Search for new project leader

Wayne Bowser, chairman of the Piece Hall Trust
Wayne Bowser, chairman of the Piece Hall Trust

The search is on for a candidate to head up a major historical site revamp in Halifax after the current chairman steps down at the end of the year.

The position at the Piece Hall Trust is up for grabs as Wayne Bowser ends his three-year stint leading the £19m transformation project.

A “world class heritage destination”, including a new Central Library and Archive along with restaurants and shops, is being developed at the iconic Georgian courtyard in Blackledge.

Mr Bowser said: “It was always my intention to step down after three years.

“Although I’m sad to leave the brilliantly committed and capable team we’ve now got in place, it feels like the right time to step back, having paved the way for the next chair who will have time to embed themselves ahead of the Piece Hall opening next year.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to have led the team this far and I’m hopeful that we will attract someone of significant standing for the role.”

Chief executive of the trust Sam Mason said that with the attraction opening next year, it is the perfect time for some new blood at the helm of the project.

He said: “Genuinely, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a dynamic individual to play a key role in shaping an exciting new era for the Piece Hall.”

The successful applicant would need experience of leading a significant heritage or cultural attraction who wants to see the hall become one of the top visitor attractions in the country.

The Grade I-listed structure is thought to be the only surviving intact cloth hall in the UK.

The deadline to apply for the position is noon on Monday, January 9, 2017.

Full details of the role are available at www.thepiecehall.co.uk/jobs