Full Description

There is only one Paddle Steamer Waverley. Waverley is the renowned last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the World and she is living history. The last survivor of a maritime tradition than began in Europe more than two centuries ago, Waverley is an astonishing and delightful survivor and iconic visitor to the British coastline. Since 2003 Waverley has been listed in the National Historic Fleet by National Historic Ships UK as "a vessel of pre-eminent national importance."

Having made her maiden voyage in 1947, P.S. Waverley was originally built for service on the Firth of Clyde but now regularly sails right round Britain offering trips on the Clyde, the Thames, South Coast of England and the Bristol Channel.

Waverley is not just the last seagoing paddle steamer, she is truly iconic. Gifted to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for £1 in 1974, Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, a charity registered in Scotland, was set up to own and operate the ship. Since then, Waverley has become one of the country’s best-loved tourist attractions and has carried over 6 million passengers from over 60 ports around the UK.

Life at sea takes its toll though and in 2003 Waverley completed a major restoration project, which returned the ship to the original 1940s style in which she was built. 2017 marked 70 years since Waverley’s maiden voyage but in May 2019 she was withdrawn from service and a capital appeal was launched to raise £2.3 million to allow her boilers to be replaced and re-commission Waverley for further service. In December 2019 it was announced that the appeal target had been reached.

Waverley is a tremendous asset and a great national treasure.

Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd is focused on Waverley remaining in operation. Following the success of the recent £2.3 million capital appeal, the decision was made for a new Head of Fundraising to continue raising funds from multiple revenue streams to maintain the sailing, modernisation, annual refit, dry docking, and improvements to Waverley.

The Head of Fundraising will be vital in Waverley sailing the seas with her steam engine still turning, paddles still beating and bringing happiness to those who sail on her and see her around the coast. If you would love to be a part of Waverley’s story, you will need to be a senior level fundraiser who has deep experience across multiple income streams. You should have particularly strong major gift experience including grants and trusts, corporate partnerships and major donors. You will be the sole fundraiser initially so you should be prepared to be as operational as you are strategic and determined to achieve success as Waverley depends on you for her future.

If you believe you have what it takes to help raise the vital funds for a fantastic cause which is truly valued by the Scottish public, get in contact with our recruitment team today for further information.

How To Apply

If you believe you have what it takes to help raise the vital funds for a fantastic cause which is truly valued by the Scottish public, contact [email protected] today for further information.

Closing Date: Noon, Thursday 19th March 2020

Interview Date: Monday 30th March 2020

This search is being conducted exclusively for Waverley Steam Navigation by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team has all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.