The Royal Parks - Senior Estates Manager

Senior Estates Manager Candidate Information Pack



The Royal Parks Board

The Senior Management Team

The Royal Parks Objectives

The Role

Job Description

Application Process

Introduction The Royal Parks (TRP) is a charity created to support and manage 5,000 acres of Royal parkland, looking after eight of London’s largest open spaces; Hyde, The Green, Richmond, Greenwich, St James’s, Bushy and The Regent’s Parks, and Kensington Gardens. They also manage other important open spaces in the capital including Primrose Hill, Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens, Canning Green and Poet’s Corner. In 2017, we took over the role of managing the parks from The Royal Parks Agency – a former executive agency of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), as well as fundraising and some education from the Royal Parks Foundation. The two organisations joined forces to create our charity and bring together the best of fund- raising, education and park management. The parks are owned by the Crown with their responsibility resting with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Royal Parks charity manages the parks on behalf of the government.

The Parks

Hyde Park Set right in the heart of London, Hyde Park offers both world-class events and concerts together with plenty of quiet places to relax and unwind.

Kensington Gardens

Richmond Park Richmond Park is the largest of London's eight Royal Parks and is the biggest enclosed space in London. It is home to the beautiful Isabella Plantation, Pembroke Lodge and herds of Red and Fallow deer.

Bushy Park Linked to Hampton Court Palace by the Longford River, Bushy Park is famed for its mix of waterways, gardens and grassland, and roaming herds of red and fallow deer.

Kensington Gardens is planted with formal avenues of magnificent trees and ornamental flower beds. It is a perfect setting for Kensington Palace, peaceful Italian Gardens, the Albert Memorial, Peter Pan statue and the Serpentine Gallery.

St James’s Park St James’s park is at the very heart of London, covering 23 hectares (58 acres) and has a lake harbouring ducks, geese and pelicans. St James’s is also home to the Mall, the setting for many ceremonial parades and events of national celebration.

The Green Park The Green Park is a peaceful refuge for people living, working or visiting central London, and is particularly popular for sunbathing and picnics in fine weather. It is also popular as a healthy walking route to work for commuters.

The Regent’s Park

Greenwich Park

The Regent’s Park combines large open spaces with tree-lined pathways, formal gardens, and four children’s playgrounds. It has excellent sports facilities, and contains central London’s largest outdoor sports area.

Set on the side of a hill overlooking the River Thames, Greenwich Park is a great mix of green space, gardens and historical features.

The Royal Parks' Board The Royal Parks is led by a Board of Trustees, which decides how the charity is run, how we spend money and ensures what we do is for the benefit of the parks and our visitors. The trustees are led by a Chairman, and are appointed for their skills and experience. Alongside some ex-officio roles, others are appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Greater London Authority (GLA). They are non-executive and unpaid.

The members of The Royal Parks' Board are:

Loyd Grossman CBE (Chairman)

Councillor Nickie Aiken

Ruth Anderson

Heather Blackman

Lt Col Michael Vernon

Bronwyn Hill CBE

Wesley Kerr OBE

Jeff Jacobs

Councillor Georgia Gould

Richard Hamilton

Councillor Danny Thorpe

The Senior Management Team

Andrew Scattergood Cheif Executive

Darren Woodward Director of Estates & Projects

Liz M Director of

Andrew has been Chief Executive since June 2015. As part of this role he is also a Commissioner of the Crown Estates Paving Commission, and a member of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, Film London Executive Task Force and GLA Sports Stakeholder forum. Previously he held roles at Ofcom, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Foreign Office. He worked on the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics for 10 years. Earlier in his career he was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Darren joined The Royal Parks in October 2018 after 15 years working as a Project Manager for Rider Levett Bucknall, a leading property and construction consultancy. During his time there, he worked in partnership with The Royal Parks, managing several high-profile projects, including the Hyde Park Super Nursery, the Richmond Park Golf Course, and the restoration of the Henry Moore Arch in Kensington Gardens. Darren began his career with a degree in Engineering on a Ministry of Defence navy sponsorship, leading to placements working as a civilian project engineer on warships and submarines, including a three-month posting on HMS Invincible during the Persian Gulf Conflict in 1999.

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Clare Wadd Director of Resources

Tom Jarvis Director of Parks Tom joined the Royal Parks in October 2018 after seven years as Superintendent of Parks for Windsor Estate. Tom has previously worked in the Royal Parks, joining in 1998 as a Horticultural Technician before rising through the ranks to Assistant Park Manager for Hyde Park and then later Park Manager for Kensington Gardens. Tom holds a first-class honours degree in Landscape Management and a first-class Masters in Environmental Management.

Clare joined the Royal Parks in December 2018 from C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. She trained as an auditor, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2000, and worked at KPMG for two years, auditing mainly music clients. After leaving practice, Clare ran the finances of media companies, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of an expanding international media tech group, where she was instrumental in securing private equity investment. She made the move to into Not For Profits in 2013, and was Director of Finance and Resources at London Youth for four years. Clare has a BSc in Economics. Before becoming an accountant she worked in the music industry, running a small record company for eight years.

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The Royal Parks Objectives

Our charitable objects set out the main purpose of the charity, and what we aim to achieve. They are: • to protect, conserve, maintain and care for the Royal Parks, including their natural and designed landscapes and built environment, to a high standard consistent with their historic, horticultural, environmental and architectural importance; • to promote the use and enjoyment of the Royal Parks for public recreation, health and well-being including through the provision of sporting and cultural activities and events which effectively advance the objects; • to maintain and develop the biodiversity of the Royal Parks, including the protection of their wildlife and natural environment, together with pro- moting sustainability in the management and use of the Royal Parks; • to support the advancement of education by promoting public understanding of the history, culture, heritage and natural environment of the Royal Parks and (by way of comparison) elsewhere; • to promote national heritage including by hosting and facilitating ceremonies of state or of national importance within and in the vicinity of the Royal Parks. Corporate objectives/priorities Our corporate objectives are approved by our Board of Trustees and set out the high level plans for the charity which help guide specific projects and pieces of work. They are currently being considered by The Royal Parks Board of Trustees. Acts of Parliament The Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport manages the parks under powers set out in section 22 of The Crown Lands 1851 Act, which transferred management of the parks from the monarch to the government. The 1851 Act originally vested those powers in the Commissioners of Works but the powers were transferred to the Minister of Works in 1942. Following a number of transfers, the powers now rest with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Other Acts of Parliament which are also relevant to the management of the Royal Parks include: • The Parks Regulation Act 1872 - deals mainly with the policing of the Royal Parks (in part amended by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005); • The Parks Regulation (Amendment) Act 1926 - gives the Secretary of State the power to make Park Regulations; • The Royal Parks Trading Act 2000 - deals with illegal trading; • Section 7 of the Crown Estate Act 1961 - makes further provision in relation to the management of certain parts of Regent's Park. • The Royal Parks and Other Open Spaces Regulations 1997 (as amended by the Royal Parks and Open Spaces (Amendment) Regulations 2004, 2010, 2011) - the main Park Regulations made under the 1926 Act, which are in force in the Royal Parks today.

The Role Senior Estates Manager Job Purpose As the Senior Estates Manager within the Estates and Projects Directorate, your experience gained from estate management is crucial. You will be responsible for the licensing of property and works activities across The Royal Parks’ estate including the management of the Estates team ensuring day to day activities are on track. The Estates team within The Royal Parks is responsible for negotiating and granting various property contracts, responding to planning applications impacting upon the parks, mapping, space planning and management of the estates database. In fulfilling this role, an understanding of the context of Crown Land legislation and how the Parks must be protected would be an advan- tage but not essential. You must also understand and balance both protecting the Parks and driving value through the licensing process to increase revenue through our built estate.

Job Description JOB TITLE:

Senior Estates Manager


The Old Police House, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH with travel to all Royal Parks Permanent contract on a full time basis. 26 days annual leave pro rata, plus Public Holidays. A pension scheme is available. Direct responsibility for two Estates Managers and indirectly three Estates Officers Director of Estates and Projects; Estates Team, Legal Counsel, Park Managers and Assistant Park Managers. Tenants/Licencees, Estate Managers; Solicitors; Valuers; Architects; Planners; Rating specialists £44,000 - £57,500 per annum Director of Estates and Projects





MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES Key Responsibilities: 1. To oversee the function of the Estates team;

2. To generate income through licences, leases, fees and rents; 3. To safeguard the integrity of the Parks against adverse possession through positive, pro- active management of land, buildings, utilities and fixed assets; 4. To review and manage our licensing process to ensure it is driving value for money for the Parks and to specifically consider where each licence may best fit within the Charity’s corporate structure.

Other Responsibilities: 1. To provide property advice as necessary, with the engagement of lawyers, planning consultants, valuers and other experts as appropriate; 2. To be responsible for the planning and management of parks holdings and the accommodation of staff across all sites; 3. To protect the Parks from adverse external development through the planning process; 4. To lead on issues relating to business rates; 5. To ensure all properties have a valid EPC to maintain valuable rental income; 6. To deliver annual asset valuations (and validate the annual insurance schedule) for accounting purposes; 7. To be responsible for the estates licensing database; 8. To be committed to health and safety within our built environment and ensure familiarity with all of the Parks’ overall health and safety policies and procedures (led by the Parks’ Directorate); 9. To co-ordinate and lead on planning responses relating to applications potentially effecting The Royal Parks. 10. Direct line management responsibilities for a number of staff.

Competencies/Selection Criteria Qualifications/Experience/Knowledge • Degree level education or equivalent through relevant training/ experience. • Either fully Qualified Chartered Surveyor (MRICS or FRICS) or working towards it. • Management experience gained in a similar Estates Management environment and management of multi-disciplinary teams of professionals including but not limited to architects, surveyors and liaison with solicitors. • Management experience of increasing income from an estate, preferably within a historic environment but not essential. • Planning experience or knowledge of the planning process and an appreciation of planning policy. • A proven record of team leadership, completing agreements within tight deadlines, highly developed negotiation and customer-facing skills. • Experienced in negotiating a range of agreements including but not limited to agreements for leases, leases, lease renewals, licences for alterations, easements, occupation licences, access licences, encroachment licences, works and retention licences. • Working knowledge and understanding of Landlord and Tenant legislation; valuation (residential and commercial property); business rates and the process of challenging rateable values; compulsory purchase legislation and the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). • Understanding and appreciation of The Royal Parks’ wider role and responsibility in the community, adjoining owners and stakeholders. • Personal Qualities • Proven ability to negotiate at the highest level and build relationships and a rapport with a wide range of stakeholders. • Proven ability to lead and develop a team. • An enthusiastic individual, with a passion for the Parks, is visible to staff and stakeholders, and leads by example.

Application Process For a confidential discussion to learn more about the role and opportunity please contact The Royal Parks appoint- ed recruitment partner Stephanie Howe of The Management Recruitment Group. Stephanie Howe | T: 0203 962 9900 | M: 07932717431 | E: Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV and supporting cover letter. Applications should be sent to The closing date for applications is Sunday 4th August 2019. Interviews will take place week commencing 20th and 22nd August 2019.

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