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Director of Built Heritage

Director of Built Heritage

Due to an expanding client base and diversification in services offered, CgMs, part of the RPS Group, is seeking a highly motivated and thoroughly experienced built heritage and planning professional to provide a leadership role in the further development of the South West and West Midlands built heritage team (based in Cheltenham).

CgMs is the leading and largest independent heritage consultancy in the UK. Since August 2014 it has been part of the RPS Group, the country’s largest environmental consultancy. The company offers a unique and unparalleled range of development and planning services based upon 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. Our success is based on our ability to negotiate with our professional colleagues in local government, advisors to government and statutory consultees. We have an unparalleled reputation for our commercially astute advice, which adds value to development and identifies the most efficient pathways through the planning process to realise our clients’ objectives, while meeting the conservation needs of historic buildings and places. Our diverse portfolio of clients includes listed buildings owners, Historic Royal Palaces, major retailers, commercial developers, local authorities, NHS trusts, airport authorities and national house builders.

The historic buildings team offers a comprehensive built heritage planning service to a wide range of clients with diverse schemes that affect all types of built heritage assets across the UK. The service’s specific deliverables relate to built heritage and townscape issues; this includes the preparation of due diligence reports, heritage statements, listed building consent applications, conservation area appraisal/management plans, design advice, townscape and visual impact assessments, ES chapters for EIA, the management of historic building recording, the provision of expert witnesses at appeals, and input into emerging local plans and allocations.

CgMs has a strong collaborative team ethos based on professional support and mentoring. It is made up of a group of highly-skilled, committed and often passionate professionals. The built heritage team’s members have been drawn from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and the team includes: architects, landscape architects, surveyors, art historians, conservation officers, buildings archaeologists, planners and urban designers.

The successful candidate will relish the challenge of the diverse and exciting projects on offer. They will have a thorough knowledge of the planning system and how local authorities’ decision making works; they will be both supportive and challenging to their colleagues in their team leadership and mentoring roles; and have an outstanding talent for marketing and networking when building the team’s client base and work portfolio. The successful candidate will be educated to post-graduate level or equivalent, be a full member of the IHBC or other appropriate institute, have experience as an expert witness at appeal and EiP, and ideally will have had management training.

In exchange for being an exceptional historic building professional, commercially astute, an expert negotiator, communicator and dedicated team builder, you will be appropriately rewarded with an extensive remuneration package, including a very competitive salary, generous contributory pension, health cover and additional flexible benefits. You will also benefit by working in a supportive and friendly team which provides superb training and development support to allow you to achieve your career aspirations.

For an informal discussion of this opportunity please contact Jonathan Smith, Deputy Operational Director on 01242 259290.
To apply for these roles please contact our Recruitment Manager, Geoff Thorpe, at, submitting your CV and a covering letter by Friday 4th May 2018.

CV’s submitted via Recruitment Agencies will not be accepted

RPS is an equal opportunity employer.

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