Business Manager – Vacancy


Business Manager – ADVERT

Employer:         Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation, The Hunt House, High Street, Paulerspury, Northants, NN12 7NA

Salary:              In the region of £30,000 pa commensurate with ability and experience.

Status:              Permanent, full-time, following a six-month probationary period.

Interviews:        Will take place at the Hunt House and ideally the successful candidate should be able to start work by mid to end of January 2018.

Due to the pending retirement of the present post holder, an opportunity for an experienced Business Manager has arisen at the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation situated in a Grade 2 listed building close to Milton Keynes. The successful applicant will take responsibility for the smooth running of our small office to ensure that the needs and expectations of the Chairman, Executive Committee and membership are met at all times.

The Foundation is a charitable company and further details about its aims are on the website, (www.henryroyce.org.uk) together with a copy of the Job Description.

The Business Manager vacancy is an autonomous role and you need to be comfortable being independent and making decisions. This position will suit you if you have good interpersonal and presentation skills and business management experience. You need to be self-motivated, have organisational and problem-solving skills, with a positive disposition.

You will provide a full range of office management duties and have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. The ability to manage staff (presently a PT Admin Assistant and PT volunteers) and experience with Microsoft Office Suite; databases and maintaining a website; event organisation, including SHRMF’s prestigious lectures/dinners. Experience of Sage accounting systems, pay roll and charitable administration and management is desirable but not essential as training and support will be provided

The biggest challenge for the successful candidate will be to grow the revenue stream for the Foundation by maximising funding opportunities through marque enthusiasts, the opportunities within the existing Hunt House facilities and thirdly, identify and develop new revenue streams with local businesses.

Typical working hours are 09 00hr to 17 00hr although the incumbent will be expected to cover occasional early evening and weekend events where time off in lieu will be given or exceptionally overtime paid. Annual leave entitlement is 28 days (exclusive of standard UK Bank Holidays)

Please submit applications by email to [email protected] outlining qualifications with CV, demonstrating how your experience and skills match the job requirements together with two referees by no later than 30 November 2017.

For further information about the role please contact [email protected]



Business Manager

The Hunt House, Paulerspury, Northamptonshire NN12 7NA

Five days a week, 9am to 5pm with some flexibility and evening/weekend working to cover SHRMF Events.

Permanent, following six-month probationary period

Chairman of SHRMF (including six-monthly Annual Appraisals)

Chairman and Executive Committee SHRMF

–          Self-starter, enthusiastic, motivated individual with the ability to work autonomously.

–          Excellent organisational and time management skills

–          Strong IT skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and other commonly used office packages, such as membership databases.

–          The ability to prioritise tasks and work under pressure.

–          Lead motivate and supervise the work of others.

–          Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

–          Flexibility and adaptability to changing workloads.

–          A problem-solving approach to work.

–          Project management skills with ability to follow a project through from concept to completion.

–          Dependable and professional.

–          Able to delegate responsibilities.

–          Understand financial reports and effectively manage budgets.

–          Experience of charitable administration/management activities.

Manage the operation of SHRMF effectively and efficiently to ensure that the needs and expectations of the Chairman, Executive Committee and membership are met at all times.

Maintain regular contact with the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club’s (SHRMF’s tenants) General Manager to ensure the two organisations are working together and supporting each other in their aims.

–          Provide effective feedback to Chairman and Executive Committee.

–          Oversee accounting procedures, recording office expenditure and maintaining the budget. Ability to keep books for a charitable organisation, with an awareness of general sector as well as Gift Aid and VAT issues. Prepare monthly reports for SHRMF Accountant and Treasurer.

–          Recruit, discipline, supervise, guide, motivate and manage Foundation staff including annual appraisals and ensure adequate cover is provided during times of absence.

–          Maintain a high level of public awareness through regular articles in the Bulletin, the bi-monthly magazine of the members of the RREC.

–          Support the Chairman in the writing of the SHRMF Annual Report.

–          Organise and attend regular Board Meetings, including the timely circulation papers/reports and the taking of minutes.

–          Identify business opportunities, including membership numbers of the Foundation thereby generating a profitable income stream.

–          Regularly maintain the SHRMF website and have an understanding of the power and importance of this form of communication. Maintain the email facility and manage all aspects of IT security.

–          Hands on experience of event organisation and management.

–          Check that data protection laws are being adhered to in relation to storage of data. Review and update policies as and when required.

–          Support Trustees/Directors of SHRMF as required.

–          Ensure the Hunt House is maintained to a high standard in accordance with the lease and all Health & Safety requirements are adequately addressed and met in consultation with designated SHRMF Trustee Director and the RREC.

–          Manage all aspects of visits to the Hunt House from outside groups together with the Foundation’s programme of prestigious lectures.

–          Co-ordinate the Foundation’s presence at the RREC Rally held in June each year and the Classic Motor Show held at the NEC in November, plus other events as required.

Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Finance Director, General Manager (RREC) and Foundation Trustees.

17 October 2017


The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation is delighted to welcome members of the public to their Birthday Party and Hog Roast to be held at The Hunt House, Paulerspury on Sunday 17th September 2017 from 11.00 am.

All proceeds will be in support of The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation.

There will be a Hog roast, food and drink. There is plenty of on-site parking.

You will be able to book rides in Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars in return for donations to the Foundation, as well as be able to visit the Museum and see historic engines, artefacts and memorabilia from the fascinating career of Sir Henry Royce.

Email Business Manager at [email protected] to book your place.

The Hunt House Open Weekend September 17th – 18th 2016

The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation is delighted to invite you to it’s open weekend in September, Saturday and Sunday 17th-18th.

10.00 am to 4.00 pm – The Hunt House, High Street, Paulerspury. NN12 7NA


Details below.

open weekend sept 2016

Royce Lecture 8th March 2016

Royce Lecture 8th March 2016


Brian Gush

Director of Bentley Motor Sports

brian gush no.2

Brian Gush joined Bentley in 2000 and created the motorsport department alongside his Chassis and Powertrain road car responsibilities. The beautiful Speed 8 prototype went on to win Le Mans in 2003.

In September 2012, the Continental GT3 race car was unveiled. At that point, it was still a concept car. Since then, a team of Bentley engineers has been working behind closed doors, making the concept a reality. The result is a racing Bentley GT3 – the first Bentley racer for a decade.

During this lecture Mr Gush will describe the work and achievements of turning the Bentley Continental GT into a successful competition car.

bentley pic no 2

Royce Lecture 19th May 2016

Royce Lecture 19th May 2016



Barrie Wills

De Lorean Cars – The Inside Story


Barrie has more than fifty years experience in the worldwide automobile industry as a direct employee, interim manager or consultant with Jaguar Cars, British Leyland Truck & Bus, Reliant Motor Company, DeLorean Motor Cars Limited, Lotus, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Timor Putra Nasional, the UK Department of Trade & Industry, Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry, and the European Union. From 2005-2007 he worked to save the MG brand and to reintroduce a smart roadster, firstly as the MG Midget and later the AC Ace. Now he provides occasional assistance to vehicle and component manufacturers and distributors. Author of the 2015 book John Z, the DeLorean and Me …  tales from an insider, memoirs of his time with DeLorean Motor Cars as director of purchasing, later director of product development and supply, and CEO during the 1982-3 receivership, Barrie will be telling the story of a business that went from birth to burial in four and a half years but could have been a success.  His authoritative book on his experiences will be available after the lecture.  A second book, covering his other 44+ years in the auto industry, is scheduled for release in late 2017.

Barrie Wills with Delorean


Lecture starts at 6.45pm with refreshments from 6.15pm and Dinner at 8.00pm

Lecture (including canapés and wine)  – £15.00 each – buy tickets

Lecture and 2 course dinner – £35.00 each  – buy tickets

 Booking by phone to SHRMF office (01327 811048) Mon-Fri 10am – 2pm

Or email to [email protected]

Please book by 16th May 2016

Open Day September 20th

We are delighted to announce an open day for the village of Paulerspury on September 20th 2015.

open day sept 2015


Royce Lecture 6th October 2016

Royce Lecture 6th October 2016


Donald Wales

Bluebirds – A Brief History

Don is the grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE and the nephew of Donald Campbell CBE, who between them broke over 20 World Land and Water Speed records in their various Bluebirds.

Don has continued the family tradition in a small way, breaking the World record for a steam powered car, the UK record for an Electric car and the Guiness World record for a ride on Lawn mower.

The talk will start with the early career of Sir Malcolm, then Donald Campbell, and finish with a little look at his own records.

Lecture starts at 6.45 pm with refreshments from 6.15 pm and Dinner at 8.00pm.

Lecture (including canapés and wine)  – £15.00 each – buy tickets

 Booking by phone to SHRMF office (01327 811048) Mon-Fri 10am – 2pm

Or email to [email protected]

Please book by 3rd October 2016

Foundation News Letters 2013 & 2014

Foundation News September – October 2014

grey background logoWelcome to Foundation News in its new format! A pipe dream of several for some time, today sees FN change from being an “insert” to being an integral part of this prestigious publication. We hope you like it (we’re sure that some of you won’t!) and we invite you to tell us what you think by email to [email protected] or by writing to us at The Hunt House, Main Street, Paulerspury, Northants NN12 7NA.

What we must do before we continue is to thank the RREC for making the space available to us and for demonstrating once again (as if proof were needed) that the two organisations are united in support of each other, but individual in outlook.

In this edition we have three items. The main offering is by Jane Pedler, Deputy Chairman of the Board of SHRMF, and attempts to clarify once and for all the origins of the Foundation, its role and relevance at The Hunt House, and its ambitions for the future: next is a brief and light hearted look at the Foundation presence at the Annual Rally: finally there is a short announcement about the forthcoming AGM in November and the vacancies to be filled then on the Board.

The SHRMF – Past, Present and Future

NECEric Barrass Obit-webAny article about the Foundation in the present day must refer in a measure to the past.

The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation was formed in 1977 and was the brainchild of our late President, Eric Barrass, and intended to deal with the vast amount of archives then coming out of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at Crewe following the move into receivership.  It was being stored in lofts, spare rooms and barns thanks to the generosity of Club members, and it was felt a central location was desirable. As an add on the premises could also be used to provide the RREC with a much needed headquarters as it was then being run from Eric’s dining room table! His vision was set out in full in an excellent article in the Club Bulletin of January 1977 by the then Chairman, John Schroder.  At the time the prime purpose was stated as follows “We cannot properly administer the invaluable collection of material we have taken over from the Company, and generally described as the Archives. This alone is a monumental undertaking with all the storage, indexing and research involved. The Maurice Booth Memorial Library, many documents, drawings, photographs, records of many kinds and an immense amount of technical material must be properly and permanently housed”.  The entire text is reproduced in Bulletin 325 as part of Clive Green’s article about the Archives.

In a later statement Eric expanded further on his vision:

  1. Why has the Foundation been established?
  1. a)      Rolls-Royce Motors Limited have made over to the Club the “Archives” which consist of the Royce Papers going back to before 1914, some 35,000 chassis cards for pre and post war cars, together with thousands of drawings and photographs etc. They have also promised large quantities of other valuable material. The Company acknowledges that is would not itself be able to make the best use of this material but that the necessary knowledge and enthusiasm can be found in and through the Club.

Having been entrusted with this substantial amount of material, the Club had effectively three choices. First it could store the material, in which case it would be more or less unavailable and therefore useless. Secondly it could house and make available the material at its own cost. This would almost certainly necessitate an increase in the subscription over and above the one already proposed and which is dealt with below. Thirdly steps could be taken to form a separate organisation to look after the Archives, to provide a permanent home for them and to see that the best use is made of them In view of the tax advantages of charitable status, the reasons why this new organisation should be a charity are self –evident.

  1. b)      The Club is now twenty years old and has grown from a handful in 1957 to over 3,000 members at the present. With this increase the amount of paperwork has escalated enormously and the task of coping with it is spread amongst the Club’s secretariat and is run from a number of private homes. These offer widely different degrees of facility, and the system inevitably proves inefficient and slow, quite apart from imposing a heavy burden on a few dedicated members of the Club. The Club already owns a certain amount of office equipment and it has been apparent for some time that it would need to find a central home for its administration. The purchase of the Hunt House at Paulerspury by the Foundation will enable the Club to carry on its administration there on the most cost effective basis. Such accommodation will of course have to be paid for by the Club, but in turn the Club will be released from the major burden of having to house the archives.
  2. c)   The least tangible of the reasons for setting up the Foundation is perhaps the most important. The growth of the Club has already been mentioned and in addition there are flourishing Clubs in America and Australia not to mention independent enthusiasts all over the world even behind the Iron Curtain. The “home” Club, like all the others, is based on the works of Frederick Henry Royce, a man whose contribution to engineering and to his country has been immense, but perhaps never fully recognised. Many of his ideas were never brought to fruition, and it is hoped that by making available the Archives for instance in the field of aero-engineering, the value of his work and of the standards which he sought to achieve, will be more fully appreciated and developed by today’s engineers and students. This is the vision which lies   behind the establishment of the Foundation.

The Foundation is a charitable organisation which has been set up by certain members of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club. It takes the form of a Trust and will be under the control of the trustees, all of whom are members of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club, and an Advisory Committee. The Committee is drawn from the Club, from the Rolls-Royce Owners Club Inc., the Rolls-Royce Owners Club of Australia and from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Additional members can be co-opted by the Committee.

The charitable status of the Foundation has been accepted by the Charity Commission and it confers very considerable tax benefits on the Foundation. In this way the trustees will be able to recover tax on the Foundation’s income, and other gifts to the Foundation will not normally attract any tax liability at all. There is the additional fact that many people are prepared to make gifts to a charity but not to a private club

Over the years the regulations concerning charities have been updated and in many cases tightened up.  For instance when it came to renewing the Hunt House Lease in 2009 the sort of friendly, mutually beneficial agreement that had existed between Club and Foundation was no longer possible. Such agreements had to be totally transparent and the Trustees had to be shown to be acting in the best interests of the charity and getting a proper commercial return on their assets. This led to the infamous Section 25 notice which was a legal requirement! What some of you may not be aware of is that the Foundation’s solicitors actually served the wrong kind of Section 25 which is what led to all the trouble! (they were sacked!!). Once the mistake was realised the Trustees offered to withdraw the notice but by then it was too late! Several years of negotiation followed during which time it was decided to incorporate the Foundation as a Limited Company. This is perfectly acceptable and in fact is now recommended Charity Commission policy. It has one major benefit. Under the terms of the old trust if it was felt that Trustees had not acted in the best interest of the charity, and their actions had resulted in a severe financial loss, then their personal assets could be sequestered to cover the supposed deficit. This obviously prevented many highly respected and suitable candidates from coming forward. As Trustee Directors of an incorporated body they are still duty bound to act in the best interests of the charity, but their personal wealth is not at risk. So now we have a capable body of 11 elected Directors, the matter of the Lease and the constitution of the Foundation is all solved and we are ready for the 21st Century.  As our current Chairman, Bob Riding has been heard to remark frequently “we are where we are”

What of the present? Things have now moved on. In the last 10 years or so there have been several new Charities Acts, all of them tightening up on the various regulations. Unfortunately over time matters had got blurred and many charities had been set up purely to make use of the various tax exemptions, and many showed little “public benefit”. This was brought home not too long ago when many of our well known public schools started to open their swimming pools, theatres and sports facilities to local communities in order to be seen to fulfil this “public benefit”.

The Foundation exists in the eyes of the Charity Commission to further education and act for the public good and this is the aspect of its work that needs to be emphasised, although it does not preclude the Foundation from supporting the Club as they have in the past (or for that matter the Club from supporting the Foundation!) the Archives being a case in point. The Foundation can support the archives as part of its charitable work but there needs to be an obvious “wider public benefit” and the Foundation has to be seen to be getting some return for any contribution made.

The new Lease was signed at the Annual Rally in June 2012 and the Club and the Foundation are now working in harmony to develop and improve the Hunt House and its contents for the benefit of everyone. The facilities are to be updated, displays modernised and improved, and more use made of the premises for selected outside bodies which will bring in much needed income. With the departure of AX 201 to new pastures it is hoped to have a “rolling” display of Concours cars, together with a new cabinet housing the Club trophies. It is also intended that better use will be made of the American Room and it is hoped to be able to expand and improve the toilet provisions.

The Foundation’s Prizes and Awards have been revised and realigned over the past few years and are now beginning to be more relevant in the modern engineering world. This brings us more acclaim and although small we are now regarded as an important player in the sector. The two Ministry of Defence apprentices from Gosport who spoke at the Foundation presentation in the Seminar Tent on the Friday of the Annual made it clear how highly regarded these awards are.  To further the science of engineering and make certain there is a steady flow of suitably trained apprentices into the industry is a vital part of our charitable purpose.  There is an obvious benefit here to RREC members in a supply of well trained and experienced people to service and restore their precious motor cars.

And the future? We hope to increase our Prizes and Awards and are a partner in the FBHVC’s “Skills Programme” detailed below:

“FBHVC Launches Europe’s First Apprenticeship in Historic Vehicle Restoration”

The UK is to get an OFQUAL accredited apprenticeship programme in historic vehicle restoration. This means that through the initiative of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, the skills gap which had previously been identified by FBHVC research (carried out in conjunction with the University of Brighton Business School) will be filled by a whole new generation of craftsmen and craftswomen who will replace many of the specialist technicians now approaching retirement.

FBHVC have been working with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) to develop this new apprenticeship in vehicle restoration”.

The improvement and updating of the Hunt House and its facilities must continue for the benefit of all, and the Archive project still has a long way to go. All this needs your support. Two members of the “Board” are standing down this year and we need to find new, dynamic, forward thinking people with proven skills to replace them.  The challenges are not over yet but hopefully we are moving ahead.

In conclusion to those Club members who support the Foundation and its works, many thanks. To those who do not please consider a donation to help what is, after all, the Club’s Charity. Any amount is gratefully received but if you give more than £20 per year and sign the limited liability guarantee you become a voting member and can take part in the decision making of the charity by voting at the AGM, standing as a Director, and taking a more active part in the running and future development of the organisation. If you are a UK tax payer and sign a Gift Aid form then the Foundation can claim back the appropriate amount of tax from HM Government;  an added bonus!.

Eric’s original announcement ended by saying “All your enthusiasm and effort will be needed to make the Foundation the world’s centre for the study and perpetuation of the classic qualities of endeavour and the search for perfection exemplified by that modest genius, Henry Royce, Mechanic. The heritage of that great man, his illustrious colleagues and successors is our great and proud responsibility!” That statement holds good to the present day; and beyond.

Jane Pedler

Deputy Chairman – The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation.

The Foundation at RREC Rally, Rockingham   –   20th to 22nd June 2014

Rally photos2014 028 - webUnbroken summery weather and a wealth of interesting exhibits combined to guarantee the overall resounding success of RREC’s last Rally at Rockingham and it is good to report that this achievement was mirrored by the performance of SHRMF. Not only did we have the most attractive display for many years in our tent, but we also improved our “turnover” of recent years by one hundred per cent. We were fortunate to be positioned in close proximity to some very attractive exhibits, not least the Rolls-Royce Armoured Car, and this helped greatly in increasing our footfall.

Rally photos2014 018 - webFriday started with a bang and almost before the kettle had boiled we had sold over £400 worth of books and recruited a new member. This set the tone for the day: three former members subscribing through their annual payment to the Club “topped up” their donations to the new level set by the Board in 2012 and two new Life members were signed up. At noon there was the Foundation Presentation in the Seminar tent next door to our own. John Lowe, aided by two apprentices from the MOD Apprentice School in Gosport, explained the importance of the work done by the Foundation in encouraging young engineers and Andy and Craig spoke eloquently of the inspiration they had derived in designing, making and submitting work for the Sir Henry Royce Medal. Our thanks are due to the MOD Apprentice School for loaning us both the Artefacts and the young men.

MoD engine - webJane Pedler followed with a concise explanation of the new collaboration between Club and Foundation over the award of the Pursuit of Excellence Trophy and Graham Cottrell brought up the rear with some comments on work carried out on The Hunt House during the previous year and the rationale and reasoning behind our membership campaign.

Saturday was noisy: Peter Grieve, who had given such an interesting talk at the Heritage weekend last November, arrived with his Merlin engine, and from 11.00 onwards the day was punctuated by several “firings” of this magnificent beast. Each one was met with prolonged applause from the delighted spectators, while in the peaceful periods in between these storms we were serenaded from the Refreshment tent by a traditional jazz band. Business carried on in our tent apace: more books were sold and seven new members were enrolled, five of them from Continental Europe. All said how important it was to be able to access through the Hunt House Archives the drawings needed for spare parts to keep their cars running.

Rally photos2014 001 - webSunday was judgement day: people with clip boards moved purposefully among the ranks of gleaming cars and made decisions that would make or break the owners’ day, the Merlin ”fired” again, but only twice, and the jazz band played. In the tent the redoubtable Gerard Le Clerc, President of the Club’s Romande section, introduced one new Life member and two annual, and then demonstrated his belief in the Foundation by upgrading his own position to that of Life member. The afternoon saw Linda Scott and Graham Cottrell judge the most elegant car in show and this was followed by the final parade and presentation of trophies. The highlight for many, however, was the aerial display of the Spitfire and Hurricane and all the memories and emotions it invoked, and afterwards it was time to pack up the display,  return to The Hunt House and build on the memory of a very successful show.

Rally photos2014 006 - webGAC 27th June 2014

Fresh Blood Required

Election of new Board Members

Foundation AGM 22nd November 2014

Now that you have read Jane Pedler’s article and understand in more detail why the Foundation was formed, what it does and where it’s going, why not consider contributing to its future by playing a part in its organisation and governance?

Foundation Chairman Bob Riding has made no bones about the fact that fresh blood is needed on the board of directors and the current Board established last September at a brain storming session that expertise was required in the important areas of Marketing, Publicity and Archive Management, and a fresh approach and enthusiasm would benefit the issues of Membership, Lectures and Events at The Hunt House.

Each year three of the nine elected directors stand down and either offer themselves for re-election or withdraw from service. This November there will be two vacancies to be filled, so please consider whether you might not have the qualifications and impetus to fill one of them. There are two routes open: for existing members of the Foundation all that is required is a proposer and seconder who are also members, while, if you belong to the Club only, you need to be nominated by the Board of RREC and should contact Duncan Feetham, the Chairman, to forward your request.