

Please include your name and contact details only on the application form and provide the other documents together in a single email.  Documents circulated to the shortlisting panel are to be anonymised so that the shortlisting process is ‘blind’.

Applications should be sent to the assistant to the secretary of Trustees, Michelle Owens in confidence by email:

Those interested in applying for the position are welcome to discuss the post with the current Director. Please contact him initially by email on