‘Mr Heritage’ to retire

Stephen Bird who is Head of Heritage Services for B&NES

One of the nicest and most approachable of people – working for Bath and North East Somerset – is preparing to retire at the end of September.

He’s Stephen Bird who – as Head of Heritage Services – has helped power the local tourist economy for many years.

He’s overseen the continual commercial and historical development of the Roman Baths, Pump Room and Fashion Museum and – hopefully – will be able to witness the opening of the new World Heritage Centre in York Street before he leaves.

That’s been a ten year ‘marathon’ for him that started when he showed the Heritage Lottery Fund officer around the old city laundry site in 2011!

Artist’s impression of the World Heritage Centre

There will be much more to say about Stephen’s departure nearer the time but – in the meantime – if you are interested, his replacement is already being sought with August 22nd being the last day to apply.

The Council are advertising via the Arts Council. Looking for someone, they say, who is

” …an inspirational leader to run its Heritage Services business unit. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of transformational leadership of one or more visitor attraction and excellent management, business planning and communication skills.

Over the next three to five years, the post-holder will lead on a major project to relocate the Fashion Museum and its world-class collection to new premises. If you are up for the challenge of creating a new life for this stunning museum, we’d like to hear from you.”

The advertisement continues:

To apply or find out more:

Visit our website at https://jobs.n-somerset.gov.uk/itlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=927003JyvT&WVID=7046714Y6O&LANG=USA

Please use the online application facility. 

For further information on applying please see “Application Form Help” page on the Jobs website.