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GHT Non-Executive Advisory Board

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Okay, folks. I don’t normally advertise jobs here. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever done it before. And if you’re looking to get rich quick, forget this one, it’s unremunerated.

But this is an important set of posts and there is nothing I would like more than actual Greenwich folk to apply for them.

There are five vacancies on the Greenwich Hospital Trust Non-Executive Advisory Board. The description says the board members will be there

“To provide advice and guidance, as a member of the Greenwich Hospital Advisory Board, to the Director on all matters relating to the running and organisation of the Hospital in particular on its governance, strategic direction, policy, investments, charitable outputs and performance.”

Now, obviously, anyone on the board would need to be putting the interests of the charity at the top of all agendas. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be antagonistic to the interests of Greenwich in doing that. In fact I would argue that it is in the Trusts’s long-term investment interests to protect Greenwich as a thriving, independent, quirky town that people come to because it’s different to all the other high streets.

Yes, tourists visit the obvious attractions – the ORNC, the Observatory, the Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark. But every weekend thousands of Londoners who have already ‘done’ the tourist bit come for the funky market, unusual shops and the flurry of galleries that are opening at the moment (more about them in another post.)

It’s in Greenwich’s long-term interests to ensure that the mix of interesting, different stores remains, and that giant, faceless chains those Londoners could get without leaving their own high streets don’t move in. Charging ridiculous rents and crazy service charges is driving away long-standing small businesses (just take a look down Turnpin Lane just now for proof of that) and that just can’t be in the interests of an albeit wealthy charity that has trustees to pacify.

You’ll see from the application address just how geographically remote GHT is. I would love to see some real Greenwich people, who have the required experience in investment banking, property asset management, financial, accounting, education, charity or law but who also have a personal interest in the town where they live applying for this.  We are their long-term investment.



Friday, September 5th, 2008
Sounds like one of those secret organisations from 1960s spy movies, doesn’t it. And if you give the acronym its proper title, it doesn’t sound much better – the Kent Underground Research Group.
These intrepid explorers are Kent’s own cross between Indiana Jones and the SAS. Dedicated to investigating holes in the ground, whatever they may be, they spend their weekends potholing, digging and generally poking around holes, caves and tunnels, ancient and modern.

But hey – these are the good guys. They don’t just winch themselves down the first cavern they find and blast through sundry ancient anti-personnel devices – Native Indian blowpipes – hidden knives triggered by a misplaced foot – trapdoors disguised by unidentifiable slime. They don’t grab the treasure and make a run for it, chased by inexplicable giant stone balls, glamorous though that sounds. As far as I can see from the pics, I can’t even tell that they wear felt fedoras or carry whips. Chiz.

They patch together a history of the place – talking to elderly folk who may remember something from their childhoods, consulting records and old maps or charts, folklore – whatever – then bring in the big boys. Trained underground investigators and potholers – not to mention experts who know about things like winches and pumps.

Every so often they get an SOS from someone who has a mysterious hole in their garden – or has heard that there might be something there, and they investigate everything from its origin and use to its wildlife. They have explored chalk mines, dene-holes, natural caves, secret passages, grottoes – you name it.

And don’t think that every county has one of these crack-teams. Oh, no – they get called out all over the place – Sussex, Berkshire – and, of course, Greenwich. You can read about the little they know of Greenwich in their book Kent and East Sussex Underground – though don’t expect huge volumes of info on our particular area – frankly I think they need to come and do much more research at The Point and in the conduits in the Park, hint, hint…

I can think of a lot less exciting hobbies to have – and if you’re reading this and licking your lips at the glamour and adventure of it all, you could join them – find their website here.

Don’t forget – these are Guys of Action: “The Group is willing, at short notice, to visit sites where they can advise on the origin and extent of an underground feature. “

Altogether now…

If there’s something strange
‘Neath your neighbourhood
Who you gonna call?
Kent Underground Research Group…
That’s enough dodgy 80s movies analogies – Ed…