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Trustee of the Ngaio Marsh House & Heritage Trust

Dame Ngaio lived most of her life in Cashmere and her house is preserved much as it was when she lived there. Help us to tell the story of this world renowned crime writer and theatre director.

The trustee role is a governance role and it is important that our successful applicant understands the responsibilities that come with taking on the role as a trustee. These include;

  • Ensuring the organisation complies with the terms of its trust deed, and statutory requirements.
  • Actively and positively contributing to the Trustees meetings and other events.
  • Ensuring the organisation applies its resources exclusively in accordance with the objectives of the trust
  • Acting with a high level of professionalism and accountability.

For practical reasons applications from people resident in Christchurch would be preferred.

Desired Skills & Qualities

Dame Ngaio Marsh’s creative endeavours involved her in the fields of art, writing and theatre direction. Experience and expertise in any of these fields would be an advantage, but more important is your enthusiasm and willingness to give it a go.


  • An interest in heritage houses and gardens and the creative works of Dame Ngaio Marsh.
  • An enthusiasm for preserving the reputation of Dame Ngaio Marsh as a national cultural icon, and for encouraging an appreciation of her artistic achievements.


  • Prior experience as a trustee/committee work.
  • Previous involvement within the voluntary sector.
  • An understanding of heritage values and environment issues.

We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have expertise in one of the following areas: Fundraising, Heritage or Volunteer Management

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in this role.

If you wish to discuss the role in more detail before applying please email [email protected] and we will be in touch.